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29 October 2007


Skyworks sees 200% unit growth in 3G

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA says that the world’s top five handset OEMs are using its Intera portfolio of EDGE and WCDMA power amplifiers (PAs) and front-end modules, and that in the last quarter unit growth of its 3G front-end modules exceeded 200% year-over-year.

Deutsche Bank estimates that 3G cellular phones will represent the majority of the anticipated 1.2 billion mobile phones to be shipped in 2009, with multimode modules playing an important role.

"The transformation from voice-centric handsets to multimedia EDGE, WEDGE and WCDMA wireless platforms is finally a reality, and we are delighted to be at the forefront in deploying the technology making this possible," said Gregory L. Waters, executive vice president of Skyworks Solutions. "While the complexity in the front-end module is increasing as each new operating frequency band requires additional amplifier, filtering and switching content, the number of suppliers possessing the breadth of process technologies and available GaAs capacity to address these needs is decreasing. Given this dynamic, we believe Skyworks is well positioned to capture market share for front-end content that will grow substantially faster than the overall handset segment."

According to Skyworks, the trend for increasingly complex transmit modules is creating a total available market for front-end content that will grow faster than the overall handset segment, with $1.00 to $2.00 of addressable content in CDMA and GSM phones today increasing to nearly $6.00 in multimode-engine content per mobile device.

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