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Semitech Semiconductor Adds Expert Plc Architect To Engineering Team

Singapore, December 27, 2010 - Semitech Semiconductor, a provider of power line communications (PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid, today announced that Dr. Amir Kamalizad has joined the company as a lead communications system architect and will drive the definition of its next generation of PLC devices. Dr. Kamalizad joins Semitech from Maxim Integrated Products, where he played a key role in defining and implementing the G3-PLC standard and participated in the definition of the IEEE 901.2 Narrowband PLC standard.

Dr. Kamalizad brings to Semitech a wealth of experience in designing OFDM modems for power line communications and wireless communications. For the last four years, working for Maxim, Dr. Kamalizad played increasing roles in developing modem architectures and standards for the smart grid. Prior to that, Dr. Kamalizad worked as a lead communications engineer developing WiMax modems using software radio techniques. Dr. Kamalizad is an author of a number of patents and publications, and holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kamalizad's joining marks the expansion of Semitech and to setting a subsidiary in California.

"Amir is a great addition to our team," noted Zeev Collin, Semitech's vice president of engineering. "He brings depth and critical skills to his new position with Semitech. His direct involvement in the PLC standardization and familiarity with the key technological forces in the market will greatly enhance Semitech's capabilities."

"Power line communications is a challenging field, and I am excited to join a dynamic startup that is focused on addressing it," said Dr. Kamalizad. "I am looking forward to joining the team that pioneered early deployments of PLC in China and around the world, and to play an integral role in developing the next generation of narrowband PLC products."

Semitech Semiconductor has recently announced its SM2200 and SM2101 power line communications transceivers. These devices provide the industry's most robust, reliable power line communications.

About Semitech Semiconductor Pte. Ltd.
Semitech Semiconductor, headquartered in Singapore, provides the semiconductor devices that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid. By connecting utilities to their customers, Semitech's chips help to transform homes into energy-aware "smart homes" that react to conditions on the grid, thus implementing a worldwide communications network based on the existing power grid.

Semitech's devices are used in smart meters, smart grid monitors and street light controllers to implement a connected system that is significantly more reliable and flexible than existing approaches - and interoperates well with prior deployments.

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