Skyworks Solutions says its family of RFICs for the latest generation Wi-Fi — 802.11ax, branded Wi-Fi 6 — are designed in access points and gateways from Arris, Asus, D-Link, Netgear, Ruckus and TP-Link and all of the latest Wi-Fi 6 routers named in a recent CNET article.

Wi-Fi 6 is the newest 802.11 wireless standard, providing data rates up to 30 percent faster than the previous 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 5 protocol. The new standard is designed to accommodate environments with many users, including the growing number of devices found in today’s homes.

Skyworks’ RFICs support this enhanced functionality with improved linearity and small footprints. The power amplifiers contain a logarithmic power detector to handle the dynamic range, minimize power consumption and aid thermal performance.

Products in Skyworks’ Wi-Fi 6 portfolio include:

  • 2.4 GHz high power WLAN power amplifier (PA) — SKY85006-11.
  • 2.4 GHz receive front-end module (FEM) with integrated SPDT switch and low-noise amplifier (LNA) — SKY85216-11.
  • 2.4 GHz high power WLAN FEM with SPDT transmit/receive switch, LNA with bypass and PA. — SKY85331-11 and SKY85333-11.
  • 5 GHz WLAN FEM with SPDT transmit/receive switch, LNA with bypass and PA — SKY85743-21, SKY85747-11 and SKY85755-11.
“Faster, more reliable and efficient Wi-Fi coverage is becoming increasingly important as more and more devices and users are connected in smart homes. Our portfolio of high performance solutions provides our customers with all the required functionality to deliver maximum Wi-Fi range and speeds to address the need for always-on connectivity.” — Dave Stasey, vice president and general manager of diversified analog solutions for Skyworks

According to ABI Research, Wi-Fi 6 chipset shipments are expected to grow from approximately 127 million units in 2019 to close to 2 billion units by 2024, representing a compound annual growth rate of approximately 73 percent.