30 June 2010


Skyworks to increase outsourcing to GaAs foundry AWSC

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA, which makes linear products, power amplifiers, front-end modules and radio solutions for handset and infrastructure equipment (including supplying components for Apple’s iPhone 4), is expected to significantly increase its outsourcing to Taiwanese contract gallium arsenide foundry partner Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) in the third and fourth quarters of 2010, according to a report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Compared with about 50 wafers per week in the second quarter, Skyworks’ orders placed with AWSC's 6-inch fab are likely to reach 200 wafers per week in third-quarter 2010, and may ramp up further to 400 wafers per week in fourth-quarter 2010, the Commercial Times indicated.

AWSC reported record revenue of NT$156m in May due to strong demand for power amplifier (PA) for smartphones and wireless applications. Revenues for the first five months of 2010 totaled NT$699m (US$22m), up 126% on a year ago. Digitimes reported on 25 June that AWSC is likely to generate revenue of NT$165m in June, up 5.8% on May (and up 144% on NT$67.7m a year ago).

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