Peregrine Semiconductor’s UltraCMOS® RFICs Flying in Globalstar Communication Satellites

  Peregrine Semiconductor’s UltraCMOS® RFICs Flying in Globalstar
  Communication Satellites

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SAN DIEGO -- March 25, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSMI), a fabless provider of
high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), today announced
that its UltraCMOS^® Phase Locked Loop (PLL) frequency synthesizer and
prescaler devices are designed into six Globalstar mobile communication
satellites that were launched into orbit on February 6. Built by Thales Alenia
Space in France, the low-Earth orbit satellites transmit audio and data
communications for Globalstar’s mobile voice and data customers worldwide.
Peregrine’s PLL and prescaler enable communication in sixteen C- and S-band
transponders in the system, which connects end users with terrestrial
communication networks via vehicle-mounted mobile devices, as well as fixed
terminals, such as those used for rural telephony. The Peregrine devices
feature extremely low phase noise and Single Event Effect (SEE) immunity —
attributes enabled by the insulating properties of UltraCMOS process
technology — as well as low power, small form factor, and light weight.

“Our products have nearly 20 years of commercial space flight heritage in some
of the most high-profile missions, and we’ve considered Thales Alenia Space an
important partner in our endeavor to provide market-leading RF performance in
the most demanding radiation-rich environments,” said Dave Shepard, vice
president of Peregrine Semiconductor’s High-Performance Solutions business
unit. “We’re delighted that Peregrine’s PLL and prescaler were selected for
the Globalstar satellites and that UltraCMOS, with its inherent
radiation-induced latchup immunity, continues to be the technology of choice
for this, or any, space application.”

Single Event Effects are errors that are caused by naturally-occurring
space-based radiation. There are two primary types of SEEs. Single Event
Upsets (SEUs) are non-destructive and can be corrected. Single Event Latchups
(SELs), on the other hand, are often catastrophic, resulting in permanent
damage and requiring, at a minimum, a power-down to recover. SELs can occur
when a high-energy particle strikes a semiconductor device, causing a short
circuit from power to ground within the device. RFICs manufactured using
UltraCMOS technology do not contain the bulk parasitics found in regular CMOS
devices, making latchup impossible.

Peregrine’s UltraCMOStechnology is an advanced RF Silicon-On-Insulator
process that utilizes a synthetic sapphire substrate — a near-perfect
electrical insulator. This substrate enables low parasitic capacitance, high
signal isolation, excellent broadband linearity, and inherentSEL immunity.
These attributes make UltraCMOS well suited for
high-reliabilityapplications,such as commercial satellites. For more
information about Peregrine Semiconductor’s high-reliability products, visit

About Peregrine Semiconductor

Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: PSMI) is a fabless provider of
high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). Our solutions
leverage our proprietaryUltraCMOS^®technology, an advanced RF
Silicon-On-Insulator process. Our products deliver what we believe is an
industry-leading combination of performance and monolithic integration, and
target a broad range of applications in the aerospace and defense, broadband,
industrial, mobile wireless device, test and measurement equipment, and
wireless infrastructure markets. Additional information is available on the
Company’s website at

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Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation
Michelle Ragsdale, 858-795-0154
Senior Public Relations Generalist
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