Peregrine Semiconductor Taps IBM For Foundry

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor is reporting this morning that it has tapped IBM as the foundry for its next generation RF CMOS semiconductors. The firm said it will use IBM's 180-nanometer process at IBM's 200mm semiconductor manufacturing facility in Burlington, Vermont, for its future generations of its UltraCMOS, silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) process technology. Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed. IBM said the deal marks the first use of 200mm (8-inch) wafer processing for silicon-on-sapphire. The two said they will be sampling 180nm UltraCMOS RFICs in 2011, initially for high-power RF switches, tunable components, and power amplifiers.