22 July 2020
Skyworks ships 150 millionth BAW filter-enabled modules
Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has reached a milestone with the shipment of over 150 million bulk acoustic wave (BAW) filter-enabled modules for 5G mobile solutions.
To prepare for the transition to 5G, Skyworks has focused efforts on the development of in-house BAW technology that is supported through its design teams, fabs and proprietary IP.
As noted by a recent GSM Arena article and according to marker research firm Strategy Analytics, 5G smartphones will comprise a much larger portion of global shipments this year, growing more than tenfold to an estimated 15% of all smartphone shipments, up from just 1% in 2019.
Skyworks says that its BAW technology expands the reach across its product portfolio and represents the culmination of years-long investment from which it has secured multiple design wins with market-leading customers. In addition, Skyworks will leverage BAW technology across its broad portfolio.
“This key achievement marks the success of our long-term investment, commitment and strategy as a company – driving towards world-class BAW technology and performance,” says Joel King, senior VP & general manager of Mobile Solutions. “Coupled with our industry-leading TC-SAW [temperature-compensated surface acoustic wave] capabilities, the addition of high-performance BAW delivers to our customers a truly differentiated RF front-end solution, with an architecture that aggressively scales across other platforms.”
Skyworks says that its high-reliability, field-proven 8-inch BAW filter production line supports the challenging needs driven by the growth in 5G, adoption of Wi-Fi 6E and the expansion of filters required in next-generation smartphones, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and automotive applications.