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Skyworks Solutions (SWKS 1.45%)
Q1 2022 Earnings Call
Feb 03, 2022, 4:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Good afternoon, and welcome to Skyworks Solutions' first quarter fiscal year 2020 earnings call. This call is being recorded. At this time, I will turn the call over to Mitch Haws, investor relations for Skyworks. Mr.

Haws, please go ahead.

Mitch Haws -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you, Rachel. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Skyworks' first fiscal quarter 2022 conference call. With me today are Liam Griffin, our chairman, CEO, and president; and Kris Sennesael, our chief financial officer. Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that our discussion will include statements relating to future results and expectations that are or may be considered forward-looking statements.

Please refer to our earnings release and recent SEC filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K for information on certain risks that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially and adversely from any forward-looking statements made today. Additionally, the results and guidance we will discuss include non-GAAP financial measures consistent with our past practice. Please refer to our press release within the investor relations section of our company website for a complete reconciliation to GAAP. With that, I'll turn the call to Liam.

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Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Mitch, and welcome, everyone. Skyworks delivered a strong start to the fiscal year, establishing all-time quarterly records for revenue and free cash flow. Looking at the quarter in more detail. We delivered revenue of $1.51 billion, above consensus and up 15% sequentially, demonstrating the strength of our broadening product portfolio.

Specifically, the mobile business grew 12% sequentially, driven by increasingly complex architectures in 5G phones at our largest customer and momentum across the Android ecosystem. In parallel, our broad markets business achieved a record $477 million in the quarter, up 23% sequentially and 46% year over year. Our growth was fueled by both the continued adoption of our solutions across 5G, IoT, automotive and wireless infrastructure, and an expanding set of new customers and markets from our recently acquired I&A business. Importantly, Skyworks continues to drive strong profit margins and exceptional cash flow.

We achieved gross margin of 51.2% and operating margin of 38.8%. We posted earnings per share of $3.14, above consensus and up 20% sequentially. Finally, we generated record Q1 operating cash flow of $582 million. As our first quarter results illustrate the growth trajectory we established in fiscal 2021 is extending into fiscal 2022.

We continue to see deployments accelerating with 5G cellular subscriptions predicted to grow from 700 million today to more than 4.4 billion by the year 2027. As connectivity becomes more vital to the ways we work, educate, and play, devices are increasingly integrating 5G with advanced WiFi, precision GPS, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and other wireless protocols, creating the seamless and ultrafast experience demanded by our customers. The rapid adoption of new wireless technologies enables a proliferating set of use cases with design wins spanning mobile and broad markets, further bolstered by contributions from our recently completed acquisition. Specifically in mobile, we shipped Sky5 platforms across leading smartphone OEMs, including Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, among others.

In Enterprise and IoT, we supported WiFi access points at Siemens, powered NETGEAR's latest WiFi 6 and 6E mesh system, partnered with British Telecom to launch 5G home routers, ramped WiFi 6 and 6E modules at Juniper Networks and Telus, and provided digital isolation solutions for GE consumer appliances. Moving to automotive. We leverage Sky5 technology to enable telematics, security, driver assist, and other advanced services at leading OEMs. We scaled volume production of timing and isolation products enabling the leading EV manufacturers.

And finally, across the infrastructure and industrial space, we captured design wins at Quectel for enterprise M2M platforms, delivered industrial IoT solutions to Itron, Honeywell, and Thales, supporting smart energy and factory automation. We also expanded our position in timing applications at the top five data centers. And as markets evolve, we expect to deploy billions of wireless devices, capitalizing on a strong multiyear growth trend. Advances in cloud and edge computing, autonomous vehicles and factory automation, together with the emergence of the Metaverse, we are intensifying the burden on existing networks, catalyzing demand for our highly integrated and customized platforms.

From inception, Skyworks has been a driving force empowering the wireless network revolution, connecting people, places and things. We invested early and extensively to develop and fabricate cutting-edge technology at massive scale. Today, we're a global leader providing the essential elements required to deliver the highest performance connectivity platforms in the industry, producing billions of units integrating core technology nodes, including gallium arsenide, Belton surface acoustic wave, as well as the most advanced multi-chip module test and assembly capabilities in the world. Underpinned by this powerful foundation, we are leading the transition of 5G inspiring a new era of unrivaled innovation.

The strength of our balance sheet and consistent outperformance demonstrates the significant value of our vertically integrated model and the compelling advantages it delivers. Looking forward, we are committed to supporting the strategic investments in technology, product development, and world-class manufacturing scale to further extend our market leadership. With that, I will turn the call over to Kris.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Liam. Skyworks' revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2022 was 1.51 billion, up 15% sequentially, driven by continued strong demand across our entire portfolio. Gross profit in the first quarter was 773 million, resulting in a gross margin of 51.2%, up 20 basis points sequentially. Operating expenses were 187 million or 12.4% of revenue, demonstrating leverage in our operating model while continuing our strategic investments in support of future growth.

We generated 586 million of operating income translating into an operating margin of 38.8%, up 160 basis points sequentially. We incurred 9 million of other expenses, and our effective tax rate was 9.3%, driving net income of 543 million. So strong revenue growth and execution on margins brought diluted earnings per share of $3.14, up 20% sequentially. Turning to the balance sheet and cash flow.

First fiscal quarter cash flow from operations was a Q1 record of 582 million. Capital expenditures were 96 million, resulting in an all-time record free cash flow of 486 million and a free cash flow margin of 32%, driven by strong profitability and great working capital management. In fact, inventory levels were reduced by 22 days to 103 days, and receivables were reduced by five days to 47 days. In terms of capital allocation during the quarter, we paid 93 million in dividends and repaid 50 million of our term loan, and we repurchased 1.7 million shares of our common stock for a total of 269 million.

In summary, the Skyworks team continues to execute well, delivering strong profitability, and rapid free cash flow in the December quarter with design wins across our growing product portfolio and customer set, positioning us to outperform through 2022. Now let's move on to our outlook for Q2 of fiscal '22. We expect to deliver double-digit year-over-year revenue and earnings-per-share growth in the March quarter. Specifically, we anticipate revenue between 1.3 billion and 1.36 billion.

At the midpoint of 1.33 billion, revenue for the quarter is expected to increase 13.5% year over year. Gross margin is projected to be in the range of 50.75% to 51.25%. We expect operating expenses of approximately 186 to 188 million. Below the line, we anticipate roughly 10 million in other expense and a tax rate of approximately 9.5%.

We expect our diluted share count to be approximately 166 million shares. Accordingly, at the midpoint of the revenue range, we intend to deliver diluted earnings per share of $2.62, an increase of 11% over Q2 of last year. And finally, given our strong cash flow and confidence in the business model, we will continue to focus on investing in our business while returning cash to the shareholders through both share repurchases and dividends. And with that, I'll turn the call back over to Liam.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Kris. Despite macro challenges in supply chain specific headwinds, Skyworks delivered excellent first quarter results, underscoring the increasingly diverse composition of our customer base and extending our track record of strong profitability and robust free cash flow generation. This strong performance and outlook reflect our critical position within the wireless ecosystem and how complexity favors Skyworks with its vast IP, deep customer relationships, differentiated manufacturing capabilities, and market-leading solutions. The momentum established in Q1 positions Skyworks for another year of record revenue and earnings.

That concludes our prepared remarks. Operator, let's open the lines for questions.

Questions & Answers:


Operator

Thank you. [Operator instructions]. Your first question comes from the line of Chris Caso with Raymond James. Sir, your line is open.

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Yes. Thank you. Good evening. I guess for the first question, can you help us detailing the breakout of broad markets versus mobile in the quarter? And what your expectations are for those markets as we go forward into March?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Chris. So as we indicated in the prepared remarks, we had very strong performance in growth markets. It was roughly 32% of our total revenue, compared to 22% last year. And so we saw a very strong growth, 23% sequentially, 46% on a year-over-year basis, and the growth was driven by ongoing strong demand for wireless connectivity, especially as it relates to IoT solutions.

In addition to that, we have a strong contribution, all-time record from the acquired business of the infrastructure & automotive business as well. So great execution in growth markets. On the flip side, of course, you have Mobile, which was in the December quarter, approximately 68% of revenue. It was up 12% sequentially.

It was down 13% year over year, but you have to take into account the timing of the ramp of flagships, especially last year, where you -- just to remember, the large customer was -- had a condensed ramp with a late launch in the late October, early November time frame. This year, the launch was spread over the September and the December quarter, but great execution there as well in mobile. As it relates to the March quarter, we typically don't really guide by segments, but we just provided the guidance for the March quarter, which is up 13.5% year over year. We do expect both segments to grow double-digit year over year, of course, stronger in broad markets than it is in mobile.

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

OK. And just following on to some of the comments that you made with respect to seasonality. And last year, seasonality was skewed, as you said, because of the late launch of the phones. But this year, there were also capacity constraints affecting your customers also.

So as your largest customer said that they weren't able to ship as much as they wanted in the December quarter. How does that affect seasonality for the March quarter this year? And does it have any implications for June as well if some of your customers perhaps are catching up with unfulfilled demand during the March quarter?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Chris. So again, if you look at the guide we provided for March, down 12% sequentially, up 13.5% year over year. But the down 12% sequentially is actually slightly better than normal seasonality if you compare to the last five years for the March quarter. As you probably remember from the call of our large customer, they left some revenue on the table in the December quarter, and they're still trying to catch up, and they see improvements going into the March quarter.

Looking ahead for June, again, we only guide one quarter at a time, but sitting here today, I don't see any reason why June would not be in line with normal seasonality. So we do expect normal seasonality for the June quarter. Also, keep in mind that June is just a transition quarter, right? We feel very strong, based on our technology road map, the products, the design win momentum and the design wins that we have on the book right now, we feel very strong for further sequential growth into the September and December quarter typically, as you see, with strong performance in the second half of the year.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Gary Mobley with Wells Fargo Securities. Sir, your line is open.

Gary Mobley -- Well Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Thanks for taking my questions. I'm going to pick up right relet off, Kris and ask specifically what you would classify or quantify as a typical June quarter over quarter seasonal comp focusing specifically on the mobile business? And then I have a follow-up.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So for the total company, if you look at the average of the last five years, in June, we have been flat to down 5%. So call it, an average 3, 4% down sequentially in the June quarter. That's the average of the last five years.

Gary Mobley -- Well Fargo Securities -- Analyst

And that's mobile specifically, to be clear?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

That is mostly driven by mobile.

Gary Mobley -- Well Fargo Securities -- Analyst

OK. All right. And then switching gears over to the broad markets business. I know that you have been capacity constrained for that business, but I presume given the upside that you delivered in the December quarter, that's less of an issue or turned out to be less of an issue.

So maybe if you can give us an update on where you stand with expanding capacity to support the broad markets business, how the backlog is trending for that business in relationship to the improved supply? And that's it for me.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Sure. This is Liam. Well, as noted in the prepared remarks, we had a record broad market quarter, $477 million, 46% year over year.

There's just a lot more for us to do in those areas. We are extending the reach of customers -- new customers. We're driving more complex cellular engines, IoT engines to our customer base, also gaining some traction, meaningful traction with the I&A portfolio from Silicon Labs. So that's coming together.

And there's so much opportunity in the broad markets business, and we're happy to see the numbers that we're discussing now. But the market TAM there is substantial, if you think about the scale and scope of where we can take our products. So there's a lot of work to be done there, but we're really pleased with the effort. Our team is doing well, having some new customers in our corner is always great, and we're going to continue to drive in that way.

So good stuff and a lot of good technical synergy as well. So most of these products do have a kind of a common core in some cases. So it does help us drive through our supply chain very effectively in high velocity and leveraging that scale that we talk so much about.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Ambrish Srivastava from BMO. Your line is open.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thank you very much. Apparently tight execution on the balance sheet and cash on the cash flow side. Kris, just a quick -- this is a housekeeping. What should we expect capex to be for this year? And then I had a quick follow-up, please.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So capex in the quarter was 96 million, which is somewhat light, but we don't really manage the capex quarter by quarter. We will definitely continue to invest. This is still early stages in a multiyear 5G upgrade cycle.

As Liam just explained, there's a lot of growth opportunities and growth markets. And so we will continue to further invest in our manufacturing, adding more size and scale, but at the same time, also supporting the technology road maps. We have major success with bulk acoustic wave, and so we are -- the revenue of integrated devices that have BAW filters inside is growing very strong, and we're supporting that. We're also making the necessary investments in Mexicali in our back-end operation, supporting advanced packaging and test.

And so again, we have a lot of growth opportunity for us. We will support that, and we will continue to expand the capacity and pay capex.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Sorry, Kris. So just in terms of numbers, double digit, low double digit is the right number to be modeling?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Double-digit.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

OK. OK. And then for my follow-up is, Liam, for you on the broad markets business. What's now that you have included the Silicon Lab business, what's the right way to think about the longer-term CAGR for this business? Thank you.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, absolutely. We definitely see great opportunity in that portfolio as it is right now. And so levering around that is a very substantial sales team from the core Skyworks still leveraging the I&A portfolio. We've done really well in the last couple of months of introducing the I&A products and technologies to customers that we already have, proven customers that we do a lot of business with, which is a great synergy for us.

We are scaling operationally. The majority of the portfolio and the I&A business had been more of a fabless play. Over time, we're going to bring that technology under our own roof here at Skyworks and leverage the great scale that we have. So it's a lot of really interesting things that we're doing on the inside inward looking, but there's tremendous opportunity on the outbound side.

So lot of activity, great people. The spirit in the business there is very high and the opportunity that we have is tremendous. We really have a small piece of the total opportunity size that product line can bring. So I think we're excited about the opportunity.

We'll continue to report on our results. But thus far, things have been going really well.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Blayne Curtis with Barclays. Sir, your line is open.

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my question. Just wanted to follow back on the mobile side and just make sure I heard you saying, just because we've heard it from so many other companies. But in terms of the March seasonality, I mean, we've heard that the largest customer has been pulling more product and maybe has less than a typical seasonal period. They're also launching a new phone to add 5G.

So that's all good. So I'm just trying to understand, are you seeing that -- because you made comments that June should be normal, and I think you've now had a couple of companies talk about June being down more, because March is stronger. I just want to just go back to that point and make sure I understand what you're saying.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Blayne. This is Liam. Yes, I think what you may see here is relatively typical demand cycle. But then within that demand cycle, where is the technology and how do you grow that technology even in constant units, right? So I mean it won't be constant units, but if we have a baseline.

Some of the enthusiasm around our view going into June is really about design wins that we have squarely in our sight. In some cases, design wins that have been consummated, they haven't shipped yet. So a lot of that is Skyworks specific. But the typical calendar or fiscal cycles that we tend to see are still relatively in place.

But I will tell you that the opportunity within the devices that we're serving and with the customers that we're serving, we're seeing growth potential there. And that's much more predictable for us. Because we know exactly what we're winning, we know exactly where that's going. We know how to prepare that operationally and still do that shoulder-to-shoulder with the leading customers.

So we feel really good about it. The macro seasonality could be a little bit different, but we feel very confident in what we're going to do.

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

And then just a question for Kris. I think when you bought the Silicon Labs business, you're going to require -- retire debt quite quickly. I think you were actually pretty active on the buyback for December. So with the pullback in the stock, are you thinking about that differently? And anything you can talk about for the remainder of this fiscal year in terms of buybacks versus debt retirement?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Blayne. So currently, we have still $2.2 billion of debt on the balance sheet in addition to $1 billion of cash. So we feel really good about our liquidity position today. In terms of even gross debt, it's less than a turn of EBITDA.

And so given where the stock is trading today and what it was trading over the last three months, we have switched on the buybacks again, and we will continue to do so going forward.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Edward Snyder with Charter Equity Research. Sir, your line is open.

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity -- Analyst

Thanks a lot. A couple if I could. So, Liam, Skyworks traditionally has been very strong in Wi-Fi, the 2.4 gig section, I think you own when they use external amps. But that's always been shipped in the phone business into a SIP, a system in a package from somebody else, combined with a lot of other products.

But it looks like now finally, the Android ecosystem is moving to more of an RF module architecture and where they'll break out the RF separately. So I kind of understand what that means from a content point of view, especially with WiFi 6E. But I suppose as a problem does it. I mean because now in addition to the amps, you've got to have the best filters, 2.4 uses a tough BAW filter and WiFi 6E will use a tough BAW filter.

So one, are you seeing this shift to modules and WiFi finally? And two, does it present any difference in content opportunity for you? Does it go up? Does it go down? Does it stay the same? How do you characterize Skyworks' positioning if the Android world moves in mass to this new architecture? And I have a follow-up.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

No, that's a good question. I think -- I don't know if everybody followed that, but I know where you are. So the bottom line on that, which is correct, we have an outstanding position in WiFi today. Just let me make that clear, very substantial.

And it's been going great. But there has been improvements in technology and demand for higher speeds and higher performance. And in those cases, bulk acoustic wave is a critical element within the WiFi system. So we have ramped WiFi -- we have ramped our bulk acoustic wave technology, obviously, in smart with a lot of work, a lot of investment, and that's been going great.

And now we're seeing that move into WiFi. And we have design wins now that capture bulk acoustic wave within a WiFi system, multiple customers. So it's another vector of growth for Skyworks. We -- and that -- a lot of that is in the broad market side.

It's very diverse. It's certainly -- we love our handset business, but you've got a handful of customers. When you get into the connectivity nodes around WiFi and other cases, you have a broadening there. So we're in good position there and a great position also now to start to lever up bulk acoustic wave beyond the mobile phone.

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity -- Analyst

So it's safe to say you're shipping a coexisting BAW filter at 2.4 gig, which is one of the reasons I thought you even started the BAW to protect your business --

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We do we have that. We do have those today, and we're going to continue to go higher in frequency as we move along.

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity -- Analyst

OK. Then if I could. You did very well on flagship phones last round. They're now finally moving the transmitter into the diversity section and you landed that, which is a big coup.

So two questions if I could. What does the content opportunity look like at your large discussers in that area? Because it tends -- you tend to really dominate the diversity section and of course, the low bands, too. But now that they've already added that, are we going to see any bigger kickers or have we got most of what we need there. And then how does this play out with everybody else, Samsung in the Chinese OEMs, one, when do you think they'll move to the transmit in DRx? Two, do you think the same dynamic competitively will play out where you're going to kind of sweep that out and push wherever else like Murata out of it like you did on the flagships?

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, yes. So on the higher end, the opportunity there, we talked about driving higher performance and filtering and moving up the data rate going to 6E, all that's working. But then if you go down to the mid-tier, there's just -- there's tremendous opportunity, because there's still -- the vast majority of phones in the Android world in some of the markets in China are just now stepping up with the higher-performing filters. And they get great performance return for that.

So we're doing a lot of work and shoulder-to-shoulder design and work with customers to make sure they see the merits of this technology. And the performance upside that they gain for a couple of incremental dollars. So I think there's a great opportunity there, coming from a low base, too. So that's not -- isn't just a simple upgrade cycle.

It's coming from a very low base to mid- to higher end, and we'll continue to work along that curve. And the know-how that you build in mobile and in RF translates very well. So all the hard work and the engineering talent that we have at Skyworks that's been working on flagship phones for years and years. They know how to scale when it goes into WiFi and some of these other wireless technology.

So we look forward to leveraging that skill set as we meet with new customers.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Craig Ellis with B. Riley Securities. Sir, your line is open.

Craig Ellis -- B. Riley Financial -- Analyst

Yes. Thanks for taking the questions. Congratulations on the nice quarter and cash flow. I wanted to start with an operational question.

So clearly, we've got a very strong demand environment out there right now. And Kris, it sounds like you expect the business to be seasonally strong in the back half of the year. So can you just talk a little bit about how you plan to manage manufacturing loadings as we go through the calendar first and second quarter or your fiscal second, third quarters? Should we expect to see that you'll build inventory to put yourself in a position or for whatever reason would inventory stay at a relatively lower level here?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Craig. I mean we do that every year, because we do have some large seasonal swings in our business, right? We have typically strong sequential growth in September, December, and then down in March and kind of flattish to slightly down in June. That's the seasonal pattern. We're, of course, trying to maximize factory utilization and drive efficient use of our capital equipment.

And so we are always level loading as much as we can. It's not perfect. That's why you also see some seasonal fluctuations in the gross margins there as well. But we definitely will try to maximize that.

Also, you know in this business, the design wins, we know them way ahead, right? So we know what we win, we know the product. We can start building to a certain extent ahead of it, and we do that every year.

Craig Ellis -- B. Riley Financial -- Analyst

Yes. Got it. That's helpful. And then I'll flip one over to Liam.

Liam, I think there's a general view out there that this year will be a year for somewhere around 40% growth in the smartphone market, really as we ship a lot more midrange 5G smartphones. So I know you just talked about some of the things you're excited about on the Android ecosystem. But is it possible to put a quantification around the degree of content gain that's left at that tier of the market and beyond that tier what's still possible for Skyworks?

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Sure. Yes. I mean we have two vectors, right? We have kind of the mid-tier moving up and then you have the premium devices really stepping up with high performance.

And both of those portfolios have been great for us. And I think our ability, the years and years of time and investment, and shoulder-to-shoulder engineer work, we basically follow the lead with our customers. So we're very flexible. We can go to the highest end and we can also bring companies that haven't engaged and get them on board.

And so that continues to grow. And the merits of mobility and wireless connectivity, everyone on the call knows how important that is. So there's a lot of opportunity there. And then if you move out of smartphones, Craig, we had a question on that a few minutes ago.

We just -- we're really excited by the potential for proliferating connectivity everywhere, right? You're hearing more about M2M, you're hearing more about automotive. These are real markets right now. There's WiFi opportunity. It could be cellular.

All of these end markets have great promise for us beyond just the mobile phone and the technologies that we have and the in-house scale that we have really creates flexibility. So we don't have a one-stop shop. We can be very crafty and configured -- configurable with our customer, depending on the application. So there's a lot of really interesting design wins that we have that really come about with customer problems and our engineers huddling together to solve it.

So it's really cool to see. And you're going to see more and more growth around that. But still, the connectivity vector is the primary element here to make it all work.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Brett Simpson with Arete Research. Sir, your line is open.

Brett Simpson -- Arete Research -- Analyst

Yes. Thanks very much. Maybe two big picture questions, and maybe for Liam. First, just Android as a market opportunity for Skyworks.

I guess your mobile business is much more skewed toward iOS historically. But if I look at Android, we probably look at about $1 billion of revenue for Skyworks every year, and there's more than 1 billion units shipping for Androids. So you're getting sort of less than $1 today of RF content on average. And I guess just moving to 5G and more modules.

Can you perhaps just talk about the opportunity that you see ahead of yourselves in terms of getting more strategic with customers or where you think you can really start to sort of grow your average content per unit in the Android ecosystem? Thanks.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Sure. That's a great question. Yes, and you're right.

I think there's a lot more opportunity in Android now for us to go get. And it's really about an education opportunity for us. And we're working with these customers. We're demonstrating what a little bit of incremental content can do in terms of the end user's experience.

So there's a lot more of a drive there. We absolutely -- it's not a technical hurdle for us. I mean we know how to do it. It's more around how do we craft the solution that provides the technology and the performance and does it at a price point and a cost point for us, where it makes a lot of sense.

And that's happening now, because as you start to see 5G really accelerate, to really get the performance that's been promised and that's been desired, you've got to put in more content -- you got to put in more filtering as we talked about already in the call. You need to raise the performance of your gallium arsenide technologies, you got to bring them in. You got to look at your packaging and test, and the coexistence issues that happen when you have more and more of these technologies in a single application, whether the application is a phone or something else. So there's a lot there.

A couple of things I would say. In the last several months, we've been doing much, much better at the higher end of Android. Customers like Samsung have been very strong. And these are on the new platforms.

These are on the highest performing new platforms that they're offering. And then we're going to bring along the Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, players. In aggregate today, those are still very significant for us, but the content opportunity from today's baseline and where it could go over the next two to three years is quite substantial. So the point that you made at the beginning is definitely well taken.

So that's how we see that, and we've got great inroads right now on products that will -- they have a little bit of a different cycle than some of the large U.S. players, but you should see a lot more content from Skyworks in Android products going into the second half of the year and into 2023.

Brett Simpson -- Arete Research -- Analyst

Great. Maybe just a follow-up, Liam, on Ed's question on WiFi. I guess, there's something like over 4 billion units of Wi-Fi that ship every year. And I'd just love to understand the RF TAM or the opportunity set that you see, especially with the transition to 6E and some of the changes that we're going to see and how this is packaged up.

But I guess we could expect PCs and routers and smartphones and TVs to move quite aggressively toward 6E over the next sort of year or two. But is there anything you can share with us in terms of your strategy and how you plan to address this? Because I guess this transition should be quite positive for RF players like Skyworks that's done very well traditionally in the WiFi space.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. No, that's a great point. So the appetite for high-en2d WiFi has really accelerated, and you can see the use case opportunity everywhere now, right? You do consumer products all the way to the super high end, you have WiFi, whether it's 6 or 6E. So that's all going to move in the right direction for us.

And so one of the things that will happen as we move along the curve in Wi-Fi, it will actually create a cycle, not unlike what you see in mobile, where content grows and then content continues to move as the application and the burden on the technology rises, right. That the more important, the higher the speed, the more efficient it needs to be, that's going to require better technology on the semiconductor and the filtering side. So that plays together very, very well for Skyworks. And think about us as kind of the mid- to high-tier player, but we can step into that low end of the market, too.

But we are seeing a lift when you start to look at 6 and 6E in Wi-Fi. There's bulk acoustic wave filters there that we've already talked about on this call, but very, very important in the higher-end WiFi. And not today, highly populated. It's a cycle there that is on the upswing and it's still early.

And we have the know-how to do it. So the wonderful thing there is we have the key elements to get it done. Similar elements that we would have in a high-end smartphone, but position and scale that configured in a way to deliver WiFi signals versus cellular. So there's a lot of opportunity there, and it plays into core technologies that we have in-house.

So that's a really good question, and it is a key element in our strategy in broad markets is to do more and raise the bar there on overall WiFi performance.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Tristan Gerra with Baird. Sir, your line is open.

Tristan Gerra -- Baird -- Analyst

Hi. Good afternoon. So you've talked about the strength and opportunities in the Android ecosystem. A few years ago, you really had a greenfield of opportunities in the three to six gigahertz range, notably at your key customer.

So how should we look at the competitive landscape now with Qualcomm recently announced Ultra RS in the sub-70 gig range, MediaTek also getting in that segment. So it feels like that three to six gig segment is where you've gained a significant share a few years ago starting to get more crowded. And I'm wondering whether there could be ramifications of that, including in the Android ecosystem.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I mean we're actually in a pretty significant growth path with the bulk acoustic wave filtering technology that would populate the three to six gig range. We also have a great deal of know-how and complexity on both transmit and receive and also the way to integrate the complexity around that. So when you're dealing with the high-end smartphones that would demand that kind of performance, you got to have the isolation, you've got to have the form fit and factor to integrate all of that.

Because you're going to carry all of the existing 4G ,5G stuff around it, and then you have to populate when you get to three to six gig, there's going to be some additional filtering. And that has to all be coexisting in a way that makes perfect sense within the device itself, current consumption, etc., size, and scale. So we know how to do that. There's absolutely no gap at all, and we are populating three to six gig now.

And as we mentioned, our BAW filter technology is very robust, extremely competitive in populating some of the most iconic highest-performing phones today. So that same recipe can scale across Android, can go to the highest end, Smartphones, can find itself in applications that are not mobile applications like automotive, for example. So we have the keys for that. So that's something to work on.

The market, in some cases, is just starting to demand this technology. In some cases, the market has been behind the technology. But now we're starting to see the intersection with the high-performance technology and the needs of the consumer and the market together. And I think that's where things really are going to accelerate.

Tristan Gerra -- Baird -- Analyst

OK. Great. And then as a quick follow-up, obviously, you have opportunities for content increases and share gains. How do you look at the inventory situation in China smartphone OEMs? And is that something we should get concerned over the next few quarters?

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. for us, we don't see anything -- I mean, there's some bumpiness there, but not in the portfolios that we're driving right now. We keep a very, very lean view of our products. And Kris mentioned it in terms of our days of inventory, etc., we're very -- we're not a big distribution play.

We're kind of like we go direct. So we have a very clear view of where the demand is, where the products are. And for the most part, things have been kind of short in terms of supply chain, which has limited some of our customers and created some imbalance. I think some of that's getting ironed out now.

With Skyworks, as you know, we -- the lion's share of our business is done in-house. We have our own gallium arsenide technology. We have our own TC-SAW, standard SAW, bulk acoustic wave, assembly and test, all that stuff is in-house. So we're able to execute extremely well even if the conditions are choppy out there in the supply chain.

So there can be some movement around that. But we feel very good about our ability to execute in that way.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Kevin Cassidy with Rosenblatt Securities. Sir, your line is open.

Kevin Cassidy -- Rosenblatt Securities -- Analyst

Thank you. Thanks for taking my question. I'm just -- we're getting a lot of information around input costs going up. And I wonder how you're controlling that.

It looks like even your opex stays kind of flat next quarter, but also just for all your manufacturing. How are you controlling input costs? And what's the outlook for the rest of the year?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Kevin, I mean, this is not a Skyworks specific issue. There's definitely some input cost increases. But as Liam just said, I mean, we control a lot of our own supply chain. And we have -- most of the supply chain is actually in-house.

Now we still do buy some third-party materials, and we have seen some increases there as well. But if you look at the gross margins, I mean, we have been able to slightly improve our gross margins, in part because we do have also a dynamic pricing policy. And that means we increase or decrease prices where we can, depending on our competitive landscape and depending on certain increases or decreases in our cost structure as well.

Kevin Cassidy -- Rosenblatt Securities -- Analyst

OK. Great. And just a reminder on the I&A business that you just acquired, what's the manufacturing strategy with that for the longer term?

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I mean right now, we are still operating in kind of the fabless play, although still leveraging our teams in a way that's very cohesive. But there's definitely operational scale advantages with bringing some of the core technologies from the I&A lab business in the core Skyworks facilities. I mean, I think that's -- well, we know, I mean, that's something we're working on right now.

And it is 100% in our control. We don't need help for it. We know exactly what we need to do. We just need to get it done.

And we'll do a lot of things, because it will open up the portfolio greatly. There'll be more scale to drive the products. And there's also, as I said earlier, a great synergy with the technologies that we have today and how they can dovetail with the I&A business, but also the very, very large roster of customers that the slab I&A business has that we can generate and engage our customers today with them. So there's going to be some great synergy there, upside synergy around revenue, and also synergy around operations.

So looking forward to seeing that more as we pursue the business longer.

Operator

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes today's question-and-answer session. I'll now turn the call back over to Mr. Griffin for any closing comments.

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you all for participating on today's call. We look forward to talking to you at upcoming investor events. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 52 minutes

Call participants:

Mitch Haws -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Liam Griffin -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Gary Mobley -- Well Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity -- Analyst

Craig Ellis -- B. Riley Financial -- Analyst

Brett Simpson -- Arete Research -- Analyst

Tristan Gerra -- Baird -- Analyst

Kevin Cassidy -- Rosenblatt Securities -- Analyst

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