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Agilent Technologies Signs Expanded Agreement with Peregrine Semiconductor to Provide RFIC Design Tools

September 18, 2006
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a multi-year, multi-site agreement in which Peregrine Semiconductor has expanded its investment in Agilent Technologies' RFIC design tools, designed to boost productivity and production yields. "Our designers rely heavily on Agilent's EDA tools for their success," said John Sung, director of CAD engineering at Peregrine. "Agilent's breadth and depth of simulator technology, foundry PDK compatibility and post-processing design capabilities provide our engineers with unmatched productivity and the ability to achieve high production yields. We can run simulations, optimize designs and characterize their performance in ways that simply were not possible without these tools." Peregrine has been using a range of Agilent's RFIC tools, including Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS) Dynamic Link and RF Design Environment (RFDE) circuit simulation tools, Ptolemy system design simulator, wireless test benches, and electromagnetic simulation tools to successfully tape out advanced RFIC designs such as RF Digital Step Attenuators, PLL Frequency Synthesizers, Passive Mixers and Prescalers. "We are pleased that Peregrine Semiconductor has chosen to expand the usage of Agilent's industry-leading RFIC EDA solutions, and we look forward to a continued long-term relationship," said Chris Mueth, design flow manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "We are excited about our core investment in RF EDA technology. Coupled with our recent acquisition of Xpedion Design Systems, this investment will help make RFIC design more efficient and predictive, resulting in decreased design spins, increased manufacturability and decreased overall risk." Additional information about all of Agilent's EEsof EDA products is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof. About Peregrine Semiconductors Peregrine Semiconductor is a supplier of the industry's most advanced RF and mixed-signal communications ICs which are ideally suited for the wireless infrastructure and mobile wireless; broadband communications; space and avionics markets. Manufactured on the Company's proprietary UltraCMOS technology, the Peregrine product portfolio is poised to meet the demands of a global RF design community -- in high-growth applications such as WCDMA and GSM digital cellular, broadband, DTV, DVR, and radiation hard space programs. Peregrine's products feature monolithic integration and ease-of-development, which are essential to timely and cost-effective application design by our customers. The Company is headquartered in San Diego, Calif., and employs nearly 200 people worldwide. Peregrine 0.25 micron and 0.5 micron UltraCMOS devices are manufactured in its 6" CMOS facility located in Sydney, Australia, and Hachioji, Japan, through an alliance with Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. Information about Peregrine is available at www.psemi.com. About Agilent Technologies Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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