Merriman Capital Announces Sponsorship of GigOptix on OTCQX

Aug 16, 2011, 09:00 ET from Merriman Holdings, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Merriman Capital, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERR), today announced that it will serve as the Designated Advisor for Disclosure (DAD) for GigOptix, Inc. (OTCQX: GGOX) as it begins trading on OTCQX® US Premier.

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GigOptix is a leading supplier of semiconductor and optical components that enable high-speed information streaming and address emerging high-growth opportunities in the communications, industrial, defense and avionics industries.  The Company announced today that it is now trading on the OTC market's highest tier, OTCQX US Premier.

OTCQX distinguishes the best companies traded over-the-counter (OTC) from more than 9,000 securities traded on the OTCBB and OTC Link that are not required to meet any financial standards or undergo a qualitative review.

Spencer Grimes, Merriman Capital Managing Director, said: "GigOptix's move to the OTCQX today is great for its shareholders.  Avi and his team have been building a strong business, which will capture investor interest as a result of listing on OTCQX, the premier OTC market tier.  We are proud to be serving as GigOptix's advisor, and look forward to supporting their listing."

Dr. Avi Katz, CEO of GigOptix, commented, "We are very pleased to join OTCQX and have Merriman Capital serve as our Designated Advisor for Disclosure.  We selected Merriman based on their successful track record and broad capabilities in equity research and sales and trading, as well as investment banking.  Merriman previously served as the sell-side financial advisor to Endwave Corporation, which GigOptix acquired in June 2011, and we look forward to deepening our relationship with the firm through this partnership.  GigOptix's transition to OTCQX is the next step toward further increasing investor awareness by trading on this superior platform with connectivity to all major U.S. broker-dealers, thereby making our stock easily accessible for both institutional and retail investors.  This upgraded listing represents a higher level of recognition that will enhance value for our shareholders as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of listing on a national exchange."

About Merriman Capital, Inc.

Merriman Capital, Inc. is a full-service investment banking firm that provides investment banking, sales and trading, and equity research services to corporate and institutional clients and high net worth investors. Merriman Capital, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc., which is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and trades under the symbol "MERR."

Merriman specializes in four growth sector industries: Technology, Telecom, Consumer, Media & Internet and CleanTech Infrastructure. For more information, please go to http://www.merrimanco.com/.

Merriman Capital, Inc. is a registered broker-dealer and member of The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) http://www.finra.org and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) http://www.sipc.org/contact.cfm.

About GigOptix, Inc.

GigOptix (OTCQX: GGOX) is a leading supplier of semiconductor and optical components that enable high-speed information streaming and address emerging high-growth opportunities in the communications, industrial, defense and avionics industries.  The Company offers a broad portfolio of high performance MMIC solutions that enable next generation wireless microwave systems up to 90GHz and drivers, TIAs and TFPSTM optical modulators for 40G and 100G fiber-optic telecommunications and data-communications networks.  GigOptix also offers a wide range of digital and mixed-signal ASIC solutions and enables product lifetime extension through its GigOptix Sunset Rescue Program.

About OTCQX

The OTCQX marketplace is the premier tier of the U.S. OTC market.  Investor-focused companies use the quality-controlled OTCQX platform to offer investors transparent trading, superior information, and easy access through their regulated U.S. broker-dealers.  The innovative OTCQX platform offers companies and their shareholders a level of marketplace services formerly available only on a U.S. stock exchange.  For more information and to view a full list of OTCQX companies, visit www.otcqx.com.

Note to Investors

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on our current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of the Company. Forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially from those stated or implied in such forward-looking statements, due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, which include the risk factors disclosed in our Form 10-K/A filed on April 28, 2011. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," " believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," and "would" or similar words. We assume no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The Form 10-K/A filed on April 28, 2011, together with this press release and the financial information contained herein, are available on our website, www.merrimanco.com. Please click on "Investor Relations."

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