Microchip Technology Ships One Billionth Lead-Free Device

October 30, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ), a provider of microcontroller (MCU) and analog semiconductors, announced the shipment of its one-billionth lead-free device. Since announcing the conversion of its product packaging to new lead-free, matte-tin plating material last year, Microchip has quickly shipped a large volume of converted products to help speed regulatory compliance. Microchip's lead-free products are backward-compatible with lead-based soldering processes, and forward-compatible with higher-temperature, lead-free processes.

"Microchip is committed to manufacturing our industry-leading, embedded control semiconductors in an environmentally responsible manner," said Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi. "By shipping one-billion lead-free devices well ahead of regulatory mandates, Microchip has successfully demonstrated our ability to combine environmentalism and commerce."