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19 March 2008


Skyworks ramps low-power RF solutions for ISM bands

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA has announced key design wins and production ramps for its growing line of power amplifiers (PAs), synthesizers, switches, and silicon voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) which, the firm claims, enhance the performance of analog solutions available on the market.

Skyworks says that its design wins in the industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) bands are supporting applications ranging from professional special mobile radio (SMR), radio frequency identification (RFID), automatic meter reading (AMR), and industrial control.

According to The Scott Report on AMR Deployments, only 34% of the 300 million existing electric, gas and water meters in North America employ a wireless application, which helps utility companies to reduce meter-reading costs and to increase revenue, load balance, and improve customer service significantly. Outside North America, just 6% of the 2.5 billion meters use AMR solutions. As a result, there is pent-up demand for an economical RF solution to more efficiently collect, report and monitor utility usage by both service providers and consumers, says Skyworks.

“Our Linear Products business continues to address new markets by providing highly integrated and innovative semiconductor solutions to solve real-world problems," said Stan Swearingen Jr, VP and general manager of Linear Products. "With our comprehensive RF solution set, Skyworks is setting the bar for performance and footprint, while at the same time reducing the need for extra components,” he claims.

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