Qualcomm Technologies announced the latest additions to its portfolio of Qualcomm Automotive Wireless Solutions for next-generation connected vehicles—the Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 4G Platform and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platform. The platforms feature integrated C-V2X direct communications, high-precision multi-frequency global navigation satellite system (HP-GNSS), and RF Front-End (RFFE) functionalities. The Snapdragon Automotive 4G and 5G Platforms are designed to provide support for rich in-vehicle experiences, including dual SIM dual active (DSDA) (included on the Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platform), precise positioning for lane-level navigation accuracy, multi-gigabit cloud connectivity, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-roadside infrastructure (V2I) communications for safety, high-bandwidth low-latency teleoperations support. The new Snapdragon Automotive 4G and 5G Platforms are expected to sample later this year and are planned for production vehicles in 2021. Automakers will also have an opportunity to access the new platforms through the second-generation Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Design (CCRD) anticipated to be available later this year.

The Snapdragon Automotive 4G Platform is Qualcomm Technologies’ sixth-generation multimode LTE modem for automotive. The Snapdragon Automotive 4G Platform is designed to support Full Dimensional Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO) for up to five aggregated LTE carriers, allowing the Snapdragon Automotive 4G Platform to use spectrum deployed by global carriers.

The Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platform is 3GPP Release 15-compliant and engineered to support FDD and TDD networks, as well as standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes of operation. The Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platform is also designed to support a variety of emerging mobility service models and for the first time in an automotive platform, offers DSDA support to the car and driver to support each to choose their own independent network operator subscription, which can be managed through remote service provisioning. 

Both Snapdragon Automotive 4G and 5G Platforms feature IP Acceleration (IPA) for optimization data transfer between LTE and complementary Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6 products, as well as support the Qualcomm Telematics Software Development Kit (SDK) to support an environment for application development.

The Snapdragon Automotive 4G and 5G Platforms support concurrent multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS, which includes GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BDS, and QZSS with Qualcomm Dead Reckoning 3 (QDR3) technology, optimized to provide highly accurate location positioning with a comprehensive virtually anytime/anywhere 3D navigation solution. This is done by including inertial measurements and other automotive sensors to support precise positioning in virtually all environments, including areas of degraded GNSS visibility.

Engineered to provide automakers the necessary tools to rapidly build and prototype smart and connected applications, the second-generation CCRD features a suite of connectivity technologies, including LTE Advanced Pro or 5G using either of the new Snapdragon Automotive Platforms, accompanied by C-V2X, HP-GNSS support, Bluetooth 5.1, and Wi-Fi 6, RFFE for 4G and 5G, as well as a dedicated Qualcomm Technologies application processor with dedicated security accelerators for C-V2X and to support Qualcomm Vision Enhanced Precise Positioning (VEPP).

The new CCRD can support precise location awareness and secure environment for applications that support higher levels of intelligence, connected, and autonomous driving use cases. Using its heterogenous connectivity capabilities, the second-generation CCRD also facilitates superior communication between numerous connectivity technologies, such as 2G/3G/4G LTE/5G NR, C-V2X, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS.