Skyworks Solutions Inc., an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, announced that it has opened a design center in Korea to support the company’s increasing demand for 3G and 4G front-end solutions. In fiscal 2011, Skyworks grew its 3G front-end module shipments by more than 150 percent year-over-year. The site will support integrated circuit and multi-chip-module designs and layouts, RF-laboratory work and customer support through early manufacturing.

“Skyworks is delighted to be placing more of our highly-skilled engineering teams closer to our customers,” said Gregory L. Waters, Executive Vice President and general manager, front-end solutions at Skyworks. “We realize that our customers’ success depends upon the performance and reliability of our products, and the strength of our service. We are committed to meeting the market’s need for the smallest and highest performance device architectures, as well as strengthening our local support for leading smart phone providers and handset manufacturers.”

Global adoption of 3G and 4G devices, including smart phones, tablets and a seemingly unending array of new applications, continues to be robust. The proliferation of embedded wireless functionality is driving a tremendous increase in RF content and the number of connected devices. In fact, the GSMA recently released research that suggests that the number of mobile connected devices is expected to reach 12 billion units by 2020, twice the number in service today.