Skyworks Solutions, Inc., a wireless semiconductor company said on Monday it will end its baseband operations and will instead sharpen the focus on its core business. The company also announced 10 percent cut in its worldwide workforce.
Skyworks said it will focus more on its linear products, power amplifiers, front-end modules and radio solutions. The company has been experiencing a decline in baseband sales, its core business revenue.
We began our transition away from developing baseband designs nearly two years ago, but continued to support existing customers with legacy products. Throughout this timeframe, our portfolio of linear products, ultra-compact power amplifiers, Intera(TM) front-end modules and Helios(TM) EDGE radios has demonstrated design win momentum and an accelerating growth trajectory,â€ David J. Aldrich, Skyworksâ€™ president and CEO said in a released statement. â€œAccordingly, today we are implementing a strategic restructuring to build upon our leadership franchise and to realize our vision of becoming the global leader in semiconductors enabling mobile connectivity.â€
The company said it is reducing almost $70 million in annual costs and close several international design centers. The 10 percent cut in workforce which is approximately 425 employees.
Skyworks predicts $780 million in revenue for the 2006 fiscal which is lower compared with $792 million from last year.