Under the Hood at CES 2022: A 5G Chipset

To find out the future, follow the chips. Behind the exciting announcements of future automobiles coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 in Las Vegas you will find the latest 5G chipsets. Connectivity is key to the CASE megatrend, which includes the other pillars: Autonomous, Shared, Electric. And advancements in Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X), in Release 16, will end up on the automobile assembly line by 2025, according to Automotive World. 

“Standards around 5G are evolving quickly,” Automotive World reported. “Experts say the automotive space is poised to receive a new wave of advanced functionality.”

Automotive World notes that C-V2X systems can prevent an accident from happening because of its ability to act quickly. For example, taking control of a semi-autonomous vehicle in case of a medical emergency or controlling a driverless semi-truck in a complex traffic situation. 

In cooperation with HERE Technologies, TomTom and the transport authorities in six European countries, Daimler, BMW, Ford and Volvo are testing how information about acutely hazardous situations can be passed on using Car-to-X technology. The test phase is scheduled to last twelve months, starting in the Netherlands.

Qualcomm Inc. recently agreed to provide 5G chips to Volvo, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Renault SA, according to Reuters and Zacks Investment Research. But the impact will be felt sooner than 2025. Volvo will include Qualcomm’s ”Snapdragon Cockpit” chips in the production of its electric SUV this year. Honda will use Qualcomm automotive chips for vehicles in 2023. 

Qualcomm is reportedly the only chipset vendor with 5G system level solutions spanning both sub-6 and millimeter-wave bands and one of the largest RF front-end suppliers with design wins across all premium-tier smartphone customers. It is one of the largest manufacturers of wireless chipsets based on baseband technology,” NASDAQ reported.

Last November, BMW and Qualcomm re-upped their relationship with an agreement to use the Snapdragon Ride™ Platform in BMW Group’s next generation of advanced driver-assistance systems and automated driving platforms.

By J. Sharpe Smith, Inside Towers Technology Editor

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