Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced its
expanded MiWi™ Development Environment (DE), which is a complete
ecosystem for designing star and mesh wireless networking products. The
MiWi DE is comprised of Microchip’s free, proprietary MiWi P2P, MiWi and
MiWi PRO star and mesh networking protocol stacks; the 8-bit Wireless
Development Kit (WDK) and ZENA™ Wireless Adapters (2.4 GHz, 868 MHz and
915 MHz); and the multi-purpose Wireless Development Studio (WDS) with
cross-platform support for the Linux, Mac OS® and Windows®
operating systems. The MiWi DE is ideal for the development of ISM-band
wireless networking applications for the home
and industrial automation
, wireless sensor monitoring and control and smart

Low-power wireless connectivity is becoming increasingly popular in many
embedded microcontroller applications, and Microchip’s new additions to
the MiWi DE combine to make it easy for designers to add wireless
connectivity. The new MiWi PRO mesh-networking protocol is ideal for design engineers
needing to create medium to large wireless systems. It supports up to 64
hops and 8,000 nodes in an integrated mesh-network topology. The Wireless
Development Studio
allows the quick, easy development of
wireless applications based on the MiWi protocols. It features a MiWi
protocol sniffer for monitoring, debugging and gathering information,
and a configurator with a graphical user interface that enables the
simple customization and configuration of wireless networks.

Microchip’s two new hardware tools simplify wireless application
development. The ZENA
Wireless Adapters
meet customer demand for a portable,
multi-function development tool. When paired with the Wireless
Development Studio, the ZENA Wireless Adapters can be used for sniffing,
probing and testing; or, they can be configured as a node on the
network. The 8-bit
Wireless Development Kit
provides eXtreme Low Power PIC®
microcontroller users with an easy-to-use platform for developing,
evaluating and testing low-power, cost-effective embedded wireless
connectivity. It features a pair of wireless PICtail™ daughter boards,
two battery-friendly 8-bit XLP PIC MCU development boards and the
ability to add additional nodes to create a larger wireless network.

“Microchip’s new MiWi DE gives our customers the tools they need to
quickly and easily add low-power embedded wireless connectivity to their
applications,” said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip’s Wireless
Products Division. “This single, seamless development environment
supports three interchangeable protocol stacks with three
interchangeable wireless PICtail daughter boards, reducing risk and
enabling faster time to market with a flexible, cost-effective solution
for our customers.”

Packaging, Pricing and Availability

The new MiWi
PRO protocol stack
– as part of the expanded MiWi DE – is
available today via free download, at
The Wireless
Development Studio
is available today via free download, at
The 8-bit
Wireless Development Kit – 2.4 GHz MRF24J40
(part # DM182015-1)
is available today for $299, at
Wireless Adapter – 2.4 GHz MRF24J40
(part # AC182015-1)
is available today for $49, at
ZENA adapters for 868 MHz and 915 MHz wireless applications are expected
to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011. For additional
information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized
worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at
To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to
or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk
product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market
for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered
in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along
with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the
Microchip website at

The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered
trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

PICtail, MiWi and ZENA are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc.
All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their
respective companies.

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