I2C(TM) EEPROM Devices offer low operating voltage.

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Available in densities of 1 or 2 Kbits, 24VLXX series has operating current below 400 µA and offers operating voltage down to 1.5 V for read and write operations. Models 24VL014/024/025 can be ordered with full-array write protect, while 24VL014H/024H support half-array write protect. Each device is available in 8-pin SOIC, MSOP, PDIP, or 2 x 3 mm TDFN package and has operating frequency of 100 kHz @ 1.5 V. Characteristics help extend battery life in portable/handheld applications.

Original Press Release:

Microchip Technology Announces Lowest Voltage EEPROM Devices on the Market

New EEPROMs Have Operating Voltage Down to 1.5V for Both Read and Write Operations

CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 23, 2009 [NASDAQ: MCHP] - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced a series of I2C(TM) EEPROM devices with the lowest operating voltage available on the market. The 24VLXX series of devices has an operating voltage down to 1.5V for both Read and Write operations, with a very low operating current well below 400 microamperes. As an added feature, the 24VL014, 24VL024 and 24VL025 can be ordered with a full-array write protect, while the 24VL014H and 24VL024H devices support a half-array write protect. In densities of 1K or 2 Kbits, these EEPROM devices are the first to support this low voltage level, and they are versatile enough to support two different write-protect features.

Following the previously announced 34AA02, 34LC02 and 34VL02 (34XX02) low-voltage EEPROM devices, the new low-voltage 24VL014, 24VL014H, 24VL024, 24VL024H and 24VL025 devices provide another option for designers looking to maximize battery life in their applications. With an operating frequency of 100 kHz at 1.5V, the new EEPROMs can operate in portable and handheld applications with very low voltages, thus reducing power consumption and extending the useful life of the battery. Examples include low-voltage DIMM modules in laptop computers, as well as wireless keyboards, mice, headsets and remote controls.

"Microchip is pleased to announce a new family of EEPROM devices with the lowest operating voltage on the market," said Randy Drwinga, vice president of Microchip's Memory Products Division. "As demands for longer battery life continue to drive new designs, our very low voltage EEPROM family is expected to widen the acceptance of new lower-voltage standards."

Development Tool Support
The very low voltage EEPROM devices are supported by the MPLAB® Starter Kit for Serial Memory Products (Part # DV243003). The kit includes the MPLAB Starter Kit for serial memory products board, a serial EEPROM starter pack, a USB cable, and a CD containing the MPLAB IDE, Total Endurance(TM) software model and a serial EEPROM interface tool. It can be ordered today at microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchipdirect.com), for $79.98.

Device Packaging, Pricing & Availability
Each of the five new very low voltage EEPROM devices is available in an 8-pin SOIC, MSOP, PDIP and 2 mm x 3 mm TDFN package. The 24VL014 and 24VL014H devices are priced at $0.31 each for the SOIC package and up to $0.37 each for the TDFN package, in 10,000-unit quantities. The 24VL024, 24VL024H and 24VL025 devices are priced at $0.34 each for the SOIC package and up to $0.40 for the TDFN package, in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples can be ordered today at sample.microchip.com, and volume production quantities can be ordered today at www.microchipdirect.com. For further information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at www.microchip.com/VL.

Microchip Customer Support
Microchip is committed to supporting its customers by helping design engineers develop products faster and more efficiently. Customers can access four main service areas at www.microchip.com. The Support area provides a fast way to get questions answered; the Sample area offers evaluation samples of any Microchip device; microchipDIRECT provides 24-hour pricing, ordering, inventory and credit for convenient purchasing of all Microchip devices and development tools; finally, the Training area educates customers through webinars, sign-ups for local seminar and workshop courses, and information about the annual MASTERs events held throughout the world.

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.

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