Skyworks' Low-Noise Amplifier FEMs Used To Ramp GPS/GNSS Solutions
Analog semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA says that its highly integrated, low-noise amplifier front-end modules are being used by various OEMs to enable global positioning systems (GPS) and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in emerging markets.
Skyworks’ devices are the first semiconductors to support China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS), China’s second-generation system that is enabling GPS in consumer platforms in addition to other public safety applications such as transportation systems, water conservancy, forest-fire prevention and disaster relief.
“Skyworks is delighted to be the first semiconductor company with solutions that are supporting widespread GPS capability in smartphones and other handheld devices throughout China and across Asia,” says David Stasey, VP & general manager of analog solutions at Skyworks. “Given our early investments addressing China’s BeiDou system, our unique capabilities and leadership position in GPS and location-based technologies, we are well positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for these devices in emerging, high growth markets.”
GNSS is a series of satellites that provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning with global coverage. It allows small electronic receivers to determine their location (longitude, latitude and altitude) to within a few meters using time signals transmitted along a line-of-sight by radio from satellites. Receivers then calculate the precise time as well as position, which can be used as a reference.
According to Frost & Sullivan, there will be an increasing prominence of Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) data derived from GNSS and associated Value Added Services (VAS) in the next 10-20 years. In their Market Insight report ‘Global Navigation Satellite System Market Assessment – In Pursuit of New Business Opportunities’ they predict that Asia-Pacific will continue to represent the fastest growing region through 2021, with the market more than doubling in 10 years from $29B to over $74B by 2021. In their GNSS Market Report, the Global Semiconductor Association forecasted that global shipments will exceed one billion units before 2020. For more information, visit www.skyworksinc.com.