SkyCross, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced antenna solutions, has appointed Ben Naskar, a wireless industry veteran, to the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Naskar succeeds outgoing Chairman and Acting CEO, Dennis McKenna, who had previously announced his plan to retire at the end of 2010.

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Naskar has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless semiconductor industry. Prior to joining SkyCross, he was a corporate officer, vice president, and general manager of the Wireless Networking Business Unit at Atheros Communications. Previously, Naskar served as vice president and general manager of the Communications Group at PMC-Sierra. Naskar also has hands-on experience in Asia, where SkyCross has facilities in China (Shanghai and Shenzhen), Taiwan and South Korea.

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Naskar emphasizes SkyCross' focus on Asia. He told EE Times-Asia, "SkyCross is heavily invested in the support of its customers in Asia.?Manufacturers of todays handsets, computers, access points and other wireless CE devices rely on rapid design turnaround and excellent customer service to meet increasingly aggressive development cycles while maintaining a very high level of quality.?Our regional design and manufacturing centers in China, Taiwan and Korea utilize their technical expertise and promote close interaction with major OEM and ODM customers to produce the industrys most advanced and cost effective antenna and RF solutions.?As we grow the company, we are committed to continuously improving our customer support, and to leveraging our iMAT and other unique antenna technology in the RF solutions we deliver, to give our customers a superior advantage.

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SkyCross specializes in optimizing wireless connectivity in consumer electronics devices. The companys patented iMAT approach for superfast broadband networks enables a single antenna element to deliver the performance benefits of multiple antennas without creating interference issues.

SkyCross has experienced robust expansion. Over the past three years, worldwide revenue has grown by more than 50 percent, and last year SkyCross shipped more than 100 million antennas.

Significant additional opportunity in mobile broadband is ahead. Needham and Company projects that the number of 3G mobile broadband devices will more than double by 2014, and the number of 4G mobile broadband devices will grow by a factor of six over the same period. SkyCross plans to leverage iMAT, innovative 3D design services, and its world-class manufacturing capability to capture new business and add value for its customersequipment manufacturers and wireless network operators.