Tx Quad-Band / Rx Dual-Band Front-end Module for GSM / GPRS (824-915 MHz) (1710-1910 MHz)

Please note: this product is being discontinued and is not recommended for new designs.

SKY77580 is a transmit and receive Front-End Module (FEM) with integrated power amplifier control designed in a low profile, compact form factor for quad-band cellular handsets comprising GSM850/GSM900 and DCS1800/PCS1900 operation. The SKY77580 offers a complete Transmit VCO-to-Antenna and Antenna-to-Receive SAW filter solution. The FEM also supports Class 12 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) multi-slot operation and EDGE downlink.

The module consists of a GSM850/GSM900 PA block and a DCS1800/PCS1900 PA block, impedance-matching circuitry for 50 ohm input and output impedances, Tx harmonics filtering, high linearity / low insertion loss RF switch, and a Power Amplifier Control (PAC) block. One PA block supports the GSM850 / GSM900 bands and the other PA block supports the DCS1800/PCS1900 bands. Both PA blocks share common power supply pads to distribute current. The output of each PA block and the outputs to the two receive pads are connected to the antenna pad through an RF switch. The GaAs die, Switch die, and passive components are mounted on a multi-layer laminate substrate. The assembly is encapsulated with plastic overmold.

Band selection and control of transmit and receive are performed using four external control pads. Refer to the block diagram in Figure 1 below. The band select pad, BS, selects GSM850, GSM900, DCS, and PCS modes of operation. Transmit enable TxEN controls receive or transmit mode of the RF switch (Tx = logic 1). Proper timing between transmit enable TxEN and Analog Power Control VRAMP allows for high isolation between the antenna and Tx–VCO while the VCO is being tuned prior to the transmit burst.

The SKY77580 is compatible with logic levels from 1.2 V to 2.9 V for BS, TxEN, and VSW_EN pads.


Frequency (MHz)
DescriptionTx Quad-Band / Rx Dual-Band Front-End Module for GSM / GPRS
Typical Output Power (dBm) GSM
Typical PAE (%)
Supply Voltage (V)3.1-4.3
PackageMCM, 28-pad
Package (mm)6 x 6 x 0.9


  • High efficiency:
    • 47% (GSM850)
    • 48% (GSM900)
    • 42% (DCS1800/PCS1900)
  • Low transmit supply current:
    • 1.21 A (GSM850)
    • 1.18 A (GSM900)
    • 0.85 A (DCS1800/PCS1900)
  • 50 Ω matched Input/Output
  • Tx–VCO-to-antenna and antenna-to-Rx-SAW filter RF interface
  • RF switch affords high linearity, low insertion loss, and 0 V DC on Rx ports
  • Small, low profile package: 6 mm x 6 mm x 0.9 mm, 28-pad configuration

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