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9 October 2012

Skyworks begins volume shipments of ZigBee FEMs for home automation, smart energy and security applications

Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures high-reliability analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has commenced volume shipments of several medium to high-power ZigBee front-end solutions for smart meters, home automation, security sensors and gateway applications.

“Skyworks is delighted to be offering best-in-class ZigBee front-end solutions that are enabling exciting consumer applications such a home monitoring, security and energy management from a smartphone,” said Liam K. Griffin, executive VP & general manager of high performance analog. “We believe we are in the early innings of what will be an enormous market opportunity as seemingly everything within the home becomes connected.”

According to market analyst companies ABI and Berg Insight, the combined revenue from the smart metering, home automation and home energy management market segment is forecasted to generate more than $44bn in 2016. The overall revenue potential of the smart home is expected to be even higher as devices from the entertainment, health and home security sectors also become connected, adds Skyworks.

Skyworks’ SE2431L and SE2432L are 2.4GHz, high performance and fully integrated RF FEMs designed for ZigBee/smart energy and 802.15.4 applications. The FEMs are designed for ease of use and maximum flexibility, with integrated inter-stage matching and harmonic filter, and digital controls compatible with 1.6–3.6V complementary metal oxide semiconductor levels. The RF blocks operate over a supply voltage range from 2.0 to 3.6V, allowing the devices to be used in battery-powered applications over a wide spectrum of the battery discharge curve.

Skyworks’ ZigBee/smart energy front-end modules are currently available for both sampling and production.

Tags: Skyworks RF FEMS ZigBee


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