NXP and Cohda Wireless have developed a wireless communication system based on a Cohda radio and NXP's software-defined radio technology. The systems is a suitable complement to Cisco's Internet of Things infrastructure.
Onboard and road-side units developed by the three companies have been field tested by the U.S. Transportation Department. Field trials have also been conducted in Germany, France and Singapore. The companies claim to have developed the first automotive-qualified IEEE 802.11p products for onboard and road-side units that are ready for C2C and C2I deployments. The partners expect to develop a solution for the automotive and intelligent transportation system (ITS) industry.
NXP will exclusively license Cohda's 802.11p technology together with its chip sets as an exclusive supplier for automotive customers. Cohda will in turn be NXP's preferred partner for automotive 802.11p reference designs.
"Our patented technology enhances radio reception; the car can see around corners or through obstacles when needed," Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray, said in a statement issued by NXP. "Combining our special expertise in wireless automotive communication with that of long-established automotive companies like NXP and a global player like Cisco is a logical next step to further grow our reach into the automotive industry,"
"The onboard solution is one element of an end-to-end architecture that integrates with Cisco's off-board network infrastructure," added Maciej Kranz, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Connected Industries Group.