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Continental Bags Orders for Intelligent Antennas & 5G Connectivity

Auto News - Published on Thu, 09 Jul 2020

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In the scope of their follow-up projects to current serial orders, two major European vehicle manufacturers have once again decided to work with Continental to supply innovative telematics and antenna solutions. Both projects build on company’s 5G Hybrid V2X platform, which is specifically developed for scalability and flexibility. The vehicle manufacturers can use the platform without substantial customization efforts across global markets. In this way, the solution from Continental helps to reduce the number of variants, resulting in cost reduction for the vehicle manufacturer.

Through the cooperation between Kathrein Automotive, an antennas specialist acquired by Continental in 2019, and Continental’s developers from the fields of connectivity and broadcast, it was possible to develop a highly integrated and intelligent antenna module, which is unique and forward-looking in the market thanks to its scalability and functional scope. The core of the Hybrid V2X Platform, on which the antenna module is based, originates from Continental’s self-developed Network Access Device. The platform can be integrated into both a 4.5G as well as a 5G version in the current products.

A powerful application processor can execute telematics applications, V2X, Vehicle-To-Everything, applications and even decoding from analog to digital radio reception. The use of the so-called Software Defined Radio makes it possible to realize the most diverse worldwide radio standards by means of pure software variants, without having to develop a specific hardware. Additionally, an integrated, highly precise GNSS receiver enables an exact positioning of the vehicle.

The Intelligent Antenna Module combines a variety of radio applications such as 4G or 5G mobile communications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or keyless entry to the vehicle. Furthermore, it enables the vehicle manufacturer to save several meters of antenna cable. A digital high-speed bus is used for communication with the connected control units. Losses on long coaxial cables, which, depending on the application, strongly affect signal quality, are now a problem of the past.

The highly integrated and intelligent antenna module by Continental is both unique and pioneering on the market due to its scalability and functionality.

The serial production of both products is planned for 2023 and in each case includes several variants for many vehicle models worldwide.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 09 Jul 2020
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