Skyworks introduces Sky5 LiTE for 5G deployments; delivers high performance platforms to support mass market devices

Skyworks Solutions introduced on Tuesday Sky5 LiTE, a fully integrated front-end solution for mass tier 5G cellular applications. With improved RF performance in a uniquely compact package, Skyworks’ newest device simplifies designs, enabling faster deployment. The baseband agnostic platform supports up to 100 MHz wide bandwidth of 5G new radio (NR) waveforms with flexible power management options—delivering high-speed network experiences with optimized efficiency and near zero latency.

Targeted for mass markets, Sky5 LiTE interfaces with chipset providers and equips early 5G adopters with differentiated architectures for an open ecosystem – the favored approach when compared with closed, sole-sourced RF front-end products. With the recent introduction of Sky5 Ultra for premium applications, Skyworks offers comprehensive 5G portfolio in the market.

With the increasing demand for feature rich mobile phones that utilize full screen displays, dual cameras and seamless multi-tasking capabilities, handset OEMs across the mobile ecosystem are faced with balancing the constraints of RF operation and industrial design. To address this need, SkyOne LiTE delivers ideal transmit and receives performance, while reducing footprint by more than 20 percent. With two variants, the pin-to-pin solution supports 10 bands for North America and 12 bands for Europe and Asia Pacific.

“Skyworks’ newest connectivity solutions are enabling next generation, value-oriented smartphones with the most advanced wireless architectures,” said Reza Kasnavi, vice president and general manager, Open Market Platforms for Skyworks. “SkyOne LiTE embodies our close collaboration with partners and customers to significantly push the technology envelope and simplify the design process with fully integrated modules.”

According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, 201 operators in 83 countries are investing in 5G mobile and fixed wireless access networks in the form of tests, trials, pilot deployments and launches.

Building upon Skyworks’ proven SkyLiTE architecture, the platform incorporates advanced power amplifiers, proprietary duplexers and innovative switching technology to support complex carrier aggregation combinations in a significantly reduced form factor. These high performance systems also include a diversity receive front-end module and high linearity antenna switches to further improve functionality and enhance the user experience.

The SkyOne LiTE family supports carrier aggregation with switch hexaplexer functionality while delivering higher power, lower insertion loss, and reduced current consumption.

All Sky5 solutions support new 5G NR waveforms and spectrum in addition to enhanced carrier aggregation and 4G/5G dual connectivity, while delivering exceptional levels of integration and performance.

“Sky5 LiTE exceeds the performance requirements demanded by next generation devices while accelerating 5G implementation,” said Kevin Walsh, vice president of marketing at Skyworks. “Skyworks is offering truly turnkey, regionally optimized, easily deployable solutions purposefully designed to deliver all of the transmit and receive functionality in a highly integrated form factor. Our Sky5 portfolio is powering revolutionary applications across mobile, automotive and the Internet of Things, making 5G a reality.”

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