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Simplifying advanced connectivity

Qualcomm has announced the Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform: it is aimed at accelerating the adoption of advanced and complex connectivity into the next-generation of connected cars.

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Qualcomm Technologies – a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated – has developed a product designed to maintain pace with an ever-increasing set of automotive use cases facilitated by the latest advances in 4G LTE, Wifi, Bluetooth and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. The platform is also designed to solve challenges such as wireless coexistence and support for a number of in-car hardware architectures.

The Connected Car Reference Platform is built upon Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive product and technology portfolio, including Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems, quad-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and 2D/3D Dead Reckoning (DR) location solutions. In addition, the platform features in-vehicle networking technologies such as CAN and Gigabit Ethernet with Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) interfaces.

The platform uses a common framework that scales from a basic telematics control unit up to an integrated wireless gateway connecting multiple electronic control units within the car. It supports critical functions such as over-the-air software upgrades and data collection and analytics. It allows the vehicle’s connectivity hardware and software to be upgraded through its life cycle, providing automakers with a migration path from DSRC to hybrid/cellular V2X and from 4G LTE to 5G.

The platform also manages the concurrent operation of multiple wireless technologies using the same spectrum frequencies, such as Wifi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Low Energy. OEM and third-party applications are support, providing a secure framework for the development and execution of custom applications. The Connected Car Reference Platform allows automakers and their suppliers to explore, prototype, and commercialize connectivity designs using modules and solutions offered based on Qualcomm Technologies’ roadmap.

“With the Connected Car Reference Platform, Qualcomm Technologies has developed a platform for automakers, module OEM customers, and developers that emphasizes scalability, modularity and security for integrating and managing multiple cutting-edge wireless technologies inside vehicles,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies. “We are pleased to introduce this platform to help enable best-in-class advanced connectivity solutions and services in upcoming vehicle designs.”

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated is a manufacturer of 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT.


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