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Skyworks launches efficient front-end for IoT applications

William Payne
November 10, 2016

Massachusetts based analogue semiconductor manufacturer Skyworks Solutions has launched a new range of integrated front-end modules targeting the Internet of Things market, including the connected home, industrial automation and energy management. The new modules are designed to extend battery life, more than double transmission range of wireless devices, and support next generation Bluetooth, Thread and ZigBee standards.

Skyworks’ newest modules are the first in a series of solutions designed to power multi-mode operation for next generation Bluetooth, Thread and ZigBee wireless networking protocols. 

When paired with System on a Chip (SoC) platforms, the devices are designed to maximise battery life while simultaneously increasing the transmission range with improved power. 

According to Skyworks, several leading SoC providers are already implementing these front-end modules 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,” said John O’Neill, vice president of marketing for Skyworks. “Skyworks is pleased to be 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.”

Skyworks is targeting the opportunity it says has been created 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. This has, it says in a statement, created a multitude of new opportunities in nearly every vertical market.

The SKY66112-11 is designed as a multimode front-end module providing an integrated inter-stage matching and 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.