SAN DIEGO--Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. here today announced an alliance with Mini-Circuit Lab of Brooklyn, N.Y., to develop and market advanced radio-frequency components for RF base stations, based on Peregrine's Ultra-Thin Silicon (UTSi) technology.
After evaluating Peregrine's technology, Mini-Circuit selected it as the core for a new family of mixer-module products, which will be introduced later this year, said Harvey Kaylie, president and CEO of Mini-Circuits. Compared to other alternatives, such as gallium-arsenide (GaAs) and silicon-germanium (SiGe) devices, the UTSi technology provides "the best linearity and performance we have ever seen in integrated FET resistive mixers," Kaylie said.
Under the agreement, Peregrine will ship more than one million of its Quad MOSFETs to Mini-Circuits per month, starting in November. The contract is renewable and valued at more than $10 million.
Earlier this year, San Diego-based Peregrine introduced its Quad MOSFET for radio base station applications serving CDMA, third-generation cellular networks and other wireless formats. The UTSi silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology produces Quad MOSFETs with IP3 inputs of greater than +31 dBm at 2 GHz, said the company.