Marvell, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions, has announced the 88W8987xA. It’s the industry’s first automotive-grade system-on-chip (SoC) to be integrated with the latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) capabilities. This sophisticated wireless combo chip brings the industry-best solution for in-car Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and 802.11p.
The modern connected cars have a need for reliable and high-performance wireless connectivity. Elements like secure telematics, in-car wireless gateways, in-vehicle infotainment, and enhanced safety features are continually increasing costs and complexity across every automotive segment.
Marvell’s 88W8987XA family of footprint-compatible solutions enables car manufacturers to simplify wireless enablement and quickly offer market-leading capabilities to their customers. Built on Marvell’s reliable, robust, and secure automotive technology, the fourth generation of wireless combo solutions has been feature optimized for the automotive market and meets the highest quality AEC-Q100 grade 2 standards.
Marvell Introduces Industry’s First Wi-Fi, Bluetooth5, and 802.11p Combo Solutions for Connected Cars
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The family also complements Marvell’s earlier announced 88Q2112 automotive Ethernet physical layer (PHY) transceiver to provide a complete wired and wireless connectivity solution for the connected car. The 88Q2112 enables 100BASEe-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.
Apart from supporting the needs of in-vehicle infotainment and emerging screen projection technologies, the 88W8987xA’s 802.11p features give way to 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.
88W8987xA is industry’s first wireless combo supporting Bluetooth 5 including Bluetooth Low Energy Angle of Arrival and Departure (AoA/AoD) and 802.11mc which allows 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®.
1. Bluetooth 5.0 Support:
• Bluetooth® Low Energy Angle of Arrival and Departure (AoA/AoD) and 802.11mc for multi-modal enhanced intelligent distance and location detection for the automotive market
• WAVE (1609.x) stack independence
• 1×1 802.11ac Wave 2
• Virtual dual-MAC
4. Multiple Coexistence Mechanisms ensure optimized performance in various applications
• Bluetooth 5 and WLAN Coexistence – Physically & Logically Optimized and Self-Managed
• WLAN and LTE/LTE-A Coexistence – Logically Optimized via Mobile Wireless Coexistence Interface
5. Integrated power amplifiers that operate at AEC-Q100 Grade 2 temperatures (-40°C to +105°C) degrees providing the highest levels of integration while still allowing for the use of external amplifiers for ultimate system flexibility in higher power systems.
Marvell first revolutionized the digital storage industry by moving information at speeds never thought possible. Today, that same breakthrough innovation remains at the heart of the company’s storage, networking, and connectivity solutions. With leading intellectual property and deep system-level knowledge, Marvell’s semiconductor solutions continue to transform the enterprise, cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets.
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