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Date: 21-09-14

Murata acquire RF SoI specialist Peregrine Semiconductor

Japanese leading electronic component vendor Murata to acquire RF IC maker Peregrine Semiconductor for $471 million. Peregrine is specialized in RF SOI (silicon on insulator) which enhanced RF IC performance.

“This acquisition will combine Murata’s world-leading mobile RF module capabilities with Peregrine’s best-in-class RF front-end products. Peregrine has a team of talented RF engineers,” said Norio Nakajima, Executive Vice President , Director of Communication Business Unit of Murata. “Peregrine invented RF SOI, has led its development for 20 years, and accomplished a large number of industry firsts. We have worked closely with them for many years. Their innovation, including the Global One all-silicon integrated RF front-end, is a key strategic area for the mobile industry. This transaction will deepen our existing partnership and position us to meet the expanding opportunities in this field ”.

“Murata is the world’s leading RF module and filter provider, and we have benefited from our many years of partnership with them. The combination of Murata’s leading products with Peregrine’s leading-edge SOI products will position us to compete aggressively in our chosen markets,” said Jim Cable, PhD, Chairman and CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor. “As part of the Murata team, we will be able to expand our existing partnership and speed the industry’s transition to an integrated, all-CMOS RF front-end. We remain committed to providing leading solutions to customers in all our current markets. We have huge respect for Murata’s capabilities, and look forward to jointly accomplishing great things.”

Murata said it gains world’s best Silicon on Insulator (SOI) process technology through this buy out. Peregrine supplies RF ICs to smartphones, test & measurement, automotive, public safety radio and wireless Infrastructure.

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