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Samsung's Latest Galaxy Phones Go Into Orbit With Skyworks

Skyworks says it is providing the first multimode, multiband solutions supporting all leading baseband architectures, meeting customer needs for size and performance.

Skyworks Solutions, an innovator of high reliability analogue and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, is enabling Samsung's Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Note next generation smart phones with multimode, multiband power amplifier modules.

Skyworks says this is the first solution supporting all leading baseband architectures.

According to the September 2011 Equity Research Industry Update report published by Oppenheimer, an investor research firm, the proliferation of 3G bands and complexity, coupled with the start of the 4G LTE ramps is playing a key role in handset manufactures and smart phone providers' migration towards smaller, less power hungry and more cost-effective multimode, multiband architectures.

"Size and performance are the leading drivers for today's smart phone platforms," said Gregory L. Waters, executive vice president and general manager of front-end solutions at Skyworks. "Given our deep understanding of complete system solutions, Skyworks has the ability to offer customers design flexibility and customization, regardless of integration specifications. We offer the highest performance and most integrated solutions in the industry."

The SKY77606 is a fully integrated multimode, multiband power amplifier module supporting Quad-Band GSM/EDGE and Bands I, V, and VIII for WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA and HSPA+ handsets. Extremely low leakage current maximises handset standby time. The module is fully controllable via three line logic and band-enabled interfaces. In addition, the SKY77606 is a compact, low profile, surface mount technology package, which allows for a highly manufacturable, cost-efficient solution.

The SKY77604 is a fully integrated multimode, multiband power amplifier module supporting Quad-Band GSM/EDGE and Bands I, II, IV/X, V, and VIII for WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA and HSPA+ handsets. The module delivers best-in-class DG09 current consumption and is fully controllable through a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI). Extremely low leakage current maximises handset standby time.

The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE features 4G and dual-core processing for a number of applications including fast Web browsing and premium movie and TV downloads with Samsung Media Hub, high-definition console gaming, etc. The noticeably-bigger 4.52" wide video graphics array Super AMOLED Plus Screen enables vivid and colourful images in a compact size.

The 9.5 millimetre smart phone also has an 8 megapixel camera with built in flash and QIK(R) preloaded for video chats, along with a 1080p HD camcorder. WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 1.5 gigahertz processor, 16 Gb internal memory, near field communication, TV-out via mobile high-definition link, and a 1,850 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery are also included.

The Samsung Galaxy Note features the world's first 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display, making it the largest screen size with smart phone portability. This expansive, high-resolution screen enables an immersive viewing experience, allowing users to view more in one glance with minimum scrolling and screen transitions. Consumers can also draw and send ideas, emotions, and more via text messages, emails, and Samsung's ChatON communication service. In addition, it has an advanced 8 megapixel powerful camera, a strong 2500 mAh battery, and HSPA up to 21 Mbps or 4G LTE 1.4 GHz dual-core processor equating to ultra fast network speed.
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