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Skyworks Solutions has unveiled its 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 × 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.

The SKY5−9256-701LF advanced aperture tuner features reliable linear operation and extremely low Ron (1.1 ohm) and Coff (145 fF) to deliver superior antenna performance, allowing system designers to recover the 1.5 to 3 dB gain degradation caused by shrinking antenna sizes. The MIPI®-controlled, 16-state capability of the tuner also gives engineers the ability to combine arms for even smaller Ron and Coff. Excellent harmonics are delivered throughout the operating range, assisting customers with achieving RSE requirements and passing certification.

The Skyworks family of aperture tuners offers VPEAK ratings from 35 to 80 V, allowing customers to choose the aperture tuner that is right for each specific application.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Woburn, Mass.
+1 781 376 3000