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2 February 2015

Skyworks ramping products for over-the-top set-top boxes

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) is ramping front-end modules, wireless connectivity switches, power amplifiers, low-noise amplifiers and power management solutions for streaming media and smart TV applications supporting OEMs such as Roku, Google, Amazon and Samsung.

Skyworks says that over-the-top (OTT) content provided through set-top boxes is one of the fastest-growing media segments as consumers migrate towards high-end streaming solutions across multiple devices. The firm's products deliver WiFi media performance and support ultra-high-definition/4K resolution.

"Skyworks' analog and RF solutions are being leveraged across multiple next-generation platforms consumers are embracing to stream content throughout the home," says John O'Neill, VP of broad markets for Skyworks. "Our design-win momentum demonstrates how we are leveraging our expansive portfolio and deep product pipeline to capitalize on the demand for system-level solutions enabling wireless connectivity in new markets and ecosystems," he adds.  

According to Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks Associates, nearly 50% of video content that US consumers watch on a television is on-demand or time-shifted. This is up from 38% in 2010, reflecting the rapidly changing market and move towards new digital media. A recent report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers states that OTT television streaming will grow to be a $10.1bn segment in 2018, up from just $3.3bn in 2013.

Skyworks' solutions for over-the-top platforms include the following:

  • SE2433T - a high-performance power amplifier optimized for ZigBee and 802.15.4 applications (designed for ease of use and maximum flexibility with an integrated input match and a digital enable control);
  • SE2577L - a dual-band, 802.11ac WLAN RF front-end module that provides the functionality of transmit/receive switches, diplex isolation filters, as well as harmonic and spurious rejection filters;
  • SKY85203-11 - a 2.4GHz, 802.11ac front-end solution that integrates a single-pole, triple-throw (SP3T) switch and low-noise amplifier with a bypass mode;
  • SKY85711-21 - a 5GHz front-end module incorporating a single-pole, double-throw transmit/receive switch, a low-noise amplifier with bypass, and a power amplifier;
  • AAT1153 - a 1.2MHz constant-frequency, current-mode, pulse width modulation step-down converter that is suitable for equipment requiring very high current (up to 2A) while still achieving over 90% efficiency during peak load conditions.

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Visit: www.skyworksinc.com

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