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2 January 2009


SiGe grows 42% to record revenue and shipments in 2008

SiGe Semiconductor Inc of Andover, MA and Ottawa, Canada, which supplies RF front-end solutions enabling wireless multimedia for consumer electronics, has reported another record-setting year of growth, expecting full-year 2008 revenue of US$98m (up 42% on 2007’s $69m). Record shipments of more than 120 million units in 2008 (up 43% on 2007’s 84 million) took the total to more than 350 million units since the firm began supplying products in 2000.

Spanning the consumer, mobile, and computing marketplace, SiGe’s diverse portfolio provides products for wireless local-area networks (802.11b/g/a and Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, WiMAX, GPS, and home entertainment systems. The firm's highly integrated solutions are targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Apple, Nintendo, Dell, and HP.

“This is the fifth consecutive year that SiGe Semiconductor has achieved annual revenue growth of more than 40%,” says CEO Sohail Khan. “We have increased our leadership position in the wireless LAN and WiMAX markets,” he claims. “SiGe has made the right investments to keep pace with the demands of the consumer industry while maintaining their no.1 leadership position in the WLAN space,” adds Will Strauss, president & principal analyst for Forward Concepts.

In 2008, SiGe expanded its global operations, earned four industry awards, and launched many new solutions with features for WLAN, WiMAX, and GPS.

Industry achievements included:

  • ranking number 114 fastest-growing company in North America on Deloitte’s 2008 Technology Fast 500, and number 5 on the list of the top 10 wireless solution companies in Canada and number 58 on the Branham300 List of Canada’s top 250 technology companies (as published by Branham Group Inc);
  • being awarded leading product status in the Electronic Design News (EDN) China Innovation Awards 2008 for the SE2593A (claimed to be the most integrated RF front-end module for Wi-Fi applications that meets and exceeds the IEEE 802.11n specification requirements); and
  • winning Electronic Products China’s Product Award for the SE4120S, which is claimed to be the smallest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver.

New ‘industry-first’ solutions launched in 2008 included:

  • the SE2568U high-performance power amplifier (PA), which offers what is claimed to be the smallest solution footprint for embedded WLAN functionality;
  • the SE2566U, which is claimed to be the only RF front-end solution to integrate two 2.4GHz fully matched power amplifiers on a single die (and the smallest, most cost-effective RF front-end solution for Wi-Fi applications);
  • the SE4150L, which is claimed to be the smallest dual-antenna input GPS receiver IC (supporting next-generation, embedded GPS systems);
  • industry-leading performance for mobile WiMAX with the SE7262L high-power amplifier, while exceeding the spectral mask requirements outlined in IEEE 802.16e and WiMAX Forum specifications.

Also during 2008, SiGe expanded its facilities globally, with a particular focus on Asia (increasing its footprint in Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan). SiGe reckons that, with these new operational bases, it is better positioned to support its customer base worldwide.

“Despite the current economic climate, we see significant opportunities in 2009, and plan to continue to expand our market influence and product portfolio to meet increased global demand for wireless multimedia solutions by consumer electronics manufacturers,” concludes Khan.

See related items:

SiGe claims smallest RF front end for Wi-Fi, integrating two fully matched PAs on a single die

SiGe power amplifier launched for mobile WiMAX

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