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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, Calif., and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at

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Microsemi and the Top SSD Companies List
  • Microsemi was ranked #24 in Q2 2016
  • Microsemi entered the Top SSD Companies list in Q2 2014
  • best rank (so far) - #7 -in Q2 2015

Editor:- January 18, 2016 - Microsemi recently announced it has completed the acquisition of PMC-Sierra for $2.5 billion.

This changes the way you have to think about Microsemi's SSD business - as PMC brings with it significant controllers and products in the NVMe PCIe SSD space.

We've seen in the past 8 years or so what these technologies have enabled in the cloud and the enterprise.

When these technologies are directed to markets closer to Microsemi's traditional customer base (military and space systems) it's not hard to think of applications which will benefit - such as mobile datacenters, satellite ground stations and faster SSDs in airborne and space vehicles.

Systems designers in these markets can now anticipate more predictability of supply for PCIe and NVMe SSD technologies than would have been possible given the supplier churn which has characterized the enterprise SSD market.
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Microsemi mentions from SSD market history

In May 2010 - Microsemi announced it had completed the acquisition of White Electronic Designs.

In August 2010 - Microsemi announced it now offers a 16GB SLC NAND version of its PBGA SSDs - which are designed specifically for use in the rugged and demanding environments of defense and aerospace applications.

In March 2011 - Microsemi announced initial production and availability of its TRRUST-Stor a rugged 2.5" SATA SSD designed for mission critical applications in the aerospace, defense, and military markets. Security features in the new SSD include:- AES encryption with a 256-bit key with XTS, a fast purge feature called SnapPurge which destroys key in less than 30mS and hardware-based fast clear of the entire drive which takes less than 4 seconds. Uncorrectable bit error rate is one sector per 1030 bits read. Other reliability oriented features include:- Built-In-Self-Test (BIST) and power interruption protection with over and under voltage detection and protection which does not rely on super caps or batteries.

In May 2011 - Microsemi announced that its TRRUST-STOR (2.5" rugged SSDs) are the industry's first SSDs to pass zero-failure testing at vibration levels that are consistent with the industry's most severe environments.

In September 2011 - Microsemi announced it's shipping secure rugged SATA SSD chips for embedded defense applications with upto 75GB SLC capacity in a single 32mm x 28mm PBGA (plastic ball grid array).

In April 2012 - Microsemi announced it is offering a new type of ruggedized SATA connector option for its its TRRUST-Stor SSDs which provides a complete vibration-resistant solution which eliminates pin fretting and intermittent disconnects to assure long-term dependability.

In August 2012 - Microsemi announced it has achieved NIST certification for the AES (encryption ) algorithm on its ultra-secure rugged TRRUST-Stor SSD.

In May 2013 - Microsemi announced that it has secured multiple design-wins for its new Series 200 TRRUST-Stor (rugged self encrypting, 2.5" SATA SSD with 256GB SLC capacity which can do a full hardware-based erase in less than 8 seconds.

In March 2015 - Microsemi introduced its 2nd generation highly secure, rugged 64GB BGA SLC SSD - the MSM064 with anti malicious attack technology.

In January 2016 - Microsemi completed the acquisition of PMC-Sierra for $2.5 billion.

In March 2016 -was Mercury Systems announced it would acquire the secure military SSD business of Microsemi as part of a $300 million deal which closed in May 2016.

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"The integration of the PMEM/DAX driver into the Linux kernel allowing us to expose persistent memory as a block device so it can tie into existing block and filesystem infrastructure.

The NVMe over Fabrics standard and OS support. Allowing us to present NVMe over RDMA to enable a new level of performance for remote block storage."

Stephen Bates, Senior Technical Director - Microsemi
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Microsemi's rad tolerant FPGAs orbit Jupiter
Editor:- September 20, 2016 - Microsemi today announced that its radiation-tolerant FPGAs are in use on NASA's Juno Spacecraft within the space vehicle's command and control systems, and in various instruments which have now been deployed and are returning scientific data. Juno recently entered Jupiter's orbit after a 5 year journey.

See also:- Juno mission (pdf), data chips in space
Microsemi sells military SSD business
Editor:- March 23 , 2016 - Mercury Systems has agreed to acquire the secure SSD business of Microsemi as part of a $300 million deal which includes several other business units focused on the defense electronics market which altogether employ approximately 275 people based at facilities in Phoenix, Ariz., Camarillo, Calif., San Jose, Calif., and West Lafayette, Ind.
Microsemi completes acquisition of PMC-Sierra
Editor:- January 15, 2016 - Microsemi announced it has completed the acquisition of PMC-Sierra for $2.5 billion.
Microsemi to acquire Vitesse for $389 million
Editor:- March 17, 2015 - Microsemi recently announced it has agreed to acquire Vitesse Semiconductor for approximately $389 million.

Vitesse designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductors, application software, and integrated turnkey systems solutions for carrier, enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide.
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"Microsemi has had the privilege of providing high-reliability semiconductor solutions for leading edge space programs more than 55 years. We are proud that our technology plays a role in the Rosetta Spacecraft Mission and salute the European Space Agency, NASA, its partners and all of the individuals who made the mission a success."
James J. Peterson, chairman and CEO of Microsemi, in a congratulatory announcement containing the disclosure that his company had provided over 15,000 components for the 4 billion mile, 10 year mission. (November 18, 2014)
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