Thursday, September 26, 2013

Broadcom Intros 802.11ac/Bluetooth Chips for Connected Car

Broadcom introduced a new line of wireless chips for automotive infotainment applications.

The new product line, which initially consists of two chips, use use IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology to allow drivers and passengers to sync and stream content from mobile devices to the car's infotainment system and rear-seat displays. The new chips also enable high-speed connectivity beyond the vehicle, serving Internet and cloud content via LTE telematics or directly from a Hot Spot connection.

Key Features:

  • 5G WiFi system including MAC, PHY, RF and Bluetooth Smart Ready on a single chip
  • Integrated Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint support
  • Resolves interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity
  • Advanced beamforming, Low-Density Parity Check and Space-Time Block support for better coverage

"Car connectivity is the new battleground for product differentiation and the next frontier for Broadcom," said Rahul Patel, Broadcom Vice President of Wireless Connectivity. "Broadcom is delivering our proven expertise and leadership in wireless connectivity to the automotive market. By providing the same technology and roadmap associated with the fast-moving mobile ecosystem, the possibilities enabled by our new wireless automotive chips are endless."

Broadcom has also been a pioneering developer of automotive Ethernet solutions aimed at connecting multiple in-vehicle systems, such as infotainment, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance over unshielded single twisted pair cable. 

Broadcom's BroadR-Reach automotive portfolio aims to reduce in-vehicle connectivity complexity, cost and cabling weight using familiar Ethernet. The company is introducing the first five devices in this portfolio, including three highly integrated switches with embedded PHYs, and two stand-alone PHY solutions. The devices meet in-car EMC requirements and extre

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