Module combines support for WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC

September 11, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
For wireless in-vehicle applications such as rear-seat entertainment or internet connectivity for passengers, Berlin-based Lesswire AG has developed an automotive-grade radio module. The WiBear 11ac supports WiFi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

With PHY data rates up to 433 Mbps, the WiBear 11ac is suited to support HD video streaming to rear-seat entertainment screens. It provides a complete wireless modem solution that can be integrated into third-party vendors applications. For connectivity to a host processor, it is equipped with SDIO, High-speed UART and TWSI interfaces. The SMD module is radio approved for Europe (CE) and the USA (FCC). Since the company also plans to sell it into industrial applications, an Industry Canada (IC) certification is pending. Other features include 64- and 128-bit AES hardware encryption engine for hardware-encrypted WAPI, as well as PCM and I2S interfaces for audio data.

Automotive climatic, mechanical and operating life tests qualification according according to VW 80000 and ISO 16750-4 have been approved. Engineering samples are available; shipping is scheduled to start November 1.