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Skyworks expands LTE for IoT

William Payne
January 12, 2017
Analogue semiconductor firm Skyworks Solutions has launched a new range of LTE Category M-1 and NB-1 front-end solutions for machine-to-machine and Internet of Things applications requiring embedded cellular connectivity. 

Skyworks’ newest multiband modules use half-duplex RF operation to deliver an integrated, turn-key solution that addresses Release 13 specifications of the 3GPP LTE standard. 

The modules are designed to provide dependable, secure, low power connectivity in a compact package. 

The products aim to allow OEMs to simplify the design process, shorten development time, meet operator requirements worldwide and significantly accelerate time to market.

“With leading cellular network operators announcing plans to enable the latest IoT standards on their networks in 2017, Skyworks is pleased to be pushing the performance envelope and offering our customers a single SKU, low-cost LTE solution that operates over multiple frequency bands and supports migration from 2G,” said Carlos Bori, vice president of sales and marketing for Skyworks. “Skyworks’ modules are powering wireless cellular communications for applications such as wearables, action cameras, smart meters and other consumer IoT devices requiring LTE connectivity as well as paving the way for 5G machine-to-machine communication networks.”

According to GSMA, cellular machine-to-machine connections are expected to grow from approximately 300 million devices today to as many as two billion by 2020. More broadly, IHS forecasts the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15 billion devices in 2015 to 31 billion devices in 2020.