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Skyworks secures Hi-Rel designs for aerospace and defence

The firm's solutions include GaAs based devices which enable custom platforms for microwave communications, handheld radios and navigation applications
Skyworks Solutions says it has captured high-reliability (hi-rel) and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) sockets with several aerospace and defence suppliers such as Cobham, EADS, Herley and Teledyne.

Skyworks’ solutions are being leveraged for microwave switching, attenuation, receiver protection and mixer and detector applications in commercial and military radios, avionics systems, software defined radios and navigation platforms that support major tier-one aerospace and defence companies such as Boeing, L-3 Communications, Northrup Grumman and Raytheon.

“Skyworks is gaining content across a number of hi-rel applications with our diverse product portfolio,” says David Stasey, vice president and general manager of analogue solutions at Skyworks. “Our solutions are ideal for the rapidly growing aerospace and defence industry where customers are seeking effective, efficient and reliable military communication systems that deliver robust, wide-ranging and real-time data and services.”

According to a December Global Information report entitled “2013 Semiconductors in Military and Aerospace Electronics” the market will grow to over $3.0 billion worldwide in four years.

In addition, the fastest adoption rate for solutions in the military/aerospace market will come from COTS platforms, which is forecast to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 6 percent over the next five years. This long-term market trend is based on the industry’s greater focus on reliability, shorter business cycles and the ability to operate within budget constraints.

Skyworks’ analog solutions include GaAs digital attenuators, PIN diode voltage variable attenuators and silicon fixed attenuator pads for infrastructure, test and measurement and other high performance microwave applications up to 40 GHz.

Its low noise amplifiers meet the needs of cellular infrastructure, WLAN, WiMAX, ISM, and all applications requiring LNAs from DC to 6 GHz.

Through Isolink, Skyworks manufactures high-performance miniature hybrids and hermetically sealed devices. Isolink pioneered the miniaturisation of some of the most advanced optoelectronic components with high isolation voltages, high common mode rejection and radiation tolerance for high demand environments.

Skyworks’ diode product offering includes PIN, Schottky, varactor and limiter diodes for a wide variety of microwave applications including WLAN, infrastructure, handset, SatCom (LNB/DBS-CATV), automotive, military, test and measurement, metering, medical and RFID.
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