ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today unveiled its new SmartFusion ®2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) family. Microsemi's next-generation SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are designed to address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical industrial, defense, aviation, communications and medical applications. SmartFusion2 integrates 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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110909/MM66070LOGO) "Several years ago we implemented a strategy to drive growth in high-value markets by strengthening our product portfolio, increasing our focus on R&D, and the strategic addition of key products and technologies for high-value, high-barrier-to-entry markets," said James J. Peterson, president and CEO of Microsemi. "Our new SmartFusion2 product family is one of the industry-leading products we are developing to broaden our overall system solutions portfolio and further solidify our leadership position in applications where security is vital, reliability is non-negotiable and power is an essential factor." "Our new SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are designed for challenging safety-critical applications in industrial, defense, aviation, communications and medical applications where it is imperative for devices to operate reliably and flawlessly," said Esam Elashmawi, vice president and general manager at Microsemi. "Our SmartFusion2 devices have the differentiated features required to ensure secure and reliable operation with extremely low-power consumption. These next-generation devices also feature higher densities and industry standard interfaces that allow us to address a much wider range of mainstream applications." Microsemi has already engaged with lead customers who plan to use SmartFusion2 in a broad range of applications including flight data recorders, weapons systems, defibrillators, handheld radios, communications management systems and industrial motor control.