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WT Microelectronics Invests in New Design Center to Develop System Solutions for Customers Using Microsemi's Mainstream FPGA Products

Center Helps Developers Enhance Application Differentiation by Leveraging Best-in-class Features and Capabilities of Microsemi FPGAs

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WT Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (TAIEX: 3036) and Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) today announced WT Microelectronics is investing in a design center to expand customer accessibility and support for Microsemi's leading-edge FPGA capabilities. At the new design center, OEM developers have access to broad engineering support and valuable application-specific reference designs enabling them to solve their mainstream FPGA-based design challenges using Microsemi's award-winning SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO®2 FPGAs.

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The design center, located in Taipei, Taiwan, will enable customers to work with a powerful team of highly technical experts that are certified on Microsemi's mainstream FPGA product lines along with Microsemi's field application engineers and system solution specialists. OEM customers working with the new design center will also realize advantageous support from extensive design knowledgebase, tools and design platforms that result in a lower overall total-cost-of-ownership (TCO). 

"WT made the decision to invest in this design center because we recognize the value that our customers can realize with Microsemi FPGAs' best-in-class mainstream features and highly differentiated capabilities," said Eric Cheng, president of WT Microelectronics. "The design center leverages WT's exceptional technical expertise with FPGA-based applications and solid customer relationships, along with the feature strengths of Microsemi's outstanding FPGA support infrastructure. This helps ensure customers have the world-class support and development tools they need to streamline and simplify the design process."

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA product lines offer a proven and comprehensive range of mainstream features that include mid-size LUT-based FPGA fabrics, SERDES, high speed I/Os, DSPs and math blocks. With these in-demand features, Microsemi FPGAs deliver highly integrated solutions for system designers that must constantly optimize their new designs. Microsemi's lowest power consumption, best-in-class security technology and highest reliability FPGA devices enable system designers to further differentiate their end-product from the competition and gain new market share.

"WT Microelectronics is an important strategic sales channel partner for Microsemi in Asia, and has embraced our winning mainstream FPGA market strategy by investing in resources for a new design center—bringing the highest caliber of support to our customers while allowing WT to significantly expand its market share in this important region," said Rick Goerner, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Microsemi. "Enhancing our technical support in the region allows more and more new customers to take advantage of our broad range of FPGA products as we continue to develop innovative technology that leads the industry." 

About 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 IGLOO2 FPGAs
Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs continue the company's focus on addressing the needs of today's cost-optimized FPGA markets by providing a LUT based fabric, 5G transceivers, high speed GPIO, block RAM, a high-performance memory subsystem, and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost and power optimized architecture. This next generation IGLOO2 architecture offers up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than its predecessors and combines a non-volatile flash based fabric with the highest number of general purpose I/Os, 5G SERDES interfaces and PCI Express end points when compared to other products in its class. IGLOO2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry.

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.

About WT Microelectronics Co., Ltd.
WT Microelectronics Co., Ltd. was founded by current President, Mr. Eric Cheng, in December 1993. With its professional team consisting of knowledgeable managers who have more than 10 years of experience in the component industry, WT has the right experience to meet customer needs with expert market trend development and superior support from a well-organized distribution channel.

In the fierce competition of high technology industry, WT plays a professional distributor role to build up the linkage between component manufacturers and customers. With its value-added support, WT is able to help customers to reduce R&D expenditures at the same time assist component manufacturers to define the right products for the market.

The WT Microelectronics website is located at www.wtmec.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 WT Microelectronics Co., Ltd. investing in a design center to expand customer accessibility and support for Microsemi's leading-edge FPGA capabilities, 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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WT Microelectronics is investing in a design center to expand customer accessibility and support for Microsemi's leading-edge FPGA capabilities

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