updated 3/1/2011 2:17:39 AM ET 2011-03-01T07:17:39

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation(Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at building a smart, secure, connected world, today announced an expanded industrial ecosystem for SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs. This new ecosystem strengthens the current SmartFusion device ecosystem and includes further support by Microsemi partners. Customers now have a broader choice of operating systems and communication protocols for implementation on SmartFusion FPGAs, enabling the acceleration of their designs in industrial and networking applications.

"The range of peripherals SmartFusion devices offer for the ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor and the flexibility of their FPGA fabric make them an ideal choice for industrial automation and networking," said Rich Kapusta, Vice President Terrestrial Products, SoC Products Group at Microsemi "By leveraging the programmable analog for sensing and analog outputs, SmartFusion can also be used in industrial control applications, including gateways, sensing, actuators and I/O devices."

Each uniquely capable section of the SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGA device enables targeted solutions addressing multiple aspects of an integrated industrial automation system.

SmartFusion FPGA Ecosystem:

  • Emcraft delivers the first port of uClinux™ to the SmartFusion device including a development platform available for purchase online
  • Inicore offers the CAN core for SmartFusion, supported on the SmartFusion Development Kit
  • FreeRTOS™ is available as a reference design on both the SmartFusion Evaluation Kit and the SmartFusion Development Kit. FreeRTOS includes two options for Ethernet connectivity lwIP and uIP
  • TCP/IP is offered on SmartFusion devices by two partners, Keil™ and Micrium
  • Keil TCP/IP is available with or without the RTX real-time kernel
  • Micrium TCP/IP is used in conjunction with their mC/os-III™
  • Modbus® IP and Modbus 485 available from Microsemi

Applications Supported by SmartFusion in Industrial Automation

  • Power Metering and Smart Grid Applications
  • Motor Control: PMSM, BLDC, Stepper
  • Human-Machine Interfaces: Touch Screens, Keypads
  • Displays
  • Field Devices: I/Os, Sensors, Actuators

For further information please refer to Microsemi's

Industrial Automation Page http://www.actel.com/products/solutions/industrial/default.aspx

SmartFusion Ecosystem Page http://www.actel.com/products/smartfusion/ecosystem.aspx

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 an expanded industrial ecosystem for SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs, 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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