MaxLinear and Peregrine Semiconductor Team on Dual-RF-Input Digital TV Reference Design

  MaxLinear and Peregrine Semiconductor Team on Dual-RF-Input Digital TV
  Reference Design

  Digital cable and terrestrial front-end reference design supports China’s
                              digital TV mandate

Business Wire

CARLSBAD, Calif. & SAN DIEGO -- November 5, 2013

MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency
(RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications
applications, announced today a collaboration with Peregrine Semiconductor
Corp. (NASDAQ: PSMI), founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of
advanced RF solutions, to produce a dual-RF-input digital TV (DTV) front-end
reference design.

Television sets incorporating this dual-RF-input front end will support
reception of both digital terrestrial TV and cable TV for seamless channel
browsing.

The reference design pairs MaxLinear’s MxL600 family (MxL601 and MxL661) of
software-programmable, low power, global hybrid-television tuners with
Peregrine’s low-power PE42750 RF switch in a fully tested, end-to-end solution
including complete schematics, bill of materials and the Gerber files required
to quickly implement a high-performance DTV solution.

The new front-end design gives OEMs a way to respond to the ever-increasing
demand for DTV. This demand is driven, in part, by countries like China, where
the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has mandated that
all televisions 40 inches and larger must integrate digital terrestrial
receivers as of Jan. 1, 2014. This digital-receiver mandate expands to every
television after Jan. 1, 2015.

“We have worked closely with our customers to develop a reference design that
will meet all of their needs – from using proven, high-performance devices to
delivering a complete blueprint that eases design of digital-TV front ends,”
said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager, Broadband
and Consumer Products. “Peregrine has been a key partner in this effort,
providing RF switches that deliver the isolation required for reliable
reception of both terrestrial and cable TV, now a necessity in China.”

Technical Highlights
Peregrine’s PE42750 is a 75-Ohm, single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) RF switch
for broadband consumer applications. Manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS®
technology, the HaRP™-enhanced device features high linearity (IIP3 of 47.5
dBm @ 2200 MHz) and high isolation performance (80 dB @ 220 MHz and 63 dB @ 1
GHz).

In compliance with the FCC 15.115 standard, these performance levels are
maintained in the unpowered state to prevent reflected signals between the
terrestrial antenna and cable feed. This high level of isolation ensures
reliable performance in consumer TV applications. The PE42750 covers a broad
frequency range from 5 MHz to 2200 MHz, delivers low insertion loss (0.7 dB @
5 MHz and 1.0 dB @ 1 GHz) and high ESD rating of 2000 V HBM on all ports.

“The PE42750 broadband switch leverages Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology and
HaRP enhancements to deliver isolation performance that is critical for
digital TV applications where multiple tuners are common,” said Mark
Schrepferman, Product Line Director for Communication and Industrial Products
at Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. “We are pleased to work with an industry
leader like MaxLinear to bring these benefits to a reference-design platform
that will simplify design for manufacturers bringing digital television sets
to market.”

The MxL600 family of tuners delivers exceptional performance for all global
analog and digital television reception standards in cable and terrestrial
reception environments. They offer market-leading, low power consumption of
350mW in typical applications. The very low power consumption and compact 4 x
4 mm footprint in a standard 24-pin QFN package make it possible for customers
to design ultra-small form factors and to support multi-tuner applications.

The software-configurable MxL600 devices allow manufacturers to design a
common front-end for all global broadcast standards. Supported standards
include: PAL, SECAM, NTSC, DVB-T/T2, ISDB-T, ISDB-Tmm, ATSC, ATSC M/H, DTMB,
ITU-T J.83 Annex A (DVB-C) / B (US Cable) / C (Japan).

Availability
The RF reference design is available now from MaxLinear. MaxLinear's
fifth-generation MxL601 CMOS tuner is shipping in millions of unit volumes.
MaxLinear’s sixth-generation MxL661 CMOS tuner IC started mass production in
the third quarter of 2013.

Peregrine’s PE42750 is shipping in volume quantities and has been integrated
into digital and cable televisions, multi-tuner digital-video recorders and
set-top boxes worldwide.

About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and mixed-signal
semiconductor solutions for broadband communications applications. MaxLinear
is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit
www.maxlinear.com.

About Peregrine Semiconductor
Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: PSMI), founder of RF SOI (silicon on
insulator), is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF
solutions. Since 1988 Peregrine has been perfecting UltraCMOS® technology – a
patented, advanced form of SOI – to deliver the performance edge needed to
solve the RF market’s biggest challenges, such as linearity. With products
that deliver best-in-class performance and monolithic integration, Peregrine
is the trusted choice for market leaders in automotive, broadband, industrial,
Internet of Things, military, mobile devices, smartphones, space,
test-and-measurement equipment and wireless infrastructure. Peregrine holds
more than 150 filed and pending patents and has shipped 2 billion UltraCMOS
units. For more information, visit http://www.psemi.com.

MxL, Full-Spectrum Capture, FSC and the MaxLinear logo are trademarks of
MaxLinear, Inc.

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.

Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of
federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, among others,
statements concerning or implying future financial performance or trends and
growth opportunities affecting Peregrine Semiconductor and MaxLinear, in
particular statements relating the parties’ collaboration to produce a dual RF
input digital TV (DTV) front-end reference design, and the performance
capabilities and features of MaxLinear’s MxL600 family of tuners and Peregrine
Semiconductor’s PE42750 RF switch. These forward-looking statements involve
known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause
actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or
implied by these forward-looking statements. The parties cannot predict
whether or to what extent either company will realize additional revenues from
the collaboration. Forward-looking statements are based on the parties’
current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and
uncertainties, including (among others) intense competition in our industry;
the ability of our customers to cancel or reduce orders; uncertainties
concerning how end user markets for our products will develop; our lack of
long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply; and
potential decreases in average selling prices for our products. In addition to
these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and
uncertainties contained in each party’s filings with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are
qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The parties are
providing this information as of the date of this release and do not undertake
any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this
release as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact:

MaxLinear Inc. Press Contact
The David James Agency LLC
David Rodewald, 805-494-9508
david@davidjamesagency.com
or
MaxLinear Inc. Corporate Contact
MaxLinear Inc.
Yves Rasse
Senior Director, TV & STB Product Line
760-692-0711
yrasse@maxlinear.com
or
Peregrine Semiconductor Press Contact
Peregrine Semiconductor
Elizabeth Brown, 619-993-4648
pr@psemi.com