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Qualcomm Unveils Connected Car Reference Platform

Semiconductor firm Qualcomm has unveiled a new platform to simplify integration of advanced connectivity technologies into new vehicles.

The Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform intends to speed up the implementation of of advanced and complex connectivity into the next-generation of connected cars.

The platform integrates wireless technologies such as 3G/4G LTE, GNSS, Wi-Fi, DSRC, and Bluetooth.

It features Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems, in-vehicle networking technologies like Gigabit (OABR) Ethernet with automotive audio bus and controller area network interfaces.

Expected to be available by the end of this year, the platform will enable automakers and their suppliers to evaluate, prototype and commercialize connectivity designs using modules and solutions offered depending on Qualcomm's roadmap.

The platform is also designed to solve challenges including wireless coexistence, future-proofing and support for third-party in-car hardware architectures.

It enables the vehicle's connectivity hardware and software to be upgraded via its life cycle, offering automakers with a migration path from DSRC to hybrid/cellular V2X and from 4G LTE to 5G.

The platform provides a secure framework to develop and execute custom applications.

Qualcomm Technologies product management vice president Nakul Duggal said: "With the Connected Car Reference Platform, Qualcomm Technologies has developed a platform for automakers, module OEM customers, and developers that emphasizes scalability, modularity and security for integrating and managing multiple cutting-edge wireless technologies inside vehicles.

"We are pleased to introduce this platform to help enable best-in-class advanced connectivity solutions and services in upcoming vehicle designs."

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