Multi-radio module targets in-vehicle comms and industrial devices

Encompassing both Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth Low Energy 5 protocols, the Jody-W2 multi-radio hardware has been added to the u-blox offering for in-vehicle communication and industrial automation.

The compact, wireless modules has a footprint of 13.8 x 19.8mm for use in constrained spaces in vehicles. It also has an operating temperature range of -40 to +105 degrees C to be rugged in both in-vehicle environments and industrial applications.

The robust Jody-W2 module incorporates the latest AEC-Q100-qualified wireless SoC technology. One variant is non-AEC-Q100 qualified and instead specifically targets industrial control and monitoring applications, such as patient monitoring, surveillance systems and in-building asset tracking. It has dual band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), covering 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency channels, as well as built-in WPA3-compliant security mechanisms. It also offers Bluetooth 5 capabilities, with both Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. To achieve best possible cross-protocol co-existence, there are separate antennae for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Optimised for deployment in modern automobile infotainment, telematics systems, and industrial gateways, the Jody-W2 can provide an access point for connection with up to eight devices, offering enough bandwidth for video streaming via several devices at once, says u-blox. It has the capacity to support parallel transportation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals and can simultaneously act as an access point and as a station, or conduct peer-to-peer communication.

It has the same form factor as the u-blox Jody-W1, allowing engineers to upgrade existing designs.

Pelle Svensson, senior principal product strategy, product strategy short range radio at u-blox, believed:“Connectivity is destined to be a key differentiator for car models in the coming years . . .  Through our Jody platform, we are able to meet automotive OEMs’ requirements, and also address the subsequent aftermarket opportunities that are emerging. Jody-W2 sets new performance benchmarks and assures continued data security while coping with the elevated temperatures and challenging operating conditions that are unavoidable in automotive and industrial environments.”

u‑blox provides positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets to let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. The company has a broad portfolio of chips, modules and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services to develop solutions for the IoT, quickly and cost-effectively.

The company has headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland and offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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