Marvell’s 802.11ax Concurrent Dual Wi-Fi Targets Next-Generation Connected Cars

June 12, 2018 Rich Nass

Marvell recently introduced what it claims is the industry’s first high-efficiency wireless 802.11ax solution with “two-by-two plus two-by-two” concurrent dual Wi-Fi, dual-mode Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy, and 802.11p for connected vehicles. The 88Q9098 combo solution enables gigabit-level performance, high reliability, and enhanced security for the car. The innovative concurrent dual Wi-Fi architecture integrates two complete Wi-Fi subsystems into one SoC, and enables two independent two-by-two data streams to run concurrently and at full throughput.

One use case that requires 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.

Purpose-built for the car, this SoC offers customizable firmware so OEMs can enhance and differentiate their solutions. The 88Q9098 also meets the quality, reliability and temperature standards required for automotive AEC-Q100 grade 2 operation from -40°C up to +105°C.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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