Skyworks Solutions has unveiled the latest solutions from its Sky5™ portfolio, the company’s unifying platform enabling 5G applications. Skyworks’ new wideband 16-state antenna aperture tuners are compact and designed to deliver improved efficiency and enhanced bandwidth coverage — from 600 MHz to 6 GHz for LTE Advanced Pro to sub-6 GHz 5G — for a wide range of mobile devices.

Antenna tuning plays a critical role in maintaining smartphone power efficiency and battery life, particularly as signal processing complexity continues to rise with the onset of 5G. With smartphone manufacturers adding new features such as 4 x 4 MIMO and 5G new radio (NR), next-generation architectures must embed significantly more antennas. New bezel-less smartphones integrate anywhere from four to seven antennas to support data demand, versus the two to four average antenna count within today’s platforms. At the same time, the migration to full screen infinity displays and expanded functionality limit the amount of board space available.

Skyworks’ innovative antenna tuning solutions leverage proprietary design and process techniques to help drive antenna performance while meeting stringent linearity demands and size constraints. More information about the new antenna tuning switches is available on Skyworks' website.

“Skyworks is at the forefront of developing breakthrough solutions for revolutionary 5G applications,” said . “With best-in-class performance, our antenna tuners are playing a pivotal role in enabling 4 x 4 MIMO-capable mobile devices as global demand for emerging 5G applications is set to explode.” — Carlos Bori, Skyworks senior vice president of sales and marketing