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|Skyworks Named Number One Power Amplifier Module Supplier by Leading Analyst Firm; Company has Shipped More Than 175 Million Power Amplifier Modules to Date|
WOBURN, Mass., Jul 22, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Skyworks Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq:SWKS), the industry's leading wireless semiconductor company focused on radio frequency (RF) and complete semiconductor system solutions for mobile communications applications, today announced that Gartner Dataquest has named Skyworks the industry's number one power amplifier (PA) module supplier based on 2001 revenues.
According to Gartner's June 2002 report "Wireless Communications Semiconductor Competitive Market Shares for 2001," Skyworks held more than 30 percent of the worldwide PA module market in 2001.
Power amplifiers provide the energy for transmitting a wireless signal through the handset's antenna to the base station and are a key element in determining battery life and talk time. Skyworks traces its lineage in PA modules back to February 1996 when the first high-volume shipments supporting multi-band, multi-mode, digital wireless applications commenced. The company introduced its first highly integrated PA module in 1997 and has since shipped more than 175 million units.
"Modules are rapidly becoming the power amplifier solution of choice for mobile terminals," said Stan Bruederle, chief analyst for industry research and advisory firm Gartner Dataquest. "Power amplifier module revenues grew from 34 percent to 55 percent of total power amplifier revenues for mobile terminals between 2000 and 2001."
"Skyworks' history in power amplifiers is marked by a number of industry firsts and we are extremely proud to have earned the distinction of being the leading supplier of PA modules," said Klaus Buehring, vice president of power amplifier products for Skyworks. "Today Skyworks' PA modules are found in some of the most advanced terminals of the world."
Skyworks' early investment in PA module assembly and test technology helped set the benchmark for power amplifier functionality, performance and cost. Today, virtually all major manufacturers of cellular phones have adopted the modular approach for future platforms.
The company has an extensive portfolio of PA products that encompasses solutions for every major wireless standard. Skyworks' product suite includes a quad-band global system for mobile communications (GSM) PA module as well as the world's smallest power amplifier, a 4mm x 4mm module for CDMA2000 3G wireless services, and a line of System Smart PA modules that adjust power consumption by determining the distance that the handset is from the base station for ultimate battery optimization.
Skyworks' PA modules employ a third generation proprietary 50 GHz gallium arsenide (GaAs) heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT3) process. This process is increasingly becoming the technology of choice for power amplifiers driven by its unmatched reliability and ability to maximize a digital cellular handset's power efficiency and battery life.
Skyworks Solutions is the industry's leading wireless semiconductor company focused on radio frequency (RF) and complete semiconductor system solutions for mobile communications applications. The company began operations in June 2002, following the completion of the merger between Alpha Industries Inc. and Conexant Systems, Inc.'s wireless communications business.
Skyworks is focused on providing front-end modules, RF subsystems and complete system solutions to wireless handset and infrastructure customers worldwide.
Skyworks has headquarters in Woburn with executive offices in Newport Beach, Calif. The company has design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. For more information visit www.skyworksinc.com.
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This news release includes "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include information relating to future results of Skyworks (including certain projections and business trends). All such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, and may affect our future operating results, financial position and cash flows.
These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: maintaining a consistent and reliable source of energy; global economic and market conditions, such as the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the markets addressed by the company's and its customers' products; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; the ability to develop, manufacture and market innovative products in a rapidly changing technological environment; the ability to compete with products and prices in an intensely competitive industry; product obsolescence; losses or curtailments of purchases from key customers or the timing of customer inventory adjustments; the timing of new product introductions; the availability and extent of utilization of raw materials, critical manufacturing equipment and manufacturing capacity; pricing pressures and other competitive factors; changes in product mix; fluctuations in manufacturing yields; the ability to continue to grow and maintain an intellectual property portfolio and obtain needed licenses from third parties; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; labor relations of the company, its customers and suppliers; economic, social and political conditions in the countries in which Skyworks, its customers or its suppliers operate, including security risks, possible disruptions in transportation networks and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and the uncertainties of litigation, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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