Peregrine Semiconductor Sets New Standards of Performance for High-Frequency CMOS RF Switches

  Peregrine Semiconductor Sets New Standards of Performance for High-Frequency
  CMOS RF Switches

 New switches support operation at 13 GHz with high power handling of +36 dBm

IMS2013 International Microwave Symposium

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO -- June 4, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSMI), a fabless provider of
high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), today announced
from booth #1811 at the International Microwave Symposium in Seattle it has
set new standards of performance for high-frequency CMOS RF switches with the
launch of the SPDT PE42520 and PE42521 devices. Building upon the core
capabilities of Peregrine’s UltraCMOS^® technology, the new, high-linearity
switches support operation at 13 GHz, combined with high power handling of +36
dBm, enabling levels of performance previously thought to be impossible with
CMOS. The devices are ideal for numerous high-frequency applications that
require high power handling, such as signal-path and filter bank switching in
the Test-and-Measurement, wireless backhaul, and military markets, among
others.

“Peregrine has, once again, set new levels of performance, achieving
high-frequency and high-power capability without compromising the core
capabilities of UltraCMOS,” said Dave Shepard, vice president of Peregrine’s
High-Performance Solutions business unit. “The PE42520 and PE42521 switches,
along with our new PE43704 DSA, are the first in our line of high-frequency,
high-power products. We look forward to continuing to support applications
that require broadband performance of 13 GHz and beyond.”

The PE42520/21 switches support operation up to 13 GHz at 36 dBm and feature
HaRP™ technology, resulting in IIP3 of 66 dBm, and IIP2 of 115 dBm. The
PE42520 supports frequencies down to 9 KHz, while the PE42521 is a
fast-switching variant that operates down to 100 MHz. Both devices have low
gate lag, a key feature for test-and-measurement applications. The insertion
loss of the PE42520 and PE42521 is 0.7 dB at 7.5 GHz. Both devices have
isolation of greater than 41 dB at 7.5 GHz.

Development Tool Support

Peregrine also unveiled the PE42520 and PE42521 Evaluation Kits today, to
enable designers to evaluate the new switches in their applications. The kits
can be ordered now from Peregrine’s global direct sales representatives and
worldwide distribution partners. For more information, visit
http://www.psemi.com.

Packaging, Pricing & Availability

The PE42520 and PE42521 RF switches are available in a 16-lead, 3 mm x 3 mm
QFN package. They are priced at $3.98 each in 10k-unit quantities. Samples can
be ordered in late June, with volume-production quantities expected to be
available in late July, from 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.

See us at the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society’s International
Microwave Symposium
June 4 – 6 in Seattle, Booth # 1811

     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
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Tags/Keywords: high power, high frequency, filter bank switching, signal path
switching, wireless backhaul, military, test-and-measurement, T&M, RF switch,
SPDT

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Functional Diagram
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrinesemiconductor/8902951791/sizes/l/
Evaluation Kits
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Contact:

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