Microchip Technology Incorporated develops, manufactures, and sells specialized semiconductor products used by customers for various embedded control applications. The company also licenses Flash-IP solutions that are incorporated in a range of products. Products Microcontrollers The company offers a family of proprietary microcontroller products marketed under the PIC brand name. It also offers specialized microcontrollers for automotive networking, computing, wireless communication, and wireless audio. With approximately 1,100 microcontrollers in its product portfolio, the company targets the 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontroller markets. Development Tools The company offers a set of application development tools. These tools enable system designers to program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. The company’s family of development tools for PIC and dsPIC products range from entry-level systems, which include an assembler and programmer or in-circuit debugging hardware, to configured systems that provide in-circuit emulation capability. Majority independent companies also develop and market application development tools that support the company’s standard microcontroller product architecture. There are approximately 200 third-party tool suppliers worldwide whose products support its proprietary microcontroller architecture. Analog, Interface, and Mixed Signal Products The company’s analog, interface, and mixed signal products consist of various families with approximately 1,100 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, RF linear drivers, safety and security, USB, Ethernet, wireless, and other interface products. The company markets and sells its analog, interface and mixed signal products into its microcontroller customer base, to customers who use microcontrollers from other suppliers and to customers who use other products that may not fit its traditional PIC microcontroller and memory products customer base. Memory Products The company’s memory products consist of serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (referred to as Serial EEPROMs), serial flash memories, parallel flash memories, and serial SRAM memories. Serial EEPROMs, serial flash memories, and serial SRAM have a very low I/O pin requirement, permitting production of very small footprint devices. The company sells its memory products primarily into the embedded control market, complementing its microcontroller offerings. Technology Licensing The company’s technology licensing business includes license fees and royalties associated with technology licenses for the use of SuperFlash embedded flash and Smartbits one time programmable NVM technologies. The company licenses NVM technologies to foundries, integrated device manufacturers and design partners worldwide for use in the manufacture of their advanced microcontroller products, gate array, RF and analog products that require embedded non-volatile memory. Research and Development The company’s research and development activities focus on the development of general purpose and specialized microcontrollers, Serial EEPROM memory, NOR FLASH memory, Embedded FLASH technologies, connectivity products, analog, interface and mixed signal products, development systems, user interface products, software and application-specific software libraries. As of March 31, 2014, the company’s research and development expenses included $305.0 million. Sales and Distribution The company markets and sells its products worldwide primarily through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors. Its direct sales force focuses on various strategic accounts in three geographical markets: the Americas, Europe and Asia. Patents and Trademarks The company maintains a portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents, expiring on various dates between 2014 and 2031. It also has additional U.S. and foreign patent applications pending. Markets The company's product portfolio targets various applications worldwide and a demand for designs in the automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial control markets. Significant Events In October 2014, Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a strategic partnership with Xymox Technologies. Xymox's printed transparent PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer sensors made with KODAK HCF (Highly Conductive Film) combine with Microchip's touch electronics to enable development of touch and gesture enabled devices. History Microchip Technology Incorporated was founded in 1989. The company was incorporated in Delaware in 1989.
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