Lear Honors Microchip with Hall of Fame Supplier Award

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced that Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive interior systems and components, has selected Microchip as one of ten global recipients of the 2005 Lear Supplier Hall of Fame Award from a pool of more than 3,200 companies. Microchip received this honor due to its outstanding business performance in providing Lear with world-class components and services.

Now in its eighth year, Lear’s Annual Hall of Fame Supplier Awards Program recognizes those suppliers who demonstrate excellence in quality, delivery, service and competitiveness. The winning suppliers for 2005 were determined by using the Lear Supplier Rating System.

“As a leader in 8-bit microcontrollers, Microchip has provided Lear with a high level of quality and outstanding customer support,” said Bob Rossiter, Lear chairman and CEO. “Microchip’s commitment to lower total systems costs and its global manufacturing footprint have made it a key contributor to the success of multiple critical launches for Lear over the past 12 months. Furthermore, Lear’s success with its own customers in automotive electronics is due in large part to the outstanding support we have received from Microchip.”

“At Microchip, customers have always been our focus,” said Steve Sanghi, Microchip president and CEO. “Receiving Lear’s highest supplier honor is deeply gratifying, as it proves the effectiveness of Microchip’s ongoing efforts to exceed customer expectations.”

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 free 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, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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