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Mindspeed(R) Debuts a Complete Suite of Low-Power 11.3G Chipsets for SONET/SDH, Ethernet, Fibre Channel and Fiber-to-the-Premise Applications

New Laser Drivers and Amplifiers Address Power, Performance and Cost Needs for a Broad Range of Optical Transceivers, Including SFP+

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/29/09 -- Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced one of the industry's highest functionality chipsets for 10 Gigabit serial optical links. Building on the company's expertise in the Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) and Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) marketplace and cultivated by three generations of 10 Gigabit products, Mindspeed's newest offering provides a complete serial link solution for applications to 11.3Gbps.

"Recognizing the growing needs of customers, we've invested in innovations to increase functionality, reduce size and drive system costs down," said Hasnain Bajwa, Mindspeed's senior vice president and general manager, lightspeed connectivity solutions. "Our new chipset includes the world's first dual rate 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps transimpedance amplifiers, post amplifiers with internal digital controls and laser drivers with optical modulation amplitude control."

Mindspeed's new 11.3 Gbps product offering includes a high sensitivity multi-rate limiting transimpedance amplifier (TIA), a linear TIA with low total harmonic distortion (THD), linear and limiting post-amplifiers with digital controls, directly modulated laser (DML) and vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) drivers with optical modulation amplitude (OMA) control and an electro-absorption (EA) modulator driver.

Technical Details

The M02129 TIA supports dual data rates of 1.25 Gbps and 10.3 Gbps, making it the industy's first rate-selectable TIA for 1 Gbps/10 Gbps Ethernet. Featuring -21dBm OMA sensitivity at 1.25 Gbps and -17.5dbm OMA sensitivity at 10.3 Gbps, the M02129 is ideal for systems requiring backward compatibility. The M02130 linear TIA is intended for use in equalized systems where low-distortion is required. Featuring < four percent THD over the range of -17dbm to +1dbm OMA, the M02130 passes the stress tests imposed by the 802.3 10GBASE-LRM standard.

The 11.3 Gbps post amplifier (M02142) and linear amplifier (M02143) are among the industry's first post amplifiers to have internal digital controls. The M02142 features 5mV input sensitivity with loss-of-signal (LOS) circuitry capable of supporting out-of-band (OOB) signaling. Programmable LOS and output de-emphasis can be accessed via the two wire interface, while an analog only mode may be used in more traditional applications which only require the small size, low-power and class-leading sensitivity. The M02143 is a differential gain amplifier for linear systems with 3.3mV sensitivity at 11.3 Gbps and a maximum four percent THD. The post amplifiers are available in an industry standard 3mm x 3mm quad flat no-lead (QFN) package.

The M02170 DML driver provides up to 85mA of modulation current and 150mA of bias current, while the M02171 VCSEL driver provides up to 15mA of modulation and 15mA of bias current for VCSEL applications. The M02172 EA modulator driver delivers up to 2.5V p-p into a 50 ohm modulator with 0-1V offset control and up to 150mA of bias current. All drivers include circuitry to facilitate extensive monitoring and control and are available in an industry standard 5mm x 5mm QFN package.

When combined with the M02129 TIA and M02142 post amplifier, the M02170 laser driver and M02171 VCSEL driver provide a total solution capable of supporting the < 1W transceiver power demanded for small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) applications.

Pricing and Availability

Samples are available immediately. Please contact your nearest sales representative for datasheets, samples and pricing.

About Mindspeed Technologies®

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, access, metropolitan and wide area networks.

The company's three key product families include high-performance analog transmission and switching solutions, multiservice access products designed to support voice and data services across wireline and wireless networks, and WAN communications solutions including T/E carrier physical-layer and link-layer devices as well as ATM/MPLS network processors.

Mindspeed's products are used in a wide variety of network infrastructure equipment, including voice and media gateways, high-speed routers, switches, access multiplexers, cross-connect systems, add-drop multiplexers and digital loop carrier equipment.

To learn more, visit us at www.mindspeed.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include statements relating to product features and their benefits, product sampling and production schedule and certain projections and business trends. Actual results, and actual events that occur, may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: cash requirements and terms and availability of financing; future operating losses; worldwide political and economic uncertainties, and specific conditions in the markets we address; fluctuations in the price of our common stock and our operating results; loss of or diminished demand from one or more key customers or distributors; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; constraints in the supply of wafers and other product components from our third-party manufacturers; doing business internationally; pricing pressures and other competitive factors; successful development and introduction of new products; our ability to successfully and cost effectively establish and manage operations in foreign jurisdictions; industry consolidation; order and shipment uncertainty; our ability to obtain design wins and develop revenues from them; lengthy sales cycles; the expense of and our ability to defend our intellectual property against infringement claims by others; product defects and bugs; possible future impairments because our stock market capitalization is lower than our stockholders' equity; and business acquisitions and investments. Risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ from those set forth in any forward-looking statement are discussed in more detail under "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 2, 2009, as well as similar disclosures in the company's subsequent SEC filings. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Editorial Contact:
Julie Zimmermann
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
(949) 579-4631

Investor Relations Contact:
Andrea D. Williams
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
(949) 579-3111

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