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Specially priced PICkit 3 extreme low power bundle to evaluate Microchip Technology's new nanoWatt XLP MCUs offered exclusively at Newark

CHICAGO-May 14, 2009

Committed to bringing engineers the newest technologies first, leading multi-channel electronics distributor Newark element14, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announces that it has partnered with Microchip Technology to offer a specially priced PICkit 3™ nanoWatt XLP™ Technology bundle with all the hardware, software and MCU samples needed to start designing products using the new nanoWatt XLP™ microcontrollers, which set a new low for power consumption in the industry.

Microchip’s nanoWatt XLP portfolio consists of three new 8- and 16-bit PIC® MCU families and three other recent 8-bit families, providing designers with a rich and compatible low-power migration path that includes on-chip peripherals for USB and mTouch™ sensing solutions. This technology enables products to have longer operating lives using less power, or to require fewer battery changes.

Newark element14's PICkit 3 nanoWatt XLP Technology bundle (07R8155) is priced at $99.99, and available for same day shipping, while supplies last, at

It includes:

      PICkit 3 Debug Express In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer
      PIC18F46J50 FS USB Demo Board
      MPLAB® IDE and C-compiler software CD
      CD containing white papers, application notes and data sheets
      1 sample each PIC18F14K50-I/SO PIC18F14K50-I/SS PIC16F722-I/SS PIC18F45K20-I/PT PIC18F46J11-I/PT PIC18F46J50-I/PT
      USB cables

If purchased separately, these same items would cost over $115.00.

"We are pleased to partner with Newark element14 to meet the needs of embedded designers with the lowest possible power consumption for today's demanding battery-powered and power-constrained applications," said Malcolm Campbell, Microchip's Global Channel Sales director. "Through significant investment in our new nanoWatt XLP Technology, which combines enhanced design techniques and new features, Microchip has driven power consumption to new lows, surpassing the industry and becoming the new leader in low-power microcontrollers."

"This is the latest example of how Newark and Microchip partner together to bring the newest technology to market," comments Paul Buckley, Senior VP, Sales & Supplier Management, Newark element14. "We are proud to offer design engineers both innovation and value."

Complete details about Newark element14’s exclusive development bundle can be found at

Microchip Power Bundle

From left to right; Yvette Sledge, Andre Rego, Dianne Kibbey Issac Rajendran, and Kate Facklam of Newark element14.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell Ltd, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website,, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell Ltd, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit and Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark

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