Microwave Journal

Skyworks Unveils New Category of Wi-Fi Solutions

Category of Wi-Fi Solutions

October 31, 2017

Skyworks Solutions introduced the first product in a new family of highly integrated wireless networking solutions for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. The new SkyOne® Wi-Fi suite combines Skyworks’ integration expertise and advanced 802.11ac technology to provide customers with a comprehensive front-end module in a single placement, compact footprint. Specifically, these new products incorporate all key radio frequency blocks between the Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC) and the antenna, unburdening customers of the complex RF design challenges, while reducing time-to-market. This unique platform significantly improves Wi-Fi system performance compared to other standard SoC platforms and mitigates interference with other radios, extending operating range and increasing throughput to greatly improve the user experience.

Skyworks SKY85812-11 Wi-Fi FEMThe SKY85812-11, the first in the SkyOne® Wi-Fi series of products, is currently shipping in flagship platforms globally with a top tier smartphone manufacturer and is available for sampling and production. The SKY85812-11 is a dual-band front-end module incorporating a 5 GHz bypass low noise amplifier with single-pole, double-throw transmit/receive switch and a 2.4 GHz bypass low noise amplifier with single-pole, triple-throw switch, with a Bluetooth® port for Wi-Fi antenna sharing. The SKY85812-11 also includes a 2 GHz LTE coexistence filter and diplexer — all in a compact 16-pin, 3 mm x 3 mm package.

According to ABI Research, more than 20 billion Wi-Fi chipsets are expected to be shipped between 2016 and 2021, particularly as Wi-Fi solutions expand beyond their traditional usage applications, frequency bands, device types and performance requirements. ABI expects more than 95 percent of devices shipped in 2021 to support 5 GHz Wi-Fi, signifying increased spectrum sharing with cellular technologies.

David Stasey, general manager and vice president of Diversified Analog Solutions at Skyworks, said, “Today’s mobile and IoT devices are now supporting up to 20 bands and require both seamless and robust Wi-Fi functionality to meet growing requirements from carrier offload, voice over IP and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Building upon our highly successful SkyOne cellular platforms, Skyworks is now pleased to offer Wi-Fi solutions that deliver optimum levels of integration and performance.”