Microchip Technology Acquires Hampshire Company

Touch Screen Controllers are added to Microchip's mTouch(TM) Sensing Solution portfolio of user-interface products

Chandler, Arizona - October 15, 2008 - (NASDAQ: MCHP) - Microchip Technology Incorporated, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced it has acquired Hampshire Company, Inc. Hampshire is a leader in the large-format (typically with screen diameters greater than 5 inches) touch screen controller market. Hampshire provides customers with high-quality universal touch screen controllers, along with best-of-class application support and driver-interface software.

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

"The combined capabilities of Hampshire and Microchip are expected to create unique opportunities in the growing touch screen 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(TM) 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.

Customer Support
Hampshire's customers should continue to contact the Company through the normal sales and support channels that existed prior to this acquisition announcement. For more information, please visit Hampshire's Web site at www.hampshirecompany.com or contact Hampshire at +1 414-355-4675.

About Hampshire Company
Hampshire Company is a leader in universal touch screen controller electronics and software technology. Hampshire touch screen controller and software solutions supply high performance decoding for all analog resistive and surface capacitive touch screens, regardless of manufacturer, technology or construction. Hampshire is a privately held company.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

Eric Lawson,
Public Relations Manager
Microchip Technology Inc.
2355 West Chandler Blvd, Mail Stop 4B
Chandler, AZ 85224
Fax 480-792-4150

Link: www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=2018&mcparam=en537840

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