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‘Drop-in’ wireless LAN front end module

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SKYWORKS Solutions, represented by Caelera , has introduced the industry's first fully integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN front-end module.

The new SKY65201 significantly reduces the number of components required for building wireless LAN router, access point, PC card and PCI adapter access points.

Designed with cost and space savings in mind, the SKY65201 wireless LAN front-end module combines the company's industry-leading power amplifier (PA), switch and filter functions into a single low-cost, 8mm x 10mm package.

According to market research firm In-Stat/MDR, wireless LAN chipsets more than doubled to more than 20 million units in 2002. In-Stat expects that number to grow to more than 94 million units by 2007.

"Skyworks' new wireless LAN front-end module will be extremely attractive to companies without RF experience," said Allen Nogee, principal analyst with In-Stat/MDR.

"The ability to drop in the RF front-end will enable quicker time-to-market for wireless LAN developers, and ultimately reduce costs and accelerate 802.11 adoption."

Key features of the new SKY65201 module include a high performance PA, transmit/receive switch, band pass (BP) and low pass (LP) filtering, as well as all associated control functions with no external matching components.

The module delivers output power of 21dBm for 802.11b or 16dBm for 802.11g applications, with 29dB of gain at a bias of 3.3 volts.

Skyworks' SKY65201 wireless LAN module is manufactured using Skyworks' proprietary heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) power amplifier process, low-loss pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (PHEMT) switch process, and low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) filter process technologies.

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