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The Media Are Invited to Attend the FIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona Regional

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Media Are Invited to Attend the FIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona Regional08:00 EDT Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP): The Media Are Invited to Attend theFIRST® Robotics Competition Arizona RegionalMarch 22-23, 20138:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Hamilton High School3700 South Arizona Ave.Chandler, AZ 85248 (Business Wire) -- Key Facts: High-school robotics competition Any student participating on a FIRST team is eligible to apply for $16 million in scholarships 50 teams participating, including 44 from Arizona, one from Mexico, three from New Mexico and two from California Teams had six weeks to build a robot that can throw Frisbees to score points. Teams can score extra points if their robots climb towers in the final seconds of a two-minute and fifteen-second match. Three teams are grouped into “alliances” for each match. Winners are eligible to attend the FRC World Championship in St. Louis, Apr. 24-27, 2013 Free and open to the public *** INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES *** Still and video photography permitted Media interview opportunities with FIRST students and their mentors from the community Chandler, Ariz.-based Microchip Technology is the organizing sponsor of the FRC Arizona Regional. For more information and to schedule interviews, contact: Terri Thorson, Public Relations SpecialistMicrochip Technology Inc.480-792-4386terri.thorson@microchip.comOn-site media contact:Carol Popovich, Regional Director, Cell 480-335-2091 High-res FIRST Logo available through contact, or Flickr:http://www.microchip.com/get/EFSCMore information about FIRST in Arizonahttp://www.microchip.com/get/UNR8More information about FIRST, worldwide:http://www.microchip.com/get/UNR8About Microchip Technology Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, 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. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/CSXF. Note:The Microchip name and logo are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries.All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.Tags / Keywords: FIRST, STEM education, robotics competition Microchip Technology Inc.Terri Thorson, 480-792-4386Public Relations Specialistterri.thorson@microchip.com