Peregrine Licenses Switches To Murata

June 5, 2013
A collaborative agreement allows Murata Manufacturing Co. to produce integrated-circuit (IC) switches based on Peregrine Semiconductor’s proprietary UltraCMOS technology.

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., which produces high-performance, high-frequency switches based on its unique UltraCMOS® silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process, has announced that it is willing to “share the wealth.” The firm has signed a collaborative agreement with Murata Manufacturing Co. on a multi-sourcing arrangement to produce RF/microwave switches based on Peregrine’s proprietary technology. Under the collaboration agreement, Murata agrees to source a majority of its RF switching requirements from Peregrine in exchange for being granted a license to purchase or manufacture RF CMOS switches utilizing Peregrine's technology and intellectual property (IP). Peregrine’s 20 years of working with the technology have resulted in 150 patents issued and pending.

As Jim Cable, Peregrine's President and CEO, explains: “Global OEM customers of both Peregrine and Murata have for some time requested that the companies implement an independent source of supply for the critical switching elements that are widely utilized in today's smart phones and other wireless-communications products. This agreement marks the first license of Peregrine's switch-based intellectual property to a third party; we look forward to working collaboratively with Murata to expand the deployment of UltraCMOS technology.”

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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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