Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced immediate availability of volume production parts for their UltraCMOS® 60 GHz RF SOI switches. (Read the full press release here.) The PE42525 and PE426525 extend Peregrine’s high frequency portfolio into frequencies previously dominated by GaAs technology. Both 60 GHz switches deliver exceptional performance in all key RF parameters and have a fast switching speed of only 8 nanoseconds.
Kinana Hussain, Peregrine’s director of marketing says, “These high frequency switches are garnering a high adoption rate in multiple markets including 5G, test and measurement, and defense. Not only do these switches break paradigms in high frequency, they also break paradigms in SOI fast switching.”
From RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semi comes a steady stream of new chips and design wins.
Psemi was honored with a 2015 Electronic Products “Product of the Year” award for its UltraCMOS® PE42020 True DC RF switch, the industry’s first and only RF integrated switch to operate from DC (0 Hz) to 8 GHz. (Press release here.)
RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semiconductor has announced the UltraCMOS® PE4314, a 75-ohm glitch-less RF digital step attenuator (DSA). This new DSA extends Peregrine’s existing glitch-less DSA portfolio to 75 ohms. The PE4314 is ideal for wired broadband applications in cable/satellite customer premises equipment (CPE) and infrastructure equipment.
“As the founders of RF-SOI, Peregrine is recognized as a performance leader in RF products,” says Kinana Hussain, director of marketing at Peregrine Semiconductor. “Our products offer best-in-class performance and proven quality and reliability. The PE4314 is a testament to staying true to this philosophy. Peregrine introduced the world’s first single-chip DSA in 2004, and we are now expanding our DSA portfolio to include this 75-ohm solution to solve one of our customers’ biggest challenges—attenuation state transition glitches.”
RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the UltraCMOS® PE44820, an 8-bit digital phase shifter designed for active antenna apps, covering a 358.6-degree phase range. (Read the press release here.)
The UltraCMOS® PE44820 is a monolithic, digitally controlled product made for easy design-in and delivering exceptional phase accuracy and high linearity. Supporting a frequency range of 1.7 to 2.2 GHz, the PE44820 is ideal for optimizing the transmission phase angle in the wireless infrastructure and radar markets. It provides reliable and repeatable RF performance to applications such as antenna beamforming, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and phased-array antennas, says the company.
The PE44820 is also capable of extended frequency operation from 1.1 to 3.0 GHz for narrow band applications.
Samples, evaluation kits and volume-production parts are available now.
RF-SOI champion Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the industry’s first 300mm RF-SOI technology. Dubbed UltraCMOS® 11, it is built on GlobalFoundries’ 130 nm 300mm RF technology platform (read full press release here).
The UltraCMOS 11 platform will be the foundation for Peregrine’s high volume mobile products and SOI products for other applications. It builds on the success of the award-wining UltraCMOS 10 technology platform, also developed and manufactured by GF, and offers unparalleled performance and cost-competitive advantages.
Moving to a 300mm wafer opens the door to new enhancements and advanced features in future generations of the UltraCMOS technology platform, which can leverage GlobalFoundries’ 300 mm production-proven design enablement and manufacturing expertise and scale.
“For over 25 years, Peregrine has been at the forefront of advancing RF SOI technology,” said Jim Cable, CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor (now a Murata company). “That legacy continues with today’s introduction of the UltraCMOS 11 platform, the first RF SOI 300 mm technology platform. By using 300 mm wafers, Peregrine ensures our technology roadmap will continue to be on the leading edge of RF SOI.”
RF-SOI specialist Peregrine continues to expand its “SOI University” series of webinars (click here to see the full offering), which has been ongoing for five years now. The latest webinar (the fifteenth in the series) is entitled, Linearity: The Key to Successful Data Transmission in Cable & Beyond. It is presented by Peter Bacon, the company’s Director of System Integration. In this 48-minute webinar, Peter explains how data rates have continued to increase in virtually every application. As an example, he discusses DOCSIS 3.1 and explains that linearity is an essential factor in meeting the new requirements. Finally, he describes the benefits of Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology in meeting these requirements.
Peregrine Semiconductor and Murata have launched the 2015 UltraCMOS® Global 1 Initiative, which includes the UltraCMOS Global 1 PE56500 and seamlessly integrates Murata filters and packaging into the RF-SOI front-end solution. (See press release here.) Built on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS 10 technology, the PE56500 combines Peregrine’s proven RF-SOI switch and tuner technology with new CMOS PA capability that delivers raw performance equivalent to GaAs. UltraCMOS Global 1 technology makes a single, global SKU possible – saving 4G LTE mobile-device manufacturers significant time and money.
Global 1 replaces discrete duplexer matching with a sophisticated tunable matching network that optimizes the PA match across the band. With Global 1 and its supporting software, an engineer can simply plug in the device and use the software to tune the RF front end within a few hours, rather than spend weeks in manual tuning.
The Global 1 PE56500 will be in volume production in late 2015.
Peregrine Semiconductor has unveiled the UltraCMOS® PE42524, the industry’s first RF-SOI switch to operate up to 40 GHz (click here for product details, and here for the press release). This switch significantly extends Peregrine’s high-frequency portfolio into frequencies previously dominated by gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology. “Our UltraCMOS technology enables our high-frequency components, such as the PE42524, to reach performance levels previously considered unattainable in RF-SOI,” explains Kinana Hussain, senior marketing manager. “With a product roadmap that includes additional high-frequency components, Peregrine has, and will continue to, set new standards for RF-SOI.” As an alternative to GaAs-based solutions, the PE42524 features high reliability and performance advantages in linearity, isolation, settling time and ESD protection. These attributes make the switch ideal for test-and-measurement, microwave-backhaul, radar and military communications devices. Click here to see the video on YouTube. Click here to see more ASN articles about Peregrine’s RF-SOI.