updated 5/9/2011 4:16:25 PM ET 2011-05-09T20:16:25

IRVINE, Calif., May 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at building a smart, secure, connected world, today announced immediate availability of a software upgrade that enables its PowerDsine™ midspans to support the Internet's transition to the rapidly emerging IPv6 protocol. The company's latest version of its PowerView Pro remote-management software gives network administrators a seamless, transparent solution for ensuring that Microsemi's PowerDsine midspans can support the Internet's next-generation addressing technology.

"Microsemi continues to offer its customers the most advanced, up-to-date PoE solutions available, including midspans that deliver critical support for the industry's accelerating move to the IPv6 protocol," said Daniel Feldman, Business Unit Manager of Communications Power for Microsemi. "Our updated PowerView Pro software will enable Microsemi's customers to continue realizing all of the performance, efficiency and web-based remote-monitoring advantages of our PowerDsine midspans as they migrate their networks and associated network-powering infrastructure from IPV4 to IPv6 technology."

IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) address standard intended to supplement, and eventually replace, the IPv4 protocol that most Internet networks use today. IPv6 tackles some of IPv4's shortcomings -- most notably, a limited amount of remaining addresses -- by extending IP address field size from 32 bits to 128 bits. In January 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) announced the depletion of free IPv4 address blocks, and said that all future allocations will be for IPv6 addresses. 

"IPv6 support is available immediately for all of Microsemi's multiport managed gigabit midspans, including our 65xxG, 90xxG and energy-efficient 95xxG series products," said Sani Ronen, Senior Product Line Manager for Microsemi's PowerDsine Midspans. "Our support for IPv6 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering the latest technological innovations, superior value, simplified deployment, and enhanced flexibility and scalability for our midspan product offering." 

Microsemi PowerDsine PowerView Pro midspan management software has passed all IPv6 Ready Phase-2, 376 conformance tests as required by IPv6 Ready certification logo program (additional information can be found at www.ipv6ready.org ). PowerView Pro software is delivered as a secure Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v3 application and as a web-based remote management system, and allows simple and efficient monitoring and control of network devices, including power-off/power-on, unit scheduling, UPS monitoring and web-based monitoring.

About Power over Ethernet Technology

PoE is a technology for wired Ethernet, the most widely installed local area network technology in use today. PoE allows the electrical power necessary for the operation of each end-device to be carried by data cables, rather than by separate power cords. It minimizes the number of wires used to install the network, resulting in lower cost, less downtime, easier maintenance and greater installation flexibility. The technology was pioneered by PowerDsine, a founding member of the IEEE 802.3af and IEEE802.3at Task Forces. The company became part of Microsemi's Analog Mixed Signal Group after its acquisition in January 2007.

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 immediate availability of a software upgrade that enables our PowerDsine™ midspans to support the Internet's transition to the rapidly emerging IPv6 protocol, 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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