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Skyworks cellular-based modules drive 5G massive IoT applications

Skyworks cellular-based modules drive 5G massive IoT applications

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By Wisse Hettinga



Specifically, the company’s turnkey engines provide the critical wireless functionality that is becoming essential for the billions of devices, objects and machines across an increasingly connected world of the Massive IoT.

Cellular-based connectivity modules from Skyworks expedite time-to-market by incorporating all the required functionality to deliver maximum performance and optimized power efficiency in the most compact package available. The flagship SKY66430-11 is the world’s smallest, fully certified all-in-one device and incorporates a multi-band, multi-chip system-in-package (SiP) enabling cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT (half-duplex FDD) architectures. By integrating Sequans’ MONARCH SQN3330 CHIP, customers have an entire RF front-end (RFFE), transceiver, power management, memory and baseband modem for an LTE multiband radio operating in the 700 to 2200 MHz frequency range. This SiP has been certified by leading worldwide carriers including KDDI, NTT Docomo, SoftBank and Verizon.

Other products in the portfolio include the SKY68020-11, SKY68001-31, SKY68001-41, SKY68018-11 and SKY77368-11 multiband RFFE modules supporting up to Power Class 3 (+23 dBm) half-duplex transceiver platforms. These modules are designed for global 5G Massive IoT network deployments in low-band and mid-band frequencies in addition to providing 2G backward compatibility, either natively or through auxiliary ports. These 5G-ready devices work in tandem with all major LTE-M/NB-IoT modems and are currently available.

IoT manufacturers are quickly embracing cellular connectivity given its ability to deliver a secure, real-time device-to-cloud connection needed for remote monitoring, control, or management. This low-power, wide area network (LPWAN) capability is ideal for widely adopted consumer products such as smartwatches, wearables and asset trackers, as well as industrial and infrastructure applications such as gas, water and electric metering, machine monitoring, factory automation, supply chain and logistics oversight.


“With the emergence of 5G, IoT devices utilizing Skyworks’ carrier-certified solutions will go to market faster and be more cost-effective than implementing discrete architectures,” said John O’Neill, vice president of marketing for Skyworks. “Skyworks has established itself as a leader in developing breakthrough 5G platforms for mobile and has now combined this expertise with market leading modem technology to provide extremely power-efficient and unmatched integration for IoT innovations globally.”

According to a recent 5G Americas white paper, in parallel to the 5G rollout, cellular IoT (also known as Massive IoT) is becoming the technology of choice for wide area IoT applications. In a 2019 Mobility Report from Ericsson, cellular-connected IoT devices are predicted to grow from 1 billion units in 2018 to 4.1 billion units by 2024, representing a 27 percent compounded annual growth rate. As a subset, LTE-M/NB-IoT (Massive IoT) is expected to represent 45 percent of this figure, or roughly two billion connections, up from less than 10 million in 2018.

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