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Peregrine Semiconductor Overview

www.psemi.com
San Diego, CA
201 to 500 employees
1990
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, a Murata company, is the founder of RF silicon on insulator (SOI) and is a leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. Since 1988 Peregrine and its founding team have been perfecting UltraCMOS® ... Read more

Mission: We solve the RF market’s biggest challenges.

Company Updates

  • Announcing the acquisition of Arctic Sand Technologies.

    Peregrine Semiconductor, A Murata Company, Acquires Arctic Sand Technologies

    Press Releases Peregrine Semiconductor, A Murata Company, Acquires Arctic Sand Technologies SAN DIEGO - March 20, 2017 - Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., a Murata company and the founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator), today announces the acquisition of Arctic Sand Technologies. An MIT spin-off, Arctic Sand designs and manufactures low-power semiconductors for use in DC-DC power conversion applications.

  • Big changes at Peregrine as we prepare for even more growth.

    Peregrine Semiconductor Bolsters Its Executive Team

    SAN DIEGO-March 13, 2017- The CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor, Jim Cable, today announces significant changes to Peregrine's executive team. In a bold move to increase the company's semiconductor capability, Cable announces the appointment of Stefan Wolff as Peregrine's new Chief Executive Officer.

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Peregrine Semiconductor – Why Work For Us?


Join a team that inspires success and rewards your professional and personal growth!

The culture at Peregrine embraces success – with a deep rooted understanding that success is the result of hard work and constant support to meet and achieve our individual and team goals. We believe in rewards, Total Rewards, to foster a challenging environment where we can all achieve success.


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Our “Integrated Wellness” program includes a variety of year-round activities focused on three health and wellness core areas—fitness, nutrition and spirit. From nutritional seminars and weekly on-site massage therapy to “Active Monday” workouts, CSA pick-up, ping-pong tournaments and October pumpkin carving contests, there are a range of activities targeted at promoting health and wellness. Peregrine also sponsors local fitness races and sports teams throughout the year by covering the entry fees for employees and their families. Finally, every employee is allocated two paid days a year to use toward health and wellness, including volunteer work with a non-profit.


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Driving the RF SOI Revolution—The History of Peregrine Semiconductor

The Peregrine Semiconductor story is about many things. It is about a willingness to take risks, diligence, innovation, hard work and the nurturing of strong partnerships. It is the story of the founders’ ability to look forward and understand what would be important tomorrow—the ability to “read the tea leaves,” if you will. It is the success story of a semiconductor company that accomplished what the industry thought was impossible, and that now leads the market today as a communications company.

During the 1970s a battle was waged between analog and digital to determine the optimum method of electric signal distribution of information. Digital won in 1975 and took over everything through the '70s, '80s and '90s, driving a literal digital revolution. Computing power followed Moore’s Law—named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore—which states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years driving exponential improvement in performance. The digital revolution drove digital electronics into nearly every segment of the world economy. The semiconductor market on its own is relatively small, but the markets it drives are immense. Today, global semiconductor industry revenues exceed $300 billion annually, but it is the semiconductors’ capabilities that drive the global trillion dollar electronics industry. In the US alone, the semiconductor industry, one of the country’s top exports, directly employs nearly 250,000 people, and the industry supports more than one million additional jobs.

In the late '70s, Peregrine’s founders began diligently solving the technical challenges and overcoming the barriers required to make advanced silicon on insulator (SOI) commercially feasible. Their research initially focused on a sapphire substrate, known by the industry as silicon on sapphire (SOS). SOS, in spite of showing great promise, was demonstrating manufacturing problems that had led the other semiconductor companies to abandon further development of the sapphire substrate. While the rest of the industry deemed it impossible, the founders persisted, and, after years of research and development, the “aha moment” came. In 1988, Peregrine founders Ron Reedy and Mark Burgener and colleague Graham Garcia published a research paper that would serve as the foundation for Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology, a patented advanced form of SOI.

Peregrine’s strength in sapphire substrates offered a clear advantage. Sapphire did not interfere with RF signals. With radios driving the advancement of wireless communications, Peregrine’s continuing development of the UltraCMOS technology was evolving to address the critical integration requirements for communications device development.

Today, Peregrine’s technology provides critical communication pathways for devices used around the globe and beyond, from the iPhone to the Mars Rover. Peregrine chips have traveled to every planet except Uranus. Handheld devices daily deliver conversations and critical data using a Peregrine chip. The critical communications channels used by our first responders and military rely on the performance of Peregrine’s chips in their devices and networks.

 

Are you looking for an internship? Looking for a place to apply your technical skills and gain hands-on knowledge? Would you like to network with Peregrine’s top engineers and managers?  Throughout the year, we offer full time and part time internships, allowing students from around the world to work on our newest and innovative products. Additionally as an intern, you may be considered for a full time employment when you graduate. Does this sound like something you are interested in? Peregrine’s recruiting experts would love to meet with you.

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    Great people, awesome culture, and lots of different opportunities to excel.

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    Lack of planning causes a lot of fire fighting and rush work.

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Peregrine Semiconductor Photos

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Peregrine Semiconductor Interviews

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Peregrine Semiconductor.

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    Had a panel interview, then a couple of one on ones with dept personnel and HR. Total interview lasted 2 hours. Overall they were very friendly and easy to talk to.

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Peregrine Semiconductor Awards & Accolades

  • Winner “Market Disruptor”, ECN IMPACT Award, 2016
  • Finalist "Microwaves & RF", ECN IMPACT Award, 2016
  • Finalist "Power Sources & Conditioning Devices", ECN IMPACT Award, 2016
  • Winner "Material Technology Innovation”, ECN IMPACT Award, 2015
  • Winner “Passive Components and Discrete Semiconductors”, ECN IMPACT Award, 2015
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