US-based semiconductor manufacturer Skyworks Solutions has introduced a suite of new high performance, fully integrated front-end modules for the rapidly expanding IoT market. These modules are the first in a series of solutions powering multimode operation for next generation Bluetooth, Thread and ZigBee wireless networking protocols.
The modules are at their best when paired with System on a Chip (SoC) platforms, the company argues, providing efficient wireless solution, maximising battery life while simultaneously increasing the transmission range with improved power. Skyworks adds that several leading SoC providers are using these front-end modules as part of their reference designs.
John O’Neill, vice president of marketing for Skyworks, said: “With consumers and enterprises requiring seamless connectivity, there is strong market demand for highly integrated, performance-driven analog solutions delivering significantly improved range and battery life. Skyworks is pleased to be offering the first front-end modules that support multiple protocols, including the soon to be launched Bluetooth 5, while also addressing the most popular broadband platforms and Internet of Things applications.”
Skyworks cited a report by ABI Research which has predicted the global wireless connectivity market – excluding cellular connectivity – will reach more than 10 billion annual IC shipments by 2021.
With the introduction of Bluetooth mesh functionality, evolving Wi-Fi protocols, as well as enhancements to 802.15.4, such as ZigBee 3.0 and Thread and the development of multi-protocol SoC solutions, there are a multitude of new opportunities in nearly every vertical market. Analysts have estimated the global ZigBee home automation market alone to grow at a CAGR of 26% from 2016-2020.
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