Microchip Technology Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1989. The Company operates in two industry segments Semiconductor products and Technology licensing. The Semiconductor products segment develops, manufactures and sells semiconductor products used for a variety of embedded control applications. The Technology licensing segment provides license Flash-IP solutions. Its quality systems are ISO/TS16949 certified. Its product portfolio comprises general purpose and specialized 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers, a broad spectrum of high-performance linear, mixed-signal, power management, thermal management, RF, safety, security, wired connectivity and wireless connectivity devices, as well as serial EEPROMs, Serial Flash memories, Parallel Flash memories and serial SRAM memories. The company sells its products to distributors and original equipment manufacturers, referred to as OEMs, in a range of markets, perform ongoing credit evaluations of its customers and generally require no collateral. It competes with domestic and international semiconductor companies. It also competes with a number of companies that have copied, cloned, pirated or reverse engineered its proprietary product lines in such countries as China, Korea and Taiwan. Its manufactured products or products based on U.S. technology are subject to U.S. laws and regulations governing international trade and exports, including, but not limited to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Export Administration Regulations, and trade sanctions against embargoed countries and destinations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control.