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SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs Win Embedded System Product of the Year at 2010 Elektra Awards

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a secure, smart, connected world, today announced that Electronics Weekly magazine has selected SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal FPGAs as the winner of the 2010 Elektra Award for Embedded System Product of the Year. The industry-recognized SmartFusion device is the world's first intelligent mixed signal FPGA that integrates an FPGA, hard ARM® Cortex™-M3-based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog, offering full customization, IP protection and ease-of-use.

"The entries demonstrated the high level of integrated design which has become the norm in today's embedded systems. The winner added a new level of integration which engineers are now using in their designs," said the Elektra Award judges.

"With SmartFusion devices, embedded designers no longer have to compromise, and they can easily build the system they want, with all the features they need, on a single chip," said Rich Kapusta, vice president, terrestrial products for Microsemi's SoC Products Group. "This integration provides a revolutionary approach to embedded design and enables new levels of performance, time to market, and flexibility."

The Elektra Awards gives the industry the opportunity to recognize the achievements of individuals and companies. The awards are designed to promote best practice in key areas including, innovation, sales growth and employee motivation. An independent panel of judges selected the Elektra Award winners, which were announced in London on December 9 at the Elektra Awards Dinner.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC) offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor technology. Committed to solving the most critical system challenges, Microsemi's products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed signal integrated circuits, FPGAs and customizable SoCs, and complete subsystems. Microsemi serves leading system manufacturers around the world in the defense, security, aerospace, enterprise, commercial, and industrial markets. Learn more at http://www.microsemi.com.

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All trademarks are property of Microsemi Corporation. Actel Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsemi Corporation.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to the Electronics Weekly magazine selection of SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal FPGAs as the winner of the 2010 Elektra Award for Embedded System Product of the Year, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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