Microsemi Collaborates with Nine Ways Research and Development to Introduce SmartFusion2-based NetFusion Industrial Ethernet Solution

Microsemi FPGA Provides Design House Robust Platform to Develop Solutions with Added IP Protection and Secure Connectivity

ALISO VIEJO, Calif --  Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and  Nine Ways Research & Development, an intellectual property and hardware design house specializing in high-end digital design within the high-speed communications industry, today announced the availability of Nine Way's NetFusion, an industrial Ethernet switch development board based on Microsemi's SmartFusion™2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) device. NetFusion is a hardware solution specifically designed for industrial networking, site perimeter telemetry and telematics, industrial motor control, as well as other applications for industrial segment customers.

"The unique features of Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, including its reliability, security, low power, high levels of integration and reduced total cost of ownership, are ideal for a variety of industrial Ethernet applications, and we are pleased the Nine Ways team sees the high value of this device," said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager at Microsemi. "Nine Ways' NetFusion is yet another example of the successful adoption of SmartFusion2 as we continue to increase our presence in the growing market for industrial networking. We also expect increased demand from partners and customers seeking to leverage our unique security features in this market."

Nine Ways, the U.K. operation of its senior partner in Germany, MorethanIP GmbH, designed NetFusion to provide a complete platform for evaluating, developing and deploying 10/100/1000 industrial Ethernet switches, and is available in both CAT5 and fiber/small form-factor pluggable (SFP) variants. The industrially deployed, all-in-one development product uses SmartFusion2 System on Modules (SOMs) to create designs allowing a wealth of legacy communications and infrastructure to connect with high-speed Ethernet and USB.

Other key features of NetFusion include:

- Little or no hardware development; the development kit can be deployed as a final product, making time-to-market very short in comparison to other development kits
- A baseboard full of modern and legacy industrial interfaces for FPGA integration, ideal for multiple deployment environments
- A SOM that includes free support for Libero SoC, uCLinux and multiple IP cores  

"As a development or reference design kit, the board enables powerful features of the SmartFusion2 to be realized and made full use of in the field, particularly in the industrial environment," said Paul Bates, CEO at Nine Ways Research & Development Ltd. "In particular, a key focus of NetFusion is the industrial networking segment where it can host various applicable industrial switches in the SmartFusion2's FPGA fabric. NetFusion development board helps customers to develop or migrate their designs in fast changing industrial networking landscape. This coupled with SmartFusion2 features like reliability, security and low-power make the solution ideal for developing high-performance SoC FPGA based industrial applications."

Nine Ways is now offering NetFusion and NetFusion EXP to its customers. For more information on the company's solution leveraging Microsemi's SmartFusion2 technology, visit  http://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/soc-fpga/nine-ways-netfusion and http://nineways.co.uk/product_item/netfusion/. For more information on Microsemi's industrial Ethernet networking solutions, visit http://www.microsemi.com/applications/industrial/industrial-ethernet.

About Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high performance communication interfaces, all on a single chip. Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are designed to address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical communications, industrial, defense, aviation and medical applications.

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; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif, and has approximately 3,600 employees globally. Learn more at  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 to the availability of Nine Ways Research & Development's NetFusion, an industrial Ethernet switch development board based on Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA device, and the potential effect of the foregoing 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.


Farhad Mafie
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Director, Corporate Communications
Beth P. Quezada
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Email: press@microsemi.com

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