Exar Corporation Closes Galazar Networks Acquisition
Combination combined TDM and carrier Ethernet product portfolio positions company for high growth packet-based telecommunications infrastructure.

FREMONT, CA - Exar Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAR) announced today the completion of the acquisition of Galazar Networks® Inc., a fabless semiconductor company based in Ottawa, Canada. Galazar Networks has a broad set of silicon and software products targeting the rapidly emerging packet-based telecom infrastructure. They offer a variety of solutions for transporting Ethernet and TDM traffic over SONET/SDH, PDH, and OTN networks. Galazar Networks will be a whollyowned subsidiary of Exar.

“Extending Exar’s technology portfolio to address both TDM and carrier Ethernet infrastructure is critical to meeting our customer’s needs for next generation architectures,” said Pete Rodriguez, Exar’s president and chief executive officer. “The combination of these products with the high performance security and compression technologies offered through Exar’s recent acquisition of Hifn provides a comprehensive set of solutions for the next wave of telecommunications networks.”

About Exar
Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. For nearly 40 years, Exar’s comprehensive knowledge of end-user markets along with the underlying analog, mixed signal and digital technology has enabled innovative solutions that meet the needs of the evolving connected world. Exar’s product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support to drive rapid product development. For more information about Exar, visit: http://www.exar.com.

About Galazar Networks Inc.
Galazar Networks Inc. is a leading semiconductor vendor focused on Ethernet, DS1/E1, DS3/E3 and SONET/SDH/OTN solutions for carrier grade Ethernet and Multi-Service line cards. Our products support OTN, SONET/SDH, PDH (DS3/E3, DS1/E1), data (Ethernet, packet, private line), SAN services (Fibre Channel, FICON, ESCON, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet) and video services (DVB-ASI, SD-SDI, HDSDI, 3G-SDI). Galazar is a technology leader in Generic Framing Protocol (GFP), Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) of both High and Low Order paths, and Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS). Galazar’s products are designed to be ideal for Ethernet, SAN and Multi-Service CPE/CLE platforms as well as EoS, PoS, EoPDH, EoX and SAN line cards for ADMs, muxponder cards for ROADMs, routers, MSTPs, DSLAMs, wireless cellular backhaul, media converters and metro core switches. For more information, visit www.galazar.com.

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