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Green Hills Software and Microchip Technology Announce Software Development Solution for Microchip’s New PIC32 MCU Family

Green Hills Tools for High-Performance 32-bit MCUs


Green Hills Software compilers, and Green Hills Probe, are now available for Microchip’s PIC32 family of microcontrollers (MCUs).SANTA BARBARA, CA —November 5, 2007
Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS), and Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced that Green Hills Software’s software development product suite, including the MULTI® integrated development environment, Green Hills compilers, and Green Hills Probe, are now available for Microchip’s PIC32 family of microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC32, based on the MIPS® M4K™ core, is Microchip’s first 32-bit MCU family.

“We welcome Green Hills Software into the Microchip development tools program,” commented Patrick Johnson, director of Microchip’s High-Performance Microcontroller Division. “Green Hills Software’s embedded development solutions are recognized industry-wide as leading edge, and its MULTI integrated development environment enables PIC32 MCU software developers to maximize performance while minimizing code size, development and product unit costs.”

The Green Hills solution for Microchip’s PIC32 family consists of the following components:

  • MULTI integrated development environment – providing the most comprehensive DSO tool set for embedded software developers
  • Green Hills MIPS compilers – generating the fastest and smallest code in the industry
  • DoubleCheck™ integrated static analysis tool – industry-leading accuracy and execution speed for software defect detection and prevention
  • Green Hills Probe – providing reliable and efficient debugging, using the PIC32 EJTAG debug port

“While MIPS cores have been traditionally aimed at high-end processor designs, Microchip has developed a MIPS-based microcontroller family that brings high performance to embedded applications requiring minimum footprint, power and cost,” commented David Kleidermacher, chief technology officer, Green Hills Software. “We are pleased to provide Green Hills Software compilers, performance analysis tools, and the complete MULTI tool suite, which are all optimized for the PIC32 family to help realize this vision of top-end performance efficiency.”

About Microchip’s PIC32 MCU Family
The PIC32 MCU family is an extension of Microchip’s portfolio of nearly 500 MCUs and DSCs into 32 bits, with a compatible pin and peripheral migration path from its 16-bit families. The PIC32 is a high-performance 32-bit microcontroller family, based on the M4K core from MIPS Technologies. M4K is a state-of-the-art 32-bit, low-power, RISC processor core with the enhanced MIPS32 Release 2 Instruction Set Architecture. In addition to its high-performance CPU and low interrupt latency, the PIC32 family supports the MIPS16e 16-bit instruction mode for compact code, high-performance DMA, EJTAG debugging, flexible power-management modes and internal code protection.

Availability
The Green Hills Software solution for Microchip’s PIC32 MCU family is available today.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS) for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. Our royalty-free INTEGRITY® and velOSity™ real-time operating systems, µ-velOSity™ microkernel, compilers, MULTI® and AdaMULTI™ integrated development environments, DoubleCheck integrated static analyzer and TimeMachine™ tool suite offer a complete development solution that addresses both deeply embedded and high-reliability applications. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software on the web at www.ghs.com.

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, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

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