Beautiful engraved specimen certificate from the Pericom Semiconductor Corporation
. This historic document was printed by United States Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary.
Pericom Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets integrated circuits (ICs) and frequency control products (FCPs) used in advanced electronic systems. Its products are used for transferring, routing, and timing of digital and analog signals within and between computer, networking, data communications, and telecommunications systems.
The company offers SiliconConnect family products, including PCI and PCI-X bridges, PCI Express Bridges and packet switches, drivers, receivers, and transceivers; low-voltage differential signaling products; SiliconSwitch family products comprising application-specific standard product switches, analog switches, and digital switches; SiliconInterface family products consisting of redrivers/signal conditioners and gates; and SiliconClock family products, such as clock buffers and zero-delay clock drivers, voltage controlled crystal oscillators, clock frequency synthesizers, and programmable clocks. Its FCPs include crystals that resonate at a precise frequency, and crystal oscillators used in various electronic devices.
The company's ICs and FCPs are used in various applications, such as notebook computers, servers, network switches and routers, storage area networks, digital TVs, cell phone, global positioning satellite systems, and digital media players. Pericom Semiconductor Corporation markets and distributes its products through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors to end-user customers, original equipment manufacturers, and contract manufacturers in the computer, peripherals, networking, and telecommunications markets worldwide. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.