Skyworks Introduces World’s Most Efficient Front-end Solution for IoT Applications

Skyworks has launched a suite of new high performance, fully integrated front-end modules targeting the rapidly expanding Internet of Things market. These modules target applications including the connected home, industrial automation and energy management, among others.

These new modules are the first in a series of solutions powering multimode operation for next generation Bluetooth, Thread and ZigBee wireless networking protocols. When paired with System on a Chip (SoC) platforms, the devices deliver efficient wireless solutions, maximizing battery life while simultaneously increasing the transmission range with improved power. To date, several leading SoC providers are leveraging high performance front-end modules from Skyworks as part of their reference designs.

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. Skyworks front-end modules support multiple protocols, including the soon to be launched Bluetooth 5, while also addressing the most popular broadband platforms and Internet of Things applications.

In a recent report, ABI Research has forecast 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 are a multitude of new opportunities in nearly every vertical market. Analysts forecast the global ZigBee home automation market alone to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 26 percent from 2016-2020.

The SKY66112-11 is a multimode front-end module that provides integrated inter-stage matching and a harmonic filter, with digital controls compatible with CMOS. The device operates over a wide supply voltage range from 1.2 V to 3.6 V, 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 is showcasing its Internet of Things product portfolio at electronica 2016 at the moment.