Audi’s Wi-Fi hotspot powered by Harman and Marvell

Marvell, an integrated silicon solutions provider, has announced that its Marvell Mobile Hotspot (MMH) technology has been chosen by Harman for its in-car Wi-Fi connectivity solution.

The 2010 Audi A8 is the first automobile on the market to feature a factory-installed mobile hotspot and is now available in Europe.

Marvell and Harman Automotive integrated MMH technology into the Audi vehicle through a built-in WLAN module, enabling high speed online and internet access via cellular link or Bluetooth connected mobile devices.

The MMH technology implements a full-featured, WLAN access point integrated entirely on the wireless chip. Up to eight devices can be supported, from Smartphones to high-performance tablets and other advanced mobile devices like Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras, laptops and portable gaming devices.

“I believe today’s consumers want the convenience of seamless connectivity and live content whenever and wherever they choose — whether in the home, office, classroom or automobile. Marvell is proud to be the industry driver of this new ‘connected mobility’ revolution,” said Weili Dai, Marvell’s Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer and Computing Business Unit.

Marvell’s unique Wi-Fi software architecture is optimized for extremely low power consumption on battery-powered consumer electronics, enabling passengers to connect to the vehicle’s network without affecting the battery life of their connected devices. MMH technology provides a secure Internet connection with standard 802.11 WPA2 authentication and data encryption mechanisms.

Source: Marvell.

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