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Continental introduces 4G LTE module

Continental has introduced a new telematics module that facilitates ‘Always on’ connectivity by handling multiple cellular technologies unit, which paves the way for the total integration of consumer electronics and applications; a core requirement for future connected vehicles. The new high-speed telematics module offers up to 100 Mbps bandwidth where the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network standard is available. By integrating configurable frequency variants, interchangeable options for air interface solutions, GPS/GLONASS, and WLAN into one scalable and highly compact hardware module, the LTE module can be used worldwide. The product architecture addresses multiple cellular technologies, including LTE, HSPA, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA. To facilitate worldwide use, the national frequency variants in the USA, Europe, Russia, China, Brazil, and many other countries are supported.

The module also offers premium speech and hands-free technologies. Consumer device connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB. To interface with the vehicle, many automotive bus standards such as MOST, CAN, LIN, Ethernet, USB, and WiFi are supported. With its increased processing power and configurable RAM and FLASH memory, the LTE module supports a wide range of applications. Despite its rich functionality, the new module is integrated on a small printed circuit board (PCB) that measures no more than 35 x 40mm (1.4x1.6 inches). Frequency variations, WiFi, and RAM/FLASH can be freely configured to the application, and cellular chips with identical footprint are available in multiple variants to cover all major cellular technologies.

Compared to previous 3G technologies, 4G LTE brings the required bandwidth for the best real-time experience when using HTML 5 apps and dynamic content, on-line location-based services (LBS), low-latency Vehicle-to-X (V2X) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (V2I2V) communications, fast media streaming and map updates, plus personalized cloud services and mobile office connectivity. “With our new LTE-capable telematics module, drivers around the globe can expand their capabilities with cloud services, lifestyle apps, and many more innovative features to make driving more comfortable, more efficient, and safer”, said Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s infotainment & connectivity business unit. “It connects drivers to what matters.” The module is scheduled to be available for vehicle mass production from early 2015.

April 2, 2014

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