Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and 802.11p Combo SoC for V2X and IVI applications

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and 802.11p Combo SoC for V2X and IVI applications

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Connected cars have an unprecedented need for reliable and high-performance wireless connectivity. In-vehicle infotainment (IVI), secure telematics, in-car wireless gateways, and enhanced safety capabilities are dramatically increasing costs and complexity across every automotive segment. The  88W8987xA family of footprint-compatible SoCs enables car manufacturers to simplify wireless enablement and quickly offer market-leading capabilities to their customers. Built on the company’s experience in delivering reliable, robust and secure automotive technology, the fourth generation of wireless combo SoCs have been feature-optimized for the automotive market and meet the highest quality AEC-Q100 grade 2 standards.

The 88W8987xA family of wireless products complements the previously announced 88Q2112 automotive Ethernet physical layer (PHY) transceiver to provide a complete wired and wireless connectivity system for the connected car. The 88Q2112 enables 1000BASE-T1 gigabit Ethernet over a single twisted pair copper cable, making it an ideal, lightweight solution for distributing HD video, audio and voice for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and IVI applications.

Christian Kim, senior analyst, IHS Markit says: “The development of Marvell’s 88W8987xA family of footprint-compatible wireless solutions represents important progress for the automotive industry. With today’s automobiles becoming increasingly complex, Marvell’s new portfolio could go a long way to standardizing the development of connected cars – simplifying integration processes and helping to reduce costs.”

In addition to supporting the growing needs of IVI and emerging screen projection technologies, the 88W8987xA’s 802.11p features will enable a new era of safety and autonomous driving by supporting pending National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) requirements. The 88W8987xA is also the first wireless combo supporting Bluetooth 5 including Bluetooth Low Energy Angle of Arrival and Departure (AoA/AoD) and 802.11mc which will enable new and exciting use-models for automakers with wearables and phones to support new access, personalization and car location services.

The 88W8987xA provides flexibility for system design and is interoperable with a wide selection of host SoCs, hardware HSMs, WAVE (1609.x) stacks and operating systems. 88W8987xA drivers are readily available for the Android™ platform, Linux® and QNX®.

The 88W8987xA family of footprint-compatible wireless SoCs include:

  • 802.11ac + Qualified Bluetooth 5 Functionality (88W8987A);
  • 802.11p + Qualified Bluetooth 5 Functionality (88W8987PA);
  • Switchable 802.11ac/802.11p + Qualified Bluetooth 5 Functionality (88W8987SA).

The 88W8987xA family of wireless SoCs is sampling today and will be in production in Q4’17.

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