Such antenna tuning devices help in maintaining smartphone power efficiency and battery life, particularly as signal processing complexity continues to rise with the onset of 5G, says the company. With new features such as 4×4 multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO), and 5G new radio (NR) being added to smartphones, next-generation architectures must embed significantly more antennas – from four to seven antennas to support future data demand versus the two to four average antenna count within today’s platforms.
“Skyworks is at the forefront of developing breakthrough solutions for revolutionary 5G applications,” says Carlos Bori, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Skyworks. “With best-in-class performance, our antenna tuners are playing a pivotal role in enabling 4×4 MIMO-capable mobile devices as global demand for emerging 5G applications is set to explode.”
The SKY5-9256-701LF advanced aperture tuner is offered as featuring reliable linear operation and extremely low Ron (1.1 ohm) and Coff (145 fF), allowing system designers to recover the 1.5 to 3 dB gain degradation caused by shrinking antenna sizes. Its MIPI-controlled, 16-state capability also gives engineers the ability to combine arms for even smaller Ron and Coff.
Excellent harmonics are delivered throughout the operating range, says the company, assisting customers with achieving RSE requirements and passing certification. The solutions are currently in production and samples are available by contacting the company.