Microchip Technology Inc, a leading provider of microcontroller and analogue semiconductors, has shipped its five billionth PIC microcontroller to Chinese power-meter maker Jiangsu Linyang Electronics. Microchip delivered its five billionth microcontroller, the PIC18LF8720-I/PT, barely a year after delivering its four-billionth in September 2005.
The announcement demonstrates the industry's continued acceptance of Microchip's PIC microcontrollers as the high-performance, cost-effective solution for embedded-control designs, particularly in China, where the company continues to enjoy strong growth.
According to Microchip, shipping Microchip’s five-billionth PIC microcontroller is a remarkable achievement, and shipping it to a customer in China is more satisfying as this year they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of thier first China office in Shanghai in 1996. In the 10 years they have been in China, they have enjoyed rapid growth, which they expect to continue. They have opened 11 offices and are continuing to make other investments in the community, such as setting up comprehensive training and university programmes that are grooming the engineers of the future.
According to Sanghi, going from four to five billion in a year is a significant accomplishment for Microchip, as it continues to gain worldwide market share. They have reached this milestone because their PIC microcontroller architecture, MPLAB development systems, direct sales and sales channel partners provide maximum benefits for customers to reach their design goals.
Two of its flagship products, namely the single-phase watt-hour meter (DDS71) and single-phase multi-rate watt-hour meter (DDSF71) have been awarded national recognition, with the former DDS71 being certified by KEMA in 2003.
Linyang uses a broad line of embedded-control solutions from Microchip, including PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers, serial EEPROMs and analogue devices.
Microchip produces more than 400 PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The five billionth PIC MCU shipped, the PIC18LF8720-I/PT, highlights the unique PIC18 8-bit architecture, providing 128 Kbytes of high-endurance Flash program memory. Most 8-bit MCUs only support program memory up to 64 Kbytes or less, forcing customers to change platforms when their program size grows. The PIC MCU 8-bit architecture scales up to 2 Mbytes, maintaining software investments and allowing customers to reuse their software across a wide range of MCU products.