Peregrine Semiconductor's RF Switches Reach Market Acceptance in the Cable Industry
Peregrine's RF Switches Offer an Easy Transition from DOCSIS® 3.0 to 3.1 Technology with a Dual-Band
SAN DIEGO – March 15, 2016 – Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder
of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, announces its high linearity
RF switches are designed into multiple DOCSIS 3.1 certified cable modems. CableLabs, the research and
development consortium that develops the DOCSIS specification, has certified the first DOCSIS 3.1 cable
modems. Of the certified modems, Peregrine Semiconductor's RF switches—the UltraCMOS®
into the cable modems that feature a band-select feature. The PE42722 and PE42723 are the only RF switches
that enable dual upstream/downstream bands to reside in the same consumer premise equipment (CPE) device.
Before Peregrine began offering the PE42722 and PE42723, CPE devices—such as set-top boxes, cable
modems and home gateways—could only support one upstream and downstream band. Extremely high linearity
is required to enable and support a dual-band architecture. Peregrine offers the only RF switches with
the needed high linearity to meet the standard. By enabling a dual-band architecture, CPEs can comply
with the DOCSIS 3.1 cable industry standard, and multi-service operators (MSOs) have the flexibility
to offer their customers new and expanded services. MSOs also benefit from the switches supporting both
DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 technologies, allowing for a simple and cost-effective transition to DOCSIS 3.1 service.
"As the world-wide cable industry transitions from DOCSIS 3.0 to 3.1 technologies, MSOs need to future
proof their CPE devices with higher flexibility in addition to backward compatibility," says Duncan
Pilgrim, vice president and general manager of Peregrine Semiconductor's high performance analog (HPA)
business unit. "Peregrine's high linearity RF switches rise to the challenge and deliver a key selling
feature for cable modem vendors. By offering a dual-band architecture, our switches enable a simple
transition from DOCSIS 3.0 to 3.1 service."
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 products are 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 200 filed and pending patents and has shipped over 2.5 billion
UltraCMOS units. For more information, visit http://www.psemi.com.
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