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

June 14, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The 88W8987xA from Marvell claims to be the first automotive-grade system-on-chip (SoC) to integrate the latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) capabilities. This wireless combo chip enables in-car Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and 802.11p.

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.”