High-power FEMs for ultra-fast Wi-Fi 6E applications

High-power FEMs for ultra-fast Wi-Fi 6E applications

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Skyworks has introduced two new front-end modules (FEMs) for high-power Wi-Fi 6E networking applications, including indoor and outdoor networking, and wireless video streaming.

The SKY85784-11 features extremely low EVM floor while simultaneously providing ultra-high linear output power that can meet the regulatory limit, therefore improving overall range coverage. The SKY85780-11, a high-performance FEM, claims to be the only product on the market to maximize distance and throughput within FCC maximum output power limit.

Both highly integrated FEMs incorporate a single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) transmit/receive (T/R) switch, a high-gain low-noise amplifier (LNA) with bypass, and a PA intended for high-power Wi-Fi 6E applications and systems. The device is provided in a compact, 24-pin 3- x 5-mm package, which can reduce the front-end board space by more than 50 percent.

Recently, Skyworks announced that its high-performance Wi-Fi 6E front-end modules have been designed into the first ultra-fast Wi-Fi 6E gaming router from ASUS. Utilizing the FCC’s newly allocated 6~7 GHz extended band to double the capacity of traditional Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi 6E standard enables faster connectivity and supports an increased number of connected users meeting the unprecedented demand for increased video conferencing, online gaming, streaming TV, AR/VR, home security cameras and online exercise apps. An established leader in the networking market, ASUS is the first to deliver the increased and wider bandwidth 160 MHz channels of Wi-Fi 6E with its ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 gaming router.

A report from ABI Research expects 1.4 billion Wi-Fi 6E chipset shipments by 2025, while also noting that the addition of the 6 GHz band is coming at a critical time as home Wi-Fi communications face increased data demand, with operators worldwide having reported major surges in Wi-Fi traffic. The addition of the 6 GHz band will help provide faster Wi-Fi with less interference, ensuring that this increased use of home Wi-Fi can be supported with high-quality connectivity.

Wi-Fi 6E product’s from Skyworks expedite time-to-market by incorporating all the required functionality to deliver the maximum-allowed performance and contain a logarithmic power detector to support wide dynamic ranges, low power consumption and improved thermal management. Our Wi-Fi 6E wireless products are enabling faster download and upload speeds along with enhanced coverage, highly reliable connectivity in dense traffic areas and improved power efficiency.

Designed with three concurrent frequency bands of operation and 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 supports speeds of up to 11 gigabit-per-second and features WAN aggregation for wired connectivity up to 2 gigabit-per-second. With 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 and a 2.5 gigabit-per-second wired LAN port, both wired and wireless networks can achieve sustained speeds of more than 1 gigabit-per-second, bringing true multi-gigabit performance to life. Bringing the industry-leading design to life, the GT-AXE11000 leverages Skyworks’ latest 6 GHz front-end modules to maximize RF performance in signal coverage, quality and power efficiency.

“This year people have been spending more time than ever at home working, learning and playing, and for gamers this has also meant seeking out the latest and greatest gear to level up their play,” said Ten-Long Deng, corporate vice president of ASUS. “Leveraging Skyworks’ vast experience developing cutting-edge technologies has enabled us to bring true multi-gigabit performance to life for those looking to gain an advantage while upgrading their gaming experiences with the new ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000.”

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