5G New Radio Module targets automotive use

March 31, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
5G New Radio Module targets automotive use
Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. has developed the UMNZ1 Series 5G New Radio (NR) Module for automotive use, a first for a Japanese corporation. Principal Applications include telematics control units (TCU), V2X onboard units (OBU) and V2X road-side units (RSU).

5G mobile communications technology featuring ultra-fast speeds, ultra-low latency and mass connectivity has a vital role to play for the automotive industry, given the major transformation underway. Used in combination with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) systems, 5G is expected to contribute to greater sophistication of IVI (In Vehicle Infotainment); for example, real-time integration of traffic conditions into navigation applications and instant downloading of high-definition video to watch on a cabin display. It will also spur integration of IoT technology that will improve the efficiency of maintenance by keeping an eye on the condition of a vehicle via a range of sensors. One highly anticipated application is in enabling functions essential for fully autonomous driving that existing V2X systems have been unable to sufficiently support, such as adjusting speed in response to traffic signals and other vehicles on the road.

Alps Alpine’s UMNZ1 Series 5G NR Module for Automotive Use with C-V2X features, is compliant with 3GPP Release 15. By suppressing heat generation and employing an original structure for greater dissipation of heat inside systems after mounting, module performance is maximized. Stability of the customer’s mounting process is also made possible with an original automotive-grade product design achieved by controlling the module’s flatness. In addition, the module has compatibility with the varying frequencies used by specifications worldwide, helping to reduce the development workload for customers.

Shipments of module samples began in March and soon customers will be using the modules to advance social implementation of next-generation communication solutions based on V2X systems and 5G.


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