Leading semiconductor manufacturer
Skyworks Solutions Inc.
) recently collaborated with SMC Networks, a premier equipment
manufacturer for multi-service operators (MSOs), to develop smart
solutions for the connected home market. These include wireless
connectivity solutions for security, monitoring and automation
(SMA) applications such as security sensors, smoke alarms, motion
detectors and touch pads.
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The strategic collaboration of an industry leader like Skyworks
with SMC Networks stems from the fact that SMA applications are
being rapidly deployed on a full-scale across the U.S. and
Canada. Moving forward, the partnership aims to create platforms
that integrate seamlessly with existing security systems and
devices, and are easy to install to enable MSOs augment their
Independent studies by market analyst companies ABI and Berg
Insight predict that aggregate revenue from smart metering, home
automation and home energy management segment is likely to reach
$44 billion in 2016. The observation comes as a fresh lease of
life for Skyworks, which is bearing the brunt of continuous price
wars and intense competition from its rivals as the industry
faces a booming demand for technologically advanced
Skyworks designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of high
performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors that enable
wireless connectivity. The company's products include power
amplifiers (PAs), front-end modules (FEMs), RF sub-systems and
cellular systems. Leveraging its core analog technologies, the
company also offers a diverse portfolio of linear integrated
circuits (ICs) that support automotive, broadband, cellular
infrastructure, industrial and medical applications.
Moving forward, Skyworks intends to capitalize on three business
segments − mobile Internet, vertical markets and analog
components. Demand for mobile Internet applications is on the
rise with the broad proliferation of smartphones, net books, note
books, and other forms of embedded wireless devices. Skyworks
expects to consolidate its position in the mobile Internet
spectrum with a broad array of products that covers everything
from net books and data cards to smartphones, and even
Skyworks presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other players
in the industry worth reckoning include
Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).