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Taoglas and Peregrine Semiconductor Team Up on Digitally Tunable LTE Antenna Solution for M2M Market

CTIA, Las Vegas, NV and San Diego, CA –  May 15th, 2013 – TaoglasUSA, Inc. (www.taoglas.com), provider of antenna solutions to the M2M and connected device market, has teamed up with Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSMI), a fabless provider of high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), to bring a dynamically tunable LTE antenna solution to the M2M market.  The solution contains an embedded surface-mount ceramic PIFA antenna from Taoglas—the Warrior PA.710.A—and Peregrine’s successful PE64102 DuNE™ Digitally Tunable Capacitor (DTC) on one evaluation board.  It enables M2M devices to reach wide bandwidths and meet requirements for high performance using similar antenna space requirements as 3G/4G systems.  Additionally, it has the ability to dynamically change the antenna band “on the fly” to match the cellular band a radio module is using.  This new solution can be immediately tested via Taoglas’ DTAD.01 evaluation board, which will be unveiled May 21st at CTIA in Las Vegas at booth #5534.

“This system will benefit our customers because it means they can achieve very high performance and throughput on those challenging lower frequencies such as 700 MHz, without dramatically increasing the size of the antenna,” said Ruben Cuadras, engineering manager with Taoglas USA.  “Our Digitally Tunable Antenna (DTA)—the Warrior PA.710.A—helps customers reduce the size of their product and enables them to ‘re-tune’ an antenna whenever it is impacted by items such as a battery, enclosure or LCD.  The antenna frequency can adjust for each specific location in cases such as when driving a car across multiple locations, or when a device moves between different countries.  Teaming up with a top-tier company such as Peregrine means that, together, we can help our clients globally prepare their devices for LTE.”

“Today’s wireless devices must now support a subset of more than 40 frequency bands, worldwide.  M2M devices, in particular, must adapt ‘in the field,’ in order to connect to the strongest signal,” said Mark Schrepferman, director of the communications and industrial product line for Peregrine’s High-Performance Solutions business unit.  “By dynamically tuning the antenna with DuNE DTCs, the system can support multiple bands while providing optimal RF performance.  We are pleased to work with Taoglas to bring this cost-effective solution to the M2M market.”

The evaluation board will be available directly from Taoglas and online in the coming months through its distributors.  The Warrior PA.710.A wide-band antenna covers all working frequencies in the 3G/4G cellular space but will require a certain ground plane size.  More information about Peregrine’s DuNE tuning products is available at http://www.psemi.com/content/design-solutions/rf-tuning.php.

About Peregrine Semiconductor

Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: PSMI) is a fabless provider of high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs).  Our solutions leverage our proprietary UltraCMOS® technology, an advanced RF Silicon-On-Insulator process.  Our products deliver what we believe is an industry-leading combination of performance and monolithic integration, and target a broad range of applications in the aerospace and defense, broadband, industrial, mobile wireless device, test and measurement equipment, and wireless infrastructure markets.  Additional information is available at http://www.psemi.com.

About Taoglas

Taoglas provides a comprehensive range of external, embedded and base-station antenna solutions for M2M applications such as Telematics/Automotive, Smart-Grid, Metering/Telemetry, Home Automation, Remote Monitoring and Telemedical applications.  The company’s device RF optimization OTA anechoic test chambers and labs in the United States and Ireland enable M2M manufacturers to design and test antenna solutions for M2M devices with a single company, while also performing pre-certification OTA (efficiency/radiation patterns/TRP/TIS) testing for PTCRB and USA network requirements.  Taoglas continually innovates and creates new antenna solutions to meet the evolving needs of the machine-to-machine world.  Taoglas’ products operate consistently at optimum proficiency levels, delivering world-class performance time after time.  With Taoglas, customers experience high performance, unrivalled delivery, plus exceptional back-up and support services.  For more information, visit http://www.taoglas.com/.

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