Sequans Communications has worked with Skyworks Solutions to develop the world’s smallest 5G Massive IoT SiP (system-in-package).
The SKY66431, launched at the electronica tradeshow this week, combines Sequans’ Monarch 2 modem based around the Andes D15 RISC-V processor core with Skyworks’ RF front-end in a ball grid array BGA package that measures 8.8 x 11.3 x 1.585 mm with a 0.5 or 1 mm ball pitch.
Sequans, based in Paris, France, is pitching the SiP at low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) using the narrowband-IoT cellular protocol to boost the battery life and reliability of sensor nodes, utility meters, asset trackers, security and alert systems and other battery-powered devices such as wearable medical and fleet management.
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The SiP supports downloads of 300kbit/s and 1.1Mbit/s uploads using LTE-M with a 1.4 MHz bandwidth and 120.7 kbit/s downloads and 160 kbit/s uploads using NB-IoT with a 200 kHz bandwidth.
The SKY66431 is a highly integrated multi-band, multi-chip SiP with a native 23 dBm front-end module that benefits from Skyworks’ RF design and advanced packaging expertise. The fully encapsulated silver-free conformal shielding helps boost the performance of the IoT nodes.
“As modern connected devices evolve, Skyworks’ extensive expertise within this market and advanced packaging technologies allow us to drive improvements in power consumption, size and advanced connectivity features to meet the rigorous performance requirements of our customers,” said Stefan Fulga, senior director of marketing for IoT and emerging products at Skyworks. “The SKY66431 SiP enables simplified, yet high performance designs that operate reliably worldwide, accelerating time-to-market for our customers.”
“The new SKY66431 SiP is a compelling IoT connectivity solution,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “It is a comprehensive, all-in-one platform combining the technologies of two industry leaders who have included all of the critical components needed in one powerful, tiny SiP that is ideal for a wide range of IoT applications, from wearables, including medical devices and trackers, to sophisticated smart utility meters, requiring advanced packaging and capabilities.”
The SKY66431 is being certified by a number of industry and regulatory agencies, as well as multiple network operators. This SiP is available now for select customers, with general availability expected in the first quarter of 2023.