Peregrine Semiconductor Debuts AEC-Q100 Certified SPDT RF Switch for Harsh Environment Automotive Designs

  Peregrine Semiconductor Debuts AEC-Q100 Certified SPDT RF Switch for Harsh
  Environment Automotive Designs

    PE42359 switch meets Grade 2 with operation up to +105 degrees Celsius

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO -- April 16, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSMI), a fabless provider of
high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), today announced
it has launched an Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q100-certified SPDT RF
switch. The HaRP™  technology-enhanced PE42359 switch is certified to AEC-Q100
Grade 2, meaning it is qualified for operation in the extended temperature
range of -40 to +105 degrees Celsius. The switch is available in a miniature
6-lead SC-70 package and is appropriate for automotive applications such as
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE), emergency communication systems, Tire-Pressure
Monitoring Systems (TPMS), automotive multimode compenser modules, and
automatic toll systems.

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The AEC-Q100 certification was developed to provide automotive manufacturers
and suppliers with a set of industry-wide methods and procedures designed to
assist in obtaining the best, most robust device for the application.
AEC-Q100-certified products are graded by temperature range, with Grade 2
certification involving putting the IC through reliability stress tests over
the wide temperature range of -40 to +105 degree C. Several thousand samples
of the IC must successfully withstand the stress tests for an extended period
of time, in order to be certified. Having achieved ISO/TS 16949 quality system
certification one year ago, today’s introduction of the PE42359 switch
exemplifies Peregrine’s commitment to providing high-performance, high-quality
products for the automotive industry.

“The launch of the PE42359 RF switch reaffirms our commitment to expanding our
product portfolio to reach new markets and customers,” said Gene Lyons,
Peregrine’s vice president of Quality Assurance. “We now have a proven ability
to manufacture products that meet the rigorous quality and performance
requirements of the automotive market.”

“The growing trend toward more telematics and infotainment in today’s
automobiles is creating demand for high-performance RFICs that meet the
stringent reliability standards of the AEC-Q100 stress test qualification,”
said Mark Schrepferman, director of the communications and industrial product
line for Peregrine’s High-Performance Solutions business unit. “UltraCMOS^® is
an advanced form of Silicon-on-Insulator process utilizing a highly-insulating
sapphire substrate, which enables our products to operate reliably at elevated
temperatures. This, along with the repeatability of a CMOS manufacturing
process, makes our products well suited for automotive applications.”

The PE42359 switch has high ESD protection of 2 kV HBM on all pins enables
high product reliability, resulting in a longer product life with enhanced
customer satisfaction. This is essential for automotive applications, as
warranty repairs can be costly for manufacturers. The switch has low insertion
loss of 0.35 dB @ 1GHz, 0.5 dB @ 2 GHz; and high isolation of 30 dB @ 1000
MHz, resulting in improved overall RF performance. Using a nominal +3V power
supply voltage, a typical input 1 dB compression point of +33.5 dBm can be
achieved. With low power consumption of only 9 microamperes, and a minimum
power supply voltage of just 1.8V, the PE42359 enables longer battery life in
portable applications such as RKE devices.

Development Tool Support

Peregrine also announced availability of the PE42359 Evaluation Kit today
(part # EK42359-01, $70.00). The kit enables designers to demonstrate the
PE42359 switch in their applications. It can be ordered now, from Peregrine’s
global direct sales representatives and worldwide distribution partners.

Packaging, Pricing & Availability

The PE42359 switch is available in a miniature 6-lead SC-70 package, for $0.39
each in 10k-unit quantities. Samples and volume-production quantities can be
ordered today, through Peregrine’s global direct sales representatives and
worldwide distribution partners. For more information, visit
http://www.psemi.com.

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
athttp://www.psemi.com.

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     countries. DuNE, and HaRP are trademarks of Peregrine Semiconductor
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Tags/Keywords: automotive telematics, SPDT RF switch, AEC-Q100 Grade 2,
Automotive Electronics Council, remote keyless entry, RKE, key fob, tire
pressure monitoring system, TPMS, automotive compenser, automatic toll
systems, emergency communications

Video available on YouTube (feel free to embed on your site):
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Hi-res images available through editorial contact or Flickr (feel free to
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PE42359 Product Photo http://bit.ly/XmHF1L

Functional Diagram http://bit.ly/XTywsK

Evaluation Kit Photo  http://bit.ly/ZYSDso

Product Specifications Graphic  http://bit.ly/XmFtr5

Contact:

Peregrine Semiconductor
Michelle Ragsdale
Senior Public Relations Generalist
858-795-0154
mragsdale@psemi.com