Murata buys silicon RF chip firm for mobile expansion

rf-productsMurata has agreed to acquire Peregrine Semiconductor, the silicon RF chip maker for $471m.

Peregrine manufactures RF chips used in mobile phone front-end circuits using a SOI (silicon on insulator) process technology.

Murata has worked with Peregrine in the past on the development and maufacture of RF devices. Now it will have ownership of the US firm’s SOI technology.

As Norio Nakajima, executive vice-president, director of communication business unit of Murata points out: “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 1 all-silicon integrated RF front-end, is a key strategic area for the mobile industry.”

In 2011 Murata acquired the mobile phone power amplifier business from Renesas Electronics. In the same year it also acquired MEMS sensor firm VTI.

Peregrine already operates in wireless markets, including: smartphones, test, automotive, public safety radio and wireless Infrastructure.

The expectation is that with Murata’s global presence behind it Peregrine will widen adoption of the all-CMOS RF front-end ICs.

The transaction, which has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors.

Tags: mobile phone, Murata, Peregrine Semiconductor, RF

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