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First MOST150 INIC Supporting USB 2.0 High-Speed Device Interface and Coaxial Physical Layer

  First MOST150 INIC Supporting USB 2.0 High-Speed Device Interface and
  Coaxial Physical Layer

     Microchip’s INIC Enables Simplified In-Car Mobile as Well as Wi-Fi^®
  Connectivity and Modern Head-Unit Design for MOST^® Infotainment Networks

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- April 17, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
the OS81118, the first MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC)
with a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver.

The MOST150 technology was successfully deployed in the first car models in
2012. Now, Microchip is proud to announce the latest member of its MOST150
INIC family, to continue the success story of MOST^® in the future.

With its USB 2.0 port, including USB PHY and High-Speed Inter-Chip interface
(HSIC), the OS81118 allows designers to create in-car mobile and Wi-Fi^®
connectivity applications on the MOST150 network by connecting a standard
Wi-Fi/3G/LTE module via USB. This simple solution reflects today’s market
demands for consumer applications within the automotive environment, such as
Internet access, e-mail, social networking and local services. Furthermore,
the OS81118 enables automotive engineers to connect the most up-to-date
multi-core consumer Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) to in-vehicle MOST networks.

Besides the optical physical layer (oPHY) interface, the OS81118 integrates a
coax transceiver, which opens a cost-reduction path on the MOST physical
layer. Additionally, this coaxial physical layer (cPHY) could be used for
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

“We see a trend in the infotainment market to use high-end SoCs, developed for
consumer and mobile devices, within automotive applications,” said Dan Termer,
vice president of Microchip’s Automotive Groups. “However, those SoCs have no
automotive-specific interfaces, such as CAN, LIN, MediaLB^® or MOST. The
high-speed USB port on our new OS81118 makes it easy to connect SoCs to any
MOST150 automotive network, and the coax transceiver provides added
flexibility.”

MOST multimedia networking technology enables the interconnection of
feature-rich infotainment systems in automobiles, by providing the means to
distribute multimedia entertainment functions among the various control
devices inside the car. For example, CD or DVD changer, radio, GPS-navigation,
mobile-telephone and digital-media interfaces can supply signals to this
efficient network. The signals are sent digitally and static-free to the
amplifier and monitors.

Development Support

To further enable development and speed time to market, Microchip is also
announcing the Physical+ Interface Board OS81118. This board encapsulates the
entire physical hardware interface of a MOST network. The Physical+ Interface
Board OS81118 comes with a USB 2.0 interface supporting optical and coaxial
physical layers. The Physical+ Interface Board OS81118 is expected to be
available in Q3/2013.

Availability

The OS81118 is expected to be available for volume production in January 2014.
You can apply for early adopter samples today, and sampling production is
expected to start in Q3/2013. The OS81118 is offered in a 72-pin QFN package.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or
visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/472T. To purchase
products mentioned in this press release, contact Microchip’s sales team.

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology’s Automotive Information Systems Group is a supplier of
TrueAuto™ infotainment and information semiconductor solutions to major auto
brands, including Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover,
Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Microchip Technology is
a founding member of the MOST Cooperation, a cooperative of automakers,
automotive systems architects and manufacturers and key components suppliers
working to extend and refine the MOST standard for the evolving requirements
of automotive multimedia networking.

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing
low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to
market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered
in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along
with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the
Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/RNJQ.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, and MediaLB are registered trademarks of
Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. TrueAuto
is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries.
All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective
companies.

Tags / Keywords: ADAS, Coax, Connectivity, cPHY, HSIC, INIC, MCHP, MediaLB,
Microchip, MOST, MOST150, oPHY, USB

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