XEMICS, Skyworks Develop Ultra Low-Power Bluetooth Solutions

6/17/2003 - XEMICS S.A., a leading provider of ultra low-power BluetoothTM baseband ICs announced that the company has teamed with Skyworks Solutions, Inc. to deliver a comprehensive Bluetooth solution.

Together the companies will market several reference designs that combine Skyworks' CX723x3 radio frequency (RF) transceiver with XEMICS' XE1400 series Bluetooth baseband. Reference designs and development platforms are available for designers to easily build ultra low-power, cost-effective Bluetooth enabled products.

XEMICS' XE1400 series is manufactured using a 0.18 micron complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process that is ideally suited for ultra low-power digital designs. Skyworks' CX723x3 transceiver uses silicon germanium bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (SiGe BiCMOS) process that is the optimal technology for RF devices. This combination addresses the industry's demand for wide operating temperature ranges, ultra low-power consumption, low-cost and a small footprint.

When compared to alternative solutions, the usage of different semiconductor processes enables the manufacturer to benefit from greater volume production yields, superior RF and baseband performance and a reduced number of external components.

In addition, by applying state-of-the-art packaging technology such as Ultra Chip Scale Packaging (UltraCSP® ), the required PCB surface is almost identical when compared to known embedded solutions.

"We are delighted to team with Skyworks to enable our customers to develop and manufacture low-power Bluetooth solutions easily at competitive prices and form factors," said Alain Dantec, president and CEO of XEMICS S.A. "Our relationship with Skyworks will enable us to deliver leading-edge ultra low-power solutions for all types of battery-powered Bluetooth applications."

"We chose to work with XEMICS due to their experience in ultra low-power designs and leading-edge Bluetooth baseband technology," said Mohy Abdelgany, Skyworks' vice president of RF Systems. "Joining our two products together addresses the needs of customers looking for competitive solutions for next-generation Bluetooth devices."

About Skyworks
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is the industry's leading wireless semiconductor company focused on radio RF and complete semiconductor system solutions for mobile communications applications. The company began operations in June 2002, following the completion of the merger between Alpha Industries, Inc. and Conexant Systems Inc.'s wireless communications business. Skyworks is focused on providing front-end modules, RF subsystems and cellular systems to wireless handset and infrastructure customers worldwide.

Skyworks is headquartered in Woburn, Mass., with executive offices in Newport Beach, Calif. The company has design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. For more information please visit www.skyworksinc.com

Skyworks and Skyworks Solutions are trademarks or registered trademarks of Skyworks Solutions, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries. Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logos are trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. and licensed to XEMICS SA. UltraCSP® is patented by Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Flip Chip Division.

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