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
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
"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
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
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
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.
Note to Editors:
Skyworks and Skyworks Solutions are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Skyworks Solutions Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States
and in other countries. All other brands and names listed are trademarks of
their respective companies.
Skyworks Solutions Inc., Newport Beach
Lisa Briggs, (Media Relations), 949/231-4553
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