13 September 2017
Skyworks’ SkyOne Ultra front-end and DRx diversity receive modules powering 4G LTE connectivity in M2M applications
Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) says that its SkyOne Ultra 2.5 and diversity receive (DRx) modules for mobile applications have been adopted by leading machine-to-machine (M2M) module manufacturers to provide high-speed 4G LTE capability. The fully integrated and tested systems, packaged in extremely small form factors, are enabling M2M suppliers including Fibocom, Sierra Wireless, and Telit to extend plug & play, high-speed cellular connectivity across Internet of Things (IoT) products and applications — in any global region and on any wireless network.
SkyOne Ultra 2.5 covers more than 20 LTE frequency bands in a complete front-end solution; inclusive of power amplification, duplex filtering and antenna switching. DRx improves receiver sensitivity and cell edge performance while addressing all major downlink carrier aggregation combinations. The highly differentiated solution integrates low-noise amplification, receive filtering, and band switching. By supporting global and regionally optimized stock-keeping units (SKUs) in the same PCB footprint, the platforms enable cost-effective, high-performance architectures with flexibility.
“As always-on connectivity proliferates from mobile to the IoT, including M2M applications, there is an increasing demand for fully integrated, turnkey systems that can effectively connect everyone and everything, all the time,” says VP of sales & marketing Carlos Bori. “We’re excited to leverage our scale and technology leadership in mobile to accelerate the adoption of high-speed cellular functionality in a growing number of new and innovative markets that depend on seamless wireless connectivity.”
According to a recent Cisco VNI report, M2M will be one of the fastest-growing mobile connection vehicles as global IoT applications continue to gain traction in consumer and business environments. Cisco forecasts that, globally, M2M connections will increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 34% from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021. Further, M2M mobile connections will exceed a quarter of total devices and connections by 2021, as devices evolve from 2G to 3G, 4G and higher technologies.