Microchip Technology Joins EEMBC as Member of Automotive Workgroup

Jul 17, 2006, 01:00 ET from EEMBC

    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
     "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
     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.