updated 12/2/2010 9:46:08 AM ET 2010-12-02T14:46:08

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at building a secure, smart, connected world, announced that Space Forum 2011, formerly known as the Actel Space Forum, kicks off today in Los Angeles, California. With more than 100 registered attendees, this invitation-only event has drawn system designers from the country's top manufacturers of space-flight applications. Microsemi is partnering with Aldec, Aeroflex, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, as well as other divisions within Microsemi to present and discuss advanced design ideas, application expertise and emerging technologies.

Attendees will also get an in-depth briefing on Microsemi's next generation 65nm space-flight FPGAs. Targeted to expand beyond spacecraft bus applications and into payload data processing functions, the new generation builds upon the proven heritage of Microsemi's space-flight FPGAs and unparalleled reliability of the company's reprogrammable, nonvolatile flash-based FPGA technology. Future devices will feature an order of magnitude increase in performance, digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities, support for high speed I/Os and SERDES, plus hardwired interfaces.

"With the increase of scientific, commercial and military applications in the space arena, we see a consistent increase in the number of satellites being built between now and the year 2016," said Russell Garcia, EVP sales and marketing at Microsemi, and GM of the SoC Products Group. "In addition, the increase in electronics within each satellite and the non-negotiable need for reliability and low power makes flash-based FPGAs a natural fit for space-flight applications. We are very committed to this community of designers and look forward to a day filled with insight and education." Garcia is scheduled to present the opening address at the forum, introducing Microsemi Corporation.

Upcoming Space Forum 2011 events will be held in Europe, Russia, India and Japan. Details will be announced at a later date. These customer-events are by invitation only. For more information, please log onto http://www.actel.com/company/events/asf/agenda.aspx or email newsroom@microsemi.com

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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"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 Space Forum 2011, 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.

CONTACT:  Microsemi Corporation
          John Hohener, Executive Vice President and CFO
            (949) 221-7100
          Ivanya Terrazas, Public Relations
            (650) 318-7570

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