Atmel chips in action

I’ve heard concerns from microcontroller hackers that a takeover by Microchip could hinder the openness of Atmel’s microcontrollers. Atmel’s AVR microcontrollers are used in many of the Open Source Hardware projects we carry in the Maker Shed, such as MiniPOV, Arduino, and the Mignonette Kit, pictured above.

So is this good news or bad news?

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Chip maker Microchip Technology Inc. said Tuesday it is no longer interested in buying Atmel Corp., another chip maker, and is withdrawing a slate of directors it had nominated to its board.

Microchip said the global economy, along with the chip industry, has “deteriorated significantly” since it first made an offer of $5 per share in October.

Microchip Technology drops Atmel bid [via rolfvw on SFmicrocontrollers]