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5 June 2008


Skyworks qualifies WIN for GaAs pHEMT foundry services

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA, which manufactures linear products, power amplifiers, front-end modules and radio solutions for handset and infrastructure equipment, has approved WIN Semiconductors Corp of Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan as a foundry partner. Skyworks says that, due to heightened demand for its products, WIN has already started production to provide Skyworks with gallium arsenide foundry processing services.

Skyworks also recently (in mid-April) extended its GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) purchase and supply agreement with epiwafer foundry Kopin Corp of Taunton, MA, USA.

WIN is said to be is the world’s largest pure-play GaAs RFIC and MMIC wafer foundry services provider. The firm has has two 6-inch wafer fabrication plants in operation, and recently purchased land for a third fab.

“Skyworks is pleased to begin production at WIN as a source for our proprietary pHEMT [pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor] manufacturing process, and is also leveraging their other unique specialty III-V process technologies as we continue to diversify our product portfolio into new market areas,” says Bruce Freyman, Skyworks’ VP of worldwide operations. WIN also provides heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT), bipolar field-effect transistor (BiFET) and metamorphic high-electron-mobility transistor (mHEMT) processes. “WIN’s technical capabilities and aggressive approach to capacity investment will complement our internal wafer fabs as we continue to expand our hybrid manufacturing strategy to offer best-in-class cost structure, flexibility, and stability of supply for our customers,” Freyman adds.

“Skyworks’ expectations for quality and product performance are among the highest in the industry,” reckons Bob Donahue, WIN’s executive VP of sales and marketing. “We look forward to continuing to build our relationship as we ramp production and partner on other GaAs technologies.”

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