Microsemi Provides the Industry's Highest Density, Lowest Power PCIe Switch for Data Center, Communications, Defense and Industrial Applications

Switchtec PFX Enables High-Reliability PCIe Solutions

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 3, 2016 — (PRNewswire) —  Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of its Switchtec PFX PCIe switch, providing the industry's highest density, lowest power PCIe switch for data center, communications, defense and industrial applications.

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Using simple hardware configuration and advanced diagnostics and debug capabilities, the PFX enables PCIe solutions for a wide variety of systems from scalable JBOFs (just a bunch of flash) to general purpose applications requiring low power and high-reliability PCIe switching. Typical applications for the PFX include data center equipment, defense and industrial servers, workstations, test equipment, video production and broadcasting equipment, cellular infrastructure, access networks, metro networks and core networking.

"Our Switchtec PFX PCIe switches provide industry-leading capabilities required for high performance data center solutions, while leveraging these same features for general purpose PCIe switching applications—a market that can benefit greatly from these enhancements," said Derek Dicker, vice president and business unit manager, performance storage, at Microsemi. "As we work with top tier customers in the ever-growing data center market, we will continue to utilize our expertise to deliver unique performance features and innovative solutions that align with their specific needs."

The Switchtec PFX family comprises switches from 24 lanes to 96 lanes, providing:

  • The most flexible port bifurcation in the industry, from x2 to x16 lanes per port;
  • The highest port and Non-Transparent Bridge (NTB) density, with up to 48 ports and 48 NTBs;
  • The highest switch partition density, with up to 24 for efficient use of system resources;
  • Advanced error containment and surprise-plug and unplug support to prevent system crashes;
  • Advanced diagnostics and debug features to identify, diagnose and fix problems; and
  • SRIS for cabled PCIe and lower cost system designs.

According to market research firm IDC's report titled, "Worldwide Solid State Drive Forecast, 2015-2019," the industry is transitioning toward PCIe-based solid state drives (SSDs), with these devices estimated to be more than 40 percent of enterprise SSD revenue by 2019. With target applications including PCIe SSD enclosures, flash arrays, multi-host architectures and high density and blade servers, Microsemi's new PFX PCIe switches are engineered to scale PCIe flash in high-performance data center applications, providing high-reliability PCIe with advanced error containment capabilities, the industry's most flexible port bifurcation and lowest power, and the industry's highest port and NTB density.

Product Availability
Microsemi's Switchtec PFX fanout switch is sampling now, with full production expected later this year. For more information, visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/drivers-interfaces-and-pcie-switches/pcie-switches/pcie-fanout-switches/pcie-fanout-switches or contact Email Contact.

Product Demonstrations in Booth #213 at Flash Memory Summit Aug. 9-11
Microsemi will be showcasing its new device at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit Aug. 9-11, 2016, with product demonstrations offered in Microsemi's booth, #213. The event, which will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, educates attendees about the latest developments in flash memory.

About Microsemi's PCI Express Product Portfolio
Microsemi is a premier supplier of high value-add PCIe products including the scalable, low power, high-reliability PFX family of PCIe Gen3 fanout switches, the programmable PSX family of PCIe Gen3 storage switches, and the low power, multi-protocol, adaptive EQNOX™ family of signal conditioners with FlexEQ™ equalization technology supporting PCIe Gen3 and PCIe Gen2.  Microsemi's PCIe family is key to building low power and high-reliability data center, communications, defense and industrial servers; workstations; switches; routers; cellular infrastructure and test equipment. For more information about Microsemi's PCIe portfolio, please visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/drivers-interfaces-and-pcie-switches/pcie-switches/pcie-switches.                

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center 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; enterprise storage and communication solutions, 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, California, and has approximately 4,800 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 related to the availability of its Switchtec PFX PCIe switch, providing the industry's highest density, lowest power PCIe switch for data center, communications, defense and industrial applications, 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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