Microsemi and Ultra Communications Collaborate to Enable High Reliability, Ruggedized Transceivers for Defense and Commercial Aviation Applications

ALISO VIEJO, CA -- Microsemi Corp. announced its customer Ultra Communications (UltraComm) has successfully interoperated its X80 Fury transceivers with Microsemi's SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO 2 FPGAs, validating the robustness of its mainstream SERDES transceivers.

In selecting Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs for this interoperability exercise, UltraComm has achieved the goal of broadening the solution ecosystem for its ruggedized transceivers that maximize component density, performance and I/O functionality to meet the strict requirements of next-generation defense and commercial aviation applications.

"The fact that UltraComm, an innovator of leading-edge ruggedized subsystems for high reliability and high availability applications, has selected Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA families to conduct interoperability testing is an extremely valuable benchmark for customers," said Shakeel Peera, senior director of SoC product line marketing at Microsemi. "In less than a year after its launch, and 1,500 active customer engagements later, SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 continue their upward trajectory with tremendous market acceptance. The successful UltraComm tests are further validation of the benefits SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 mainstream features deliver."

Independent interoperability tests by UltraComm have proved the strength of Microsemi's SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 SERDES for applications that require the highest reliability, lowest power and highest security. These tests demonstrate the value of integrating Microsemi's FPGAs and UltraComm's breakthrough optical module-based transceivers in defense and commercial aviation systems giving developers the ability to increase performance while reducing size, weight and power (SWaP) to achieve lower total cost-of-ownership advantages and deliver unrivaled security and reliability. The complete test report fiber optic documentation is available online at http://www.microsemi.com/ultracomm-interop-report  

"The successful interoperation between SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 SERDES along with UltraComm's X80 Fury transceivers gives our mutual customers in the mission-critical defense and aviation markets a platform upon which to build a high reliability end-to-end fiber optic-based data transport solution," said Chuck Tabbert, vice president, sales & marketing at UltraComm. "Our leading X80 platform excels at providing a rugged transceiver for harsh fiber optic environments."

Customers in diverse markets can readily take advantage of the unique differentiation Microsemi's FPGA family offers, including the estimated $250 million defense and aviation market segment that can use this class of products. According to an IHS Technology Q4 2013 report, the military and civil aerospace total available market is approximately $500 million.

For more information on Microsemi FPGAs, visit http://www.microsemi.com/fpgas. Customers can also contact Microsemi's sales team at [email protected]

Additional information is available on the web at http://www.ultracomm-inc.com

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