Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high reliability analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets has commenced volume production of several high performance RF solutions supporting Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) 5G WiFi (IEEE 802.11ac) chips – including minicards for access points, routers and customer premise equipment.
The explosion of video consumption and the growing number of wireless devices being used by consumers are putting tremendous stress on existing 802.11 a/b/g/n networks and resulting in video buffering, skipping and battery drain. Broadcom’s new 5G WiFi chips deliver Ethernet-quality speeds three times faster and six times more power efficiently than previous generations of Wi-Fi devices enabling customers to download Web content faster from anywhere in their homes and connect multiple devices to their network simultaneously – all while consuming less device power.
“Consumers want access to high-definition quality video at fast speeds on multiple devices anywhere in the house — on the TV, or transferred to tablets and smartphones,” said Rahul Patel, vice president of marketing at Broadcom. “Broadcom is working closely with Skyworks and other ecosystem partners and customers to address this demand and create 5G WiFi products that deliver the best experience yet.”
“Skyworks is pleased to be partnering with Broadcom to push wireless performance to new levels,” said Liam K. Griffin, executive vice president and general manager of high-performance analog at Skyworks. “Broadcom’s leadership in bringing IEEE 802.11ac devices to the market is complemented by our innovative portfolio of high performance RF solutions that meet customer demand for applications and devices.”According to Gartner Analyst Mark Hung, Wi-Fi enabled devices will grow from less than one billion units in 2010 to more than three billion in 2015, fueled by 802.11ac. Many believe the 5th generation Wi-Fi standard is poised to become one of the most influential mobile and wireless technologies in the years to come.
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