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Mentor and CSR announce Bluetooth and WiFi partnership

Enabling external connectivity for Infotainment Systems is a very hot topic in the automotive industry. At the Telematics Update conference in Munich this week, over 1000 attendees are learning about the latest developments in vehicle connectivity solutions.

Most agree that all cars will have both internal and external connectivity by the end of the decade, enabling a wide range of safety features, passenger entertainment, and driver-assist features.

Within the vehicle, the available technologies are emerging as Bluetooth for audio and phone integration, and WiFi for higher bandwidth multimedia applications. External connection is through SmartPhone links, or embedded modem / built-in Telematics units that are “always on”, and connected to a 4G/LTE network.

Mentor Graphics has announced a partnership with automotive Bluetooth market-leader CSR, allowing users of the Mentor ATP GENIVI Linux Infotainment platform, to make use of CSR Synergy WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The technology partnership allows in-car SmartPhones to connect seamlessly to the Infotainment head-unit, as well as opening up a gateway to external mobile networks.

Delivering wireless connectivity has become a key goal for car makers looking for market-differentiating innovation in IVI systems. The global Bluetooth attach rate is expected to be 65% in 2014 while the Wi-Fi attach rate is expected to be 17% in the same timeframe.

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About Andrew Patterson

Andrew PattersonAndrew Patterson is Business Development Director for Mentor Graphic’s embedded division, specializing in the Automotive market. Prior to Mentor Andrew has spent over 20 years in the Design Automation market specializing in a wide range of technologies including wire harness design, automotive simulation model development, virtual prototyping, and mechatronics. Currently he is focused on working with the GENIVI industry alliance, and leading Mentor’s Infotainment and in-vehicle Electronic Cluster and Telematic solutions. Andrew holds a masters degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. Visit Embedded Blog

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