Peregrine Semiconductor Aims High with Low Phase Noise
Rad-hard PE97632 UltraCMOS™ 3.2 GHz Space PLL IC replaces hundreds
of discrete components
San Diego, California, March 8, 2006 -- Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation,
a supplier of the industry’s most advanced RF CMOS and mixed-signal
communications ICs, today unveiled the PE97632 3.2 GHz Delta-Sigma modulated
fractional-N phase locked-loop frequency synthesizer for low phase noise
space applications such as high-capacity digital satellite payloads.
The new device continues in Peregrine’s tradition of exceptional product
offerings for the demanding space and avionics markets, and will address
the growing demand for small form-factor IC solutions as satellite communications
become more prevalent.
The PE97632 is the most recent addition to the industry’s only single-chip
rad-hard PLL Integrated Circuit (IC) product line, allowing customers
to meet their frequency synthesis requirements at a fraction of the
cost, time and power consumption of any other solution on the market.
Today, rad-hard space applications needing this level of performance
require that the function be developed by assembling up to a hundred
discrete components – a solution that is difficult to engineer and manufacture,
and drives up weight and cost.
Drop-in compatible with its predecessor, the PE9763, the PE97632
delivers a 4-10 dB improvement in close-in phase noise, exemplifying
Peregrine’s commitment to set the industry performance standard for
PLLs and other S-level products. The device features a normalized phase
noise of -216 dBc/Hz, and, as a DSM frac-N device, it offers complete
frequency plan flexibility in a single IC. The improved performance
delivered by PE97632, including increased capacity and transmission
margin, translates directly into significantly higher value to the system
“Exceptional phase noise is only one of many attributes that make
Peregrine PLLs the best in the business,” said Jim Cable, C.E.O. and
president of Peregrine. “The UltraCMOS process technology is breaking
down RF performance barriers and advancing the wireless industry, in
virtually all highly demanding markets from space and avionics to commercial
handsets. As we continue to proliferate UltraCMOS products, the Peregrine
portfolio is setting worldwide performance standards, transitioning
an industry from old, discrete technology to modern, integrated solutions.
This enables the design of the RF signal chain, whether on land or in
space, to be both elegant and cost-effective,” he added.
Sampling to Alpha-customers and S-level qualification has been completed,
and orders for the device are being taken directly from Peregrine for
delivery in fourth quarter 2006 by contacting
The product is available in die or ceramic 68-lead CQFJ package and
priced per customer specifications.
About UltraCMOS™ Technology
UltraCMOS™ mixed-signal process technology is a patented variation
of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology using a sapphire substrate,
providing high yields and competitive costs. This technology delivers
significant performance advantages over competing processes such as
GaAs, SiGe BiCMOS and bulk silicon CMOS in applications where RF performance,
low power and integration are paramount.
About Peregrine Semiconductor
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets
high-performance communications ICs for the wireless infrastructure
and mobile wireless; broadband communications; space and avionics markets.
Manufactured on the Company’s proprietary UltraCMOS™ mixed-signal process
technology, Peregrine products are uniquely poised to meet the needs
of a global RF design community in high-growth applications such as
WCDMA and GSM digital cellular, broadband, DTV, DVR and rad-hard space
and avionics programs. Peregrine 0.25μm and 0.5μm UltraCMOS devices
are manufactured in its 6” CMOS facility located in Sydney, Australia
and in Hachioji, Japan through an alliance with OKI Electric Industry
Co., Ltd. The Company, headquartered in San Diego, California, maintains
global sales support operations and a worldwide technical distribution
network. Additional information is available on the web at