NXP Semiconductors has introduced the OrangeBox automotive-grade development platform, which integrates a wide variety of NXP wireless technologies, from broadcast radio, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth, to secure in-car access with Ultra-Wideband (UWB ) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and 802.11 V2X based on p.
The OrangeBox is a unique and secure modular development platform that provides a unified interface between the vehicle’s gateway and its wired and wireless technologies. In doing so, it offers next-generation cars a way to communicate safely with the world around them.
Today’s cars are more connected than ever, using a variety of wireless technologies to provide drivers with everything from infotainment to advanced safety features. However, these technologies are spread throughout the vehicle architecture, creating a variety of challenges that will be exacerbated as more connectivity features are added, as well as the expansion of the cyber attack surface.
OrangeBox unifies these current and emerging external wireless interfaces into a single security-enhanced connectivity domain controller, which then connects to the vehicle’s secure gateway via NXP high-speed Ethernet. This consolidated, turnkey approach reduces development effort, optimizes the movement of data across multiple communication interfaces, applies consistent, industry-leading security protection to all traffic entering the car, and facilitates deployment of V2X and cloud applications such as live updates for software-defined vehicles.
Designed as a modular platform, OrangeBox offers OEMs and Tier-1s the flexibility to adapt to varying regional cellular and V2X connectivity requirements, as well as enabling field updates needed to keep up. the evolution of technologies. This helps speed time to market, reduce complexity, and provide a complete system reference design ready for application deployment.
By consolidating automotive wireless technologies into a centralized domain controller with a high-speed connection to the vehicle’s gateway, we create a single path for the vehicle to seamlessly connect to the rest of the world. Not only can this help reduce costs and streamline development, but it also solves a critical piece of the puzzle for data-enriched vehicles that require centralized and secure connectivity.
—Dan Loop, vice president and general manager of automotive edge processing at NXP
The OrangeBox development platform incorporates NXP’s industry-leading technologies, including an advanced applications processor, software-defined broadcast radio tuner, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth. It also includes secure car access with BLE and UWB, as well as 802.11p-based V2X, both secured by NXP certified discrete EdgeLock secure elements. Support for 4G LTE or 5G cellular and GPS connectivity is also included. It enables automakers to consistently apply advanced, cloud-managed security technologies, such as next-generation firewalls, to data traffic entering or exiting the vehicle.
The central processor of the OrangeBox is an i.MX 8XLite applications processor running a unified Linux-based software platform to manage automotive wireless connectivity. It includes an NXP Gigabit Ethernet connection to the vehicle’s central gateway, making it easier for other automotive systems to take advantage of the benefits of built-in wireless connectivity.
The OrangeBox automotive development platform is expected to be available to customers in 1H 2023.