updated 1/3/2011 7:16:50 AM ET 2011-01-03T12:16:50

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation(Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a smart, secure, connected world, today announced its SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal FPGA was honored with Electronic Products' Product of the Year award.

The editors of Electronic Products—a leading trade publication for electronic design engineers— evaluated thousands of products launched in 2010. The winning products were selected on the basis of innovative design, significant advancement in technology or application and substantial achievement in price and performance. SmartFusion FPGAs integrate an FPGA, hard ARM® Cortex™-M3-based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog, offering full customization, IP protection and ease-of-use. When faced with options for co-processing or interface customization, SmartFusion devices offer a compelling solution in a wide variety of applications, including motor control, system and power management and industrial automation. These applications span the industrial, military, medical, telecommunications, computing and storage markets.

Jim Harrison, Electronic Products Magazine's west coast editor, said, "Adding an ARM processor to the FPGA/analog functions of the Fusion parts was a superb idea. For many applications SmartFusion is all you need in one package, plus we really liked the integrated design environment and the secure in-system programming."

"SmartFusion devices represent a major advancement in FPGA technology and Microsemi is proud to be leading the way by giving our customers the most innovative programmable technology available," said Rich Kapusta, vice president terrestrial products, SoC Products Group at Microsemi. "To win the Product of the Year Award from Electronic Products is a great distinction and recognition. We strive to define and develop value-added products that deliver differentiation and market leadership benefits to our customers."

The 2010 Product of the Year Awards were announced in the January 2011 issue of Electronic Products with a cover feature and a brief description of each product. Additionally, the winning products appear on Electronic Products' website ( http://www2.electronicproducts.com/productyear.aspx ). 2010 marks the 35th annual Electronic Products' "Product of the Year" Awards, which recognizes the best products in the industry.

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.

Actel, Actel Fusion, IGLOO, Libero, Pigeon Point, ProASIC, SmartFusion and the associated logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsemi Corporation. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

"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 announcement of its SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal FPGA being honored with Electronic Products' Product of the Year award, 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  
          Financial Contact:  
          John Hohener, Executive Vice President and CFO
            (949) 221-7100
          Editorial Contact: 
          Public Relations
          Ivanya Terrazas
            (650) 318-7570

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