Peregrine Ships Half Billion UltraCMOS RFICs

Sept. 17, 2009
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. announced that it recently shipped its half-billionth radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) based on the firm's UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire technology. UltraCMOS technology is a patented variation of a ...
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. announced that it recently shipped its half-billionth radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) based on the firm's UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire technology. UltraCMOS technology is a patented variation of a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process that combines industry-standard silicon CMOS circuitry with a highly insulating sapphire substrate. The devices represent an environmentally friendly alternative to GaAs ICs used in high-frequency systems (GaAs has been classified as a toxic compound in the US, European Union, and in Japan).

According to Jim Cable, President and CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor, "With current worldwide sales of approximately 1.3 billion units per year, cellular handsets have become not only technology, business, and lifestyle drivers but also a leading contributor to eWaste. We believe that by providing a performance advantage with our UltraCMOS technology and by offering systems designers an alternative to arsenic-based RFICs, we are doing our part to help our customers and the environment."

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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