updated 12/14/2010 7:15:44 AM ET 2010-12-14T12:15:44

  • Heads Sub-Committee Developing Power Standards
  • Drives Industry Improvements in Digital Home Entertainment Energy Efficiency

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a smart, secure, connected world, today announced it has joined the HDBaseT™ Alliance (http://www.HDBaseT.org/) as a Contributor Member. Microsemi will be leveraging its expertise in developing critical, high-efficiency power solutions to help the alliance drive improvements in digital home entertainment energy efficiency, and other power standards. 

The HDBaseT Alliance is a cross-industry alliance founded by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor. The alliance was formed to promote and standardize HDBaseT technology, which enables delivery of uncompressed, full-HD (high-density) multimedia content plus internet connectivity, control and power over an ordinary CAT5 Ethernet cable, across distances of up to 100 meters (328 feet). Additionally, HDBaseT's power over cable feature sends 100 watts of power to a device using a single Ethernet cable as the power transmission medium, requiring no additional power source.

"We are honored to welcome Microsemi Corporation as a valued member and representative of the HDBaseT Alliance," said Ariel Sobelman, president and chairman, HDBaseT Alliance. "With support from leading companies such as Microsemi, HDBaseT technology is positioned to become the unrivaled next-generation home networking transport. By working collaboratively to leverage our members' collective and invaluable expertise, we are confident we can accomplish this goal."

Among a wide variety of innovative, power management technologies, Microsemi has a solid track record in innovating and delivering Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. To date, the company has shipped more than 90M PoE ports, including the PD69000 and PD69100 PoE IC families, which are already capable of efficiently driving 100 W over CAT5 cables. 

"The goals of the HDBaseT alliance are in perfect synch with Microsemi's corporate strategy to power a smart, secure, connected world. We are very committed to meeting the challenge of delivering a high performance, high quality multimedia experience, at a very low power-consumption rate," says Paul Pickle, corporate vice president and general manager for Microsemi's Analog Mixed Signal Group. "In today's rapidly growing, high-definition world, now more than ever, power matters."

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 having joined the HDBaseT™ Alliance as a Contributor Member, 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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