WiLink 8Q RF chip family combines multiple RF technologies for in-car use

January 07, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Texas Instruments has developed a new family of wireless automotive connectivity solutions. The members of the WiLink 8Q family enable automotive electronics developers to implement a variety of cross-connectivity platforms for in-car installation. Users benefit by sharing and viewing content from smartphones and tablets on in-car systems, easy pairing of devices, navigation and replacement of expensive cables for in-car communication.

Through multi-radio technology, the WiLink 8Q family achieves cross platform scalability and delivers advanced features including in-car multimedia streaming video in-parallel with Bluetooth hands-free calling and advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP) stereo sound. Additionally, with near field communications (NFC) for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth pairing, WiLink 8Q solutions enable connections between smartphones or tablet computers and the automobile.

The WiLink 8Q family is designed for Wi-Fi certified Miracast operation. With an integrated power amplifier (PA) and complete software reuse across all family members, WiLink 8Q solutions provide a full range of products for wireless automotive infotainment including:

  1. Combo-connectivity system-on-chips (SoCs) with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support;
  2. More integrated combo-connectivity SoCs with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy and NFC;
  3. Super-combo SoCs with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy, NFC, and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) support.

The WiLink 8Q family leverages TI's solutions across multiple end-equipments and includes leading Bluetooth and Wi-Fi coexistence technology. TI’s second generation automotive combo connectivity offering, the WiLink 8Q family works with a variety of infotainment processors and is a perfect companion device for TI’s automotive OMAP processors, DRA65x “Jacinto 5” and the newly announced DRA74x processor , code named “Jacinto 6.” The DRA74x infotainment processors heighten performance for tomorrow’s in-vehicle displays, 3D navigation and high-definition multimedia. Additionally, TI has a robust software offering for WiLink 8Q connectivity solutions that supports a number of key automotive operating systems such as QNX, Linux and Android.

TI’s wireless automotive connectivity solutions will be demonstrated at CES 2013 in the TI Village, North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Initial members of the WiLink 8Q family are expected to sample in 2Q 2013 and are expected to be in production in 1Q 2014. WiLink 8Q solutions are intended for high-volume automotive manufacturers and are not available through distributors.

For more information visit http://www.ti.com/lsds/ti/apps/automotive/driver_entertainment/overview.page