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|Traded as||NASDAQ: MCHP|
|Headquarters||Chandler, Arizona, USA|
|Key people||Steve Sanghi, President & CEO
J. Eric Bjornholt, CFO
Ganesh Moorthy, Executive VP
|Employees||6,970 (2011) |
Microchip Technology is an American manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors. Its products include microcontrollers (PICmicro, dsPIC / PIC24, PIC32), Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, KEELOQ devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as linear, interface and mixed signal devices. Some of the interface devices include USB, ZigBee/MiWi, Controller Area Network, and Ethernet.
Among its chief competitors are Analog Devices, Atmel, Freescale (spin-off from Motorola), Infineon, Maxim Integrated Products, NXP Semiconductors (spin-off from Philips), Renesas Electronics, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.
The company 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 (With World’s Lowest Sleep Current). Microchip Technology had sold more than 6 billion microcontrollers as of 2009.
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. 
HI-TECH Software is an Australian-based company that provides ANSI C compilers and development tools. Founded in 1984, the company is best known for its HI-TECH C PRO compilers with whole-program compilation technology, or Omniscient Code Generation (OCG). HI-TECH Software was bought by Microchip on 20 February 2009, whereupon it refocused its development effort exclusively on supporting Microchip products.
Supported manufacturers and architectures
HI-TECH Software has also provided compilers for the following manufacturers and architectures, but none of them are advertised since the Microchip acquisition:
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- The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine saved a copy of the compiler, available here and a installing turorial is available here.