updated 5/24/2011 7:16:57 AM ET 2011-05-24T11:16:57

IRVINE, Calif. and QUEBEC CITY, May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation(Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at building a smart, secure, connected world, today announced that it is working with Ariane Controls, a powerline communications developer, to provide FPGA technology for the industry's first development platform to support key emerging electric-vehicle charging and related Smart Grid standards. 

The Ariane Controls AC-CPM1 AutoGrade J2931 evaluation and development board leverages the performance and flexibility of Microsemi's ProASIC®3  flash FPGAs to speed design cycles for systems implementing automotive standard J2931 for communication between Electric Vehicles (EV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). Microsemi's ProASIC3 FPGAs are the industry's only solution to meet Grade 1 AEC-Q100 automotive qualifications at junction temperatures up to 135°C. 

"We are pleased to be playing an important role in the development of these key standards for electric vehicles and related Smart Grid applications," said Esam Elashmawi, Vice President and General Manager of the SoC Products Group at Microsemi. "This platform combines the industry-low power consumption and flexibility of our automotive-grade FPGAs with Ariane Controls' powerline communications technology to create a highly effective and adaptable development environment for automotive manufacturers as J2931 standards continue to evolve. Our FPGAs also provide ideal solutions for production smart car charging systems as these standards are finalized and ratified."

The Ariane Controls AC-CPM1 AutoGrade J2931 platform uses Microsemi's ProASIC3 flash FPGAs to run Ariane's proven PLM-1 intellectual property (IP) block, which provides a simple, robust and economical method for transporting data over existing wires. Microsemi's ProASIC3 flash FPGAs significantly reduce self-heating issues and allow for higher temperature operation and increased design margin while also contributing to longer product life expectancy. They are resistant to neutron-induced firm errors and, unlike SRAM-based FPGAs, eliminate the risk of configuration memory upset, making them ideal for use in automotive powertrain and safety systems. 

"The AC-CPM1 AutoGrade J2931 platform leverage's Microsemi's robust ProASIC3 FPGAs to provide the only solution available today for system evaluation and development in harsh automotive environment," said Mario Lepage, Head of Automotive Development at Ariane Controls. "This new design implements Ariane's technology optimized for communication on the control pilot line of the standardized J1772TM connectors used with EVs and EVSEs. We can now offer automakers and charging station manufacturers a development platform enabling continued testing and evaluation of potential communication means for next-generation electric transportation."

Availability

The Ariane Controls AC-CPM1 is available now. Contact an Ariane Controls sales representative for more information http://www.arianecontrols.com .

Complete information on the AC-CPM1 can be found at http://www.j2931.com .

More information on IP licensing can be found at http://arianecontrols.com/license.php and on Microsemi's partner page.

About Ariane Controls

Ariane Controls is a powerline communication (PLC) technology developer offering highly differentiated solutions. With more than a million nodes installed since 2002, Ariane Controls provides components suppliers and systems integrators with the least expensive, most reliable communication solution for building automation, smart grid or any custom application. Learn more at http://www.arianecontrols.com .

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 working with Ariane Controls, a powerline communications developer, to provide FPGA technology for the industry's first development platform to support key emerging electric-vehicle charging and related Smart Grid standards, 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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