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US semiconductor company Skyworks Solutions has expanded its range of radio frequency switches with a suite of analog control ICs specifically for Internet of Things applications such as connected home and smart lighting.

The new RF switches support large rates of data, broad frequency ranges and withstand high temperatures – this makes the new addition suitable for embedded smart energy and lighting applications where small form factors are required and ambient temperatures can reach up to 105°C (221 degrees Fahrenheit).

Skyworks Solutions, which has a product offering including wireless infrastructure, smart energy and power management, says expanding its line to enable the Internet of Things is a ‘natural progression’ for the company, according to Skyworks CTO Peter Gammel.

Commenting on the necessity for IoT-enabled hardware in smart home devices, he added: “Nest thermostats, drop-cam wireless routers, connected light bulbs, smart watches all use the same hardware for connectivity.”

Cisco demonstrates IoT solutions for Dubai smart cities

As part of Dubai's smart city initiative,UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has mandated the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) to provide a physical site to host  a lab with the objective of developing a smart city centre of excellence and innovation
As part of Dubai's smart city initiative,UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has mandated the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) to provide a physical site to host a lab with the objective of developing a smart city centre of excellence and innovation

Meanwhile, US multinational technology company Cisco is scheduled to showcase its solutions at the upcoming Internet of Things Expo 2015 (IoTX) in Dubai from 8-9 June, reports TradeArabia.

Cisco will use the IoTX platform to stress the role of the Internet of Things to Dubai’s smart city transformation.

Says Rabih Dabboussi, GM of Cisco in the UAE: “In order for the Middle East organisations, cities and communities to fully embrace the IoT today and the IOE of the future, institutions will need to become digitized.

Dabboussi had commented on the progress that Dubai has already made in delivering the smart city vision, laid out by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Dubai’s smart city roadmap is envisioned to provide a template for Smart City initiatives throughout the region.

The Californian-based company will demonstrate various real life smart city scenarios – including smart energy, smart transportation, smart parking, retail, healthcare and remote diagnostics, using video content and live city display.

Rabih Dabboussi concluded by saying: “Imagine no more traffic jams, never having to search for a parking space, no more flight delays, having intelligent transportation for emergency services, and ensuring a better environment for our next generation of leaders – that’s what a Smart City will deliver.”