Skyworks Unveils Industry’s Smallest WCDMA Power Amplifiers with Integrated Directional Couplers

BARCELONA, Spain—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 15, 2009— Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, today introduced a family of single and dual-band WCDMA power amplifiers (PA) for universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) applications that integrate the directional coupler, significantly reducing the phone board footprint and bill-of-material costs.

The company’s expanded portfolio of front-end solutions now includes five of the world’s smallest and highest performance UMTS PAs that support Bands I, II, IV, V and VIII, and two dual band PAs that support the most popular band combinations – bands I/VIII and II/V. These compact solutions provide seamless operation and offer high power added efficiency (PAE) at mid and low powers, significantly increasing talk times.

“Skyworks is proud to continue its tradition of delivering industry-leading solutions that meet today’s demanding 3G requirements,” said Gregory L. Waters, executive vice president and general manager, front-end solutions. “Our newest family of power amplifiers offers significant benefits to handset OEMs who must constantly address size, cost and performance issues across a broad range of frequencies.”

Skyworks’ Family of WCDMA Power Amplifiers

Skyworks’ Intera™ portfolio now includes the:

The five small and efficient 3 x 3 millimeter (mm) solutions are fully matched, 10-pad surface mount modules. Because of high efficiencies attained throughout the entire power range, the devices deliver unsurpassed talk-time advantages. They also meet stringent spectral linearity requirements of high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) data transmission with high PAE.

  • SKY77195 for Bands I and VIII: 1920-1980 MHz and 880-915 MHz
  • SKY77196 for Bands II and V: 1850-1910 MHz and 824-849 MHz

The two 4 x 5 mm dual band PA modules provide convenient solutions for these increasingly popular phone models. Skyworks’ revolutionary integration techniques pack most of the external passive components into the modules, requiring only two external bypassing capacitors for the two bands compared to 10-14 passives typically required with two single band PA modules. This results in unmatched bill of materials count savings as well as up to 40-50 percent board area savings, enabling OEMs to devote more functionality to the phone without increasing its size.

The single gallium arsenide (GaAs) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) contains all active circuitry in the module. The MMIC contains on-board bias circuitry, as well as input and interstage matching circuits. Output match into a 50-ohm load is realized off-chip within the module package to optimize efficiency and power performance.

The PA modules are manufactured with Skyworks’ indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) bipolar field effect transistor (BiFET) process that provides for all positive voltage DC supply operation while maintaining high efficiency and good linearity.

Pricing and Availability

Samples are currently available, with volume production scheduled to commence the quarter. For customized pricing, please contact Email Contact.

Skyworks at Mobile World Congress

Skyworks will be showcasing its portfolio of Intera™ solutions in Hall 8, Stand C132 at Mobile World Congress, being held February 16-19.

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: www.skyworksinc.com.

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