Skyworks expands LTE solutions for IoT applications

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Skyworks Solutions has introduced its next generation LTE Category M-1 and NB-1 front-end solutions targeting machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications requiring embedded cellular connectivity.

The new multiband modules leverage half-duplex RF operation to deliver a highly integrated, turn-key solution that addresses Release 13 specifications of the 3GPP LTE standard – providing dependable, secure, low power connectivity in a compact package. These innovative products help OEMs to simplify the design process, shorten development time, meet operator requirements worldwide and significantly accelerate time to market.

Skyworks Solutions is a global manufacturer of high-performance analogue semiconductors, and has engineering, marketing, operations, sales and support facilities located throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Carlos Bori, vice president of sales and marketing for Skyworks, said: “With leading cellular network operators announcing plans to enable the latest IoT standards on their networks in 2017, Skyworks is pleased to be pushing the performance envelope and offering our customers a single SKU, low-cost LTE solution that operates over multiple frequency bands and supports migration from 2G. Skyworks’ modules are powering wireless cellular communications for applications such as wearables, action cameras, smart meters and other consumer IoT devices requiring LTE connectivity as well as paving the way for 5G machine-to-machine communication networks.”

GSMA has predicted the cellular M2M connections to grow from approximately 300 million devices at present to as many as two billion by 2020, while IHS estimates the IoT market to grow from an installed base of 15 billion devices in 2015 to 31 billion devices in 2020.

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