Qualcomm has introduced a variant of its connected car reference platform using the flagship Gigabit class Snapdragon X16 LTE modem to help car manufacturers deliver the high-speed, high-quality and reliable connectivity required for advanced telematics and connected vehicle services – supporting peak download speeds up to 1Gbps.

The reference platform is designed to allow car makers to quickly and easily integrate the broad range of additional wireless and networking technologies required in today’s vehicles, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), with optional support for DSRC and Cellular-V2X.

Qualcomm has also developed a reference hardware module in two different band configurations, North America and rest of world (including Europe). The module design is engineered to support up to four antennas to utilise the 4x4 MIMO capabilities of the Snapdragon X16 modem and reach the peak download speeds of up to 1Gbps. This can help accelerate the time-to-commercialisation of this flagship device and the company is working with module manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to further optimise 2-antenna and 4-antenna configurations aiming to meet cost-effectiveness and size requirements of specific automakers, specific segments and use cases.

The connected car reference platform using Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, including its corresponding reference module, is expected to be available in the first half of 2017.