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Peregrine Semiconductor Expands European Operations

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSMI), a fabless provider of high-performance radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (ICs), today announced the expansion of its European operations with the opening of a design, manufacturing, and sales facility in Reading, United Kingdom (UK). The Company’s UK facility focuses on developing dedicated RFIC products of European content, to better address the European requirements; including those of the European commercial, industrial, and high-reliability (hi-rel) markets, which have been a cornerstone for Peregrine’s successful growth across Europe. The facility will also provide design services for Peregrine Semiconductor’s next-generation UltraCMOS® RFIC portfolio, sold worldwide.

“We are pleased to expand our commitment to a region that has been instrumental in the worldwide adoption of our UltraCMOS technology as the RFIC process technology of choice,” said Dave Shepard, vice president of Peregrine Semiconductor’s High-Performance Solutions business unit. “Some of the world’s most visionary designs originate in the European region, and this expansion of our global design, sales support, and manufacturing operations further demonstrates our commitment to the European RF engineering community.”

Multiple product families will be developed at the new facility, including digital step attenuators, Phase-Locked Loop frequency synthesizers, and RF switches, which provide excellent RF performance. Additionally, Peregrine Semiconductor is looking for talented employees to join its European team as part of its 2012 expansion plan, which includes a substantial increase in its worldwide workforce, thus far. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.psemi.com/content/careers/careers.php.

About UltraCMOS ® Technology

UltraCMOS process technology is a patented advancement of Silicon-on-Insulator technology on a sapphire substrate that provides high yields, competitive costs, and an environmentally-friendly alternative to GaAs-based technologies. UltraCMOS technology delivers significant performance advantages over competing processes such as GaAs, SiGe, BiCMOS, and bulk-silicon CMOS in applications where RF performance, low power, and high levels of integration are paramount. These measurable power and size savings offer advantages for both manufacturers and consumers, including lower power consumption, enabling longer battery life, and smaller batteries. Additionally, Peregrine Semiconductor’s HaRP™ technology enhancements and DuNE™ antenna-tuning technology further exploit the benefits of Silicon-on-Sapphire technology, enabling dramatic improvements in harmonic results, linearity, power handling, and overall RF performance.

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, which enables the design, manufacture, and integration of multiple RF, mixed-signal, and digital functions on a single chip. 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. UltraCMOS technology combines the ability to achieve the high levels of performance of traditional specialty processes, with the fundamental benefits of standard CMOS, the most widely-used semiconductor process technology. UltraCMOS technology utilizes a synthetic sapphire substrate, a near-perfect electrical insulator, providing low parasitic capacitance, and enabling high signal isolation, and excellent broadband linearity. These attributes result in RF devices with excellent high-frequency performance and power-handling performance, reduced crosstalk between frequencies, and enhanced network efficiency. We have engineered design advancements, including our patented HaRP™ technology which significantly improves harmonic and linearity performance; and our patent-pending DuNE™ technology, a circuit design technique that we have used to develop our advanced Digitally Tunable Capacitor (DTC) products. We offer a broad portfolio of high-performance RFICs including switches, digital attenuators, mixers/upconverters, prescalers, frequency synthesizers, DTCs, and DC-to-DC converter products; and we are currently developing Power Amplifiers (PAs). Our products are sold worldwide through our direct sales and field applications engineering staff, and our network of independent sales representatives, and distribution partners. Additional information is available on the Company’s website at http://www.psemi.com.

The Peregrine Semiconductor name, logo and UltraCMOS are registered trademarks, and DuNE and HaRP are trademarks of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation in the U.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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