At IMS2008, Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduced a product portfolio of energy management products for the wireless home, specifically for automated meter reading, advanced metering infrastructure, and ZigBee. The line includes: front-end modules (FEMs), power amplifiers (PAs) and drivers, switches, voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs), phase lock loops (PLLs), and diodes.
Skyworks reports that it has already scored some design wins with these products for mesh networking solutions that are going into volume production. The Skyworks' custom FEMs are optimized for size and cost reduction. And, they can be designed to allow for plug and play functionality. Various modules are being targeted at 450, 900 and 2,400 MHz frequency bands. Integration possibilities include PAs, transmit/receive (T/R) switches, low noise amplifiers (LNAs), harmonic filters, and mixers.
All of the products in the energy management portfolio are presented in eco-friendly lead (Pb)-free, restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) compliant packaging. High volume samples are available now, with full-scale production scheduled for the third quarter of fiscal 2008.