Alps Alpine, Qualcomm Team Up to Develop 5G Modules for Connected Vehicles

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The agreement will allow Alps Alpine to channel its resources into 5G technology research and development.

Japan-based components manufacturer Alps Alpine has inked a software license agreement with Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to develop and deliver communication modules for next-generation vehicles featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platforms.

With Qualcomm Technologies’ wireless technologies for next generation connected vehicles, this latest software license agreement will allow Alps Alpine to channel its resources into 5G technology research and development.

The Japanese company believes that this deal will help in strengthening and accelerating its efforts to commercialize modules for vehicle communication, as well as the development and mass production of integrated communication units for the automotive segment, which is an area of focus for the company.

The agreement will also aid in spurring Alps Alpine’s development of new products resulting from synergies generated by business integration as the company advances toward its “ITC101” target, it said in a press release.

ITC101 is Alps Alpine’s mid- to long-term target of becoming an Innovative T-shaped company with 10 percent operating income margin and one trillion yen sales.

5G gaining momentum

As social implementation of 5G gains momentum, Alps Alpine is working to develop and commercialize a variety of 5G-capable technologies, which leverage 5G’s ultra-fast speeds, large capacity, low latency, mass connectivity and high reliability.

Especially within CASE domains (connected cars, autonomous driving, sharing and service and electric vehicles), Alps Alpine views the standard as essential for viewing 4K or other large video content and the use of online services as well as remote autonomous driving keeping traffic infrastructure safety toward Level 4 era.

Longjam Dineshwori

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