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8 November 2016

Skyworks launches fully integrated front-end modules for Internet of Things applications

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has launched a suite of fully integrated front-end modules targeting the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market including the connected home, industrial automation and energy management.

The newest modules are the first in a series of solutions powering multi-mode operation for next-generation Bluetooth, Thread and ZigBee wireless networking protocols. When paired with system-on-a-chip (SoC) platforms, the devices deliver an efficient wireless solution, maximizing battery life while simultaneously increasing the transmission range with improved power. To date, several leading SoC providers are leveraging the front-end modules as part of their reference designs, says Skyworks.

"With consumers and enterprises requiring seamless connectivity, there is strong market demand for highly integrated, performance-driven analog solutions delivering significantly improved range and battery life," says John O'Neill, VP of marketing. Skyworks is offering "the first front-end modules that support multiple protocols, including the soon to be launched Bluetooth 5, while also addressing the most popular broadband platforms and Internet of Things applications," he adds.

In a recent report, ABI Research has forecast that the global wireless connectivity market (excluding cellular connectivity) will reach more than 10 billion annual IC shipments by 2021. With the introduction of Bluetooth mesh functionality, evolving Wi-Fi protocols, enhancements to 802.15.4 (such as ZigBee 3.0 and Thread) and the development of multi-protocol SoC solutions, there is a multitude of new opportunities in nearly every vertical market. Analysts forecast that the global ZigBee home automation market alone will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% over 2016-2020.

The SKY66112-11 is designed for ease of use and maximum flexibility. The multimode front-end module provides an integrated inter-stage matching and harmonic filter, with digital controls compatible with CMOS. The device operates over a wide supply voltage range of 1.2-3.6V, allowing it to be used in battery-powered applications over a broad spectrum of the battery discharge curve.

The SKY66112-11 is currently available for sampling and production. Skyworks will be highlighting its Internet of Things product portfolio in booth 557 (hall A4) at the electronica 2016 trade fair in Muncih, Germany (8-11 November).

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Visit: www.skyworksinc.com/Product/3152/SKY66112-11

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