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Microchip obtains touchscreen controller firm

Posted: 17 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touchscreen? controller? company Hampshire?

Microchip Technology Inc. has acquired Hampshire Company Inc., a provider of large-format (typically with screen diameters greater than 5 inches) touchscreen controller.

"Hampshire has used its leading edge technology and know-how to achieve a leadership position for touchscreen controllers," said Steve Sanghi, Microchip's President and CEO. "Microchip has already achieved very strong momentum with its mTouch sensing solution portfolio. Hampshire's portfolio of products will extend Microchip's leadership in universal touchscreen controllers. Microchip intends to capitalize on Hampshire's leading technology to accelerate touchscreen R&D for the next generation of touchscreen controllers."

"The combined capabilities of Hampshire and Microchip are expected to create unique opportunities in the growing touchscreen market with the goal of creating a global standard for the touch screen interface," says Carl Bauman, president of the Hampshire Company. "We are very excited that Microchip has added Hampshire's products to the Microchip mTouch portfolio of user-interface products."

The terms of the deal are confidential, and the deal is expected to be immediately accretive to Microchip's earnings.





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