Skyworks Unveils New LTE Front-End Modules for IoT Applications

Skyworks Solutions -- Picture of IoT connected drone using Skyworks LTE Front-End Modules

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. unveiled its next generation LTE Category M-1 and NB-1 front-end solutions aimed at Internet of Things and machine-to-machine applications that require embedded cellular connectivity.
Skyworks says its newest multiband modules employ half-duplex RF operation to deliver an integrated, turn-key solution that addresses Release 13 specifications of the 3GPP LTE standard.

According to Skyworks, the new compact multiband modules provide dependable, secure connectivity using low power. The company says that innovative modules can enable OEMs to simplify the design process, shorten development time, as well as meet operator requirements worldwide, and significantly reduce 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.”

About Skyworks’ LTE Front-end Modules for IoT

The SKY68000, which was launched earlier in 2016, is a hybrid RF front-end (RFFE) module supporting cellular LTE bands 4 and 13 for Category M-1 and NB-1 (half-duplex) transceiver platforms.

The SKY68001 is a hybrid, universal multiband RFFE module that supports cellular LTE Category M-1 and NB-1 (half-duplex) transceiver platforms covering more than 15 bands.

The SKY68011 is a hybrid, multiband RFFE module supporting cellular LTE for Category M-1 and NB-1 (half-duplex) transceiver platforms covering more than eight bands.

Engineering samples are now available with beginning production scheduled for first half of 2017.