Front-end incorporates all popular 2G, 3G and 4G bands as well as switches and filters

June 27, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Skyworks Solutions has launched a breakthrough front-end system that integrates all RF and analog content between the transceiver and antenna for simplified design within demanding next generation mobile platforms.

Leveraging the company’ silicon integration expertise, advanced manufacturing technologies and proprietary techniques, SkyOne is the first semiconductor device to condense multiband power amplifiers and high throw switches along with all associated filtering, duplexing and control functionality into a single, ultra-compact package - all in less than half the area of the industry’s most advanced approach. At the same time, this groundbreaking solution claims the best linearity and power added efficiency (PAE) for smart RF integration. As a result, SkyOne offers smartphone, tablet and ultrabook OEMs significant board space savings, ease of implementation, performance and time to market advantages.

Even as radio content and complexity continue to rise, consumers are demanding increasingly thinner and lighter mobile platforms with increased talk/data access time. To meet this challenge, SkyOne optimizes performance beyond what is possible with less integrated devices and incorporates all popular 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE protocols enabling seamless global network roaming and extended battery life.

“With the introduction of the SkyOne platform, Skyworks is redefining mobile communications technology,” said Gregory L. Waters, executive vice president and general manager of front-end solutions at Skyworks. “Our breakthrough architecture is the culmination of extensive research and development that leverages Skyworks’ product depth, intellectual property scale and system-level expertise. As OEMs focus on industrial design, application development and marketing, they are increasingly turning to Skyworks to deliver a complete, drop-in front-end solution that optimizes each band and imposes no additional requirements to match components. SkyOne uniquely answers our customers’ design, implementation and time to market needs by ensuring that all RF and analog functionality works in concert.”

The SkyOne family of FEMs integrate the following in a single package: 2G/3G/4G power amplifiers; support for bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17 and 20; quad band GSM/EDGE power amplifiers and filters, all associated duplexer functionality, integrated CMOS switches and control functions; and DCS/PCS Rx filters.

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