NXP adds Wi-Fi 6E to automotive wireless connectivity 

Advanced automotive security together with concurrent dual Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 are enabled in NXP’s automotive wireless connectivity portfolio with the introduction of the AW693 wireless connectivity device.

The integrated AW693 enables multiple secure connections within the car, supporting the transition to software-defined vehicles, said NXP. It enables concurrent dual Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connections and is protected by NXP’s integrated Edgelock secure subsystem.

Targeting telematics and in-vehicle infotainment, the AW693 supports connectivity across multiple automotive platforms when combined with NXP’s i.MX 8 and 9 series of applications processors. This enables secure delivery of the over the air software updates and also facilitates secure connections between various systems and mobile devices inside the car.

In addition to updates to ensure vehicle platforms are equipped with the latest features and security, new and future vehicles will require constant connection between vehicle systems, said NXP. This will include the secure upload and download of sensor information, camera feeds, diagnostics data and other features, as well as communication between the vehicle and mobile devices.

This requires low latency and simultaneous multi-band connectivity to support both legacy and new devices. It also needs connection stability to allow seamless communication throughout a vehicle. According to NXP, its AW693 can be used with its Concurrent Dual Wi-Fi to incorporate an access point-like design approach.

The AW693 offers concurrent dual Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 operation, with integrated 2.4GHz and 5.0 to 7.0GHz TX power amplifiers, RX low noise amplifiers, Tx/Rx switches and a full Bluetooth radio. NXP’s integrated EdgeLock secure subsystem supports hardware crypto-accelerated secure boot, key management, firmware authentication, secure life cycle management and anti-rollback protection. The AW693 is AEC-Q100 Grade 2-compliant.

NXP’s i.MX 95 family quickly and easily integrates the AW693 to enable safety-capable, secure automotive platforms and offers efficient machine learning acceleration, said the company2, adding that this helps to simplify development and reduce costs.

The AW693 is part of a portfolio of automotive wireless connectivity solutions that includes the AW692, the AW690, the AW611 and the Q9098. 


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