AMCC Announces 3ware SAS and SATA RAID Controller Drivers are Now VMware Ready Certified for VMware ESX 3.5

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 23, 2009— Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), provider of serial RAID storage, today announced its family of 3ware® 9690SA SAS and 9650SE SATA controller drivers are now VMware Ready™ Certified. This designation indicates that these PCI-E serial RAID controllers have completed the VMware Hardware Certification Program testing criteria for use with VMware® ESX Server 3.5 and are now listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide. The VMware Hardware Certification Program enables VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program members to provide mutual customers with jointly supported hardware solutions.

Passing the extensive certification testing helps ensure that the drivers for AMCC’s 3ware 9690SA and 9650SE controllers are compatible with VMware technology and ready for deployment in customer environments.

“By combining AMCC’s 3ware controllers with VMware ESX 3.5 enterprises can deliver high SATA and SAS RAID performance to their networks,” said Bernie Mills, senior director, alliance programs, VMware. “AMCC is the first RAID controller company to pass our new, self-certification testing process. We are pleased that the 3ware 9690SA and 9650 SE HBAs qualify for the VMware Ready Certified logo, signifying to our more than 130,000 customers that these serial RAID controllers are ready to run with the VMware platform for their mission critical business applications and operations.”

“Support for the VMware platform means that IT managers, as well as our OEM and channel partners, now have a top-performing, highly reliable RAID controller choice for virtual environments,” said Russ Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of AMCC’s Storage Unit. “This certification gives our customers additional assurance when designing virtual storage networks with VMware Infrastructure and 3ware RAID controllers.”

The VMware Ready program is a VMware co-branding program for qualified partner products and is a benefit of the VMware TAP program. With more than 900 members worldwide, the VMware TAP program works with best-of-breed technology partners to provide them a comprehensive set of VMware technical and marketing services, support, tools and expertise to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

Product Availability

AMCC’s VMware ESX driver for the 3ware 9690SA and 9650SE SAS/SATA serial RAID controller is available immediately via free software download at The 3ware 9690SA and 9650SE can be found within the online VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide at

About AMCC

AMCC blends system hardware and software expertise to provide the essential building blocks for the processing, moving and storing of data worldwide. AMCC’s 3ware SAS and SATA RAID controllers deliver cost-effective, high-performance, high-capacity storage for enterprises and consumers worldwide in applications like disk-to-disk backup, near-line storage, network attached storage (NAS), video, and high-performance computing. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has offices throughout the world. Visit or for more information.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as expects, anticipates, plans, believes, estimates, will or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the products discussed in this press release, are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk that the products may not be successfully or timely developed, completed or manufactured or achieve market acceptance, risks relating to general economic conditions, as well as the risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in the Company's other SEC filings. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and AMCC does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

AMCC and 3ware are registered trademarks of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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