15 Nov 2017

Skyworks enables next generation tracking devices

Skyworks Solutions, an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, has announced that its connectivity solutions are enabling next generation tracking devices, a new and exciting Internet of Things application.

Specifically, Skyworks' high efficiency, front-end systems have been adopted by XY Findables, a specialist in nearable technology, to increase battery life and nearly double the range when compared to other personal item finders.

"By leveraging Skyworks' fully integrated solutions, we were able to accelerate the introduction of the most powerful Bluetooth item finder available today," said Arie Trouw, chief executive officer of XY. "XY4+'s platform radically improves performance and extends battery life up to five years, supporting our goal of providing consumers both peace of mind and assistance when locating their most valuable items."

"Advancing Bluetooth wireless performance in premium products like XY4+ demonstrates our commitment to pioneering breakthrough technologies and addressing demand for connectivity across a broad array of IoT applications," said John O'Neill, vice president of product marketing for Skyworks. "As part of our ambitious vision to connect everyone and everything all the time, we are delighted to partner with innovative companies like XY Findables to offer our system-level expertise and broad product portfolio."

According to XY, the average person spends approximately five hours a month searching for misplaced items like TV remotes, keys, smartphones, eyewear, wallets and purses. In a recent report from the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, personal tracking devices are expected to become the fastest growing market within the Location Based Services (LBS) sector with an expected compounded annual growth rate of 18 percent between 2016 and 2025.

About Skyworks' Front-end Connectivity Solutions

XY4+ item finders utilize Skyworks' highly integrated front-end modules designed for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) range extension devices operating in the 2.4 to 2.485 GHz range. Applications include wearables, beacons, sensors, home automation and other IoT platforms.

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