Rochester Electronics Product Re-Introduction: Entire AMCC Gate Array Product Line

Rochester Electronics re-creates semiconductor die, chip, and package to provide a complete replication solution.

Newburyport, MA, April 02, 2011 --( Rochester Electronics, the world’s largest authorized manufacturer and distributor of end-of-life and mature semiconductors, has reintroduced the gate array semiconductor portfolio from Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (Nasdaq: AMCC). The portfolio includes five technology nodes and some 500 designs. The production of these components, which is completely authorized by AMCC, was accomplished through a combination of semiconductor replication and continuing manufacture.

Rochester has already re-created and manufactured the largest and most complicated device in the AMCC Q20000 Series, a .6 micron bipolar emitter-coupled logic (ECL) / transistor-transistor logic (TTL) gate-array device called the Q20M100. The Q20000 family is comprised of nine products ranging in density from 450 to 18,777 equivalent gates, including structured arrays with 1.25GHz phase-locked loops (PLLs). With the re-creation of the largest and most complicated device in the family, the re-creation of the rest of the Q20000 family is enabled. The Q20000 family is optimized to provide high performance and proven reliability in advanced commercial, industrial, military, and aerospace applications. For many equipment manufacturers who use this part, availability from Rochester has eliminated the need for system re-designs, saving them millions of dollars in related re-design and qualification costs. Rochester is also authorized to re-create and manufacture the AMCC Q14000 Series BiCMOS logic arrays, Q5000 Series ECL/TTL logic arrays, Q1500 Series logic arrays, and the Q700 Series logic arrays.

“With full permission from AMCC, Rochester is now the contractually licensed continuing source of AMCC gate array devices,” said Paul Gerrish, co-president at Rochester Electronics. “Semiconductor re-creation and continuing manufacturing is a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to system re-design when critical semiconductors are no longer available from authorized sources. Rochester engineers use complex reverse-engineering techniques to re-create the device and provide a replacement that matches the original semiconductor’s physical features, layer by layer and pin for pin, and is guaranteed to perform exactly as the AMCC original.”

AMCC provided its gate array product IP and design archive databases to Rochester, enabling Rochester to produce a continuing supply of authorized devices through Rochester’s Semiconductor Replication Process™ (SRP™). Rochester’s sophisticated SRP combines archive identification, tear down of sample product, process match, source-to-target comparison, detailed SPICE analysis, and testing to the original manufacturer’s specifications and beyond, to exactly match the form, fit, and function of the AMCC original gate array devices.

“With our authorization and IP, Rochester Electronics will continue to manufacture these parts for as long as they are needed. By making these critical parts available, Rochester will save OEMs the cost of having to re-design their systems or rely on suspect parts from unauthorized sources,” said Alan Sorgi, director of IP portfolio management at AMCC.

For more information, contact Rochester Electronics at 16 Malcolm Hoyt Drive, Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950; by calling 978-462-9332; by fax at 978-462-9512; e-mail; or on the Web at

About Rochester Electronics, LLC
Rochester Electronics, LLC, is the world’s most comprehensive solution for mature and end-of-life semiconductors. Authorized by more than 60 leading semiconductor manufacturers, Rochester acquires all remaining finished devices, wafer/die, and available intellectual property in order to manufacture the exact same device and provide a reliable, continuing source of semiconductors used in critical systems worldwide in any quantity and for as long as needed. All components are 100% manufacturer traceable and certified. Rochester’s product offering includes 20,000+ Rochester-manufactured device types, from commercial to space-level; device re-creation; as well as more than ten billion die and five billion finished devices, in stock and ready to ship. Rochester is certified to ISO-9001:2008 and QML MIL-PRF-38535, as well as AS9120. Rochester is privately held. Worldwide corporate headquarters are located at 16 Malcolm Hoyt Drive, Newburyport, MA 01950, USA. Sales offices are also located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Phone 978-462-9332; Email; Website

About Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
AppliedMicro is a global leader in energy-conscious computing solutions for telco, enterprise, data center, consumer and SMB applications. With a 30-year heritage as an innovator in high-speed connectivity and high performance embedded processing, AppliedMicro employs patented Power Architecture® SoCs to provide energy-efficient products that can deliver up to a 40 percent reduction in power consumption without sacrificing performance. AppliedMicro's corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world. For further information regarding AppliedMicro, visit the company’s Web site at

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