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13 November 2018

Skyworks deploys 5G infrastructure solutions enabling high-capacity small-cell and massive MIMO platforms

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Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which makes analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) says that it is ramping 5G small-cell and massive MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) solutions that significantly enhance network efficiency, delivering higher capacity with greater coverage.

As small cells are low-power, easy-to-implement radio access points that operate in both licensed and unlicensed spectrums with a typical range of 10m to several hundred meters, mobile operators are utilizing a scalable grid of small cells to facilitate powerful, high-speed connectivity in support of data intensive and quickly emerging 5G applications. Skyworks says that its portfolio creates viable new options for cellular and wireless providers to cost-effectively address mounting system requirements.

“Skyworks’ leading small-cell architectures are enabling high-density platforms, creating faster, more robust communication and, in turn, expanding carrier capacity,” states David Stasey, VP & general manager of diversified analog solutions. “We are bringing next-generation networks closer to subscribers while at the same time partnering with smartphone manufacturers via our innovative Sky5 suite. Our comprehensive approach across both infrastructure and user equipment uniquely positions us to empower end-to-end 5G connectivity,” he reckons.

Skyworks says that its engines deliver the performance required for 5G, providing greater overall system efficiency and wide instantaneous bandwidth capability. The firm’s complete 5G base-station portfolio encompasses small-cell amplifiers, circulators, high-performance low-noise amplifiers and high-isolation switches. Select products include:

  • SKY67150-396LF – 300-2200MHz ultra low-noise amplifier;
  • SKY66313-11 – 3.4-3.6MHz wide instantaneous bandwidth high efficiency power amplifier;
  • SKYFR-001705 – 4400-5000MHz single-junction robust lead circulator; and
  • SKY13372-467LF – 0.1-6.0GHz high isolation SPDT absorptive switch.

The small-cell market will grow from $13bn in 2017 to more than $58bn by 2024, forecasts Research and Markets.

Skyworks is exhibiting in Hall C3, Booth 120 at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany (12-16 November).

See related items:

Skyworks validates Sky5 platform for 5G NR bands

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