Skyworks Solutions Front-End Modules (FEM) provide compatibility with multiple wireless standards and SoCs/RFICs in a single RF module.
IoT Front-End Modules

Efficient IoT Solution

The IoT FEM is ideal for wireless connectivity, allowing ZigBee, Thread, and Bluetooth standards, with BLUETOOTH 5 included. The IoT FEM is an efficient Internet of Things (IoT) solution when paired with a System on Chip (SoC) platform, resulting in longer battery life and extended transmission range. Not all Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi or ZigBee solutions are created equal. That is the inescapable conclusion of some recent tests comparing popular system-on-chip (SoC) platforms with and without Skyworks Solutions’ front-end modules (FEMs). The tests examined output power versus transmit current, data rate versus range (for high and low data rates) and current consumption per bit.

Bluetooth 5

For example, the SKY66112 is a 2.4 GHz, fully-integrated radiofrequency (RF) FEM designed to support ZigBee, Thread and next-generation Bluetooth 5 wireless networking protocols. For starters, the SKY66112’s high RF output power is well-suited to the new Bluetooth5 standard’s enhanced connection range. This is important since Bluetooth 5 has emerged with 4x range, 2x speed and 8x broadcasting message capacity when compared to the older version, increasing the functionality of Bluetooth for the Internet of Things (IoT).This particular FEM has been shown to produce as much as 40x the RF output power of the SoC radio alone (+20 dBm versus +4 dBm). It can increase receive sensitivity up to 6 dB, approximately doubling the receive range of a typical IoT device. It also handles RF input power.

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