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u-blox announces JODY-W4, the first automotive-grade module supporting Wi-Fi 6E technology and Bluetooth LE Audio functionalities

By Eric Van Rees - 23rd January 2023 - 10:15

u-blox, a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies and services, has announced the u-blox JODY-W4, an automotive-grade module incorporating Wi-Fi 6E technology and Bluetooth LE Audio functionality in all its variants.

The JODY-W4 design tackles the current Wi-Fi congestion problem, supports the latest infotainment audio systems demands, and performs well at higher temperatures. With its three antenna ports, compact size (13.8 x 19.8 x 2.5 mm), Infineon chipset (89570 / 89570B), and pin compatibility with other members of the u-blox JODY family, this ready-to-go solution is ideal for addressing multiple interface, cost, and complex design challenges.

JODY-W4 is a pioneering module that scales up the use of frequencies, encompassing not only 2.4 and 5 but also 6 GHz. The spread of the 6 GHz band opens the possibility to use additional high bandwidth channels, enabling the support of current and future connectivity needs.

This new u-blox module supports long-awaited Bluetooth LE Audio operation in automotive applications. JODY-W4 features the latest Bluetooth low energy 5.3 version, which improves the audio experience, enables long-range support as well as compatibility with new accessories. It may also operate as a Wi-Fi DFS master with zero-wait, an advantageous function within areas like airports where the use of certain channels is restricted.

In response to market demands requesting operation temperatures higher than 85 °C, JODY-W4 variants work at ease even up to 105 °C, thus providing positioning flexibility in the car.

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