Molex fuses TCU and antenna in hidden design
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Connectivity | Telematics category
OEMs are challenged with how to efficiently send big data in and outside of the car. A developmental team at the Molex Connected Mobility Solutions (CMS) technology center in Germany looked at tackling critical needs for the vehicle of the future. They include the need for high-performance connectivity, for seamless sharing of the high volume of data inside and outside the car, and the need for a clean design that allows the antenna technology to be invisible to the end-user. As connected vehicles start communicating much more to the digital environment, the role of antennas and integrated high-performance telematics control units (TCUs) is becoming more important, so Molex fused the two in an innovative solution. Its TCU Antenna Fusion not only improves RF efficiency and reduces connector-signal loss, but also its industrial design allows OEMs to implement a hidden, high-performance antenna. The innovation ensures seamless connectivity and safety, which is critical for smart cars to process significant amounts of big data. It creates significant value for the OEMs with a reduced bill-of-materials, strong RF-measurement results, optimized manufacturing process time, and less weight—key elements that are in high demand for OEMs as they reduce the environmental impact through weight reduction and improved aerodynamics. The telematics unit is positioned below the hidden antenna and reduces cable lengths through the vehicle, reducing manufacturing costs and weight. The total solution is 5G-optimized for V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) as well as other V2X (vehicle-to-everything) capabilities, including to infrastructure, pedestrians, and network. With this technology, Molex can improve the RF-performance of the system, since the company is integrating more antennas distributed under the roof.
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