UltraCMOS® technology is a patented, advanced form of RF SOI that delivers the performance edge needed to solve the RF market’s biggest challenges. UltraCMOS products deliver best-in-class performance, and their monolithic design enables the intelligent integration of RF, digital and analog components onto a single chip. Peregrine holds more than 300 issued and pending patents and has shipped more than 3.5 billion UltraCMOS units, which are used by market leaders for the following applications: mobile, wireless infrastructure, land mobile radios, broadband, Wi-Fi, test and measurement, automotive, medical, smart energy, Internet of Things, military, radar and space.
RF complexity is growing exponentially as more wireless devices compete for signals throughout more frequency bands, and Peregrine continues to achieve several SOI industry firsts that offer RF engineers the widest range of high-performance RF choices. UltraCMOS products allow engineers the flexibility to prioritize attributes—like small form factor, low power consumption, high reliability, high ESD ratings, programmability, reduced board area—based on use case.
Peregrine’s UltraCMOS Technology Platforms
Peregrine is committed to giving RF engineers the widest range of design flexibility, providing the right component for the parameters of the application. That’s why Peregrine provides several SOI platforms including UltraCMOS 12, UltraCMOS 11, UltraCMOS 10 and UltraCMOS SOS.
UltraCMOS 12 Platform
UltraCMOS 12 technology platform boasts the industry’s lowest RONCOFF performance level of 80 fs—a 25-percent improvement over the last generation. A key metric for RF switching, RONCOFF is Peregrine’s performance benchmark for each new generation of the UltraCMOS platform. RONCOFF is a ratio of how much loss occurs when a radio signal goes through a switch in its ON state (RON, or on-resistance) and how much the radio signal leaks through the capacitor in its OFF state (COFF, or off capacitance). With each new UltraCMOS generation, Peregrine targets a 20-percent improvement in RONCOFF. UltraCMOS 12 technology surpasses this target and sets a new industry standard for RONCOFF performance.
To develop the 300 mm UltraCMOS 12 platform, Peregrine collaborated with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a leading full-service semiconductor foundry.
UltraCMOS 11 Platform
The UltraCMOS 11 platform was the industry’s first RF SOI 300 mm technology platform. Co-developed by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Peregrine, it builds on the success of the award-winning UltraCMOS 10 platform and offers unparalleled performance and cost-competitive advantages. This customer-specific process uses a custom fabrication flow from GLOBALFOUNDRIES state-of-the-art Fab 7 facility in Singapore and will be the foundation for high volume mobile products and SOI product applications.
UltraCMOS 10 Platform
For smartphone, phablet, tablet and Internet of Things applications, the company designed the UltraCMOS 10 platform using an advanced form of SOI that offers best-in-class performance for the value. Introduced in October 2013, the award-winning technology leverages Peregrine’s design expertise along with Soitec semiconductor materials and a unique, GLOBALFOUNDRIES fabrication flow to deliver over 50-percent improvement in insertion loss and isolation on a 130 nm SOI chip.
For other applications that require the highest performance—wireless infrastructure, land-mobile-radios, broadband, Wi-Fi, test and measurement, automotive, medical, smart energy, military, radar and space—Peregrine uses the UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) platform. This manufacturing process is a patented variation of SOI on a sapphire substrate, which is a near-perfect insulator. UltraCMOS SOS chips feature low defect density for simpler construction; dielectrically isolated transistors for excellent power handling and multiple thresholds; inherent CMOS logic levels; and superior ESD ratings. Since fully depleted SOS doesn’t have any body junctions, the only voltage variable capacitance is oxide capacitance per unit area (Cox). In addition, its inherent radiation and single event tolerance, including immunity to single-event latch-up (SEL), make UltraCMOS SOS ideal for military and space applications. Sapphire also offers outstanding RF and microwave properties and a mature supply chain.