Skyworks Introduces RF Front End Solutions for 5G-NR Devices

Skyworks has launched its first family of products to enable 5G connectivity. The Sky5 platform is an advanced wireless engine, which include highly integrated, high performance transmit/receive front-end solutions as well as diversity receive (DRx) modules, are designed specifically for new spectrum in the sub-6 GHz range. These modules are baseband agnostic and compliant with 3GPP standards. Future products will include modules that address eLAA and C-V2X applications in the same frequency ranges.

To meet early demand for sub-6 GHz 5G new radio (NR) usage cases, Skyworks is leveraging its vast technology portfolio to meet requirements for low, mid, high, and ultra-high cellular frequency bands. Through its powerful SkyBlue enabling technology, these modules also provide industry-leading power efficiency. All Sky5 solutions support the new 5G waveforms and spectrum in addition to enhanced carrier aggregation and dual connectivity (4G/5G) while delivering exceptional levels of integration and performance.

According to Ericsson’s June 2017 Mobility Report, 15 percent of the world's population is expected to be using 5G by 2022. North America is expected to be first to adoption 5G technology with a quarter of all mobile subscriptions in the region to be on 5G by 2022.

The GSMA reports that 60 percent of the world’s population is already covered by 4G networks and more than 2.5 billion individuals are connected to 3G or 4G networks and services. LTE-Advanced networks will form the foundation for rapid rollout of 5G, providing both networks and platforms to further digitize economies and societies.

All Sky5 solutions offer MIPI interface and are highly flexible with customizable architectures that deliver breakthrough performance, footprint and power efficiency. Initial products of the Sky5 platform include:

  • SKY78250 – A 5G NR power amplifier module with integrated filtering and dual path low-noise amplifiers (LNA) supporting N77, N78, N79 and B42, B43, B48 bands. This device also utilizes SkyBlue™ technology and integrates a dual antenna output.
  • SKY97005 – A 5G NR diversity receive module with integrated filtering and dual-path LNAs supporting N77, N78, N79 and B42, B43, B48 bands. This device also incorporates a dual antenna interface.
  • SKY85762 – An eLAA front-end module with a dual-mode power amplifier and simultaneous LAA/Wi-Fi receive functionality (planned release late 2018).
  • SKY85761 – A cellular Vehicular-to-Everything (C-V2X) front-end module with Class 2 power and integrated gain control (planned release late 2018).

Click here to learn more about the Sky5 platform from Skyworks.