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12 November 2013

Peregrine’s UltraCMOS switch chosen for Pantech’s LTE-A phablet

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp of San Diego, CA, USA, a fabless provider of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) based on silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) and silicon-on-insulator (SOI), says that it is supplying the UltraCMOS main-antenna tuning switch for the Vega Secret Note LTE-A phablet of South Korean mobile phone maker Pantech.

Peregrine says that the PE613010, which is also being used for Pantech’s Vega LTE-A smartphone, provides RF performance enhancements that help the phablet increase battery life, boost data throughput and improve connection quality for fewer dropped calls – even when roaming. Optimized for LTE-A networks, Peregrine’s high-linearity switch also enables carrier aggregation and gives consumers access to more networks globally.

“Pantech first started working with Peregrine for this year’s Vega LTE-A smartphone design because the performance was superior to everything else we evaluated,” comments Mr Song, senior engineer at Pantech.

Peregrine’s high-linearity UltraCMOS antenna-tuning switch enables carrier aggregation and is optimized for the LTE-Advanced standard, which is offered on SK Telecom’s network in Korea. The switch delivers what is claimed to be the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Ron) of 1.2 Ohms from 700-2700MHz, enabling a 1dB improvement at the antenna (which translates to a 25% performance gain).

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