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									Microchip Technology and Future Electronics Partner
to Create Wireless Sensor Solution
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CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 13, 2002 [NASDAQ: MCHP] —Microchip Technology Inc. and Future
Electronics have partnered to create a “Wireless Sensor Solution” reference design kit that provides
novice and experienced Radio Frequency (RF) designers with an easy-to-adopt RF solution.

The reference design kit is a self-contained “working prototype” that highlights Microchip’s rfPIC™ UHF
transmitter and the PIC16C925 microcontroller with an LCD driver. The kit includes all of the necessary
design files, schematics, PCB layout files, software, and supporting circuitry needed to easily and
efficiently design a wireless sensor application.

"We partnered with Future Electronics to provide customers with a fully functional solution to accelerate
the design of wireless products," said Fanie Duvenhage, Microchip's rfPIC product marketing manager.
“The solution demonstrates the breadth of products Microchip offers for embedded control solutions.”

“The Wireless Sensor Solution system provides engineers with a working demonstration system for the
rfPIC transmitter that also offers a matching component level receiver circuit,” said Rick Smith, Area
Technical Manager for Future Electronics. “We want to make adopting the rfPIC technology as easy as
possible by offering an evaluation system along with a complete set of design documents and firmware
that will help speed-up the design process and demystify the black magic of RF at the same time.”

The Wireless Sensor Solution kit demonstrates a 433MHz low power short-range wireless link between a
Microchip temperature sensor and a receiver board that displays temperature on a LCD display. The
Microchip devices featured in the Wireless Sensor Solution reference design kit include an rfPIC
microcontroller with an integrated RF transmitter, a PICmicro® microcontroller with integrated LCD driver
module, a low dropout voltage regulator, and a digital thermal sensor. The core of the transmitter board is
Microchip’s rfPIC12C509AF microcontroller with a 433MHz ASK transmitter. The rfPIC device integrates
a PIC12C509 microcontroller with an UHF transmitter, enabling small, low-power RF applications. The
easy-to-program PIC12C509 features an ASK or FSK modulation, PLL and VCO capable of
transmissions in the 310-440MHz range, making it ideal for remote control and intermittent RF links. The
engine on the receiver board is a PIC16C925 microcontroller with a built-in 32-segment LCD driver to
display the sensor reading.

Microchip’s TC74 digital temperature sensor in a small SOT-25A-5 package provides an 8-bit digital
temperature output, eliminating the need for an external ADC. Fueling the design and regulating constant
power is Microchip’s TC55 low dropout regulator. The 250mA, 1.1 microamp voltage regulator offers a
low drop-out voltage of 380mV (typical) at 200mA and is ideal for battery-powered applications requiring
small input-to-output differentials and low power consumption.

The rfPIC devices are suitable for wireless sensor solutions where the installation of wires is not feasible
due to space or physical constraints. Applications may include temperature sensing, tire pressure
sensing, smoke detectors, water level sensors, and wireless home security systems. Other applications
include remote keyless entry, garage door openers, lighting, and appliance control.

The Wireless Sensor Solutions kit is available by contacting your local Future Electronics Sales office or
visiting http://futureelectronics.com/rfpic. For information about Microchip’s products, contact any
Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor or visit www.microchip.com.

About Future Electronics

Future Electronics is a world-class leader and innovator in the marketing and distribution of
semiconductors and passive, interconnect and electro-mechanical components. The company operates
from 155 offices in 35 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. More information on the Company can
be found at www.futureelectronics.com.

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. manufactures the popular PICmicro® field-programmable RISC
microcontrollers, which serve 8- and 16-bit embedded control applications, and a broad spectrum of high-
performance linear and mixed-signal, power management and thermal management devices. The
Company also offers complementary microperipheral products including interface devices; microID®
RFID devices; serial EEPROMs; and the patented KEELOQ® security devices. This synergistic product
portfolio targets thousands of applications and a growing demand for high-performance designs in the
automotive, communications, computing, consumer and industrial control markets. The Company's
quality systems are ISO 9001 (1994 version) and QS9000 (1998 version) certified. Microchip is
headquartered in Chandler, Arizona with design facilities in Mountain View, California and Bangalore,
India; semiconductor fabrication facilities in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona and Puyallup, Washington; and
assembly and test operations near Bangkok, Thailand. Microchip employs approximately 3,200 people
worldwide and has sales offices throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and the Americas. More information on
the Company can be found at www.microchip.com.

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