Microchip TechnologyCHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 11, 2010 [NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced it has acquired ZeroG Wireless, Inc. (http://www.microchip.com/get/9B6V), an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi® solutions based in Sunnyvale, Calif. ZeroG is a privately held fabless semiconductor developer of Wi-Fi-certified transceivers and FCC-certified modules, which further strengthen Microchip’s wireless offerings by enabling embedded designers to easily connect to this ubiquitous networking protocol with any 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC® microcontroller. The terms of the deal are confidential.

“There is a growing need for Wi-Fi solutions in embedded applications, and ZeroG’s Wi-Fi solutions are tailor made for the embedded market,” said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip’s RF Products Division. “This acquisition makes it easy for Microchip’s microcontroller customers to purchase certified Wi-Fi modules and proven software, to enable their embedded applications with Wi-Fi capability.”

ZeroG’s customers should continue to contact ZeroG through the normal sales and support channels that existed prior to this acquisition announcement. For more information, please visit ZeroG’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/9B6V or contact ZeroG at 408-738-7600.

The ZeroG Wireless ZG2100M and ZG2101M Wi-Fi Modules, ZeroG IEEE 802.11 Development Kit for Explorer 16 (part # AC164136) and the ZeroG Wi-Fi PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164136-2) will continue to be available at microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchip.com/get/3UAG), and through the Microchip sales team. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or visit Microchip’s online Wireless Design Center at http://www.microchip.com/get/NRR5.