Automotive Wi-Fi market is taking a big leap and the future of this market is presenting a great challenge to all automotive companies. Various connectivity solutions such as LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, and HSPA are getting tied up with OEM manufactured cars. According to ABI Research (News - Alert), shipments of connected automotive infotainment systems will grow from nine million in 2013 to more than 62 million in 2018 with connected navigation, multimedia streaming, social media, and in-car Wi-Fi hotspots as key features.
Several car makers have already announced their commitment to in-car Wi-Fi, including General Motors (News - Alert), Audi and Mercedes Benz.
Picking up this aspect as its key focus, RFMD, a company specializing in radio frequency solutions is significantly expanding its presence in the automotive industry and is gearing to support the leading chipset providers as they get ready to roll out new cars, trucks and SUVs that offer in-car Wi-Fi later this year.
The company expanded its portfolio of Wi-Fi products to include two new front end modules (FEMs) for automotive Wi-Fi applications. New additions include; the RFFM8500Q and the RFFM8200Q FEMs which belong to the family of ISO/TS 16949-certified products for automotive Wi-Fi, and will be available for volume production this quarter.
"RFMD (News - Alert)'s expanding ISO/TS 16949-compliant Wi-Fi product portfolio highlights our commitment to excellence in product design and manufacturing processes for the fast-growing automotive Wi-Fi market," said Rohan Houlden, general manager of RFMD's Wireless Connectivity Business Unit.
RFMD's new RFFM8500Q is claimed to be a compact, high linearity FEM supporting 5 GHz Wi-Fi and featuring a power amplifier, low noise amplifier and single pole double throw switch. The second module launched is a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi high linearity FEM, the RFFM8200Q, which includes a PA, LNA and single pole triple throw switch. Both products are ISO/TS 16949 certified, offer best in class performance, and are tested in accordance with the AECQ-100 automotive specification.
GM announced that it will add 4G/LTE (News - Alert) connectivity and in-car Wi-Fi hotspots to several of its 2015 GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac model cars, trucks and crossovers available in the U.S. and Canada later this year. RFMD is also evaluating its automotive Wi-Fi products for the emerging 802.11p standard for adding wireless access in vehicular environments (WAVE (News - Alert)).
Edited by Ryan Sartor