Peregrine Semiconductor Introduces Rad Hard Prescaler; PE9301 3.5 GHz Prescaler Provides Space Level Rad Hard Performance.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 27, 2000
Peregrine Semiconductor, a leading supplier of high-performance communications-based integrated circuits Integrated circuits
Miniature electronic circuits produced within and upon a single semiconductor crystal, usually silicon. Integrated circuits range in complexity from simple logic circuits and amplifiers, about 1/20 in. (1. to the optical networking Communications between computers, telephones and other electronic devices using light. An optical network is far more reliable and has far greater potential transmission capacity than networking in the electrical domain. See optical fiber. and wireless markets, today announced the introduction of PE9301 -- the world's first space-qualified Prescaler (Divide By 2) integrated circuit integrated circuit (IC), electronic circuit built on a semiconductor substrate, usually one of single-crystal silicon. The circuit, often called a chip, is packaged in a hermetically sealed case or a nonhermetic plastic capsule, with leads extending from it for .
An emerging product provider to space and defense customers, Peregrine Semiconductor is sampling the product and will have mass production available in June 2001 following full qualification.
The PE9301 is a high performance monolithic CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes. prescaler with a fixed divide ratio of two. Its operating frequency range is 2.0 to 3.5 GHz, it is designed for low power operation (11.5mA @ 3V across frequency), and operates from a single supply. The PE9301 is the first in a family of space-qualified RF prescalers to be offered by Peregrine.
Chuck Tabbert, director of space and defense products at Peregrine said, "Finally, space and defense designers are getting the same state-of-the-art RF functionality as their commercial counterparts and therefore do not have to degrade or derate Verb 1. derate - lower the rated electrical capability of electrical apparatus
lour, lower - set lower; "lower a rating"; "lower expectations" system performance for radiation effects -- this is Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) at its best."
Built using Peregrine Semiconductor's Ultra Thin Silicon (UTSi(R)) Silicon-On-Sapphire (SOS SOS, code letters of the international distress signal. The signal is expressed in International Morse code as … — — — … (three dots, three dashes, three dots). ) process, the PE9301 is expected to easily attain 300Krad(Si) total dose tolerance, is immune to any latch-up (well known for Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI (Silicon On Insulator) A chip architecture that increases transistor switching speed by reducing capacitance (build-up of electrical charges in the transistor's elements), and thus reducing the discharge time. The power requirement is also reduced in some designs. ) technologies) and will show impressive Single Event Upset (SEU SEU Shoot 'Em Up (game category)
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"Peregrine is successfully adapting existing proven technologies and products to meet the needs of our space and defense customers," said Dr. Stav Prodromou, Peregrine's president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "Peregrine offers a somewhat unique situation to customers -- they can look at our existing and emerging commercial products, pick features they need, and work with us to introduce hardened versions of those commercial products. The addition of the PE9301 to Peregrine Semiconductor's growing portfolio of products shows that we are innovative and dedicated to customer service."
"This product is the stepping stone to greater integrated functionality sorely needed in the RF components of advanced satellite and military systems," said Tabbert. "We plan to rapidly expand Peregrine's space and defense product in the very near future."
About Peregrine Semiconductor:
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. designs, manufactures, and markets high-speed communications integrated circuits for the broadband fiber, wireless and satellite communications markets. Using its patented Ultra-Thin-Silicon (UTSi(R)) CMOS process, Peregrine has launched a series of radio frequency IC products for high growth applications, including CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) A method for transmitting simultaneous signals over a shared portion of the spectrum. The foremost application of CDMA is the digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800 MHz band and 1.9 GHz PCS band. digital cellular, Bluetooth personal area wireless networks and wireless remote sensing and control. Peregrine, headquartered in San Diego, also has established design centers and satellite operations in Chicago, Aix-en-Provence, France, and Sydney, Australia. Peregrine has established a mission to leverage its unique UTSi process to become a leading supplier of high-speed communications ICs for wireless and wired communications, compelling photonic components for advanced optical networks. The company's UTSi process offers very high performance coupled with the integration, scalability, simplicity and flexibility of conventional CMOS. Additional information on Peregrine Semiconductor is available at its worldwide Web site: www.peregrine-semi.com.