Microchip Announces Strategic Partnership with Xymox Technologies for Printed Multi-Touch Sensor Solutions
Oct 23 14
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Xymox Technologies to provide customers with a complete, cost-effective touch and gesture interface solution with low-power touch electronics and printed flexible touch sensors supporting a wide range of existing and emerging markets. Xymox's printed transparent PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer sensors made with KODAK HCF (Highly Conductive Film) combine with Microchip's low-cost, low-power touch electronics to enable fast, inexpensive development of touch and gesture enabled devices. This unique strategic partnership addresses the common constraints of flexibility, total system power and cost that are critical in modern designs in the fast-paced consumer markets, such as wearables and handheld controls as well as the industrial markets with bar code readers, thermostats and various other human interface devices. Microchip's turnkey touch controllers combined with Xymox flexible printed sensors made from KODAK HCF Film materials provide customers with a complete, low-cost, low-power, flexible, gesture-enabled interface solution for cost and power constrained designs. Customers can leverage fast turnaround and low manufacturing minimums of Xymox printed sensors to integrate with Microchip's versatile touch electronics solutions to keep pace with their changing touch interface requirements. Xymox can design and manufacture a custom projected capacitive sensor that is a cost-effective alternative to traditional ITO sensors. Xymox printed sensors are also formable to meet the challenges of curved surfaces in today's modern designs.
Microchip Technology Inc. Announces Digitally Enhanced Power (DEPA) Controllers, MCP19118 and MCP19119
Oct 21 14
Microchip Technology Inc. announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power (DEPA) controllers--the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9). They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck converters up to 40V, with the configurability of a digital MCU. And they are the devices to combine 40V operation and PMBus(TM) communication interfaces. These features enable quick power-conversion circuit development with an analog control loop that is programmable in the integrated 8-bit PIC(R) MCU core's firmware. This integration and flexibility is ideal for power-conversion applications, such as battery-charging, LED-driving, USB Power Delivery, point-of-load and automotive power supplies. Along with the rapidly growing popularity of digitally controlled power supplies, due to their configurability for a variety of operating conditions and topologies, power system designers also have an increasing need for the ability to report telemetry and conduct two-way communication (typically for monitoring and fault reporting), via standard communication interfaces such as PMBus. Additionally, the recently released USB charging specifications (USB Power Delivery and the USB type C connector) include variable charging voltages, which allow for rapid device charging, but add potentially difficult hardware requirements. By integrating a supervisory microcontroller, the MCP19118/9 devices can create programmable power supplies. Key system settings such as switching frequency (100 kHz to 1.6 MHz), current limits and voltage setpoints can be adjusted on the fly during operation by issuing write commands to the registers in the device. One design can then be reused for additional applications, using firmware updates to change the configuration, which minimizes design, production and inventory requirements across multiple platforms. Additionally, the integrated MCU core can be used to monitor other parts of the application to sequence startup operations; intelligently manage faults, under-voltage or brown-out conditions; perform housekeeping functions; adjust power outputs in response to load requirements (such as battery charging or USB port power); and assisting with the module's external interfaces (monitoring or delivering signals to the user or system). With integrated linear regulators, PWM generators, ADCs, MOSFET drivers, analog error amplifiers and control-loop compensation, the MCP19118/9 devices provide a very compact circuit solution. Properly implemented, this system is capable of high conversion efficiency and excellent transient response for reduced system power losses, smaller heatsinks and longer battery life in portable applications. These DEPA devices can also provide data over the I(2) C(TM) interface, using customized SMBus or PMBus compatible commands. The MCP19118 and MCP19119 are both available now for sampling and volume production, with prices starting at $2.92 each in 5,000-unit quantities. The MCP19118 is offered in a 4x4 mm, 24-pin QFN package, while the MCP19119 is available in a 5x5 mm, 28-pin QFN package.
Microchip Technology Incorporated Provides Preliminary Net Sales Guidance for the Second Quarter Ended September 30, 2014
Oct 9 14
Microchip Technology Incorporated announced that it expects preliminary net sales for its second quarter of fiscal 2015 ended September 30, 2014 to be about $546.2 million, which includes about $16.9 million from the recent ISSC acquisition. On July 31, 2014, the company provided guidance of net sales to be $560.0 million to $575.9 million which included $18 million from the ISSC acquisition. Excluding the ISSC acquisition, Microchip's net sales in the September 2014 quarter are expected to be $529.3 million, which is down 0.4% sequentially on a non-GAAP basis and up 0.1% on a GAAP basis. There is no difference in GAAP and non-GAAP net sales in the September 2014 quarter.