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Skyworks Intros New Dual LED Flash Driver for Smartphones

February 28, 2014

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., a provider of high performance analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets introduced the industry's best dual flash driver for smartphones.

In a release, the Company said that incorporating its proprietary TrueFlash capability, the device enables LED flash management features to capture the best image possible, as well new user features such as message notification and privacy indicator. With its dynamic flash control and battery voltage monitoring, the driver operates at lower power while maintaining flash capability, ensuring the camera does not power down during critical moments. Skyworks said that TrueFlash also provides the highest intensity flash for the best illumination across all conditions, offers the best system reliability and the most flexibility when independently controlling two drivers.

"Skyworks is at the forefront of camera flash innovation and is excited to offer our customers truly differentiated solutions," said Dipti Vachani, vice president and general manager of power, lighting and display at Skyworks. "Our device with integrated TrueFlash capability is the only solution on the market offering significantly enhanced smartphone camera image quality to improve the user experience."

According to a study by Assocham entitled "The Digital Camera versus Smartphones," the demand for digital cameras is declining rapidly as the popularity of smartphones has soared. "Smartphones are becoming the main camera of choice by a large number of people and increasingly more consumers are relying on their smartphones instead of compact digital cameras for both still photos and video capture," stated the study. The report reveals that 92 percent of customers now prefer high-end smartphones over digital cameras. The report also noted that smartphones need fewer steps to share the images with others, thanks to built-in Internet access and applications designed to interface with social media and photo sharing sites.

According to Gartner, Inc., a information technology research and advisory firm, mobile phones with cameras will grow from approximately 1.6 billion units in calendar year 2011 to over 2.2 billion units in calendar year 2015, representing over 90 percent of mobile phones worldwide. An additional 15 percent of smartphones will have two cameras to take portrait photos or to enable video chat.

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