NXP’s new UWB IC capable to turn smartphones into car keys

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Mumbai: NXP Semiconductors N.V., a global automotive semiconductors major has today added a new UWB IC to its UWB portfolio.

The new automotive UWB IC (ultra wideband) IC (integrated circuit) provides precise, secure, real-time localization capabilities unrivaled by other wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, bluetooth and GPS.

The technology offers spatial awareness to UWB-equipped cars, mobiles and other smart devices to know users exact location.

For the first time, smartphone-based car access offers the same level of convenience as key fobs. Users can open and start cars, while leaving their phones in their pockets or bags, and enjoy secure remote parking via smartphone.

Furthermore, the new UWB IC brings maximum level of protection against car theft through relay attacks.

In conjunction with this launch, NXP, BMW Group, Continental and others are jointly working on UWB implementations through the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and IEEE to ensure the best customer experiences at the intersection of the vehicle, mobile, and consumer devices.

These standardization efforts aim to enable a global standard for handsfree smart access and other automotive localization use cases based on UWB.

“Today we are seeing a rapid amalgamation of automotive and smartphone technologies, which altogether unlocks a whole new world of opportunities for smart mobility. Ultra-wideband has transformed from just a data transmission to a secure ranging technology, having multiple use cases for automotive in the coming times,” said Sanjay Gupta, VP & India Country Manager – NXP India.

“We have worked with two of the leading automotive giants BMW and Continental in the CCC to enable a global standard for handsfree smart access with precise, secure and real-time localization capabilities based on Ultra-Wideband. We believe that the future of the automotive industry lies in such inter-industry collaborations for a better and more secure mobility,” added Gupta.

“Today, the smartphone plays a central role in the digital lifestyle. We are convinced that the smartphone-based comfort access is just the beginning of innovative vehicle series-related UWB use cases.” said Dr Olaf Müller, Head – Development Digital Access Functions, BMW Group.

“Continental is at the forefront in delivering secure localization platforms that will create leading applications that catch the imagination of the power user generation,” said Philippe Fournet-Fayat, Director – Continental AG for Car Access Systems.

“To deliver new use cases, such as smartphone access and remote parking requires the ultra-precise real-time localization capabilities of UWB.”

“The opportunities that exist in the web of mobility and automotive are vast. As a leading semiconductor manufacturer in these segments, we have the ambition to tap these and bring more seamless and secure mobility experiences to users,” said Markus Staeblein, VP and GM – Secure Car Access, NXP.

“We are pleased to jointly work on the required interoperability and standardization for UWB with BMW Group, Continental and other CCC members.”

The NXP NCJ29D5 is a new generation of UWB ICs designed, specifically for the demands of the global automotive industry.

Together, with NXP connectivity and security solutions, such as Bluetooth, Near Field Communication, and Secure Element (SE), this technology enables true secure handsfree smart access supporting the car connectivity standardization.

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