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Skyworks Readies For Further Moves Into 5G

Skyworks Solutions Inc. has introduced an array of components to support the shift to 5G, the next phase in global wireless telecommunications.

The $14 billion-valued company (Nasdaq: SWKS) said its “growing portfolio” includes high-efficiency amplifiers to boost wireless signals and low-noise amplifiers to minimize additional noise. It also includes electronic devices known as circulators and isolators that “assure clean transmit signals” in wireless communications, the company said.

The Irvine-based chipmaker said the proprietary solutions are “designed to meet the high-performance requirements of 5G base stations.” 

For instance, the miniature circulators provide significant size advantages, while the high-power switches incorporate world-class technology to deliver products with fast switching speeds.

Military, Space Uses

Skyworks has also introduced hermetically sealed, broadband low-noise and impedance-matched amplifiers for the harsh environments of military and outer space.

“These devices simplify the design process and reduce board space while delivering robust performance for next-generation aerospace and defense applications such as satellites and avionics systems,” the company said on July 29.

Skyworks is scheduled to release quarterly earnings on Aug. 7. The stock has gained about 29% since the start of the year, and was trading close to $88 a share toward the end of last month.

While Skyworks’ registered headquarters is in Woburn, Mass., Chief Executive Liam Griffin runs the company from its Irvine office along with engineering support, sales, marketing, and other teams.

Skyworks is Orange County’s third-largest chipmaker with about 450 employees in Irvine.

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Kevin Costelloe
Kevin Costelloe
Tech reporter at Orange County Business Journal
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