RF front-end module boosts range for smart metering, energy, IoT designs

September 16, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Skyworks has introduced a highly integrated 470 to 510 MHz front-end module (FEM) for smart energy, smart metering (electric, gas, water, heat), security, RFID, industrial and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications in the 470 – 510 MHz range.

The SKY66115-11 FEM operates over a range of supply voltages (2.5 to 3.6V) at low power consumption, and comes in a 4 x 4 x 0.9 mm, 16-pin multichip module outline. Its extended range more than doubles when compared to a standalone system-on-chip solution. A video clip describing its features is here. The device offers transmit output power od +20 dBm. The company notes that its RF characteristics enable its use with multiple wireless standards that operate in the band concerned.

To enhance the range and RF performance for solutions addressing the Internet of Things applications, and in particular, metering in the Chinese market, Texas Instruments and Skyworks partnered for product creation. The combination of the SKY66115-11 with TI’s CC1310 wireless MCU addresses needs for long-range, low-power and cost-effective solutions. For more information regarding the CC130; http://www.ti.com/product/cc1310

 

Skyworks; http://www.skyworksinc.com/