Qualcomm announced today the integration of their chipsets in the next-generation of Volkswagen AG vehicles. These chipsets include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A processor, as well as the Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems. Volkswagen AG vehicles featuring the Snapdragon 820A processor are expected to be available in 2019, while vehicles utilizing Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems are expected to be available in 2018.
Qualcomm Technologies announced today at CES 2017 the integration of their chipsets in the next-generation of Volkswagen AG vehicles. These chipsets include the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820A processor for advanced infotainment systems, as well as the Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems, for connected car and telematics systems. Qualcomm Technologies is working closely with Volkswagen AG and other industry leaders to develop and produce an infotainment and telematics systems in the automotive industry. Volkswagen AG vehicles featuring the Snapdragon 820A processor are expected to be available in 2019, while vehicles utilizing Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems are expected to be available in 2018.
As infotainment systems become more relevant in purchase decisions, select lines of Volkswagen AG vehicles will be powered by the Snapdragon 820A processor, custom-built with highly optimized cores designed for heterogeneous computing. The processor is based on a 14nm FinFET advanced process node running on Qualcomm Technologies’ custom 64-bit Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 680 DSP Vector eXtension. Additionally, the Snapdragon 820A processor is designed to allow the infotainment system to be upgradable through software updates, allowing vehicles to be upgraded with the latest features and differentiation.
Connectivity remains a key technology in providing exceptional in-car experiences as high quality cloud-connectivity is necessary to support critical features, such as over-the-air updates, navigation with real-time updates, news and local information, emergency assistance and diagnostics. Connected car and telematics systems in select Volkswagen AG vehicles will utilize the Snapdragon X12 LTE and X5 LTE modems. Both modems have been designed with leading LTE connectivity to support fast downloads, swift application performance, as well as provide enhanced thermal efficiency and optimized power consumption. The Snapdragon X12 LTE modem supports global Carrier Aggregation (CA) for download speeds of up to 600 Mbps, upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps, while the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem supports Category 4 speeds across global TDD and FDD radio frequency bands. In addition to leading LTE features, these multimode modems provide support for all major 3G/2G cellular standards, on-chip integration of global positioning (GNSS) support for all major constellations, and a 1GHz processor with Linux and built-in software for key global regulatory mandates, such as EU eCAll and ERA Glonass. The Snapdragon X12 LTE and X5 LTE modems also inter-work with CSR6030, an 802.11 b/g/n chipset to support Wi-Fi Direct™ dual AP and dual self-service identifier operations.