Qualcomm rolls next generation of its Snapdragon Automotive 5G platform

Qualcomm rolls next generation of its Snapdragon Automotive 5G platform

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

At the MWC in Bareclona, Qualcomm introduced the latest addition to its Snapdragon Digital Chassis connected car technology portfolio with its Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2.

As the chipmaker’s most advanced automotive modem-RF system available, the Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2 features 50% MORE processing power and up to 200 MHz of network capacity to support low-latency connectivity. The device also introduces a new form of communication to the automotive industry with support for satellite communications, helping to ensure connectivity is ubiquitously available for applications that utilize two-way messaging.

Connectivity continues to play a pivotal role in the automotive industry’s digital transformation as it lays the foundation for software-defined vehicles. By connecting to 5G, with cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) and satellite, vehicle electronics designers can implement more and more powerful technologies in terms reach of safety, personalization, entertainment and productivity features.

Support for satellite communications

The Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF is powered by a quad core CPU with up to 200 MHz of aggregated network bandwidth. It offers support for vehicle safety for mission critical and emergency services that require connectivity to the network such as next generation eCall and support for satellite communications to ensure ubiquitous connectivity and communications in remote and rural areas.

At the same time, it helps designers to reduce cost by reducing the component count as this multi-core CPU allows for apps to run directly on the modem with and features hypervisor support to isolate workloads resulting in better connectivity and power efficiency.

The product also includes an advanced location engine that improves location accuracy and robustness in all environments to support emergency services, navigation, safety alerts and autonomous driving features, providing accurate positioning in the most challenging environments to enable use cases such as HD maps, automated valet parking and more.

The integrated C-V2X technology supports direct communications to enhance short range safety and mobility service.

Ecosystem contains car-to-cloud services

The device’s data routing capability within the vehicle at up to 1GB per second gives automakers the flexibility to move traffic from the telematics control unit (TCU) to the infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot or other connected device.

Automakers and the broad transportation ecosystem can also leverage the Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2’s advanced capabilities to develop and deliver new, advanced connected services by utilizing Snapdragon Telematics Application Framework (TelAF), a unified development and deployment framework for the Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF system that brings all necessary components to reduce complexity when developing connected services with 5G, location & security, and enhanced safety.

Customers also benefit from the Snapdragon Car-to-Cloud services providing comprehensive cloud and device components that helps the automotive ecosystem enable, manage and deploy new connected services developed on TelAF. Car-to-Cloud also provides secure data connection between cloud and device with cloud-based APIs to develop consumer and fleet solutions on the system.

The Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2 is 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 16-compliant and is being sampled by global automakers worldwide for expected commercially availability in late 2023.

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