Microsemi Announces Innovative Global Navigation Satellite System Solution for the Communications Market with Integrated Clock Master Technology for Indoor Small Cells

Integrated IEEE 1588v2 Grandmaster Dramatically Reduces Deployment Costs for the Synchronization of Small Cells

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced its Integrated GNSS Master (IGM) solution required for small cell synchronization. The IGM is the company's first solution that fully integrates a 1588v2 PTP grandmaster with a GNSS receiver and antenna in a small, fully contained package, designed to mount indoors. The Microsemi IGM solves the often documented challenge of indoor synchronization which has been a very significant hurdle for cost-effective small cell indoor deployments.

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According to the Small Cell Forum, 80 percent of small cell needs are for indoor use. Microsemi expects the company's new IGM to revolutionize indoor small cell deployments by eliminating the need for an antenna on the roof top along with expensive power, cabling and installation costs associated with connecting the GNSS antenna to the 1588 grandmaster in a typical small cell deployment.

IGR reports that the cost to deploy a small cell is approximately $31,000 on average and much higher than the cost of the small cell itself. Similarly, the cost of deploying a GPS antenna on a roof is typically $15,000 to $25,000 and can go up to $60,000 in high-rise buildings, in addition to the roof rental expense on a yearly basis.

The Microsemi IGM eliminates the need for an outdoor antenna and therefore significantly reduces the purchase, installation and maintenance deployment costs for typical GNSS antenna systems. The innovative and extremely sensitive GNSS receiver and patented Microsemi timing algorithms result in an indoor GNSS timing solution that can be deployed in many different indoor environments. The IGM uses Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to simplify installation by utilizing standard Ethernet within a facility and requires no more than 12.95 watts of power directly from the Ethernet cable. The IGM is simply mounted on the wall or ceiling, connected to the network via PoE and the unit will automatically self-configure, lock to GNSS signals and provide precise frequency and phase with its best in class 1588v2 PTP grandmaster needed for small cell operation.

"The IGM product introduction is a continued commitment from Microsemi to address market and customer challenges in timing and synchronization," said Eric Colard, director of marketing and business development for Microsemi's Frequency & Time Division. "The IGM solution complements our flagship timing products and will work with them in tandem to provide a truly end-to-end timing and synchronization solution." 

"Deploying small cells indoor to provide better coverage and enhance capacity is becoming a priority for operators," said Richard Webb, Analyst, Mobile Backhaul, at Infonetics, recently acquired by IHS. "The challenge of tight synchronization requirements for LTE has been difficult to solve; Microsemi's IGM innovative solution enables mobile operators to precisely synchronize small cells indoor and lower deployment costs."

"The time is right for such an innovative and disruptive solution as IGM from Microsemi," said Earl Lum, president, EJL Wireless Research. "Since Small Cells for indoor are now being readily deployed, Microsemi solves a critical cost issue and technical challenge operators are facing. The compact form factor, plug and play capability, and scalable client support of the IGM product hits the sweet spot for indoor small cell projects."

About the Integrated GNSS Master

The Microsemi indoor wall or ceiling mounted IGM combines a best-in-class 1588v2 PTP grandmaster with a GNSS receiver and a GNSS antenna; IGM entirely eliminates the need for an outdoor GNSS antenna with its expensive related cabling costs. An Ethernet connection is used to connect IGM to the equipment in the building such as switches, PoE midspans and small cells. The plug and play operation is meant for quick and easy installation similar to installing a typical indoor Wi-Fi hot spot. Once installed the IGM locks to GNSS signals and provides the accurate and precise PTP grandmaster synchronization needed for optimum small cell operations.

For more information visit: www.microsemi.com/igm.


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About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,400 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein 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 its new Integrated GNSS Master Solution for small cell deployments, 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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