The guys and gals at Microchip Technology have just announced the shipment of their six billionth PIC microcontroller to Mexico-based white-good appliance producer Mabe.
I was thinking that we'd done a story like this recently, but then I realized that Microchip were talking about shipping their five billionth PIC in November 2006. This means that they've shipped this six billionth microcontroller – the PIC12F635-I/P – in little more than a year after delivering their five billionth chip. "Good Grief Charlie Brown!" At this rate we'll soon be donning our party hats to celebrate the ten billionth chip – the mind boggles!
The folks at Microchip say that: "This announcement demonstrates the industry's continued acceptance of Microchip's PIC microcontrollers as the high-performance, cost-effective solution for embedded-control designs, and provides further evidence of the Company's continued strong growth throughout Latin America." (Not suprisingly, they're rather happy with themselves at the moment.)
The shipment of our six billionth PIC microcontroller is a remarkable achievement, and shipping it to a customer in Mexico is even more satisfying as we continue to see widespread adoption of our broad embedded-control portfolio throughout Latin America," said Microchip's president and CEO Steve Sanghi.
According to Sanghi, going from five to six billion in a year is a significant accomplishment for Microchip, as the Company continues to gain worldwide market share. "We have reached this milestone because customers like Mabe recognize the value in our flexible PIC microcontroller architectures, the fact that we have the industry's strongest migration path, our easy-to-use MPLAB development systems, our comprehensive sales support, and our dependable supply performance."
A Microchip customer for over 10 years, Mabe is one of the largest producers of white-good appliances in the Americas – with over 22,000 employees spread across Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. The company uses a broad line of embedded-control solutions from Microchip, including PIC microcontrollers.