AMCC's Next-Generation SONET/SDH Framer/Pointer Processor Devices Deliver Major Cost Savings in Metro/Edge-based MSPP Designs

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 4, 2006— Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) (NASDAQ: AMCC) today announced the company's next-generation SONET/SDH framer/pointer processor devices, Drava (S4809) and Mura (S4819). The level of integration in Drava and Mura reduces overall system costs for customers by as much as 50 percent. This is made possible by eliminating the need for an external SERDES and an FPGA device that provide user-programmable client transparency services.

Drava and Mura each integrate multi-rate SONET/SDH SERDES, switching, enhanced ring protection and transparency services into a single device. AMCC has incorporated analog macros and complex digital functions into these System-On-a-Chip (SOC) solutions, which meet all of the requirements of SONET/SDH standards and the rigorous demands of its customers, by leveraging its proven mixed-signal design expertise.

Drava and Mura are ideally designed for 5G and lower line card applications requiring framer/pointer processing functions, in particular the Multi Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) and Optical Cross-Connect markets. Both devices provide unmatched complete overhead transparency services, including user-programmable remapping features, enabling the preservation of unique carrier switching and control management services.

Drava offers up to a 50 percent reduction in cost, power and real-estate for Metro and Edge-based MSPPs line card applications via the implementation in 0.13 micron technology and the integration of SERDES, while providing unmatched levels of line-rate flexibility for up to 16xOC-3s, 8xOC-12s and 1xOC-48 client signals. Mura offers even greater savings in cost, power and space for line card solutions in Metro and Edge-based MSPPs with only OC-3/OC-12 line-rate requirements.

"With their 5G and 10G SONET/SDH client signal capacity, respectively, Drava and Mura raise the bar for integration and flexibility of System-On-a-Chip (SOC) Add Drop Multiplexers (ADMs) and Time Division Multiplexers (TDMs) for Metro and Edge-based MSPPs and optical cross-connects," said Mitch Kahn, vice president of marketing for AMCC's Transport Business. "Competing offerings lack the integrated SERDES function and/or the port density and multi-rate/any-input functionality, as well as transparency features offered by Drava and Mura, putting both devices in a class of their own."

Drava supports BLSR and MSPRing Ring Protection applications and provides a BLSR Express feature that speeds up K1K2 messaging around a ring. Drava and Mura also support UPSR/SNCP protection schemes with full path overhead monitoring of client and line signals on up to 5G of client bandwidth; an on-chip 384x384 STS-1 level cross-connect with 4 configuration memories; internal and external configuration capabilities of the Cross-Connect memories; In-band and Out-of-Band consolidated Line/Path Signaling; Full Transport Overhead and Path Overhead drop and Insert Ports, and four 2.488Gb/s or 622Mb/s TFI-5 System Interfaces.

Mura supports up to 16xOC-3 and 16xOC-12, or any valid mix, of client interfaces. Building upon a complete solution offering for customers, both Drava and Mura work seamlessly with AMCC's successful Volta, Evros, Rubicon mapping, framing and FEC devices.

Availability and Pricing

Drava (S4809) and Mura (S4819) are each packaged in a 783 PBGA and are available today. Drava suggested resale pricing is $216 in 5Ku quantities; Mura suggested resale pricing is $171 in 5Ku quantities.

For technical information on Drava, visit jsp?productID=S4809. (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)

For additional technical information on Mura, visit jsp?productID=S4819. (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)

About AMCC

AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded PowerPC(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions. Our products enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, high-capacity storage. AMCC's corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world. For further information regarding AMCC, please visit our web site at

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.



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