RS adds over 1,100 more Microchip devices

Increased offer features PIC® XLPMCUs and expanded development kit range

Singapore, 21 December 2009 :

RS Components, a leading distributor of electronic, electro-mechanical and industrial products, today announces the addition of over 1,100 new devices into its range from Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors. The increased offer means RS now has the most up-to-date Microchip range of microcontrollers and development kits available direct-from-stock for design engineers.

The new introductions include Microchip’s PIC® XLP family, offering new industry benchmarks for the lowest sleep current consumption. nanoWatt XLP technology provides design engineers with a rich and compatible low-power migration path that includes on-chip peripherals for USB and mTouch™ Sensing.

Features of the PIC XLP MCUs include sleep currents down to 20nA, real-time clock currents down to 500nA and watchdog timer currents down to 400na, making the range ideal for any battery-powered or power-constrained application. Microchip has integrated all three features into their 8-bit and 16-bit XLP series, providing more freedom for designers who need products to operate longer while using less battery power.

Supporting PIC MCUs with nanoWatt XLP technology are three new PIMS (Plug in Modules) that fit into Microchip’s existing 8-bit / 16-bit Explorer Boards. RS has also significantly increased its range of Microchip development kits and accessories available direct-from-stock to support design engineers in their development of PIC MCU based solutions.

Mitch Little, Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Applications at Microchip comments that “Microchip is delighted to see the investments being made by RS. With the new range of PIC XLP microcontrollers and an expanded development kit offer, the Microchip range available from RS gives design engineers the products they need from a market-leading distributor.”

Richard Huxley, Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific at RS states “RS has worked closely with Microchip to bring the latest technologies into our offer and create the freshest Microchip range available. With the new range available at flexible quantities in production-format packaging, RS has all the devices design engineers require when using Microchip technology in development, prototyping and small volume production.”

The full range of Microchip products is available online at complete with supporting technical datasheets, product attributes and application notes to enable easy and accurate product selection.

About RS Components

A part of Electrocomponents plc, RS Components (RS) is one of the largest global catalogue and web-based distributors of electronic, electro-mechanical and industrial products.

Operating under the trading brands of RS Components, Radiospares, Radionics and Allied Electronics in the U.S., the Group serves nearly 1.6 million customers in over 80 countries worldwide. Through operations in 27 countries and 16 warehouses, RS distributes 450,000 products from over 2,500 suppliers.

The Group has an annual turnover of over £925 million and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, please visit our market leading website at .

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, 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