Skyworks unveils Sky5 Ultra platform for 5G architecture

February 27, 2019  - By

Skyworks Solutions Inc. has launched the Sky5 Ultra, an advanced 5G cellular architecture.

The fully integrated, baseband agnostic solution combines all of the critical front-end functionality required to enable high-performance 5G mobile devices with global coverage in a compact form factor.

Graphic: Business Wire

Graphic: Business Wire

The comprehensive platform features transmit and receive capabilities with high efficiency and output power, enabling reliable network connections while optimizing battery life — both critical for 5G applications.

In addition, the Sky5 Ultra leverages DSBGA packaging to reduce the footprint and advanced TC-SAW and BAW filtering to provide the best performance at each targeted frequency band.

The solution also supports up to 100-MHz wide bandwidth, maximizing data throughput at ultra-fast speeds.

5G rollouts have already begun and will continue to ramp over the next few years. According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, 11 worldwide operators have announced limited 5G service launches and seven additional operators have turned on 5G base stations, with commercial services to follow.

“With industry momentum accelerating towards 5G, Skyworks is leading the way with the technological innovations and systems expertise demonstrated by our Sky5 portfolio, a highly flexible and customizable suite designed to meet customers’ global requirements,” said Joel King, senior vice president and general manager of Mobile Solutions at Skyworks.

“Sky5 Ultra represents another breakthrough in simplifying the growing complexity of 5G device development — delivering unmatched performance while expediting deployment through full integration and optimized form factors. We are empowering top mobile device manufacturers and network providers with complete, turnkey solutions that will ultimately bring 5G to realization,” King said.

About Sky5 Ultra

Sky5 Ultra incorporates Skyworks’ high-efficiency transmit, diversity receive (DRx) and MIMO modules with industry-leading noise figure and low insertion loss, in addition to an array of aperture tuners and antenna swap switches for optimal antenna management.

Like all Sky5 solutions, the comprehensive front-end platform supports 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. Functional core blocks include:

Primary Transmit (Global)

SKY5-8255 – Dual-chain N77/N79 ultra-high–band power amplifier with integrated low noise amplifier and filters (LPAMiF)
SKY5-8254 – N41 high band power amplifier with integrated filter (PAMiF)
SKY5-8265 – Mid-/high-band power amplifier with integrated low noise amplifier and duplexers (LPAMiD) with DSBGA packaging
SKY5-8211 – Low-band LPAMiD
SKY5-8212 – Low-band LPAMiD with DSBGA packaging
SKY77365 – Global system for mobile communications (GSM) power amplifier

Connectivity (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)

SKY65725-81 – Shielded GPS module
SKY65728-11 – L5 shielded GPS module
SKY85819-11 – WLAN/GPS antenna share module
SKY85817-11 – Dual-band LAA/WLAN module
SKY85774-11 – 5 GHz LAA/WLAN module

5G Diversity/MIMO (Global)

SKY13725 – Low band DRx module with DSBGA packaging
SKY13726 – Mid/High band DRx module with DSBGA packaging
SKY13727 – Mid/High band MIMO module with DSBGA packaging
SKY5-3728 – Ultra high-band N77/79 DRx/MIMO module with SRS support

Antenna Management

SKY5-9269 – SP4T 80v aperture tuning and RF distribution switch
SKY5-9256 – 4 x SPST 45v aperture tuning switch
SKY5-9699 – DPDT antenna swap switch

At Mobile World Congress, Skyworks representatives are in the Executive Meeting Area in Hall 2, 2G3Ex and 2G5Ex.

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