Bluetooth LE is a critical protocol for IoT and any connected application, given its upgraded communication capabilities and minimal power consumption requirements. Bluetooth 5 further enhances benefits and supports additional breakthrough features such as extended ranges, higher data throughputs and improved co-existence, all key elements in an increasingly dense network. Together, the Skyworks and Nordic combined platform provides superior efficiency, making it ideal for battery-powered connected devices, while delivering a 4x range advantage for connected home and outdoor usage cases.
“Our collaboration with Nordic to deploy premium Bluetooth systems for diverse markets represents Skyworks’ commitment to enable the future of connectivity,” says John O’Neill, Skyworks’ vice president of marketing. “The intersection of our solutions is driving wireless adoption and elevating performance to higher levels for revolutionary new applications across home automation, automotive, industrial, medical, wearables, mobile and more.”
According to a recent report from ABI Research, Bluetooth LE devices are forecasted to reach over 1.6 billion annual shipments by 2023, representing a 27 percent compound annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023 ─ or tripling in size.
Skyworks’ portfolio is uniquely designed for Bluetooth, Zigbee® and Thread interfaces, meeting the growing demand for long-range, low-power and cost-effective products for IoT. Select products include the SKY66112-11 and SKY66403-11 front-end modules that deliver up to 40 percent reduction in current consumption when compared to certain standalone SoCs. In addition, these modules increase sensitivity up to 6 dB, more than doubling the receive range for typical IoT devices.