Microchip Updates MPLAB® Device Blocks for Simulink® with Multi-Rate and Interrupt Capabilities; Makes Sophisticated Algorithm

  Microchip Updates MPLAB® Device Blocks for Simulink® with Multi-Rate and
  Interrupt Capabilities; Makes Sophisticated Algorithm Design Easy

   Device Blocks Provide Complete, Model-Based Control of Most dsPIC^® DSC
   On-Chip Peripherals for Applications Like Motor Control; Unlimited Free
                          Version for 7 Pins or Less

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- January 14, 2014

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
Version 3.30 of its MPLAB^® Device Blocks for Simulink^®, which make it easy
to develop complex designs using Microchip’s dsPIC30 and dsPIC33 digital
signal controllers (DSCs). This software provides a set of user interfaces to
MathWorks’ Simulink graphical environment for simulation and model-based
design, where code for the application is generated, compiled and loaded onto
a target dsPIC^® DSC in a single, one-click step. Updates to this version
include multi-rate and interrupt-capable device blocks, as well as a Free
edition for up to seven I/O ports that eliminates the compile wait time found
on prior Free editions. Existing users can upgrade to the new PRO edition for
free.

The need for energy efficiency is driving complex motor-control designs that
utilize sensorless control technology and closed-loop algorithms. These
sophisticated signal-processing applications require both high-level math
abstraction and low-level programming knowledge. The ability to easily design
complex algorithms using tools such as Simulink, instead of hand coding,
speeds time to market. Microchip’s MPLAB Device Blocks for Simulink enable
designers to go back and forth from simulation to real hardware test quickly,
without the burden of low-level programming tasks.

“With motor-control applications becoming more and more complicated, the use
of model-based design is a must,” said Derek Carlson, Microchip’s vice
president of development tools. “The updated MPLAB Device Blocks for Simulink
bring our dsPIC DSCs to the forefront of this technology.”

Microchip’s Device Blocks provide complete, model-based control of most dsPIC
DSC on-chip peripherals for greater flexibility and higher utilization,
including digital I/Os, ADCs, PWMs, change notifications, output compares,
input captures, quadrature encoder interfaces, interrupts and resets, as well
as communication interfaces such as I^2C™, SPI and UARTs. Additionally,
designers can monitor, tune and log their algorithms and applications in real
time, via a GUI.

The Device Blocks are also simple to set up and one configuration can be used
across all dsPIC DSCs, which enables easy in-process design changes and
seamless migration. Target configuration blocks include Master Block, Simulink
Reset Config, Compiler Option and Data Sheet. The Device Blocks’ facility to
invoke dsPIC3X dedicated functions written in C, via a C function-call block,
allows designers to write less code by utilizing many of Microchip’s numerous
application, algorithm and operation libraries directly from a Simulink model.

Pricing and Availability

The PRO and Free editions of Microchip’s MPLAB Device Blocks for Simulink ^
Version 3.30 are available for download today, from
http://www.microchip.com/get/W15M. The PRO edition (part # SW007023) costs
$1495, and existing users can upgrade for free.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or
authorized worldwide distributor. To purchase products mentioned in this press
release, go to microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchip.com/get/NUX2) or contact
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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/LXM9.

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Embedded Simulation, Simulink Design, Motor Control Design, Peripheral Block,
Stateflow, Embedded Coder, Rapid Control Prototyping, RCP

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