Skyworks unveils SKY81296 dual-LED flash driver for smartphones
Solution delivers single lens reflex camera quality to smartphones ensuring users capture precious moments
BARCELONA, Spain -- Skyworks Solutions, Inc. SWKS -0.34% , an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets introduced the industry’s best dual flash driver for smartphones. Incorporating Skyworks’ proprietary TrueFlash™ capability, the device enables sophisticated LED flash management features to capture the best image possible, as well new user features such as message notification and privacy indicator. With its unique 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. 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 leading 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.
About Skyworks’ Dual Flash Driver
The SKY81296 with TrueFlash™ is a high efficiency, 2.4 A/2 A high-current boost converter with two independently programmable constant current outputs. By offering completely independent control of the two LEDs, the driver enables camera system engineers to implement sophisticated flash management algorithms that enhance image quality. The device is intended for LED photo flash applications in all Li-ion powered portable products.
Skyworks at Mobile World Congress
Skyworks will be showcasing its product portfolio in Hall 6, Booth C41 (6C41) at Mobile World Congress being held February 24 – 27.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors. Leveraging core technologies, Skyworks supports automotive, broadband, wireless infrastructure, energy management, GPS, industrial, medical, military, wireless networking, smartphone and tablet applications. The Company’s portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, circulators, demodulators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, front-end modules, hybrids, infrastructure RF subsystems, isolators, lighting and display solutions, mixers, modulators, optocouplers, optoisolators, phase shifters, PLLs/synthesizers/VCOs, power dividers/combiners, power management devices, receivers, switches and technical ceramics.
Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Skyworks is worldwide with engineering, manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit Skyworks’ Web site at: www.skyworksinc.com .
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