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Microchip licenses MCUs to BMW

Posted: 26 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SmartShunt? Microchip Technology? BMW? license agreement? power management?

Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller (MCU) and analog semiconductors, announced the signing of a patent license agreement with the German auto maker BMW AG. This agreement provides BMW access to Microchip-owned patents covering the use of MCUs/microprocessors in battery-monitoring sensors, including conventional 12V vehicles.

"The significant growth of electronics in vehicles has created an expanding need for power management in vehicles" said Ganesh Moorthy, VP of Microchips advanced MCU and memory division. "By making the SmartShunt technology patents available for license, we hope to enable the expanded use of integrated current sensors in all automotive designs."

Microchip acquired the licensed SmartShunt technology as part of the PowerSmart acquisition in 2002.

Microchip also manufactures key semiconductor components used in power sensors, including voltage regulators, memory chips and advanced microcontrollers needed for data transmission.

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