Mass.-based semiconductor manufacturer Skyworks Solutions Inc. has kicked up volume production of several high-performance RF solutions supporting Broadcom’s 5G Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac) chips, including minicards for access points, routers and customer premise equipment

Broadcom’s new 5G Wi-Fi chips deliver Ethernet-quality speeds three times faster and six times more power efficiently than previous generations of Wi-Fi devices enabling customers to download Web content faster from anywhere in their homes and connect multiple devices to their network simultaneously – all while consuming less device power, the company says.
“Consumers want access to high-definition-quality video at fast speeds on multiple devices anywhere in the house — on the TV, or transferred to tablets and smartphones,” said Rahul Patel, vice president/Marketing at Broadcom. “Broadcom is working closely with Skyworks and other ecosystem partners and customers to address this demand and create 5G Wi-Fi products that deliver the best experience yet.”
Skyworks cites comments made by Gartner analyst Mark Hung: “Wi-Fi enabled devices will grow from less than 1 billion units in 2010 to more than 3 billion in 2015, fueled by 802.11ac. Many believe the fifth-generation Wi-Fi standard is poised to become one of the most influential mobile and wireless technologies in the years to come.”
Skyworks’ mobile-connectivity solutions include:
>> The SKY85803 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless local area network (WLAN) RF front-end module (FEM) that provides the functionality of power amplifiers (PA), filtering, power detector, transmit/receive (T/R) switch, diplexers and associated matching.

>> The SE2605L high-power 802.11bgn WLAN PA module that provide the functionality of the PA, power detector, reference voltage generator and input match.

>> The SE5003L1-R 5-GHz microwave monolithic integrated circuit PA featuring output power, linearity and efficiency.
>> The SE5516A dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN FEM that offers all the functionality of the PAs, filtering, power detector, T/R switch, diplexers and associated matching.

>> The SKY13351-378LF and SKY13377-313 pseudomorphic high-electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) gallium arsenide (GaAs) FET integrated/circuit switches.

>> The SKY13370-374LF GaAs, pHEMT high-electron mobility-transistor, single-pole, double-throw (SPDT), terminated, high power switch.

>> The SKY65404-31 ultra-low-noise amplifier (LNA) intended for 5 GHz wireless-receiver applications.

>> The SKY65405-21 ultra LNA intended for 2.4 GHz wireless-receiver applications.

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