Wednesday, February 1, 2023

World’s Smallest LTE-M/NB-IoT Connectivity Platform

By Sharad Bhowmick

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The SKY66431 SiP enables simplified, yet high-performance designs that operate reliably worldwide, accelerating time-to-market.

Skyworks and Sequans have jointly developed the SKY66431, the world’s smallest LTE-M/NB-IoT connectivity platform for IoT Communication Systems. The SKY66431 is a highly integrated multi-band, multi-chip SiP supporting 5G Massive IoT platforms, offering high-performance connectivity with ultra-low power consumption. The SiP can reduce the design complexity while providing high-performance end products, reducing the cost of development and accelerating time-to-market. The IoT platform is suitable for use in utility meters, asset trackers, security and alert systems and other battery-powered devices such as wearable medical and fleet management.

The SKY66431’s native 23 dBm front-end module leverages Skyworks’ RF design and advanced packaging expertise that optimizes reliability in demanding environments and allows for extremely small footprint designs while maintaining simplified PCB design rules. With SiP form factor-enabling miniaturization and fully encapsulated silver-free conformal shielding, the SKY66431 package is a key differentiator enabling ultra-compact, flexible and robust end-product designs.

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The SKY66431 module is available in a compact BGA package measuring just 8.80 x 11.30 x 1.59 mm and is ideal for various battery-powered tracking applications including personal/pet tracking, eBike tracking, industrial asset tracking, smart fleet management, industrial monitoring devices, and low-power IoT device applications, etc.

“As modern connected devices evolve, Skyworks’ extensive expertise within this market and advanced packaging technologies allow us to drive improvements in power consumption, size and advanced connectivity features to meet the rigorous performance requirements of our customers,” said Stefan Fulga, senior director of marketing for IoT and emerging products at Skyworks. “The SKY66431 SiP enables simplified, yet high performance designs that operate reliably worldwide, accelerating time-to-market for our customers.”

“The new SKY66431 SiP is a compelling IoT connectivity solution,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “It is a comprehensive, all-in-one platform combining the technologies of two industry leaders who have included all of the critical components needed in one powerful, tiny SiP that is ideal for a wide range of IoT applications, from wearables, including medical devices and trackers, to sophisticated smart utility meters, requiring advanced packaging and capabilities.”


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