Peregrine Semiconductor Introduces Industry’s Highest-Isolation RF Switch for Wireless Infrastructure Market

  Peregrine Semiconductor Introduces Industry’s Highest-Isolation RF Switch
  for Wireless Infrastructure Market

     SPDT switch enables increased network capacity and higher data rates

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SAN DIEGO -- May 06, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSMI), a fabless provider of
high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), today announced
availability of the industry’s highest-isolation SPDT RF switch for the
wireless infrastructure market. The UltraCMOS^® based PE42420 RF switch has
high isolation of 64 dB @ 4 GHz—an approximately 20% increase over competing
devices on the market.* Additionally, the switch features HaRP™ technology
enhancements to deliver high linearity, with an IIP3 of 65 dBm. By providing
high linearity and isolation in a single, small package, the PE42420 switch
simplifies Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) loop design, which reduces cost and
shortens time to market. This high-performance switch enables increased
network capacity and higher data rates in infrastructure applications such as
Base Station Transceiver Systems (BTSs), Remote Radio Heads (RRHs), and
wireless backhaul; as well as Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band
devices that operate in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies.

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“As we enter a period of major mobile broadband capacity upgrades, network
equipment vendors are challenged to provide mobile operators with flexible,
backward-compatible solutions to replace 2G and 3G network products with
LTE-ready systems that are capable of supporting multiple standards,” said
Mark Schrepferman, director of the communications and industrial product line
for Peregrine’s High-Performance Solutions business unit. “At the same time,
the demand for higher data rates is requiring improved network performance,
which we believe is driving market needs for high-isolation and high-linearity
RF components. The PE42420 switch enables equipment vendors to meet these
network modernization challenges.”

In order to maximize network performance in next-generation wireless
communication systems, high port-to-port isolation is required, to prevent the
output signal from spilling into adjacent radio channels or bands.
Additionally, because the DPD receiver is shared by multiple Power Amplifiers
(PAs) in these systems, high isolation between the multiple paths ensures that
the PA that is being sampled is not contaminated by other signals. The 0.1 to
6 GHz PE42420 switch supports 1.8V control logic, enabling the use of
lower-voltage, and lower-power, microcontrollers. ESD tolerance of 2kV HBM on
all pins eases manufacturing and results in higher reliability of the end
product.

Development Tool Support

The PE42420 Evaluation Kit (part # EK42420-02, $95.00) is available, to enable
designers to evaluate the PE42420 switch in their applications. The kit can be
ordered today, from Peregrine’s global direct sales representatives and
worldwide distribution partners.

Packaging, Pricing & Availability

The PE42420 switch is available in a 20-pin 4 mm x 4 mm LGA package and is
priced starting at $1.25 each. 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 proprietary UltraCMOS^® 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.

     The Peregrine Semiconductor name, logo, and UltraCMOS are registered
  trademarks of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation in the U.S.A., and other
 countries. HaRP is a trademark of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation in the
  U.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the
                     property of their respective owners.

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Tags/Keywords: wireless infrastructure, LTE, base station transceiver, BTS,
remote radio head, RRH, SPDT RF switch

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Functional Diagram http://bit.ly/17nyMHp

*Based upon Peregrine Semiconductor’s competitive analysis of current
datasheets.

Contact:

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