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Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) [NASDAQ-GS: AMCC], the recognised channel leader in serial RAID storage, today announced that it will begin shipping the 3ware® 9690SA-4I Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controller on April 14. The 9690SA-4I will provide customers a value-oriented SAS/SATA configuration option with four internal ports.

“SAS is the interface for the direct-attach server space, SCSI’s former mainstay,” said Scott Cleland, Worldwide Director of Marketing for AMCC Storage. “The 3ware 9690SA-4I will give IT managers a new cost-sensitive SAS/SATA RAID solution for mission critical applications that require higher levels of availability and native expansion.”

The 3ware 9690SA controller line will continue to feature low profile controller layouts: one with eight internal ports, another with eight external ports, a third with four internal and four external ports and now a fourth with four internal ports. The 3ware 9690SA-4I will be tailored for value-end 1U, 4-bay servers, departmental servers and professional workstations that typically employ four, direct-connect internal drives. Expandability to 128 SAS/SATA devices with all 9690SA controllers is achieved with standard SAS expanders.

Product Pricing and Availability

3ware 9690SA-4I controller kits will be available through AMCC’s worldwide network of distributors, integrators and VARs. Suggested list price for the 3ware 9690SA-4I is $395; MSRP is $795 for the 9690SA-8I, 9690SA-8E and 9690SA-4I4E model numbers.

About AMCC

AMCC blends systems and software expertise to provide the essential building blocks for the processing, moving and storing of data worldwide. AMCC is the #1 high-port count Serial ATA RAID controller supplier in the distribution channel. AMCC's 3ware product families of SAS and SATA RAID storage solutions deliver cost-effective, high-performance, high-capacity storage for enterprises and consumers worldwide in applications from the desktop to the data center. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with offices throughout the world.

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Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
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Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the products discussed in this press release are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk that the products would not be successfully or timely developed, completed or manufactured or achieve market acceptance, risks relating to general economic conditions, as well as the risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2005, and in other filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and AMCC does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.


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