u-blox introduces its newest dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and dual-mode Bluetooth® 5.3 module


u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies and services, has announced the u-blox JODY-W5, its newest module tailored for the automotive market.

With its dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and dual-mode Bluetooth 5.3 technologies, including LE Audio, the module is ideal for preventing wireless network congestion in the car and delivering enhanced audio functionalities. It is also cost-effective and compact while enabling different antenna configurations.
The u-blox JODY-W5 supports a wide range of use cases, such as helmet-to-helmet communication for two-wheel vehicles, EV charging solutions like link/device configuration and data charging via an access point, telematics control and head units such as diagnostics and software updates, as well as infotainment with rear-seat entertainment connectivity, smartphone tethering, and hands-free calling.

The new module is available in two operating temperature variants, withstanding up to 85 °C and 105 °C – meeting automotive grade 2 requirements.
In addition, upon request, it provides an LTE-coexistence filter and various antenna configurations. Its pin compatibility with other u-blox JODY modules eases migration, enabling flexibility in design and upgradability while saving time and cost.

The module’s enhanced security features support secure boot and over-the-air firmware updates, key management, and hardware encryption for critical protocol keys with NXP® Semiconductors’ EdgeLock® Secure Subsystem, built into NXP’s AW611.
These features reduce implementation efforts considerably and help avoid costly security incidents.

Being globally certified, this module minimizes the need for specific radio testing, enabling a faster time to market and accelerating global sales.
The first samples will be available by the end of the third quarter of 2023.

Automotive grade modules supporting Wi-Fi 6 dual-band 1x1 and dual-mode Bluetooth 5.3

  • Two-wheel vehicle applications
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Telematic control units and head units
  • In-vehicle infotainment, such as RSVE (rear-seat video entertainment)
  • Automotive after-market: tracking devices
  • Demanding environments up to +105 °C