Wireless semiconductor company Skyworks and analog and mixed-signal semiconductors supplier Semtech have introduced a reference design for low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN). The SKY66423-SX1261 combines Semtech’s LoRa Connect SX1261 transceiver with Skyworks’ SKY66423 front-end module (FEM) for use in a variety of industrial and smart city applications.
The proliferation of wireless devices operating in the industrial, science and medical (ISM) bands contributes to noise interference and creates reliability challenges for long-range and power-sensitive applications. By increasing the transmit output power and reducing the receiver’s system noise figure, the SKY66423-SX1261 addresses these challenges and is offered as providing an effective solution for industrial IoT deployments using LoRaWAN.
The LoRaWAN specification is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national or global networks, and targets key Internet of Things (IoT) requirements such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services. LoRa Connect sub-GHz radio transceivers are ideal for long range wireless applications and are highly configurable to meet different applications’ requirements utilizing the global LoRaWAN standard. The SKY66423-SX1261 meets the extended range and power efficiency needs of security, automation, industrial, smart city and connected home applications.
“Our long-standing collaboration with Skyworks allowed us to develop a proven reference design that is compliant with the LoRaWAN specification to meet the needs of smart home and smart city applications like security, automation and tracking,” says Marc Pégulu, vice president and general manager for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “The SKY66423-SX1261 readily addresses the challenges of range coverage and power efficiency for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city applications through harnessing Semtech’s LoRa devices for its robust, long range capabilities.”
Stefan Fulga, senior director of marketing for IoT and Emerging Markets at Skyworks says, “This latest design uniquely leverages our collective technologies in support of next-generation LPWAN deployments. Our strategic collaboration continues to produce innovative solutions that fuel our portfolio expansion across industrial IoT, smart city and smart home applications.”
The SKY66423-SX1261 Reference Design and Evaluation Kit is available now.