hmmm i need to confirm this with my former ofcmates….


Microchip sues Zilog over 8-pin microcontrollers

Peter Clarke

EE Times (08/12/2005 9:03 AM EDT)

LONDON — Microchip Technology Inc. said Friday (Aug. 12) that it has filed a complaint against Zilog Inc. alleging patent infringement.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, alleges that the 8-pin Z8 Encore! XP 4K series of microcontrollers from Zilog (San Jose, Calif.) infringes three Microchip patents and seeks preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and damages, Microchip (Chandler, Ariz.) said. Microchip has alleged that Zilog infringes U.S. Patent Nos. 5,847,450; 6,483,183 and 6,696,316.

“Microchip introduced the first of its now industry-leading 8-pin PIC microcontroller products in 1996,” said Steve Sanghi, Microchip’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

taken from: EETimes