Marvell, Harmon team for factory-installed in-vehicle WiFi

Silicon supplier Marvell has teamed up with global automotive audio and infotainment provider Harman to enable auto makers to offer integrated WiFi connectivity through Marvell's mobile hotspot technology.

The 2010 Audi A8 is the first car on the market to feature a factory-installed mobile hotspot from the two companies. The Audi A8 is available in Europe. Marvell and Harman said they integrated the mobile hotspot technology into the Audi vehicle via a built0in WLAN module that enables high-speed data access via a cellular link or Bluetooth connected mobile devices.

The mobile hotspot technology implements a WLAN access point integrated entirely on the wireless chip. The technology integrated into Harman connectivity system realizes a full-featured local Wi-Fi mobile hotspot within the vehicle, giving passengers access to Web-based services. Up to eight WiFi-enabled devices can be supported.

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