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Skyworks diversifies to stay top dog in GaAs device manufacturing

Branching out with smartphone customers, products, technology and market applications have enabled Skyworks to perform way over the odds, along with WIN Semiconductors

Although the GaAs device market growth plummeted in the second half of 2011, with overall revenue increasing by only six percent, Skyworks secured its position as the largest GaAs device manufacturer with a 27% growth in revenue.

The Strategy Analytics report, “Skyworks Remains the Largest GaAs Device Manufacturer,” explores 2011 GaAs device revenue results and growth trends, as well as revenue performance of leading device manufacturers. These include the likes of RFMD, Skyworks, TriQuint Semiconductor, Avago Technologies, Renesas Electronics, Hittite and WIN Semiconductors.

“While the 2011 growth rate of the GaAs device market was right around its historical average of 6 percent, Skyworks and WIN Semiconductors did more than significantly better,” notes Eric Higham, Director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service. “The big increase at Skyworks is a testimonial to their efforts for diversifying smartphone customers, products, technology and market applications.”

Asif Anwar, Director, Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice, adds, “The growth at WIN Semiconductors indicates their commitment to expansion, and also reflects success for outsourcing foundry operations in the GaAs device industry.”
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