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24 May 2016

Skyworks launches amplifier family for small-cell infrastructure market, targeting 5G

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has launched a suite of high-performance amplifiers specifically addressing the rapidly growing small-cell infrastructure market.

As mobile devices and applications supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) transition to 5G technologies, there will be an immediate and substantial increase in network load and an unprecedented deployment of small-cell systems to help improve network performance, says Skyworks. The firm's newest products hence provide infrastructure OEMs with an entire portfolio of solutions for next-generation global cellular networks that address multiple bands.

The new SKY66184-11, SKY66185-11 and SKY66186-11 are compact devices designed for FDD/TDD small-cell base-stations and cover major LTE bands. High gain and high linearity for optimal performance with what is claimed to be excellent output return loss make them easy to use and minimize the number of external components. The solutions include an integrated coupler for output power monitoring and only require a single 3.3V power supply.

"Skyworks is enabling small-cell infrastructure OEMs to radically simplify their system architecture," says David Stasey, VP & general manager of Diversified Analog Solutions for Skyworks. "Specifically, our innovative devices meet stringent band requirements in the global landscape and provide our customers with unmatched amplifier efficiency and a lower bill of materials," he claims. "As a result, service providers and consumers can enjoy better network efficiency and lower costs." 

According to a February estimate by the Small Cell Forum, the global small-cell market is estimated to grow from $1bn in annual equipment sales in 2015 to $6.7bn by 2020, with small cells accounting for 85% of the radio access network (RAN) hardware in a mobile operator's network.

Skyworks is showcasing its new products and broad market solutions portfolio in booth 1611 at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2016) in San Francisco (24-26 May), including giving live demonstrations of the SKY66184-11.

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Visit: www.ims2016.org

Visit: www.skyworksinc.com/Products/969/Amplifiers_for_Small_Cell_Applications

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