EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced that Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, has joined EEMBC as a member of the consortium workgroup focused on developing system-level benchmarks for automotive applications. "We are pleased to welcome Microchip as a new member of EEMBC's automotive/industrial subcommittee," said Markus Levy, EEMBC president. "We look forward to the contributions Microchip will make as EEMBC moves forward on developing its next generation of automotive benchmarks, AutoBench Version 2.0." EEMBC's benchmarks are based on the fundamental algorithms and functions of key embedded applications, and they represent workloads that provide good metrics for comparing system performance. The next version of the consortium's AutoBench(TM) automotive benchmarks will meet the advanced needs of today's automotive designers by measuring the performance of a wide range of system components in automotive applications, including powertrain, safety systems, and body electronics. The benchmarks will serve as useful tests for microcontroller cores, buses, peripherals, memory, compilers, operating systems, SW drivers, and auto-code generators. "We are joining EEMBC's membership for a variety of reasons," said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip's Vertical Markets Group. "First, the industry is increasingly recognizing EEMBC benchmarks as the de facto standard for predicting processor performance. Second, we want to be able to give our customers the results of benchmark tests that are based on fair and objective criteria. Third, it will be important for us to be involved in the development of EEMBC's second generation of automotive benchmarks." About Microchip Technology Microchip Technology Inc. (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, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com. About EEMBC EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java, and network storage-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property, and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technical Center. EEMBC's members include Adaptec, Altera, AMCC, AMD, Analog Devices, ARC International, ARM, Artifex Software, Atmel, Broadcom, Code Sourcery, esmertec, Faraday, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, IAR Systems, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Improv Systems, Infineon Technologies, Intel, IPFlex, LSI Logic, Marvell Semiconductor, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Mentor Graphics, Microchip Technology, MIPS Technologies, MQX Embedded, National Instruments, NEC Electronics, Nokia, Oki Electric Industry, Patriot Scientific, Philips Semiconductors, PMC-Sierra, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Renesas Technology, Sandbridge Technologies, Sony Computer Entertainment, STMicroelectronics, Stretch, Sun Microsystems, Tensilica, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, VIA Technologies, and Wind River Systems. EEMBC is a registered trademark and AutoBench is a trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.