Marvell, a leader in storage, networking, and connectivity semiconductor solutions has introduced the industry’s first high-efficiency wireless 802.11ax solution with 2×2 plus 2×2 concurrent dual Wi-Fi, dual-mode Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy and 802.11p for connected vehicles. The new 88Q9098 combo solution enables gigabit-level performance, superior reliability, and enhanced security for the car and extends Marvell’s leadership in providing comprehensive 802.11ax solutions. Marvell’s innovative concurrent dual Wi-Fi architecture sets a new technology precedent, integrating two complete Wi-Fi subsystems into a single SoC, and enabling two independent 2×2 data streams to run concurrently and at full throughput. One use case demanding this capability is when one Wi-Fi radio is dedicated to mobile phone projection while the other is streaming video to and from mobile/accessory devices in the car. The 88Q9098 enables reuse of a single solution across infotainment and telematics applications, delivering market-leading multimedia streaming, secure over-the-air updates, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and hot-spot functionality.
Consumers require the same secure, reliable, and high-performance connection in the car that they have at home. Delivering this experience is becoming more difficult in the increasingly congested and connected world of the automobile. In designing the 88Q9098, Marvell combined our technology leadership in Wi-Fi 802.11ax solutions with our expertise in developing secure automotive connectivity solutions. Purpose-built for the car, this SoC offers the most complete set of automotive features, including 802.11p to support vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), Bluetooth Low Energy Long Range to enable new connectivity to your phone and key fob from up to 500 meters, and customisable firmware to enable OEMs to enhance and differentiate their solutions. The 88Q9098 also meets the stringent quality, reliability and temperature standards required for automotive AEC-Q100 grade 2 operation from -40C up to +105C.
Most companies target the mobile market as that is the biggest market for Wi-Fi chips. They then brand the chip for the automotive market. However, Marvell target solely the automotive market, skipping the competitive mobile phone market, meaning that the chips are bespoke for next-generation connected vehicles.
“As an industry leader in automotive networking and connectivity, Marvell is accelerating access to the industry’s most advanced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. The Marvell 88Q9098 delivers the industry’s first 802.11ax concurrent dual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and 802.11p combo solution designed for the feature, security, and quality needs of the automotive market,” said Mark Montierth, vice president and general manager, Wireless Connectivity Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor.
It is expected that this will start being designed into vehicles in 2020 and lead to mass production in 2021.