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u-blox launches automotive Wi-Fi & Bluetooth module

u-blox launches automotive Wi-Fi & Bluetooth module

The new u‑blox JODY‑W1 module is ideal for infotainment and telematics applications.

u‑blox today announced the launch of JODY‑W1, a host‑based automotive‑grade module.

The new module enables real simultaneous dual band (RSDB) operation for faster, concurrent Wi‑Fi connectivity on the 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless bands.

As it also supports both dual‑band Wi‑Fi with 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac and dual‑mode Bluetooth (Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy) 4.2, JODY‑W1 is ideal for in‑vehicle‑infotainment and telematics applications requiring high data rates and concurrent connectivity, such as in‑car hotspots, Wi‑Fi screens (e. g. Apple CarPlay) or video streaming across multiple clients.

RSDB enables a separation of time‑critical services requiring higher data rates from less critical services. In an infotainment application, the Wi‑Fi Screen could independently operate on the 5 GHz band, and the Wi‑Fi hotspot on the 2.4 GHz band, improving overall robustness and per‑band data rates in comparison to chipsets using time‑division multiplexing for dual‑band support.

Kilian Frank, Product Strategy, Short Range Radio Product Center at u‑blox, says:

“Thanks to RSDB support, JODY‑W1 offers best‑in‑class performance when operating as an access point, station, or in P2P mode on different bands in parallel. Combined with excellent Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi co‑existence, it is the ideal choice for applications with concurrent use‑cases.”

JODY‑W1 measures just 19.8 x 13.8 mm, making it one of the smallest modules on the market. It comes optionally with an integrated LTE filter for applications requiring LTE and Wi‑Fi antenna co‑location. The module complies with the highest automotive quality requirements. It contains an AEC‑Q100 compliant chip BCM89359 and it is manufactured according to ISO/TS16949, with automotive service level including PPAP, 8D report and full component traceability among others.

Fully tested engineering samples will be available in Q2 2017.

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