Targeting automotive use cases in infotainment and navigation and advanced and OEM telematics, u-blox has introduced its automotive module series, a concurrent dual-band wi-fi 6E module with Bluetooth 5.3 and LE Audio.
According to Techno Systems Research’s Wireless Connectivity Market Analysis, wi-fi 6 and 6E technologies are experiencing significant and promising growth in the automotive industry. Wi-fi 6 emphasizes efficiency by addressing data congestion, enhancing network capacity and lowering overall power consumption. In contrast, wi-fi 6E concentrates on spectrum management, facilitating increased concurrent users, reduced congestion and improved security.
JODY-W6 is designed to deliver the benefits of wi-fi 6E, while also featuring dual-mode Bluetooth with LE Audio. The module, globally certified and able to withstand operating temperatures from -40 to 105°C, is available with either two or three antennas. Upon request, it can also integrate an LTE filter, and an EVK and M.2 card will be available.
Sebastian Schreiber, senior product line manager of short-range radio at u-blox, said: “JODY-W6 is a smart and reliable solution that helps overcome congestion and fulfills scalability requirements through its highly adaptable compact size. Specific use cases include support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, personalized entertainment, data off-loading and smart/roof-integrated antennas.”
Equipped with an embedded NXP Semiconductors’ AW693 chipset, Larry Olivas, VP and GM of wireless connectivity solutions at NXP Semiconductors, explained that “JODY-W6 SoM leverages the latest concurrent dual-band wi-fi 6E and Bluetooth LE Audio technologies to unlock new opportunities for a wide variety of use cases and businesses in the automotive domain”.
Olivas continued: “The AW693 chipset is packed with advanced features, including MU-MIMO, OFDMA and target wake time (TWT), allowing the u-blox JODY-W6 compact module to benefit from the synergy of our gold partnership.”
Samples of the module series are currently available, with volume production scheduled for Q1-2025.
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