LONDON Fabless RF IC provider Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, Calif.) is licensing Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to serve as a source of RF switches and other components made using Peregrine's UltraCMOS manufacturing process.
UltraCMOS is a patented silicon-on-sapphire process a form of ultra thin silicon on insulator which is suitable for switches for radio frequency circuits. It is the result of 20 years research and is protected by 140 patents issued and pending, Peregrine said.
Peregrine has achieved success in the RF front-end section of mobile equipment supplying RF switches and tunable RF components but the licensing Murata will expand the availability of these circuits, the company said.
Murata supplies RF front-end modules for mobile wireless devices and claims to be present in 65 percent of all smartphones. It supplies passive components, RF switches and tuning devices, SAW filters and advanced packaging techniques.
"This agreement marks the first license of Peregrine's core switch-based intellectual property to a third party and we look forward to entering into this collaborative arrangement with Murata," said Jim Cable, president and CEO of Peregrine, in a statement.
"We believe that the combination of Murata's filter and packaging technology with Peregrine's UltraCMOS switch and tuning technology is a formidable RF front-end solution," said Norio Nakajima, vice president of the communication business unit, at Murata, in the same statement.
Related links and articles:
Soitec boosts production of silicon-on-sapphire wafers
Murata mulls wireless sensor networks
Peregrine prices IPO to raise $77 million