20.02.2020 – u-blox Holding AG

u-blox AG: u-blox launches first Wi-Fi 6 module series in automotive grade

20.02.2020 / 09:00

Press Release

u-blox launches first Wi-Fi 6 module series in automotive grade

Driving new user experiences in automotive infotainment thanks to concurrent
dual Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth 5.1.

Thalwil, Switzerland - February 20, 2020 - u-blox (SIX:UBXN; OTC:UBLXF), a
global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication
technologies, has announced the JODY-W3 series, multiradio modules featuring
Wi-Fi 6 with 2 x 2 MIMO and dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1. Supporting the latest
IEEE 802.11ax standard, also known as Wi-Fi 6, JODY-W3 is designed for the
increasing number of wireless high speed connections that will be required
in the vehicle. This ranges from ultra-HD video infotainment streaming and
screen mirroring, to wireless back-up cameras and cloud connectivity as well
as vehicle systems maintenance and diagnostics. Bluetooth 5.1 provides
direction finding along with long range, enabling applications such as
keyless entry systems.

"Wi-Fi 6 delivers a leap in performance over previous Wi-Fi standards,
delivering functionality that makes it ideal for use in automotive systems,
both in OEM equipment and aftermarket telematics solutions," says Håkan
Svegerud, Senior Director, Product Strategy Short Range Radio at u-blox.

JODY-W3 operates simultaneously at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz to enable the highest
possible performance in terms of data rates. The new Wi-Fi 6 standard also
allows for a higher density of devices and less data congestion, precisely
the environment found in the vehicle. Concurrent dual Wi-Fi together with
Bluetooth ensure that optimal data transfer is achieved while maintaining
stable and clear telephony links. Naturally, Wi-Fi 6 is backwards compatible
with previous standards, enabling continued interoperability with legacy

The JODY-W3 module series also provides simultaneous operation modes
supporting Access Point (AP), with up to 32 stations, Station (STA) and
Wi-Fi Direct (P2P). This opens up new approaches to the implementation of
over-the-air (OTA) updates, wireless vehicle diagnostics, interaction with
electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and map updates. Security support
for WPA3 is also implemented, delivering more robust authentication and
increased cryptographic strength.

Offered in a compact 13.8 x 19.8 mm form factor, this new series is
compatible with u-blox JODY-W1 and JODY-W2 modules. The module is automotive
grade, conforming to AEC-Q100 Grade 2.

Learn more about JODY-W3 by visiting the u-blox Stand 3-139 in the M2M zone
of Embedded World, 25 - 27 February, Nuremberg, Germany.

About u-blox
u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless
communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer
markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their
precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range
networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem
of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to
empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of
Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil,
Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia,
and the USA.

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Issuer: u-blox AG
Key word(s): Research/Technology

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