Peregrine Semiconductor Announces High-Frequency, High-Power 7-Bit Digital Step Attenuator

  Peregrine Semiconductor Announces High-Frequency, High-Power 7-Bit Digital
  Step Attenuator

    New device supports operation at 8 GHz with power handling of +28 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 that it
has expanded its line of high-frequency products with a precision 7-bit
Digital Step Attenuator (DSA). Complementing Peregrine’s PE42520 and PE42521
high-frequency RF switches announced today, the PE43704 DSA supports monotonic
operation at 8 GHz, with high power handling of +28 dBm. The UltraCMOS^®
technology-based DSA features HaRP™ technology, resulting in high linearity of
IIP3 of +61 dBm at 8 GHz. The new DSA is ideal for high-frequency and
high-power applications in the test-and-measurement market, such as Automatic
Test Equipment, signal sources, spectrum analyzers, and communication testers.

“Components in the RF signal chain inside test-and-measurement products must
have higher linearity and performance than the systems they are measuring,”
said Mark Schrepferman, director of the commercial and industrial product line
with Peregrine’s High-Performance Solutions business unit. “With its
high-power and high-frequency capabilities, and high linearity, the PE43704
DSA addresses these requirements.”

The PE43704 DSA is serial addressable and features multiple programming modes,
including serial, direct parallel, and latched parallel, making it easy to
design it into a wide range of systems. The device has high monotonic
attenuation performance of 0.25 dB up to 6 GHz, and 1.0 dB up to 8 GHz, which
improves instrument sensitivity and performance. Fast settling time of 2
microseconds saves costs by reducing overall test time. ESD protection of 2 kV
HBM eases manufacturing and prolongs the life of the end product. 1.8V/3.3V
control logic support makes it easy to integrate the DSA with the latest
FPGAs. High integration in a single package eliminates the need for the
discrete components and bias circuits that are required with pin-diode
solutions, further easing design and reducing board space.

Development Tool Support
Peregrine also announced availability of the PE43704 Evaluation Kit, today.
The kit can be ordered today from Peregrine’s global direct sales
representatives, and worldwide distribution partners. For more information,
visit http://www.psemi.com.

Packaging, Pricing & Availability
The PE43704 DSA is available in a 32-lead, 5 mm x 5 mm QFN package. Samples
can be ordered today and volume-production quantities can be ordered in late
June, 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
                     property of their respective owners.

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Tags/Keywords: Digital Step Attenuator, DSA, test-and-measurement, automatic
test equipment, spectrum analyzer, communication testers

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Functional Diagram
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Evaluation Kit
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Contact:

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