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January 10, 2013

Texas Instruments Debuts WiLink 8Q Wireless Automotive Connectivity Solutions



By Nathesh
TMCnet Contributor



The new WiLink 8Q family of wireless automotive connectivity solutions from Texas Instruments (News - Alert) is designed with all the necessary features to blend high-performance, hands-free wireless connectivity with automotive infotainment.

WiLink 8Q provides numerous advanced features, including in-car multimedia streaming video, in parallel with Bluetooth hands-free calling and advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP) stereo sound.

The new solutions are meant to take drivers beyond the concept of connected car and immerse them into the perks of wireless technology to the car and the outside world. The automobile is seamlessly connected with a smartphone or a tablet utilizing new field communications (NFC).

With 100Mbps of Wi-Fi streaming capability on the 5GHz band, the WiLink 8Q is also designed for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast operation.

Mattias Lange, automotive connectivity product line manager for Wireless Connectivity Solutions at TI commented, “Delivering the familiar experience consumers have with smartphones and the tablets into the automobile to share information and content from drivers' and passengers' devices is driving the need for strong wireless connectivity solutions. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GNSS have to work together seamlessly as integrated parts of the entire system. The WiLink 8Q family takes our expertise in wireless connectivity and automotive applications to the next level with support of four different RF technologies on one SoC – a truly integrated approach to automotive infotainment.”

WiLink 8Q features GNSS technology that combines GPS and GLONASS signals with the on-chip positioning engine to produce accurate details about the automotive’s location. Bluetooth’s low energy use is capable of interacting with the car’s sensors to retrieve data like tire pressure, removing the need to employ expensive wires.

The WiLink 8Q family is designed to support key automotive operating systems such as QNX, Linux and Android (News - Alert).    

TI states that the initial members of the WiLink 8Q family are expected to sample in Q2 2013 and enter into production in Q1 2014.

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Edited by Braden Becker
 
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