updated 12/21/2010 7:16:08 AM ET 2010-12-21T12:16:08

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Continuing to garner industry awards, Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a smart, secure, connected world, today announced that SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs have won Electronic Designs' Best Electronic Design award for 2010. SmartFusion FPGAs were awarded top honors in the Digital—FPGA category and are highlighted in Electronic Design's December 9, 2010 issue, available through this link: http://electronicdesign.com/article/digital/New-Platform-Approaches-Deliver-Top-Digital-Designs-In-2010.aspx. SmartFusion devices are 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.

"With SmartFusion devices, embedded designers have a truly customizable chip to enabling them to design systems with the performance and flexibility the market requires," said Rich Kapusta, vice president, terrestrial products for Microsemi's SoC Products Group. "We are proud that Microsemi's engineering prowess, and the advancement SmartFusion FPGAs represent was recognized by Electronic Design."

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 the SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs having won Electronic Designs' Best Electronic Design award for 2010, 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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