According to a report in the Silicon Republic, Wexford and San Diego-based internet of things company, Taoglas, has invented a new kind of radio system for the next generation of connected cars.
It is hoped this new system will overcomes one of the biggest challenges facing the connected car which is where to place the multiple antennas needed for maximum performance. The new system, branded Axiom, is a reference design for a low-profile, compact, multi-antenna system.
The breakthrough follows Taoglas’s reveal at Mobile World Congress in February of a modular 5G antenna system, which allows operators to roll out networks like Lego blocks. Last year, the Wexford-headquartered company invested $2m in a new internet of things design centre in San Diego.
Currently, as many as 18 antennas are needed to power the next-generation connected car. This includes multiple cellular antennas for network connectivity including Wi-Fi for hotspot connectivity, GNSS for navigation, emergency call systems and other location-based technologies, satellite radio, AM/FM antennas, radar antennas for object detection, Bluetooth antennas for smartphones and other devices aswell as dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) antennas for vehicle-to-vehicle/infrastructure applications.
Speaking to Silicon Republic, Co-CEO of Taoglas, Dermot O’Shea said getting that many antennas to work efficiently in a small space at a competitive cost is the number one challenge for the RF teams of automobile manufacturers.
According to O’Shea, “While every car manufacturer will require a slightly different solution, having a multi-antenna reference design to work from allows them to see what they can do in terms of placement and size, and how that impacts performance – all without waiting months for a custom solution to test.”
He added, “Using Taoglas’ Axiom reference design allows them to move more quickly to market with solutions that work. We can also work with tier one OEMs to integrate the elements of the Axiom antenna reference design quickly and efficiently directly onto the board of their telematic control units, achieving highest radiated power and sensitivity, while minimising project time, cost and size, all in one single package.”