Skyworks Doubles Year-over-Year Shipments
in Rapidly Emerging Smart Phone Category
Over 40 Million Units Shipped in FY08
WOBURN, Mass. – Oct. 6, 2008 – Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity, today announced that it continues to support the steep growth trajectory of the rapidly emerging Smart Phone segment through its Intera™ portfolio of innovative front-end modules (FEM). Given the premium placed on space and power efficiency, the company has consistently roughly doubled its year-over-year Smart Phone FEM shipments since 2004, with over 40 million units sold in fiscal 2008 alone.
Oppenheimer & Co. equity research group forecasts continued robust demand for Smart Phones. In a recent survey, Skyworks was highlighted as a key beneficiary of growth within the Smart Phone segment, which is primarily being driven by new subscribers and an upgrade cycle. Meanwhile, Gartner and Credit Suisse anticipate 37 percent year-over-year growth in 2008 to 170 million Smart Phone shipments. Further, they are forecasting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51 percent from 2007-2010, and unit growth from 122 million units to 422 million units -- reflecting healthy fundamentals for the market.
“Based on customer demand, we see continued strong growth in the Smart Phone segment, particularly as penetration rates move upward from the sub teens of the global handset market,” said Gregory L. Waters, Skyworks’ executive vice president and general manager of front-end solutions. “As these devices become increasingly mainstream, Skyworks is leading the way with our family of Intera™ front-end modules, which uniquely enable power efficient, multi-mode, multi-band applications in ever smaller footprints.”
About Smart Phones
Smart Phones are defined as converged voice and data handheld devices with an advanced, multi-tasking open operating system (OS). They are programmable and can run native third-party software with users able to add and remove applications. Key features of these devices include email, Internet access, music, video, gaming and pictures, as well as other advanced applications.
In addition, Smart Phones are the most visible example of mobile terminals that support many different radio standards, including Bluetooth® (BTH), enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE), wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA), wireless local area network (WLAN), and others. Skyworks’ capabilities in these standards allow the company to meet the requirements of today's Smart Phones, and also develop unique, integrated solutions that leverage these capabilities into smaller, more power efficient and agile radio components for future generations.
About Skyworks’ Intera ™ FEMs
Skyworks’ Intera™ FEMs combine the company's industry-leading power amplifier (PA) module and switch functions into single low-cost, laminate-based multi-chip modules (MCM). Key features of transmit FEMs include multi-band / multi-mode PAs, current sensing power control, high-linearity transmit/receive switches and all associated filtering, duplexing and control functions. In addition, they require no external matching components, accelerating time-to-market. Manufactured using the company’s proprietary heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) PA process and low-loss pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) switch technologies, Skyworks’ Intera™ FEMs deliver superior handset talk and standby time.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is an innovator of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity. The company's power amplifiers, front-end modules and direct conversion radios are at the heart of many of today's leading-edge multimedia handsets. Leveraging core technologies, Skyworks also offers a diverse portfolio of linear products that support automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, industrial and medical applications.
Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Skyworks is worldwide with engineering, manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit Skyworks’ Web site at: www.skyworksinc.com.
Senior Public Relations Manager
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
5221 California Avenue
Irvine, CA 92617-3073