USA: CSR has announced availability of the CSR6030A11, its automotive-qualified standalone Wi-Fi solution. In addition to improvements to the Wi-Fi performance, the CSR6030A11 offers “Concurrent Network Mode” – the capability to support Wi-Fi connectivity on two networks at the same time. In addition, CSR6030A11 is Wi-Fi Direct compliant, meaning that the CSR6030A11 can connect directly to other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct devices without relying on a hotspot for that connection. These capabilities give system designers greatly increased flexibility in supporting a much greater range of network topologies and use cases within the rapidly-changing, in-car consumer communications and entertainment environment.
The CSR6030A11 is capable of providing Wi-Fi connectivity on two different Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, meaning that the same device is capable of acting as a Wi-Fi client on one network while serving as a Wi-Fi access point on another at the same time. The feature is set to improve the flexibility of wireless connections to and from in-vehicle systems: for example, with this feature, you can envisage smartphone tethering for Internet access to the head unit while at the same time that head unit can enable an in-vehicle Wi-Fi access point to deliver the smartphone’s Internet connection to a number of consumer electronics (CE) devices brought into the vehicle. Concurrent Network Mode supports legacy Wi-Fi client and access point roles but will also deliver the same functionality with Wi-Fi Direct enabled devices.
With Wi-Fi Direct, the CSR6030A11 includes a new connectivity standard poised to do for Wi-Fi enabled handset, consumer and other devices what the USB standard did for wired connections. Wi-Fi Direct means easy, simple connections and communication between wireless devices without worrying about the technical details or characteristics of any of these devices. Wi-Fi Direct enables easy, single-click connection and communication between devices for the exchange of everything from documents, music and video to diagnostic data –and more seamlessly, to and from in-vehicle systems.
Thomas Carmody, Head of Connectivity Marketing for CSRs Auto Business Group, stated that, “We’ve been engaging with our automotive customers on this platform since 2009, and the introduction of the CSR6030A11 – our third-generation automotive Wi-Fi solution – shows our commitment to make the investments necessary to help them meet their customer requirements. Automakers have been developing Wi-Fi strategies that will enhance consumer experience in the connected-car environment. The CSR6030A11 will meet the challenges of the demands that grow out of those Wi-Fi requirements and demonstrate our growing strength in supplying Wi-Fi to the automotive market.”