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AMCC Targets AMCs

AUSTIN, Texas -- Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) (NASDAQ:AMCC) and Silicon Turnkey Express Inc. (STx) today announced the establishment of a strategic partnership to develop advanced mezzanine card (AMC) reference designs for the wireless infrastructure market. The announcement is being made at the Power Architecture Developer Conference where AMCC is a Platinum Sponsor. The new products resulting from this agreement will enable AMCC's customers to accelerate their development of high-performance, low-power AMC cards for 3G, WiMAX(TM) and LTE base stations.

The first AMC resulting from this partnership will be a dual-processor solution based on AMCC's Power Architecture(TM) 460GT processor, also announced today at the Power Architecture Developer Conference. This card will provide high-performance Serial RapidIO(R), PCI-Express and GigE interfaces to the backplane providing a turnkey solution optimized for high-throughput requirements. The cards will be compatible with the PICMG(SM) AMC.4 specification and can be used directly in MicroTCA(R) backplanes and as mezzanine cards in ATCA(R) chassis. The Power Architecture-based AMC cards developed by STx will be available to customers in two ways. AMCC will provide reference design kits, including the AMC cards as well as the complete hardware/software design, that will enable customers to start their own AMC or proprietary card development from a proven baseline. Separately, STx will sell the AMC cards in production quantities directly to OEMs and system integrators for direct incorporation into end equipment products.

"AMCC's new PPC 460GT AMC cards will be outstanding additions to the growing RapidIO ecosystem," said Tom Cox, executive director of the RapidIO Trade Association. "These new cards will be of high interest to system OEMs as they are building systems now. With RapidIO cards using the PICMIG AMC.4 standard, OEMs can quickly prototype and go to production."

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC)

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