Microsemi Sues Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) For Patent Infringement

Irvine, California, UNITED STATES


IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 6, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC) announced today that it is filing a patent infringement lawsuit against Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Microsemi brings this suit to allege that MPS should stop illegally using Microsemi's patented technology and should provide monetary relief for unauthorized use of Microsemi's intellectual property.

The suit centers around what Microsemi believes has been MPS's willful infringement of four Microsemi patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 5,615,093; 5,923,129; 5,930,121; and 6,198,234, which relate to the company's display lamp driver technologies used to illuminate electronic displays found in laptop and personal computers, personal digital assistants, and LCD TVs, as well as other liquid crystal display ("LCD") screens. As the rightful owner and assignee of these patents, Microsemi has the right to enforce and protect its patents under the U.S. patent laws from acts of infringement.

About Microsemi

Microsemi is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and high reliability discrete semiconductors. The company's semiconductors manage and control or regulate power, protect against transient voltage spikes and transmit, receive and amplify signals.

Microsemi's products include individual components as well as integrated circuit solutions that enhance customer designs by improving performance and reliability, battery optimization, reducing size or protecting circuits. The principal markets the company serves include implanted medical, military/aerospace and satellite, notebook computers and monitors, automotive and mobile connectivity applications.

More information may be obtained by contacting the company directly or by visiting its web site at http://www.microsemi.com.

Please read the following factors that can materially affect Microsemi's future results.

The litigation we have filed should determine the scope and validity of certain of our proprietary rights. Patents held by us may be challenged, invalidated or circumvented. Patents often provide only narrow protection. Also patents expire and are not renewable. Protecting our proprietary rights may require us to defend claims brought by the defendant. Patent lawsuits sometimes are costly, complex proceedings. The litigation in which we have engaged as plaintiff would likely result in an increase in our legal costs. While we are not a defendant in this litigation, we believe that this litigation could consume valuable time and resources of our management and could result in other direct and indirect costs and expenses. Although we expect to prevail, a loss in this litigation could have material adverse consequences.

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Investor Inquiries: David R. Sonksen, Microsemi Corporation, Irvine, CA (949) 221-7101.

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