LG and Skyworks teaming up for connected car projects


Skyworks Solutions has announced that many of its semiconductor solutions are powering LG Electronics’ Online Connectivity Units (OCUs), which are being supported across Volkswagen automobiles for enhancement of convenience and connectivity. Through OCUs, drivers are offered direct access to features such as smart home and location-based services from their vehicles.

There are expectations of more than a quarter of global vehicles connecting to the internet by 2020, and Skyworks is looking to nail the opportunity by catering to the need for advanced, next generation wireless devices as a result of the growing market.

LG is using eight Skyworks products, including advanced analog control ICs and integrated front-end modules.

Another area of work concentrates on context-sensitive notifications where messages are sent to the driver intuitively and in a secure manner, providing them real-time recommendations.

Skyworks’ product marketing vice president John O’Neill said, “Our automotive design wins with LG demonstrate how Skyworks is leveraging its mobile connectivity expertise, partnerships and scale to expand our reach across the Internet of Things.”

JS Kim, head of LG telematics, research and development said the connected car technology is helping in the growth of performance and LG relies on developers like Skyworks for enabling wireless connectivity.

In July, LG and Volkswagen signed a memorandum of understanding which enabled the two companies to jointly work on a new connected car service platform.

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