e2v and Peregrine Semiconductor Introduce Ultra-low Phase Noise FRAC-N Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) for Commercial Space Applications

Available exclusively through e2v, the UltraCMOS® PE97640 PLL offers improved phase noise and unrivaled radiation performance.

MILPITAS, Calif. and SAN DIEGO – Sept. 12, 2016 –e2v, global leader in the high-reliability semiconductor market, and Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, introduce the PE97640, an ultra-low phase noise FRAC-N phase-locked loop (PLL) for commercial space applications. Available exclusively through e2v, the PE97640 is the first new space product since e2v and Peregrine signed a strategic reseller agreement in February. Built on Peregrine’s radiation-tolerant UltraCMOS® technology, the PE97640 will be manufactured and qualified by e2v.

“Today’s launch of the PE97640 is evidence of our successful engagement with e2v,” says David Buhaenko, director of HPA product development engineering at Peregrine Semiconductor. “Our strategic agreement took a phased implementation approach, and I am delighted to report we are ahead of schedule. By aligning the strengths of both organizations, we are accelerating new product introductions for UltraCMOS high-reliability space products, like the PE97640.”

Designed for commercial applications and capable of performing in harsh space conditions for over ten years, the PE97640 is naturally radiation tolerant and immune to single-event latch-up (SEL), which can occur in space and cause severe damage. This PLL utilizes a low power consumption of 75 milliamperes at 2.7V, enabling RF system engineers to better allocate power resources.

Bruce Holcombe, e2v’s Peregrine product line manager, commented, “Our customers trust the high reliability of Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® space products, and this new PLL provides increased signal precision and frequency stability. Manufacturing the PE97640 on behalf of Peregrine also allows e2v to offer an even broader range of signal-processing solutions to the space market.” 

The PE97640 has a FRAC-N frequency synthesizer that generates multiple output frequencies from a single reference input frequency. The divided-down output then enables reference and phase detection at a lower frequency, handling both frequency and phase lock. With superior phase noise performance, the PE97640 offers RF engineers high signal precision, solid frequency stability and boasts significant performance specifications with both 5/6 and 10/11 prescalers:

Visit www.e2v-us.com/products/semiconductors/peregrinerf to find out more.

Notes to Editors:
About e2v inc:
Bringing life to technology, e2v partners with its customers to improve, save and protect people’s lives. e2v’s innovations lead developments in automation, healthcare, communications, safety, discovery and the environment.

e2v employs approximately 1750 people worldwide, has design and operational facilities across North America, Europe, and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. e2v has annual sales of over US330M as at 31 March 2016 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information www.e2v.com.

About Peregrine Semiconductor:
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, a Murata company, is the founder of RF silicon on insulator (SOI) and is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. Since 1988 Peregrine and its founding team have 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. By delivering best-in-class performance and monolithic integration, Peregrine’s product portfolio is the trusted choice for market leaders in automotive, broadband, industrial, Internet of Things, mobile devices, smartphones, space, test-and-measurement equipment and wireless infrastructure. A Murata company since December 2014, Peregrine holds more than 280 issued and pending patents and has shipped over 3.5 billion UltraCMOS units. For more information, visit www.psemi.com.


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