Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has introduced a new product category of high-power Bluetooth power amplifiers for mobile applications targeting Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, tablets and other portable devices.
The SKY85018-11 is a highly integrated device that is suitable for improving Bluetooth connectivity ranges, which are required for music streaming. Multiple output power ranges and a bypass mode ensure that the SKY85018-11 is reliable for high-performance devices, says the firm.
The amplifier is offered in a small footprint (1.5mm x 1.5mm package) and can run directly off battery, removing the need for an LDO voltage regulator. It also features high output power of 23dBm for basic data rates and 14dBm for enhanced data rates.