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Skyworks and Intel Team Up to Create 5G Communications Engines

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Skyworks Solutions and Intel announced this week that they are creating leading-edge 5G communications engines for a broad array of end markets. Leveraging Intel’s modem expertise and Skyworks’ innovative connectivity portfolio, the new platforms will deliver a highly integrated and optimized suite of wireless system solutions available for the open market.

Initial modem-to-antenna products will support LTE and 5G architectures for mobile, wearable, automotive, M2M, tablet/PC, smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, facilitating faster data rates, enhanced power efficiency and unprecedented product footprints. Specifically, the Skyworks-Intel designs will offer devices that take full advantage of the unique features and capabilities of Intel’s modems, transceivers, power management and envelope tracking chips, while also driving new features to enhance front-end performance.

“Together with Intel, we are pushing the performance envelope, accelerating next-generation mobile applications and services,” said Joel King, senior vice president and general manager of Mobile Solutions at Skyworks. “This effort demonstrates how Skyworks can fully leverage our front-ends to further enhance modem capability and capitalize on boundless 5G opportunities.”

“Our highly synergistic effort with Skyworks to deploy breakthrough system-level, co-optimized solutions is emblematic of Intel’s ambitious vision for 5G,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, corporate vice president and general manager of the Communication and Devices Group at Intel Corporation. “Together with Skyworks’ technology leadership in RF, comprehensive product portfolio and world-class scale, we are reimagining the future of wireless and taking a major leap forward in making fully optimized 5G solutions available for billions of people and networked devices around the world.”

About Skyworks’ and Intel’s 5G Platform

The co-developed reference design leverages Intel’s SMARTi™ single-chip transceiver and Skyworks’ Sky5™ suite to provide the highest performance system. With support for 5G, LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi across mobile and IoT markets, this platform will be highly scalable and targeted to all tiers and market verticals.

Samples are scheduled to ship in the second half of 2019. Commercial devices using this breakthrough 5G platform are expected to be available in the first half of 2020.

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