Mobile Devices

Skyworks Launches 5G Antenna Tuning Solutions

31 July 2018

Skyworks Solutions Inc., an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, unveiled the latest solutions from its Sky5 portfolio, the company’s unifying platform enabling 5G applications. Skyworks’ new wideband 16-state antenna aperture tuners are extremely compact Source: Business WireSource: Business Wireand designed to deliver improved efficiency and enhanced bandwidth coverage ─ from 600 MHz to 6 GHz for LTE Advanced Pro to emerging 5G standards ─ across a wide range of mobile devices.

Antenna tuning plays a critical role in maintaining smartphone power efficiency and battery life, particularly as signal processing complexity continues to rise with the onset of 5G. With smartphone manufacturers adding new features such as 4 x 4 multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) and 5G new radio (NR) for 2019 applications, next generation architectures must embed significantly more antennas. New bezel-less smartphones integrate anywhere from four to seven antennas to support future data demand versus the two to four average antenna count within today’s platforms.

At the same time, the migration to full screen infinity displays and expanded functionality limit the amount of board space available. Skyworks’ innovative antenna tuning solutions leverage proprietary design and process techniques to help drive antenna performance while meeting stringent linearity demands and size constraints.

“Skyworks is at the forefront of developing breakthrough solutions for revolutionary 5G applications,” said Carlos Bori, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Skyworks. “With best-in-class performance, our antenna tuners are playing a pivotal role in enabling 4x4 MIMO-capable mobile devices as global demand for emerging 5G applications is set to explode.”

About Skyworks’ New Antenna Solutions
The SKY5−9256-701LF advanced aperture tuner features reliable linear operation and extremely low Ron (1.1 ohm) and Coff (145 fF) to deliver superior antenna performance, allowing system designers to recover the 1.5 to 3 dB gain degradation caused by shrinking antenna sizes. The MIPI-controlled, 16-state capability of the tuner also gives engineers the ability to combine arms for even smaller Ron and Coff. Excellent harmonics are delivered throughout the operating range, assisting customers with achieving RSE requirements and passing certification.

Please visit Skyworks’ antenna tuning page for more information.

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