u-blox unveils JODY-W6 module with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth LE Audio

u-blox has announced the JODY-W6, a concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi 6E module with Bluetooth 5.3, including LE Audio, in a compact size (13.8 x 19.8 x 2.5 mm).

The module targets automotive use cases in infotainment and navigation, advanced telematics, as well as OEM telematics.

According to the TSR (Techno Systems Research) Wireless Connectivity Market Report, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E technologies are experiencing significant growth in the automotive industry. Wi-Fi 6 focuses on efficiency, with reduced data congestion, improved network capacity, and lower overall power consumption. Instead, Wi-Fi 6E focuses on spectrum, enabling more concurrent users, reduced congestion, and enhanced security.

The JODY-W6 not only delivers the benefits of Wi-Fi 6E, but it also features dual-mode Bluetooth with LE Audio. JODY-W6 is globally certified and can withstand operating temperatures from -40 °C up to 105 °C.

The module is available with either two or three antennas. Upon request, it can also integrate an LTE filter. An EVK and an M.2 card will be available for the JODY-W6 series. Furthermore, its compatibility with previous JODY modules ensures seamless scalability.

Specific use cases include support for AppleCarPlay and AndroidAuto, personalised entertainment, data off-loading, and smart/roof-integrated antennas, according to u-blox.

The JODY-W6 comes equipped with an embedded NXP Semiconductors AW693 chipset with advanced features, including MU-MIMO, OFDMA, and target wake time (TWT).

Samples are available, with volume production scheduled for Q1-2025.