NXP packs wireless and wired connectivity into a single OrangeBox 

Wireless and wired connectivity within a vehicle, including V2X (vehicle to everything), secure car access, radio and Wi-Fi technologies, are integrated into a single connectivity domain controller.

The OrangeBox development platform simplifies access to integrated connectivity technologies through one software platform to reduce costs and streamline development, said NXP.

OrangeBox integrates a variety of NXP wireless technologies, from broadcast radio, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth, to secure car access with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and 802.11p-based V2X. It is a single, security- enhanced, modular development platform that provides a unified interface between the vehicle’s gateway and its wired and wireless technologies for V2X communications.

OrangeBox unifies current and emerging external wireless interfaces, for infotainment to advanced safety features, for example, into a single, security-enhanced connectivity domain controller, which connects to the secure vehicle gateway through NXP high-speed Ethernet. It is designed to reduce effort for development teams, while optimising the movement of data across multiple communication interfaces. Importantly, it also enables consistent security protection to be applied to all data traffic entering the car and eases the deployment of V2X and cloud applications such as over-the-air (OTA) updates for software-defined vehicles.

Designed as a modular platform, OEMs and Tier 1s can use OrangeBox to adapt to regional requirements for cellular connectivity and V2X and enable in-field updates to keep up with changing technologies, said NXP.

“By consolidating automotive wireless technologies into a centralised domain controller with a high- speed connection to the vehicle gateway, we are creating a single pathway for the vehicle to seamlessly connect to the rest of the world,” said Dan Loop, vice president and general manager for automotive edge processing, NXP. “Not only can this help to reduce costs and streamline development, it addresses a critical piece of the puzzle for data-enriched vehicles that require centralised, secure connectivity,” he added.

The central processor of the OrangeBox is an i.MX 8XLite applications processor running a unified Linux-based software platform to manage the automotive wireless connectivity. There is an NXP Gbit Ethernet connection to the central vehicle gateway to allow other automotive systems to access integrated wireless connectivity.

The OrangeBox automotive development platform is expected to be available in the first half of 2023. 


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