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Skyworks SKY66114-11 block diagram

Skyworks' Latest Front-End Module for Bluetooth® Low Energy / 802.15.4 / Thread / ZigBee®

January 17, 2018

Skyworks has introduced the SKY66114-11, its latest 2.4 GHz fully-integrated RF front-end module (FEM), supporting Bluetooth® Low Energy/Bluetooth® Smart, 802.15.4, Thread and ZigBee® protocols. According to Skyworks, this high performance device is the world’s most efficient and longest range solution for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, especially within the connected home, wearables and industrial markets.

The SKY66114-11 extends range more than 4x and delivers a receive sensitivity improvement of up to 7 dB when compared to a standalone system on a chip (SoC). This compact solution — in a 16-pin, 2.4 mm x 2.4 mm x 0.8 mm package — includes a high gain, low-noise amplifier; transmit power amplifier with transmit bypass path; and digital controls. It operates over a wide supply voltage range, from 1.7 to 3.6 V, allowing use in many battery-powered applications. The FEM has fast on and off switching times, <800 ns, for rapid timing and multiprotocol arbitration.

The SKY66114-11 can be used in a wide array of applications, including voice assistants, sensors, beacons, smart watches, thermostats, wireless cameras/headphones, medical pendants and hearing aids.