New switches support operation at 13 GHz with high power handling of +36 dBm
San Diego, California, 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.
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.
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 at http://www.psemi.com.
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