New Marvell 88W8987xA line provides Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, 802.11p combo offerings for vehicle-to-everything, in-vehicle infotainment

Marvell announced this week 88W8987xA, its automotive-grade system-on-chip (SoC) to integrate the latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) capabilities. This wireless combo chip delivers high performance in-car Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and 802.11p.

The Marvell 88W8987xA line of automotive wireless SoC is a highly integrated IEEE 802.11ac(wave2)/ IEEE 802.11p transceiver and Bluetooth single-chip foot print compatible combo solution, specifically designed to support the speed, reliability, and quality requirements of 1609.x/wireless access in vehicular environments (WAVE)/dedicated short range communications (DSRC) systems, in-vehicle infotainment systems and secure wireless gateway systems.

The 88W8987xA family of wireless products complements our previously announced 88Q2112 automotive Ethernet physical layer (PHY) transceiver to provide a complete wired and wireless connectivity solution for the connected car. The 88Q2112 enables 1000BASE-T1 gigabit Ethernet over a single twisted pair copper cable, making it an ideal, lightweight solution for distributing HD video, audio and voice for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and IVI applications.

“The development of Marvell’s 88W8987xA family of footprint-compatible wireless solutions represents important progress for the automotive industry,” said Christian Kim, senior analyst, IHS Markit. “With today’s automobiles becoming increasingly complex, Marvell’s new portfolio could go a long way to standardizing the development of connected cars – simplifying integration processes and helping to reduce costs.”

In addition to supporting the growing needs of IVI and emerging screen projection technologies, the 88W8987xA’s 802.11p features will enable a new era of safety and autonomous driving by supporting pending National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) requirements.

The 88W8987xA is also the initial wireless combo solution supporting Bluetooth 5 including Bluetooth Low Energy Angle of Arrival and Departure (AoA/AoD) and 802.11mc which will enable new and exciting use-models for automakers with wearables and phones to support new access, personalization and car location services.

Connected cars have an unprecedented need for reliable and high-performance wireless connectivity. In-vehicle infotainment (IVI), secure telematics, in-car wireless gateways, and enhanced safety capabilities are dramatically increasing costs and complexity across every automotive segment. Marvell’s 88W8987xA family of footprint-compatible solutions enables car manufacturers to simplify wireless enablement and quickly offer market-leading capabilities to their customers. Built on Marvell’s experience in delivering reliable, robust and secure automotive technology, the fourth generation of wireless combo solutions has been feature-optimized for the automotive market and meets the highest quality AEC-Q100 grade 2 standards.

“Today’s automobiles demand new levels of performance, safety, and reliability and their owners expect the latest wireless features. Marvell’s 88W8987xA provides the industry’s most advanced single-chip solution to accelerate and simplify large-scale automotive deployment of the features customers expect in their connected cars,” said Mark Montierth, vice president and general manager, Wireless Connectivity Business Unit at Marvell.

The 88W8987xA family of wireless solutions is sampling today and will be in production in the fourth quarter of this year. It was recently demonstrated at TU Automotive in Detroit and integrated with Commsignia’s ITS-OB3 platform showcasing a variety of use cases.

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