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25 September 2018

Skyworks validates Sky5 platform for 5G NR bands

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Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which makes analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) says that new solutions from its flagship Sky5 platform have been validated to enable the fast-approaching rollout of 5G.

The firm has launched several products for 5G New Radio (NR) bands n77, n78 and n79 – frequencies that mobile operators plan to use to deploy next-generation cellular services. These devices represent the latest additions to Skyworks’ expanding portfolio of connectivity solutions specifically designed to operate across all 5G NR spectrums worldwide.

Skyworks has supported several live demonstrations with Sky5, authenticating performance to the new 5G NR standards (3GPP Release 15). In particular, the Sky5 suite exceeded compliance for power, efficiency, error vector magnitude and spectral emission requirements – all of which can be further enhanced using wideband digital pre-distortion techniques.

“Our innovative Sky5 platform is enabling up to a 100x increase in data transfer speeds versus 4G/LTE, near zero latency and expanded carrier capacity,” says Joel King, VP & general manager of Mobile Solutions for Skyworks. “Leveraging our systems expertise and operational scale, we are streamlining architectural complexities for both network infrastructure and user equipment to drive unprecedented mobile data experiences across a wide range of end-market applications,” he adds.

According to the GSM Association, 5G will primarily support enhanced mobile broadband in early deployments. Other usage cases for massive Internet of Things (IoT) and critical communications will follow as operators seek to address incremental opportunities, principally in key enterprise verticals. By 2025, the GSMA expects 5G connections to reach 1.1 billion and forecasts overall operator revenue to reach $1.3 trillion.

Second 5G white paper

Skyworks has issued its second 5G white paper ‘5G New Radio Solutions: Revolutionary Applications Here Sooner Than You Think’, which expands on its initial publication ‘5G in Perspective: A Pragmatic Guide to What’s Next’ and offers an in-depth exploration of 5G challenges and opportunities as well as practical connectivity solutions.

Skyworks says that it is leveraging its technology experience to meet system requirements for low, mid, high and ultra-high cellular frequency bands. All Sky5 solutions support new 5G waveforms and spectrum in addition to enhanced carrier aggregation and 4G/5G dual connectivity while delivering high levels of integration and performance. The highly flexible, customizable architectures deliver what is claimed to be breakthrough performance, footprint and power efficiency with 100MHz CP-OFDM modulation. Select standard Sky5 products include:

  • SKY5-8250 – 5G NR transmit/receive module with integrated wideband filter;
  • SKY5-3728 – 5G NR diversity receive module with integrated filtering and dual-path low-noise amplifiers (LNAs);
  • SKY5-5811 – LAA receive module with integrated bypass LNA; and
  • SKY5-9256 – 4 x SPST shunt MIPI antenna tuning switch.

See related items:

Skyworks launches 5G antenna tuning solutions

Skyworks unveils suite of Sky5 solutions for 5G wireless communications

Skyworks launches Sky5 platform for 5G global communications

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