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Skyworks Powers Iotera’s Innovative GPS-enabled Tracking Devices

May 25, 2016
By Business Wire News


Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, today announced that its front-end modules are being leveraged by Iotera, a leader in wireless technologies for wide area Internet of Things applications, across their family of IOTA® GPS-enabled tracking products. Initially deployed for tracking pets, these devices are now being utilized to protect vehicles, bicycles and other personal items. Tracking is becoming an increasingly important opportunity as the Internet of Things explosion proliferates and encompasses a wide range of new and previously unimagined applications ranging from smart meters and connected vehicles, to security systems and industrial uses. Skyworks’ connectivity solutions extend range and maximize battery life in these types of devices.

“Skyworks is intensely focused on enabling a broad range of applications spanning the Internet of Things,” said John O’Neill, vice president of broad markets for Skyworks. “We are excited to be partnering with Iotera and part of a family of products that is breaking size and performance barriers in this emerging market. This partnership is yet another example of how Skyworks is leveraging its broad product portfolio and systems expertise to create a first mover advantage for new applications.”

“Skyworks has been a vital partner as we developed our proprietary platform for our revolutionary tracking devices,” said Ben Wild, CEO of Iotera. “Their solutions have enabled us to build the world’s smallest, real-time GPS tracking devices with industry leading battery life, giving us tremendous competitive advantages.”

Long range device tracking without the need for monthly fees is quickly growing in popularity as people become aware of these products and services. According to an April Global Market Insights report, the consumer global pet wearable market alone is expected to exceed $2 billion by 2023, driven in large part by the rising demand for remote monitoring and tracking of pets. Looking more broadly, IDC is expecting global wearable device shipments to surge from 76.1 million units in 2015 to 173.4 million by 2019, representing a 128 percent increase. In the industrial segment, General Electric estimates connected industrial machinery will add $10 to $15 trillion to the global GDP within the next 20 years.

About Skyworks’ Front-end Connectivity Solutions

Iotera’s IOTA® GPS-enabled trackers utilize Skyworks’ SE2435L, a high-performance, highly integrated RF front-end module designed for high-power Industrial, Scientific, Medical (ISM) band applications. Other applications include smart meters, in-home appliances and smart thermostats. The device includes an integrated power amplifier, a low noise amplifier and an antenna switching with transmit/receive diversity function. For additional information about this and other connectivity front-end modules from Skyworks, please visit: Front-end Modules.

Skyworks at IMS2016

Skyworks will be highlighting its broad product portfolio at the IMS2016 Symposium at the Moscone Center, Booth 1611 from May 24-26.

About Iotera

Iotera is a world leader in wireless technologies for the growing wide area Internet of Things (IoT) market. Their first product, the IOTA®, is the smallest GPS tracking device, ideal for pet tracking. Iotera is based in Silicon Valley and led by a veteran team of wireless and location-based technology experts. For more information please visit or or

About Skyworks

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Our highly innovative analog semiconductors are connecting people, places and things spanning a number of new and previously unimagined applications within the automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, industrial, medical, military, smartphone, tablet and wearable markets.

Headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, Skyworks is a global company with engineering, marketing, operations, sales, and service facilities located throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit Skyworks’ website at:

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