USB 3.0 ReDriver / Repeater, USB 3.0 (Mux/Demux) Switch and USB 2.0 switching solution from Pericom

USB 3.0 ReDriver™/Repeater

  • Only USB ReDriver vendor certified by USB-IF Compliance and listed in Integrator’s list
  • Lowest Power Dissipation at U0 Full-Power State
  • Industry smallest footprint for USB 3.0 ReDriver package 
  • Compensate cumulative signal insertion loss on high-speed USB 3.0 trace, or cable
  • Reliable USB 3.0 link to peripheral devices without any system down time
  • Support USB 3.0 cable extension up to 10 meters
USB 3.0 Signal Switch

  • Preserve signal integrity waveform of the 5Gbps data with -1dB of insertion loss and -23dB of return loss
  • Power rail design flexibility with 1.5V, 1.8V, and 3.3V
  • Compatible to USB 3.0 standard in a TQFN package
  • Single or dual 2:1 Mux/Demux devices
Pericom offers a comprehensive product portfolio of USB 3.0 ReDriver/Repeater and USB 3.0 (Mux/Demux) Switch devices and industry’s broadest USB 2.0 switching solution. Pericom performance-tuned USB 3.0 ReDriver/Repeater and USB 3.0 Switch products are perfect I/O Interconnect solutions to tackle the critical High-Speed Signal Integrity issues and to fulfill the I/O switching requirements from various system applications such as PC/Computing, Server, Storage, Networking, Video/Graphic Display, Automotive Infotainment, Ultra-mobility and other Consumer Electronics Platforms.
Pericom USB 3.0 Portfolio of ReDriver and Signal Switch

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USB 3.0 ReDriver™/RepeaterOnly USB ReDriver vendor certified by USB-IF

USB 3.0 ReDriver™/Repeater

  • Only USB ReDriver vendor certified by USB-IF Compliance and listed in Integrator’s list
  • Lowest Power Dissipation at U0 Full-Power State
  • Industry smallest footprint for USB 3.0 ReDriver package 
  • Compensate cumulative signal insertion loss on high-speed USB 3.0 trace, or cable
  • Reliable USB 3.0 link to peripheral devices without any system down time
  • Support USB 3.0 cable extension up to 10 meters
USB 3.0 Signal Switch

  • Preserve signal integrity waveform of the 5Gbps data with -1dB of insertion loss and -23dB of return loss
  • Power rail design flexibility with 1.5V, 1.8V, and 3.3V
  • Compatible to USB 3.0 standard in a TQFN package
  • Single or dual 2:1 Mux/Demux devices
Pericom offers a comprehensive product portfolio of USB 3.0 ReDriver/Repeater and USB 3.0 (Mux/Demux) Switch devices and industry’s broadest USB 2.0 switching solution. Pericom performance-tuned USB 3.0 ReDriver/Repeater and USB 3.0 Switch products are perfect I/O Interconnect solutions to tackle the critical High-Speed Signal Integrity issues and to fulfill the I/O switching requirements from various system applications such as PC/Computing, Server, Storage, Networking, Video/Graphic Display, Automotive Infotainment, Ultra-mobility and other Consumer Electronics Platforms.
Pericom USB 3.0 Portfolio of ReDriver and Signal Switch

USB 3.0 Eye Diagram

Kay Annamalai, director of marketing, Pericom Semiconductor, spoke

Kay Annamalai, director of marketing, Pericom Semiconductor, spoke to Dilin Anandand and Abhishek Mutha of EFY about the importance of clocks, common design challenges and the difficulties faced in mixed-signal design.
 
Could you elaborate on the Internet of Things—growth of smart devices using technology like low-power Bluetooth 4.0—and how selecting the right components will help design engineers?
Today, all objects and humans are interconnected via Internet and other wireless connectivity options. Materials and vehicles are tagged and monitored, buildings are secured through surveillance, and energy storage and transmission are all monitored and controlled through smart meters that are connected to the network. To promote this further, we need small, low-power devices for monitoring and connectivity. Components like low-power, small-size crystal oscillators, tiny load switches and level shifters will all help in designing these small devices. Overall, designers need to focus on reducing power consumption of these systems.
 
What are the latest solutions that help reduce power consumption in a circuit?
The latest power switches offer very low resistance, standby and shutdown current, and also protect against current-overload and short-circuit conditions in a circuit. On the other hand, the latest low dropout regulators (LDOs) make less noise and offer high ripple rejection and low standby current. Also, current microprocessor supervisory circuits offer voltage-monitoring, power-up reset and watchdog functions. A combination of these solutions will enable engineers to build more efficient circuits that would consume much less power. For embedded designs, engineers can utilise microprocessor supervisory circuits, power switches and LDOs.
 
How important are clocks—be it ICs or real-time—for enabling high-speed applications?
Clocks are the heart of every system. Not only do they need to be stable and accurate but they also need to perform in terms of jitter, especially for high-speed applications like 10Gb Ethernet and 12Gb SAS in storage. Moreover, they need to consume little power.
 
What are the latest advances in timing solutions available for design engineers?
The latest timing solutions are noteworthy, as they now include low-jitter, high-frequency and small-sized crystal oscillators, as well as clock generators that integrate multiple frequencies and multiple copies of the frequencies. We also have high-speed signal-conditioning serial connectivity solutions up to 12.5 Gbps for high-speed backplanes, which include low-voltage, low-power, multi-port drivers andvery high-bandwidth signal switch multiplexers for port expansion.
 
What would a next-generation development in this vertical look like?
Next-generation developments include going up to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps for Ethernet to cater to fast-growing connectivity requirements for Internet. For these data rates, timing solutions that can provide 0.2p RMS jitter are essential for robust system performance.
 
There are different types of crystal oscillators. Could you elaborate on how designers can make use of these in their products?
Oscillators can be broadly classified as kHz oscillators, MHz CMOS oscillators, MHz differential oscillators, VCXOs and TCXOs. These are used to provide a stable source of signal and hence the designers don’t have to worry about matching the crystal to their ASIC or standard ICs. Crystals are used when they are already in a reference design for low frequencies of up to 40 MHz with specific load capacitance and interface known and where jitter is not critical. For emerging high-speed wireless applications with data rates of up to 1 Gbps, it is important to have a precise timing source with the known jitter.
 
Which crystal oscillator can be used for what application?
32kHz oscillators are increasingly being used in portable devices like tablets, ultrabooks and smartphones, and infotainment. A low-power 32kHz crystal oscillator has very low current consumption of only 10 μA and frequency stability of ±20 ppm, whereas commonly available tuning fork-based 32kHz oscillators have frequency stability of -120 to +30 ppm. MHz CMOS oscillators are used with up to 156.25MHz output for applications ranging from wireless access points, residential gateways, 10Gb Ethernet and GPON to video surveillance, tablets, IP set-top boxes and digital video recorders. MHz differential oscillators are used in high-speed networking, storage and telecom applications. Here jitter is very important for applications such as 10Gb Ethernet, 6Gbps or 12Gbps SAS, and 10 GEPON. VCXOs are used to provide precise output frequency based on control input, such as in VDSL receives input reference and base station applications. TCXOs are used to provide precise timing reference for RF applications like those in smartphones.
 
What’s happening in the interface logic section? What kind of advances can we expect in the coming years?
Interface logic includes a broad category of level shifters. A system-on-chip (SOC) runs on very low voltage, while interface connectivity runs on higher voltages. For these, you need universal level shifters from 0.9 V up to 5.5 V. These level shifters find applications in portable devices and in I2C bus repeaters where two different supply voltages are encountered.
 
What are the key features of redriver signal conditioners and how do they help the embedded products that they go into?
Key features of redrivers are support for various power saving modes during receive idle, hard disk drive unplug and standby conditions, power supply voltage down to 1.05 V, high output swing, and I2C programming of redriver configurations such as transmit output swing, de-emphasis and receive equalisation. These help embedded applications that need these power-saving options. Additionally, there is the flexibility of one to four port offerings depending on the number of channels that need redriving.
 
How difficult is it to design mixed-signal ICs? What are the challenges?
Mixed-signal design is very different from VLSI design methodology. First of all, the design engineer needs to understand the logic function and transistor-level characteristics, which means the physics of the microelectronics. The mixed-signal design knowledge is a process of accumulation. Mixed-signal design has several tools in terms of process, geometry, and on-board passive and transistor level components to achieve the required function and performance. In terms of challenges, for PLL, jitter and lock time are important parameters. For redriver, optimizing the eye opening is important. For differential signal switches, minimizing the insertion loss, return loss, crosstalk and off isolation is important.
 
Could you tell us more about conditioning of high-speed signals and its importance today?
Data rates are increasing in both networking and storage, and there is a definite need to drive these internally as well as externally at high speeds and for longer distances. Even at 6Gbps speed for SATA applications, driving from the chipset is not strong beyond 15 cm (6 inches) of PCB trace and hence redrivers are required internally. Currently, redrivers are required for Express, USB, HDMI, DP, SAS/ SATA and 10 GE 

Solving Temperature Instability Issue for Mobile Platforms with TCXO / VCTCXO

 
Highlights

  • Temperature range -40˚C – +85˚C
  • Temperature stability 0.5ppm over a wide temperature range
  • Voltage option covers 1.8V to 3.3V
  • Wide frequency range 10MHz – 40MHz
  • Package size 3225 and 2520 for smallest board space
  • Customize-able solutions for specific applications
Temperature is a key factor affecting the frequency stability of an oscillator’s clock output in today compact mobile platforms such as smart phones and GPS. Pericom’s new TCXO family, many with added Voltage Controlled (VCTCXO), have high accuracy temperature range and supply voltage compensation across ambient temperature, voltage, or load environment. Pericom’s TCXO / VCTCXO package sizes are designed for small space mobile platforms, and supports both standard 3225 and 2520 industry standard packages.
TCXO / VCTCXO Product Family

 
 
 
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Pericom Semiconductor Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

April 30, 2013 | San Jose

Earnings Call April 30th 1:30pm PST |  Webcast link  |  PDF of Q3FY13 Tables  | Q3FY13 Presentation

    • Q3 revenues were $30.4 million, in line with prior quarter, despite continuing global softness in the PC industry
    • Q3 gross margin increased 100 bps year-over-year, consistent with our focus on higher margin sectors
    • Continued strong balance sheet with quarter-end cash and investments at $5.15 per share

San Jose, Calif. – April 30, 2013 – Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a worldwide supplier of high performance connectivity and timing solutions, today announced results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter ended March 30, 2013.

 Net revenues for the third quarter were $30.4 million, a decrease of $67,000 or 0.2% from revenues reported in the second quarter, and a decrease of 9.0% from the $33.4 million reported in the comparable period last year.

 GAAP gross margin was 35.7% in the third quarter, a decrease from 36.8% last quarter and an increase from 34.7% in the comparable period last year. On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin was 37.5% in the third quarter, which reflects exclusion of share-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets and amortization of fair value adjustments on acquired fixed assets. The comparable non-GAAP gross margins were 38.5% last quarter and 36.2% in the comparable period last year. The improvement in gross margin from the prior year primarily reflects favorable product mix from our focus on higher margin opportunities in networking and telecom, server, storage, and embedded end-market segments. The sequential decline in gross margin primarily reflects increased underutilization expenses in the current quarter.

 GAAP net loss for the third quarter was $0.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share in the second quarter, and net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share in the comparable period last year. GAAP net income for all periods included share-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, and amortization of fair value adjustments, and the second and third quarter also included tax provisions totaling $5.4 million resulting from intercompany transactions completed in implementing an operating structure to more efficiently align transaction flows with our geographic business operations. Excluding these items, non-GAAP net income for the third quarter was $1.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $0.9 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter, and non-GAAP net income of $1.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share in the comparable period last year.

 The balance sheet remained very strong with cash and cash equivalents and investments in marketable securities of $119 million or $5.15 per diluted share at the end of the third quarter. Inventories decreased $2.3 million or 14% on a sequential basis to $13.9 million, which represents 67 days of supply based on non-GAAP cost of revenues. Trade accounts receivable increased by $0.9 million sequentially to $20.7 million, which represents DSO of 62 days. At quarter-end, working capital was $115 million and the current ratio was 6.9.

 “We are pleased to deliver revenue and gross margin at the high end of our previous guidance. While business from the computing segment remained soft, we were able to offset the decline in computing revenue with increased revenue from embedded market segments and delivered sequentially flat revenue,” said Alex Hui, President and CEO of Pericom. “We will continue to focus on our long-term growth strategy of expanding our customer base in networking, cloud computing and embedded applications with our high performance serial connectivity and timing solutions.”

 New Products

 In the third quarter of fiscal 2013, Pericom introduced a total of 17 new products in our Connectivity, Timing, and Signal Integrity product areas enabling networking, cloud computing, embedded and smart mobile applications.

We introduced 9 new products across our Connectivity product families. These included a new family of load switches, a home appliance controller, a USB 2.0 switch and a family of  multi-GHz switches.

We expanded our Timing solutions with 5 new products, including GHz clock buffers and TCXO’s.

 For Signal Integrity we introduced 3 new products enhancing USB3 signal integrity in low power, high performance systems.  

 Share Repurchase Update

 On April 26, 2012 the Board authorized a repurchase program for up to $25 million of shares of our common stock. Pursuant to this authorization, the Company repurchased 609,639 shares in the three months ended March 30, 2013 for an aggregate cost of $4.3 million and an average per share purchase price of $7.03.  The remaining balance of potential share repurchases under the authorization is approximately $19.6 million. Shares may be repurchased from time to time in the open market or through private transactions, at the discretion of Pericom management. As of April 25, 2013, Pericom had approximately 22.7 million shares of common stock outstanding.

 Fiscal Q4 2013 Outlook  

 The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward looking, and actual results may differ materially.

  • Revenues are expected to be in the range of $29.5 million to $32.5 million.
  • GAAP gross margins are expected to be between 35.2% and 37.2%, and adjusting for share-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and fair value adjustments that are expected to total approximately 1.8%, non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be in the 37.0% to 39.0% range.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be between $12.4 million and $12.9 million, and adjusting for share-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and fair value adjustments that are expected to total approximately $1.1 million, non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $11.3 million to $11.8 million.
  • Other income is expected to be between $0.8 million and $1.1 million on a GAAP basis and on a non-GAAP basis.
  • The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 30-34% on a GAAP basis, and 30-32% on a non-GAAP basis. 

Conference Call

 The press release will be followed by a conference call beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on April 30, 2013. To listen to the call, dial (877) 377-7103 and reference “Pericom”. A slide presentation will accompany the conference call.  To view the slides,  or please visit the investor relations section of http://www.pericom.com.

The Pericom financial results conference call will be available via a live webcast on the investor relations section of the web site at http://www.pericom.com.  Access the web site 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software. An archived webcast replay will be available on the web site for approximately 90 days.

A taped replay of the conference call will be made available for the period from this evening through midnight on Monday, May 6th. To listen to the replay, dial toll-free (855) 859-2056 and reference conference ID 48246302.

About Pericom

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM) enables serial connectivity with the industry’s most complete solutions for the computing, communications,  consumer and embedded  market segments. Pericom’s analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, along with its frequency control products are essential in the timing, switching, bridging and conditioning of high-speed signals required by today’s ever-increasing speed and bandwidth demanding applications. Company headquarters is in San Jose, California, with design centers and technical sales and support offices globally. Pericom and the Pericom logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pericom Semiconductor Corp in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Our website is http://www.pericom.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Information 

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this announcement of operating results contains non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the income statement effects of share-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, fair value adjustments on acquired fixed assets, a tax provision on intercompany transactions and the effects of excluding share-based compensation upon the number of diluted shares used in calculating non-GAAP earnings per share.

We have excluded share-based compensation expense in calculating these non-GAAP financial measures.  These expenses are non-cash in nature and rely on valuations of the future market price of our common stock that is difficult to predict and is affected by market factors that are largely not within the control of management. We have excluded amortization of intangible assets, amortization of fair value adjustments on acquired fixed assets, tax on an intercompany transaction and the corresponding tax effects of these adjustments because we do not consider them to be related to our core operating performance. We also use non-GAAP data in calculating certain metrics such as non-GAAP cost of revenues in computing inventory days of supply.

We use the non-GAAP financial measures that exclude these items to make strategic decisions, forecast future results and evaluate the Company’s current operating performance. We believe that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures that exclude these items is useful to investors because we do not consider these charges either part of the day-to-day business or reflective of the core operational activities of the Company that are within the control of management or that are used to evaluate the Company’s operating performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company has provided reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined under The Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements in this release include the statements under the captions “Fiscal Q4 2013 Outlook”, which regard the anticipated revenues, gross margin, operating expenses, other income, and effective tax rate in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2013, and statements from our CEO regarding challenging times for the industry and other future expectations. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from what is set forth in such forward-looking statements due to a variety of risk factors, including softness in demand for our products, price erosion for certain of our products, unexpected difficulties in developing new products, customer decisions to reduce inventory, economic or financial difficulties experienced by our customers, or technological and market changes. All forward-looking statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and Pericom assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. Parties receiving this release are encouraged to review our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2012, our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 29, 2012, and in particular, the risk factors section contained in those reports.

Contact: Aaron Tachibana
Pericom Semiconductor
Tel: 408 435-0800                                                   
atachibana@pericom.com