updated 11/29/2010 12:47:42 PM ET 2010-11-29T17:47:42

ANDOVER, Mass. and OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SiGe Semiconductor, Inc., a leading supplier of silicon-based radio frequency (RF) front end modules (FEMs) and power amplifiers (PAs), has been named a finalist for the Global Semiconductor Alliance's 2010 "Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company" Award. The winner will be announced during GSA's Awards Dinner on 9 December 2010 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.

According to the GSA, the Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company Award " is designed to identify the private company garnering the most respect of the industry in terms of its products, vision and future opportunity." This is the second nomination for SiGe Semiconductor in the company's history for an award that is one of the most prestigious recognitions of private companies in the semiconductor industry. Previous winners include industry leaders such as NVIDIA, Marvell Semiconductor, Atheros Communications, Cavium Networks, AuthenTec and Open-Silicon.

SiGe's Chief Executive Officer and President, Sohail Khan, commented, "we are delighted to receive the recognition of the GSA for our work in advancing silicon-based RF front end solutions for wireless connectivity applications in consumer electronics. Our leadership in establishing the fabless model for RF front end manufacturing, the strength of our development and operations teams in leveraging the advantages of silicon for RF front end products, and our dedication to outstanding customer support have set SiGe Semiconductor apart as a leader in the RF industry. We hope to emulate the success of the companies previously recognized by the GSA for this distinction as we continue to grow our presence and contribution to the wireless connectivity industry."

More information about the GSA Awards Dinner and the awards to be given to private and public companies at the event can be found at gsaglobal.org/awardsdinner/2010/index.aspx.

About SiGe Semiconductor

SiGe Semiconductor is a leading provider of highly integrated RF semiconductor front end solutions that enable wireless connectivity across a wide range of applications. Our innovative solutions integrate multiple RF functions into a single semiconductor device to deliver an optimal combination of performance, power output and efficiency, and size. Our predominant use of standard silicon based processes and fabless manufacturing model enables us to achieve high levels of functional integration, leverage the economies of scale of high volume manufacturing technology, maintain low costs and accelerate our time-to-market. We have shipped more than 500 million front end solutions since our inception, primarily consisting of Wi-Fi™ front end modules and power amplifiers.

About SiGe Semiconductor's Lead-Free Initiative The use of lead in the design and manufacture of electronic products is an increasing environmental concern. In support of industry-wide initiatives to protect the environment, all SiGe Semiconductor, Inc. products we ship today are lead-free and RoHS compliant.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the date the statements are made, and SiGe Semiconductor, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update forward-looking statements should conditions or management's estimates or opinions change.

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