New PE43610 and PE43614 Digital Step Attenuators Deliver Glitch-Safe Attenuation State Transitions

Press Release Summary:

  • Cover 31.5 dB attenuation range in 0.5 dB and 1 dB steps, and are capable of maintaining 0.5 dB and 1 dB monotonicity throughout their frequency ranges
  • Offers HBM ESD rating of 1 kV, digital control interface and have extended temperature range of −40°C to +105°C
  • Ideal for 5G test-and-measurement applications that feature high linearity and fast switching time

Original Press Release:

pSemi Expands Portfolio with Two High-Performance Digital Step Attenuators

DSAs Feature Industry-leading Attenuation Accuracy, Fast Switching Times, Wider Frequency Band Coverage than Competitors, and High Linearity to Support 5G Frequency Demands

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- pSemi® Corporation, a Murata company focused on semiconductor integration, announces the expansion of its digital step attenuator (DSA) portfolio with two new high-performance DSAs, PE43610 and PE43614. Featuring industry-leading attenuation accuracy, the PE43610 and PE43614 DSAs support the entire 9 kHz–13 GHz and 9 kHz–45 GHz frequency ranges, respectively. Ideal for 5G test-and-measurement applications, these DSAs exemplify pSemi's high-performance capabilities at mmWave frequencies, maintain monotonic response across the entire frequency range and feature high linearity and fast switching time. 

"The PE43610 and PE43614 satisfy strong customer interest for packaged high-performance, high-frequency digital step attenuators," says Sumit Tomar, CEO of pSemi. "With pSemi's reputation as a high-quality DSA supplier among our customers, we are well-positioned to serve the test and measurement and other markets as an increasing number of applications and devices are implementing 5G and mmWave broadband technologies."

Features, Packaging, Pricing and Availability
The PE43610 and PE43614 DSAs cover a 31.5 dB attenuation range in 0.5 dB and 1 dB steps, and they are capable of maintaining 0.5 dB and 1 dB monotonicity throughout their frequency ranges. These DSAs also deliver glitch-safe attenuation state transitions, meaning no increased power spike during a state transition.

Both DSAs have an extended temperature range of −40°C to +105°C, an HBM ESD rating of 1 kV and an easy-to-use digital control interface supporting both parallel and serial addressable programming. These products support 1.8V control signals and have an optional VSS_EXT bypass mode.

These high-performance DSAs have excellent attenuation accuracy, high linearity and fast switching time. They feature flexible attenuation steps and parallel and serial programming interfaces with serial addressability. The PE43610 and PE43614 are designed for use in test-and-measurement equipment, point-to-point communication systems and very small aperture terminals (VSAT).

The PE43610 and PE43614 are offered in a 24-lead 4 x 4 mm LGA package. Volume-production parts, samples and evaluation kits are available now. For 1K-quantity orders, the PE43610 (6 bit, 50-ohm) is $15.17 each; the PE43614 (6 bit, 50-ohm) is $48.53 each.

For sales information or to learn more, please contact our sales team. The DSAs are also available in our online store.

                                                                                                   PE43610                                                                     PE43614
Type                                                                                                                               6-bit, 50-ohm
Operating Frequency                                                           9 kHz to 13 GHz                                                          9 kHz to 45 GHz
Attenuation Range                                                                                            0.5 dB step: 0 dB to 31.5 dB
                                                                                                                            1 dB step: 0 dB to 31.0 dB
Attenuation Error                                 +(1.00+4.5% of attenuation setting) / -1 (9 kHz–13 GHz)                   +(1.00+4.5% of attenuation setting) / -1
                                                                                                                                                                                          (9 kHz–13 GHz)
                                                                                                                                                                              +(1.15+4.5% of attenuation setting) / -1 
                                                                                                                                                                                          (13–26.5 GHz)
                                                                                                                                                                              +(1.00+4.5% of attenuation setting) / -1 
                                                                                                                                                                                           (26.5–45 GHz)
Insertion Loss                                            1.6 dB typ. (9 kHz–2 GHz)                                                                     2.5 dB typ. (9 kHz–13 GHz)
                                                                     2.0 dB typ. (2–6 GHz)                                                                            3.0 dB typ. (13–26.5 GHz)
                                                                     2.5 dB typ. (6–13 GHz)                                                                          4.5 dB typ. (26.5–45 GHz)
Return Loss                                             13 dB typ. (9 kHz–13 GHz)                                                                       13 dB typ. (9 kHz–45 GHz)
Switching Time                                                                                                          330 ns typ.
Temperature Range                                                                                                -40 to + 105 °C
Programming Modes                                                                                    Parallel/serial addressable
Package                                                                                                            24-lead 4 x 4 mm LGA

About pSemi
pSemi Corporation is a Murata company driving semiconductor integration. pSemi builds on Peregrine Semiconductor's 30-year legacy of technology advancements and strong IP portfolio but with a new mission: to enhance Murata's world-class capabilities with high-performance RF, analog and mixed-signal solutions. With a strong foundation in RF integration, pSemi's product portfolio now spans power management, connected sensors, antenna tuning and RF frontends. These intelligent and efficient semiconductors enable advanced modules for smartphones, base stations, personal computers, electric vehicles, data centers, IoT devices and healthcare. From headquarters in San Diego and offices around the world, pSemi's team explores new ways to make electronics for the connected world smaller, thinner, faster and better. To view pSemi's semiconductor advancements or to join the pSemi team, visit

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