1 March 2017
Skyworks launches family of amplifiers for small-cell market
Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has launched a suite of solutions targeting emerging small-cell applications. The new family of power-efficient amplifiers meet stringent data rate and power consumption requirements for indoor and outdoor network systems. The devices support the world’s most popular frequency bands and can be incorporated in FDD and TDD 4G LTE, 4.5G and 5G systems, as well as the recently launched Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
Currently in production, the SKY6629x family of high-efficiency, 4-watt power amplifiers for enterprise small-cell applications comprises the following: the SKY66299 (1900-2000MHz), SKY66297 (2490-2690MHz), SKY66296 (700-800MHz), SKY66295 (800-900MHz), SKY66294 (2000-2300MHz), SKY66293 (3400-3800MHz), SKY66292 (2300-2400MHz), and SKY66291 (1805-1880MHz).
SpiderCloud Wireless, a provider of small-cell systems whose customers include Verizon, Vodafone and other global operators, has deployed the amplifiers for its Enterprise RAN system. “By utilizing Skyworks' highly efficient solutions, SpiderCloud has further enhanced its market-proven LTE small-cell network platforms, giving mobile operators the ability to deliver unprecedented cellular coverage, capacity and smart applications to enterprises and other customers,” comments Amit Jain, SpiderCloud’s VP of product management and marketing.
“With the addition of these small-cell solutions, Skyworks continues to expand its world class portfolio across another key segment of the wireless ecosystem,” says David Stasey, Skyworks’ VP & general manager of diversified analog solutions. “At a higher level, wireless infrastructure customers are increasingly requiring network-scalable, power-efficient and high-performance RF solutions to meet carrier bandwidth demands,” he adds. “We are well positioned to meet these challenging product requirements in support of global roadmaps, particularly with 5G on the horizon.”
According to a recent MarketandMarkets research report, increasing demand for higher bandwidth spectrum, rising mobile data traffic on present networks, and telecom-based technological growth are all boosting the demand for small-cell networks. The increasing usage of smartphones and data services by consumers has resulted in huge data traffic over the current networks, leading to network congestion and dropped calls. Small cells can offload data from licensed spectrum/unlicensed spectrum by using the combination of technologies such as 2G, 3G, and LTE along with carrier-grade Wi-Fi. As a result, MarketsandMarkets expects the global small-cell networks market to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% from $1.1bn in 2015 to $3.9bn in 2020.