I love the straight talk and directness of the CEO! I would wish that more companies would follow that example. In some ways, I wonder if his clear, direct communication style is an enabler for the company. The understanding of the company direction and interests can only help each employee in their job and managers at all levels do theirs.
Ditto, as a long time user in several of the different offerings from 8 to 16 bit devices, I agree that Microchip serves well their shareholders by focusing strategies in industrial and consumer embedded products. Few vendors compare to the size and depth of their user knowledge base and prompt response to errata.