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Microsemi Commemorates 55 Years in Space and 10,000th Radiation-Tolerant RTAX-S/SL FPGA Shipment

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. April 23, 2012 — Microsemi Corporation

Microsemi’s space heritage began in 1957 when its micro-positioner relay was launched in the Atlas rocket. The company’s space technology was subsequently deployed in a variety of space missions in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as in the Surveyor, Apollo and Saturn programs of the late 1960s and 1970s, the international space station program initiated during the 1990s, and the Mars Rovers, Mars Science Lab and Cygnus spacecraft initiatives of the 2000s and 2010s. Microsemi powered the mission computer on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Shoemaker Satellite during its five year mission and ultimate landing on the surface of Eros.

James J. Peterson

Microsemi’s broad portfolio of radiation-hardened and radiation-tolerant space products includes FPGAs, ASICs, RF components, diodes, transistors, MOSFETS, hybrids, power supplies, custom semiconductor packaging and integrated power distribution systems. The company’s products are qualified to the highest government, DLA, NASA and ESA standards, and their reliability has been independently verified by multiple agencies. Microsemi solves space system problems at all stages of design and implementation, including power conversion and distribution, radio and radar signal processing, system telemetry and control, digital logic integration, and semiconductor packaging.

Space Parts Working Group Event

Jim Aralis 4:30 p.m. April 24, 2012 Torrance

Microsemi Space Forums

December 4, 2012 Los Angeles, Calif.

Microsemi’s Radiation-Tolerant/Hardened FPGAs

Microsemi has achieved a number of key FPGA milestones in space applications. The company’s RTAX-S FPGAs were the first to break the one-million-gate barrier at their introduction in 2004, making them the industry’s largest viable ASIC alternatives with the density, performance and radiation-resistance required for demanding space applications. The devices have enabled the development of lower-cost and more flexible bus and payload systems with faster time to market for a new generation of low-, mid- and geosynchronous-orbit satellites. Specific Microsemi FPGA space milestones include:

  • 1996: the first radiation-hardened, non-volatile FPGA
  • 2001: the first radiation-tolerant FPGAs specifically architected to address single-event upsets (SEUs) in space
  • STD-883
  • STD-883

radiation-tolerant FPGAs FPGA

About Microsemi

Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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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 its RTAX2/SL shipments and 55-year history in space 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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