Skyworks Solutions Press Release - February 7, 2011
Skyworks and Ember Partner to Deliver Next-Generation ZigBee® System Solutions
- Designs Provide Industry Leading Performance, Power and Footprint
MASS, – Feb. 7, 2011 – Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed
signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, and Ember Corp., a leading provider of low-power,
wireless mesh networking technology, today introduced innovative solutions for ZigBee® applications targeting the
growing energy management, home area network and industrial automation markets. ZigBee® is a wireless network
standard that solves the unique needs of remote monitoring and control, and sensor-network applications. Specific
wireless applications range from lighting control, to door and window sensors, to appliance and temperature
“Ember is a global leader for ZigBee networking systems and is known for delivering the highest levels of
performance. Continuing our partnering with Skyworks with our latest generation of ZigBee solutions was an obvious
choice,” said Dennis Natale, Ember’s vice president of sales. “These industry-leading platforms are designed to
power the next wave of energy management and home automation applications while delivering exceptional performance
and long battery life. To this end, we are excited to be utilizing Skyworks’ field-proven front-end solutions.”
“Ember is the undisputed ZigBee® market leader and we are delighted to be combining Skyworks’ front-end modules
with their next-generation system-on-chips (SoCs) to offer customers best-in-class, turnkey solutions,” said Liam
K. Griffin, Skyworks’ senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Given the momentum and demand for green
technologies, enhanced security and energy conservation, we are thrilled to be leveraging our scale and analog
integration capabilities with the industry leader to serve multiple end markets.”
ON World Inc., a market
research firm that provides business intelligence for smart-technology markets, is forecasting more than 100
million 802.15.4 and ZigBee® units to ship annually within the next few years. The largest markets are expected to
be advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), home automation and consumer electronics. In addition, ON World
anticipates that many emerging vertical markets --- including medical devices, health and wellness monitoring,
building automation and municipal/transportation --- will also leverage ZigBee®/IEEE 802.15.4 technologies.
the SKY65343-11 and SKY65344-21 The
SKY65343-11 is a high efficiency front-end module (FEM) for ZigBee® and other 2.4 GHz applications. The small
FEM contains a 2.4 to 2.5 gigahertz (GHz) high-efficiency transmit (Tx) path and a low-loss bidirectional path.
The bidirectional path contains a high isolation Tx/receive (Rx) switch and balun for low noise differential
output. The differential output receiver port is also bidirectional and can be used to operate the module in a
low-power Tx mode.
SKY65344-21 is a high-efficiency FEM for ZigBee® and other 2.4 GHz ISM band solutions. The small FEM contains
a 2.4 to 2.5 GHz high efficiency Tx path and a low-loss bidirectional path. The bidirectional path can be used to
directly connect the antenna port to a directional radio frequency (RF) port. The Rx path contains a high
isolation T/R switch, low-noise amplifier (LNA), and balun for low-noise differential output.
The Tx path
in both devices consists of a harmonic filter and high efficiency power amplifier (PA) capable of providing >20
dBm of power at the antenna port. Also included is an internal balun to allow use of differential input signals.
Both parts are mounted in a 20-pin surface mount technology (SMT) package, which allows for a highly
manufacturable and low-cost solution.
These FEMs can increase the usable range of a ZigBee® solution by as
much as 700 percent, and when combined with Ember’s EM350 series, results in the industry’s most highly integrated
and lowest total power solution.
About the EM351 and EM357 The
EM300 Series ZigBee® chips from Ember are the industry’s first ARM Cortex-M3 based family of system-on-chips
(SoCs) delivering unmatched performance, power consumption and code density in a compact package. The EM351 and
EM357 combine a 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 radio transceiver with a 32-bit microprocessor, Flash memory and RAM with
powerful hardware supporting network-level debugging features. This, combined with the powerful ecosystem of ARM
tools, enables OEMs to simplify development and accelerate time-to-market.
The EM351 and EM357 SoCs are
tightly integrated with EmberZNet PRO, Ember’s ZigBee® compliant mesh networking software which is the most
deployed ZigBee® networking platform in the market. The EM351 integrates a programmable ARM Cortex-M3
processor, IEEE 802.15.4 RF radio transceiver, 128 KB flash & 12 KB RAM and EmberZNet PRO network protocol stack
supporting the ZigBee® PRO feature set. In addition, the EM357, optimized for applications that require more
memory, has 192 KB flash and incorporates all the other characteristics and features of the EM351.
About Skyworks Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is an innovator of high reliability analog and
mixed signal semiconductors. Leveraging core technologies, Skyworks offers diverse standard and custom linear
products supporting automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, energy management, industrial, medical,
military and mobile handset applications. The Company's portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, detectors,
diodes, directional couplers, front-end modules, hybrids, infrastructure RF subsystems, mixers/demodulators, phase
shifters, PLLs/synthesizers/VCOs, power dividers/combiners, receivers, switches and technical ceramics.
Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Skyworks is worldwide with engineering, manufacturing, sales and service
facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit Skyworks' Web site at: