Anadigics to Power LG's G2 Smartphone

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Leading semiconductor manufacturer Anadigics, Inc. (ANAD) recently disclosed that its AWL9581 FEIC (front-end integrated circuit) was selected by South Korean multinational electronics company LG Electronics for the new G2 smartphone. AWL9581 FEIC is the latest addition to the 802.11ac WiFi FEIC family that offers a theoretical maximum data transfer speed of more than 3Gbps (Gigabits per second).

The product combines a high performance power amplifier (:PA) with low-noise amplifier (:LNA) and RF switch to offer unmatched efficacy for seamless transmission of high definition (HD) videos at extended ranges with voice clarity and unmatched high-speed data. In addition, the product also has greater integration capabilities compared to other variants available in the market, which in turn reduces the requirement for other external components to save valuable printed circuit board (:PCB) space.

The power amplifier would extend smartphone’s battery life by leveraging Anadigics’ patented InGaP-Plus technology that offers higher efficiency at low and high power levels and minimizes quiescent current. The new product further reinforces the long-term business relationship with LG Electronics and extends Anadigics’ client portfolio.

Headquartered in Warren, N.J., Anadigics designs and manufactures semiconductor solutions for the broadband wireless and wireline communications markets. Its products include power amplifiers, tuner integrated circuits, active splitters, line amplifiers, and other components. Anadigics is well positioned in three fast-growing markets: 3G, WiFi and CATV (cable television). In addition, the company is increasing its product content in markets where multiple power amplifiers and multiple tuner integrated circuits are needed.

Anadigics continues to focus on three market drivers that it believes will expand its market. These drivers include the rapid adoption of 3G and 4G data connectivity in wireless mobile devices, expansion of wireless and CATV infrastructure to support higher data usage and proliferation of high performance WiFi connectivity in mobile devices.

Incremental demand for wireless connectivity in consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets, provide substantial growth opportunities for Anadigics. The company’s new ProEficient singleband and dual-band power amplifiers, Multimode Multiband Power Amplifiers and WiFi should also fuel revenue growth in the coming quarters. With continuous launch of such new products, Anadigics expects to offset the decline in its legacy business and thereby stem the tide of losses experienced over the past few quarters.

Anadigics currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Other companies in the industry worth mentioning include Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Diodes Incorporated (DIOD) and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDTI), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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