Microchip MASTERs Conference

Microchip’s (NASDAQ:MCHP) annual Worldwide MASTERs Conference will take place at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, with the main conference taking place from August 8 – 11, and a pre-conference on August 6 and 7, 2007.

The MASTERs Conference provides design engineers with an annual forum for sharing and exchanging technical information on the company’s 8-bit and 16-bit PIC(R) microcontrollers, high-performance analog and interface solutions, 16-bit dsPIC(R) digital signal controllers (DSCs), KEELOQ(R) security devices, memory products, and MPLAB(R) development systems.

MASTERs is an in-depth, bi-directional exchange of technical information between Microchip experts and the company’s technical partners, including consultants, customers, third parties, distributor FAEs and design houses. Topics presented cover a broad range of subjects, from board layout topologies to real-life reference designs and embedded applications.

The conference will offer 101 classes. In addition to lecture-based classes, there will be 66 hands-on workshops that enable attendees to practice what they have learned. The course materials are geared to varying skill levels.

Microchip will also offer a two-day pre-conference for those who wish to attend as many classes as possible during the week. These classes are designed for beginner and advanced attendees. For example, “Introduction to Embedded Programming Using C” is a two-day, 16-hour step-by-step crash course in C, with practical hands-on exercises.

MASTERs classes cover the gamut of electronic engineering topics, including hands-on sessions offering instruction for object-oriented programming of PIC microcontrollers and how to do battery authentication, courses on designing LED and LCD display systems, and classes on how to add Ethernet, USB and ZigBee(TM) protocol communication to embedded designs. In addition, there are hands-on workshops that show how to create intelligent power supplies and how to take full advantage of the dsPIC DSC for speech-processing applications.

Additional activities include networking sessions between consultants and attendees to discuss relevant design topics, meeting with third-party development tool experts and a simulated wafer fab plant tour. Extracurricular events include a “Moonbase 2020″ interactive demonstration from the Challenger Space Center, “hover mouse” building and races, Arizona Magician performances, a robot competition, Scalextric digital slot cars, casino tables, and sports-bar and video games.

The Conference is ideal for those who are looking for solutions to embedded-control challenges or in-depth education on Microchip’s products. Design engineers and engineering managers benefit from the Conference by learning about solutions and interfacing with the Microchip architects and developers.

The MASTERs Conference courses, a CD-ROM with all class material, and three-night accommodations with meals and evening entertainment are included in the conference cost of $1,195 USD. The deadline to register is July 25th.

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