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Design Partner Program FAQs

General Program FAQs

  1. What is Microchip’s Design Partner Program?

    A world-class network of consulting companies who design with Microchip’s wide portfolio of semiconductor products. Design services include software, hardware, mechanical, industrial design and full turn-key solutions.

  2. What are the benefits of becoming an authorized design partner?

    - Develop a Long Term Relationship with Microchip
    - Gain Access to New Design Opportunities
    - Increase Your Marketing Exposure
    - Free Access to Hands-on Technical Trainings and free extended sample counts
    - Receive Special Discounts and Earn Financial Rewards

  3. What do the various Partner levels mean (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum)?

    Microchip has a points system that is tallied every calendar year and is based on our partner’s design activity. The more design activity they do, the higher their rating will be. Their levels may change annually.

  4. What is a Design Partner Specialist?

    We have complex application areas where our clients need a deeper level of support, so we carved out “specialists” within our partner network to help our clients get to market in a timely manner. Specialists can be found on this site as well as our Application design centers, e.g. www.microchip.com/wireless

  5. How do I become an authorized design partner for Microchip?

    Contact a local sales office near you or send us an email at partners@microchip.com for more information.

Existing Partner FAQs

  1. Am I eligible for free expanded sample counts directly from Microchip?

    Yes, once your email domain is flagged in our system, you will receive up to 5 free samples / up to 5 line items.

  2. Where should I go if I have technical questions?

    Contact your local FAE sponsor or submit a web ticket at our Support website.

  3. What is the recommended method of purchasing development tools?

    The preferred channel is through Microchip’s e-commerce site found at www.microchipDIRECT.com.

  4. How do I get my tool discounts?

    We must first have your email domain flagged for auto-discounts through www.microchipDIRECT.com. When you place an order, all tool discounts are automatically deducted at checkout.

  5. Does my partner discount work on silicon orders through microchipDIRECT?

    No, only tools are eligible.

  6. How do I get permission to use the Authorized Design Partner logos and Specialist logos?

    You should have received a logo application and guideline document when you joined the program. If you cannot locate it, email us at partners@microchip.com and we will re-send the documents to you.

  7. As a partner, am I eligible for free technical trainings?

    Yes, you may register for online classes at www.microchip.com/training. Type your Design Partner Number into the Coupon Code area. This will zero out the cost of the class for you.

  8. Am I eligible for a discount to Microchip's annual Master's Conference?

    If you are a discount-based partner, yes; however, your design activity must be current before the registration period begins to be eligible for your discount.