WOBURN, MASkyworks Solutions, Inc. (www.skyworksinc.com) has shipped more than two billion power amplifier (PA) modules since product inception near the turn of the decade. In addition to the PAs, the firm also incorporates PA circuitry in its complete front-end modules (FEMs) for cellular communications equipment and is a supplier to each of the world's top five cellular handset original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Skyworks has developed design partnerships with all of the industry's leading baseband suppliers and two leading smartphone manufacturers and, most recently, has captured key sockets on Qualcomm and MediaTek reference designs. As Liam K. Griffin, senior vice-president of Sales and Marketing at Skyworks, explains: "We are thrilled to surpass the two billion PA module mark and are even more excited about the design-win traction of our next generation of multimode Intera front-end modules." The company's Intera FEMs represent solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and WCDMA, and CDMA equipment as well as WLAN, and WiMAX applications.

CARLSBAD, CAViaSat, Inc. (www.viasat.com) received a $9.3 million award from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to continue the development of the ultrahighfrequency (UHF) satellite-communications (Satcom) Integrated Waveform Channel Controller. This second phase of the Integrated Waveform (IW) development enables demand assigned services on UHF Satcom networks to support new applications that require better performance and higher channel throughput. The IW is a requirement of the United States Department of Defense's (DoD's) Standardization Program. It is designed to prolong the life of the UHF Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) Satcom System through a series of network upgrades.

BEIJING, CHINAGetting sports fans to the 2008 Summer Olympics is one thing; keeping them connected with wireless communications while traveling on a high-speed train is another. But thanks to the the CommScope division (www.commscope.com) of Andrew Corp., and help from Siemens, riders traveling to the games on the CRH3 Harmony multiple-unit trains can stay connected on their wireless devices even when traveling at 350 km/hr. The CRH3 trains transport fans between Beijing and Tianjin (120 km). Andrew installed and deployed MIR-T in-train repeaters in some compartments, providing passengers with high-quality and high-reliability mobile telephone signals while they travel. The company also conducted extensive on-site testing and radio-frequency measurements to confirm the system will meet passenger expectations.