Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, announces the promotion of Takaki Murata to vice president and general manager of the high performance analog (HPA) business unit.

“Peregrine Semiconductor was acquired by Murata in December of 2014, and they have proven to be a powerful and supportive parent company,” says Jim Cable, CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor. “Takaki has been preparing for this promotion for the last year and a half, as he served on the executive staff of our HPA business. The timing of this promotion reflects the success of our integration and the logical next step to further our assimilation into the Murata family of companies.”

A long-time veteran of Murata, Takaki has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and 12 years of experience at Murata, in a range of different assignments including: LTCC material development, SAW filter development, antenna sales engineering, RF front-end sales engineering, corporate accounting and inductor business strategic planning. Most recently, Takaki served as the vice president of business development inside HPA. He has been in that role since early 2015.

“I am so impressed with the quality of engineering talent here at the HPA business unit of Peregrine,” says Takaki Murata, now vice president and general manager of the Peregrine HPA business unit. “When you add that talented pool of engineers to the uniqueness of the Peregrine UltraCMOS® platform and recent advances in the power management market to the wide support of an industry giant, like Murata, you have an unstoppable force. I look forward to facilitating many more successful collaborations in the very near future.”

“Murata is looking to Peregrine to provide semiconductor innovation to be applied to the Murata advantage in our growth markets of power, automotive, healthcare and 5G,” says Norio Nakajima, EVP communication and sensor business unit, and energy business group of Murata Manufacturing Co. “We have heavily invested in Peregrine because we see their technological advantage as critical to many of our new and growth initiatives. We believe that Takaki is ideally suited to his new position because of his technological expertise and his deep and long history with Murata Manufacturing.”

Since the purchase by Murata in December 2014, Peregrine Semiconductor has increased their employee base by 40 percent. Jim Cable adds, “The continued investment in Peregrine by Murata is an indicator of the significance that it places on our technology and innovation.”

The HPA business unit of Peregrine Semiconductor serves more than over 4,000 global customers in end markets ranging from wireless infrastructure and wired broadband to test & measurement (T&M), automotive and aerospace. Most recently, it launched its first product into the power/energy marketplace.  Products include RF switches, digital step attenuators (DSAs), digitally tunable capacitors (DTCs), tuning control switches, power limiters, phase-locked loops (PLLs), mixers, prescalers, DC-DC converters, monolithic phase and amplitude controllers (MPACs) and the fastest GaN FET driver available today.

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