Skyworks Unveils Ultra-Small and High-Performance CMOS Front-End Module
Expands 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
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,
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.”
Skyworks’ CMOS PAs and FEMs
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.
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
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.
About Skyworks 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:
SOURCE: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
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