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LG Innotek Develops the World's First Automotive Wi-Fi 6E Module
SEOUL, South Korea, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Automotive-qualified near-field, wireless communication components based on 
Wi-Fi 6E 
- Improved communication performance, durability, and applicability 
- "LG Innotek will accelerate the evolution of in-vehicle infotainment"

LG Innotek (CEO Cheol-dong Jeong) announced on the 2nd of this month that it 
has developed the world's first automotive Wi-Fi 6E module with next-generation 
Wi-Fi technology. This breakthrough will allow LG Innotek to occupy a vantage 
position in the vehicle communication module market, which has been led by 
Japan until now.

Automotive Wi-Fi 6E modules are near-field wireless communication components 
connecting in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, which control driving 
information and multimedia content, to internal smart devices and external 
routers. With the next-generation Wi-Fi 6E (6th Generation Extended) technology 
using 6GHz bandwidth, the module boasts data transmission speeds approximately 
3 times faster than the existing Wi-Fi 5.

This product is a module that combines a communications chipset, a radio 
frequency (RF) circuit, and other components. The module is mounted on multiple 
components of a vehicle, including the audio video navigation (AVN) system and 
smart antenna. A passenger can enjoy movies, games, and more on the in-vehicle 
display or audio system by wirelessly connecting it to a smartphone. The module 
also allows easier software updates of the automotive navigation system and 
such.

With the development of automatic driving technologies, vehicles have turned 
into spaces for entertainment and rest. This change led a fierce technological 
competition among component makers over the core component for in-vehicle 
infotainment: automotive Wi-Fi module. However, Wi-Fi 6E was not suitable for 
cars due to its limited communication performance caused by the compact vehicle 
interior.

Despite this challenge, LG Innotek has successfully developed the world's first 
Wi-Fi 6E module with advanced RF and antenna technology. The company has 
accumulated development capabilities in automotive communication for many years 
from 2005. Using this experience, LG Innotek has improved data transceiver 
performance by the new RF structure and antenna design with minimum 
communication interference. LG Innotek had continuously proved its advanced 
technologies in the market. The company previously launched the world's first 
2nd Generation Automotive V2X Full Module, 5G Automotive Communication Module, 
and a brand-new Digital Key Module with improved accuracy and security.

- Improved communication performance, durability, and applicability

With the automotive Wi-Fi 6E module, a passenger can enjoy high-definition 
movies or AR/VR games conveniently through the in-vehicle display. 
High-resolution videos often buffer while playing with the current Wi-Fi 
modules.

This new product has a data transmission speed of 1.2 Giga bit per second, 
which is three times faster than the existing Wi-Fi 5 modules. It only takes 2 
milliseconds to connect to the network, which is seven times faster than the 
current speed. This is why there is no buffering for high-resolution videos.

Such an improvement in networking speed is possible because Wi-Fi 6E uses 6GHz 
band in addition to 2GHz and 5GHz bands; the higher the frequency, the larger 
the data transmitted. Also, available bandwidth becomes twice as wide as that 
of 2GHz or 5GHz. Simply put, the data speed increases as the available volume 
and pathway of data grows.

The Wi-Fi 6E module also enables seamless internet use with multiple 
connections. The unique RF and antenna technologies prevent interference even 
in a compact space as a vehicle.

Also, this product is so highly durable that can withstand temperature changes 
between -40 degrees and 85 degrees. The module is not easily deformed by the 
low temperature in winter, and it can endure the heat generated by data 
transmission. The new module is made to tolerate repeated shrinking and 
swelling by a larger synapse surface design. 

High applicability is a plus. The automotive Wi-Fi 6E module has a small and 
slim form factor and is compatible with existing modules. For this module, LG 
Innotek put together more than 200 components including communications chipset 
and RF circuit in the one-sixth of a credit card size using the company's 
high-density/superfine modulization technology. Besides, it can be applied to 
existing devices without any design change as it is compatible with current 
Wi-Fi modules.

- "LG Innotek will accelerate the evolution of in-vehicle infotainment with 
innovative products"

With its automotive Wi-Fi 6E module, LG Innotek plans to target the global 
automotive communications component market. The company tries to secure a 
leadership position in the market by catching up with Japanese companies that 
currently have a dominant share.

To do so, LG Innotek is executing promotional activities targeting global 
automotive components suppliers in North America, Europe, Japan, and China. The 
company expects to commercialize the product in 2022. It especially plans to do 
joint promotions with Germany's Infineon Technologies, which supplies Wi-Fi 6E 
automotive chipsets.

Sung-kug Kim, VP, and Head of the Automotive Components Business Unit said, 
"The importance of IVI for the next-generation mobility will grow further. Our 
automotive Wi-Fi 6E module will accelerate the evolution of IVI. LG Innotek 
will continue to provide the customers with innovative products enabling 
convenient, safe, and enjoyable driving experience."

According to Techno Systems Research (TSR), a global market research institute, 
the demands for automotive Wi-Fi communication modules will grow by 70%, from 
51.2 million units in 2020 to 87.3 million units in 2025.

About LG Innotek Co.,Ltd.

LG Innotek is a cutting-edge materials and components manufacturer and an 
affiliate of the LG group. The company's business units include core components 
for mobiles, automotive, display, semiconductors, and IoT. Furthermore, the 
company has cooperated closely with the mobile devices, home appliances, and 
automotive companies, producing camera modules, automotive electronic 
components, wireless communication modules, and substrate materials.

LG Innotek is headquartered in Seoul, Korea and its sales subsidiaries are 
located in Germany, USA, Mainland China, Japan, and Taiwan with production 
subsidiaries in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, and Poland. For more 
information, please refer to the website: www.lginnotek.com

SOURCE  LG Innotek

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   Caption: An LG Innotek employee presents the automotive Wi-Fi 6E module. 
This module enables near-field wireless communication both inside and outside 
the vehicle with improved communication performance, durability, and 
applicability.

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   Caption: The automotive Wi-Fi 6E module developed by LG Innotek

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