Skyworks Solutions Press Release - June 16, 2010
Skyworks Unveils Ultra-Small and High-Performance CMOS Front-End ModuleExpands Company’s Position as the Leading Supplier of CMOS Solutions for Handsets; Has Shipped Tens of Millions of Units to Date – More Than All Other Suppliers Combined
Woburn, Mass., June 16, 2010—Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, today announced the industry’s most cost-effective complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) front-end module (FEM) for general packet radio service (GPRS) handsets. Skyworks’ newest device, the SKY77555, offers handset OEMs industry-leading architectures and high-performance solutions for entry-level phones in an ultra-small 5 x 6 millimeter (mm) package. By eliminating the need to optimize matching between the amplifier and the switch, this module helps accelerate customers’ time-to-market relative to other more traditional architectures, and simplifies the supply chain for high-volume, cost-sensitive phones.
With the addition of this new module, Skyworks continues to expand upon its leadership position in CMOS power amplifiers (PAs). To date, Skyworks has shipped tens of millions of CMOS-based PAs for mobile phones – far more than all other suppliers combined. In addition to meeting handset manufacturers’ needs, Skyworks’ CMOS portfolio supports existing product roadmaps in several of its adjacent linear products markets, such as low-power smart grid networks and wireless meter reading solutions.
“Skyworks’ CMOS and GaAs front-end modules allow handset manufacturers to create ultra-small and low-cost GSM/GPRS solutions, as well as to select different price versus performance options from the same basic phone design,” said Gregory L. Waters, Skyworks’ executive vice president and general manager for front-end solutions. “Our technology-agnostic approach provides our customers with a unique advantage in meeting their platform, geographic and cost needs. Looking ahead, we will continue to leverage both silicon and GaAs technology across a variety of new products, ranging from entry-phone devices to industry-leading, low-cost smart phones and 3G/4G solutions.”
About Skyworks’ CMOS PAs and FEMs
The SKY77555 is a transmit and receive FEM based on CMOS PAs for dual-band cellular handsets comprising GSM900 and DCS1800 operation. Designed in a low profile and compact form factor, the FEM offers a complete transmit voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO)-to-antenna and antenna-to receive surface-acoustic wave (SAW) filter solution. The device also supports Class 12 GPRS multi-slot operation.
The AX502 and AX508 devices integrate a full quad band GSM/GPRS PA function on a single integrated circuit (IC) using advanced 0.13 μm CMOS process technology.
Patented technology in the AX502 is employed to integrate both input and output matching circuits, without the use of organic modules or costly ceramic substrates. It offers the handset designer an easy, zero-component interface to transceiver and transmit receive switch module. The device supports GPRS class 12 operation at a case temperature of up to +85°C. High accuracy power control and ramping is achieved on-chip via a closed loop power control system.
Key benefits of the AX508 include improved performance, equating to longer talk time. With the AX508, Skyworks offers a small footprint by housing the PA in an ultra-low profile micro lead frame package.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors. Leveraging core technologies, Skyworks offers diverse standard and custom linear products supporting automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, energy management, industrial, medical, military and mobile handset applications. The Company's portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, front-end modules, hybrids, infrastructure RF subsystems, mixers/demodulators, phase shifters, PLLs/synthesizers/VCOs, power dividers/combiners, receivers, switches and technical ceramics.
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: http://www.skyworksinc.com.
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Date Posted 6/21/2010