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6 October 2008


Skyworks doubles shipments for smart phones to 40m in fiscal '08

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA, which manufactures linear products, power amplifiers, front-end modules and radio solutions for handset and infrastructure equipment, says that it has roughly doubled its year-on-year smart-phone front-end modules (FEM) shipments since 2004, with over 40 million units sold in fiscal 2008 alone, as its Intera portfolio of FEMs continues to support the steep growth trajectory of the rapidly emerging smart-phone segment (given the premium placed on space and power efficiency).

Equity research group Oppenheimer & Co forecasts continued robust demand for smart phones. In a recent survey, Skyworks was highlighted as a key beneficiary of growth within the smart-phone segment, which is being driven primarily by new subscribers and an upgrade cycle.

Meanwhile, Gartner and Credit Suisse anticipate 37% year-on-year growth in 2008 to 170m smart-phone shipments. Further, they are forecasting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51% from 2007-2010, and unit growth from 122m to 422m units - reflecting healthy fundamentals for the market.

"Based on customer demand, we see continued strong growth in the smart-phone segment, particularly as penetration rates move upward from the sub-teens of the global handset market," says Gregory L. Waters, executive VP and general manager of front-end solutions. "As these devices become increasingly mainstream, Skyworks is leading the way with our family of Intera front-end modules, which uniquely enable power efficient, multi-mode, multi-band applications in ever smaller footprints," he claims.

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