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August 23, 2012

Skyworks Introduces LED Camera Flash Drivers for Smartphone Market


In response to rising consumer demand for high-quality images, smartphone companies are introducing increasingly sophisticated camera features. Under this backdrop, analog semiconductor company, Skyworks, has come up with an advanced suite of camera flash drivers that ensure longer battery life in mobile electronic devices.

In a recent statement, Skyworks Solutions (News - Alert) announced that it is capturing additional content in smartphone platforms with its industry-leading light emitting diode (LED) camera flash driver solutions. Smartphone users’ penchant for high-quality photographs has driven accelerated implementation of camera flash drivers in mobile devices.

In addition to a hardier battery, Skyworks’ products boast a simple design, reduce component count and decrease overall solution size for OEMs.

The newly launched flash driver is powered by a highly efficient, 1.5A high-current boost converter that helps maintain output current regulation by switching the internal high-side and low-side switch transistors.

The high switching frequency allows the use of a small external inductor and output capacitor, making it ideally suited in all single cell, Li-ion-powered applications.

“Skyworks is excited to be supporting our customers as they capitalize on consumer demand for high quality images in the exploding smartphone market,” said Liam K. Griffin, executive vice president and general manager of high-performance analog at Skyworks. “Our advanced suite of camera flash drivers demonstrates Skyworks’ ability to expand content in the fastest growing market segments, while also diversifying our broad analog product portfolio.”

The announcement coincides with the release of a Gartner (News - Alert) report that predicts mobile phone cameras will grow from approximately 1.6 billion units in calendar year 2011 to over 2.2 billion units in calendar year 2015, representing 92 percent of mobile phones worldwide.

In its report, “Market Trends: Digital Camera Functions in Mobile and Consumer Electronics,” Gartner said that “at present, a digital camera is found in almost all types of mobile electronic equipment devices ranging from mobile phones to notebook PCs, tablet computers and handheld video game consoles. Gartner believes that mobile electronics equipment will have digital camera functions as well as wireless communication function as a standard feature.”

Cirrus logic and Skyworks solutions look to benefit from new apple products, the Paragon Report recently predicted while examining investing opportunities in the Semiconductor Industry and providing equity research on Cirrus Logic (News - Alert) and Skyworks Solutions.


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Edited by Braden Becker
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