Microchip Technology Inc. is an American publicly-listed corporation that is a manufacturer of Microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP integrated circuits. Its products include microcontrollers (PIC, dsPIC, AVR and SAM), Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, embedded security devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as Linear, interface and wireless solutions. Examples of these solutions include USB, zigbee, MiWi, LoRa, SIGFOX and Ethernet.
Corporate headquarters are located in Chandler, Arizona, with wafer fabs in Tempe, Arizona, Gresham, Oregon, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, assembly/test facilities in Chachoengsao, Thailand and Calamba, Philippines. Sales for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2018 were $3.981 billion.
Microchip Technology was founded in 1987 when General Instrument spun off its microelectronics division as a wholly owned subsidiary. Microchip Technology became an independent company in 1989 when it was acquired by a group of venture capitalists, and went public in 1993.
In April 2009, Microchip Technology announced the nanoWatt XLP Microcontrollers, claiming the world's lowest sleep current. Microchip Technology had sold more than 6 billion microcontrollers as of 2009.
In April 2010, Microchip acquired Silicon Storage Technology (SST), and sold several SST flash memory assets to Greenliant Systems in May that year.
As of 2011, Microchip Technology ships over a billion processors every year. In September 2011, Microchip Technology shipped the 10 billionth PIC microcontroller.
In August 2012, Microchip acquired Standard Microsystems Corporation (SMSC). Among SMSC's assets were those it had previously acquired from Symwave, a start-up that specialized in USB 3.0 chips, and two hi-fi wireless audio companies — Kleer Semiconductor and Wireless Audio IP BV.
In January 2016, Microchip agreed to buy Atmel
for $3.56 billion. JPMorgan Chase advised Microchip while Qatalyst Partners advised Atmel.
In March 2018, Microchip acquired Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC). The acquisition price represents a total equity value of about $8.35 billion, and a total enterprise value of about $10.15 billion, after accounting for Microsemi’s cash and investments, net of debt, on its balance sheet at December 31, 2017.
Microchip develops a wide range of microcontrollers and integrated circuits (ics
), for the hobbyist and professional markets.
Microchip is widely known for their line of PIC microcontrollers, and their MCU-related product line includes:microcontroller
– PIC10, PIC12, PIC16, PIC18
16-bit MCUs – PIC24, dsPIC
32-bit MCUs – PIC32MX, PIC32MZ
KEELOQ MCUs for security applications
rfPIC MCUs for wireless sensor applications
AVR XMEGA MCUs
SAM Arm-based microcontrollers and microprocessors
C and C++ compilers for PIC/dsPIC MCUs
Code libraries for PIC/dsPIC MCUs
Atmel START for AVR and SAM MCUs
MPLAB series (debuggers & programmers for professionals)
PICkit series (programmers for hobbyists and students)
The Microchip product line of integrated circuits include:
Memory storage devices
Serial EEPROM chips
Serial SRAM chips
Serial Flash chips
Parallel Flash chips
Serial NVRAM chips
Power management devices
Battery charge controllers (Li-Ion, NiMH, Multi-Chemistry)
DC motor controllers
BLDC motor controllers
mTouch (capacitive sensor technology)
RightTouch (turn-key capacitive sensor technology)
GestIC (3D Tracking and gesture detection technology)
Haptics (Eccentric Rotating Mass (ERM) actuators)