Microchip Introduces the PIC32 Bluetooth® Audio Development Kit

  Microchip Introduces the PIC32 Bluetooth® Audio Development Kit

   Eases Development of Bluetooth^® Enabled Smartphone Docks and Bluetooth
                                   Speakers

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- October 21, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
the new PIC32 Bluetooth^® Audio Development Kit. The full-featured kit enables
custom application development on the PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) for
Bluetooth and USB digital audio solutions.

The creation of the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) by the
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has enabled convenient wireless stereo
audio for applications such as smartphone home and automotive audio docks,
wireless speakers, A/V receivers and all-in-one compact audio systems, among
others. Bluetooth audio support is now a regularly seen requirement for
smartphone docking solutions. Consumers are able to use their phone as a music
source, as well as a remote control to select the song of their choice and
play it from across the room. With the challenges in RF design, software
development and certifications, developers need a proven, easy to use,
complete development kit that will enable them to start right out of the box.
Since market requirements vary, developers also need the flexibility to
customize their development platform to suit their target market.

The PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit that ships with audio streaming demo
code delivers up to 24-bit, 192 kHz audio and has been tested with over 100
different Bluetooth audio enabled devices, spanning 18 different
manufacturers. The Bluetooth Hardware module and the Bluetooth A2DP audio
software have been Bluetooth.org certified, saving the developer significant
certification costs. The modular design allows developers to swap out the
included daughter boards (one for Audio and one for Bluetooth) to create their
own custom versions with their preferred audio and wireless solution. The kit
also supports USB Host and Device connectivity, Apple^® device authentication
module interface, a 2-inch color LCD, five general-purpose button switches,
five LEDs and a Plug-In-Module interface for PIC32 microcontroller upgrades.
The PIC32MX450F256 MCU is included, which runs at 80 MHz with 256 KB Flash and
64 KB RAM. With such a broad feature-set and flexibility, the kit makes an
excellent general purpose development tool.

“Microchip’s new Bluetooth Audio Development Kit is an ideal solution for
developers who want to add high-quality wireless audio to their design,” said
Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 Division. “The development
kit includes an interface for use for iPod^® and iPhone^® products, enabling
expansion to support these popular devices.”

Development Support

Microchip is also releasing the necessary Bluetooth Libraries for the kit that
enable multiple audio and data profiles, as well as USB digital audio. These
include the Bluetooth Serial Port Protocol (SPP),available for download now at
http://www.microchip.com/get/UN9B, the Bluetooth Audio Suite 1 (A2DP with the
standard SBC CODEC support) and Bluetooth Audio Suite 2 (A2DP with SBC + AAC
CODEC support).

Pricing & Availability

The PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit (part # DV320032, $199.99),
Bluetooth Audio Suite 1 (part# SW320014-1, $299.00), Bluetooth Audio Suite 2
(part# SW320014-2, $499.00) are available for purchase today. For additional
information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized
worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at
http://www.microchip.com/get/1FL9. To purchase products mentioned in this
press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized
distribution partners.

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About Microchip Technology

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/LUAF.

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