Ettifos, a U.S.-based connected mobility technology startup, released the world’s first software-based 5G NR V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything). Ettifos’ technology eclipses that of Qualcomm, the world’s largest communication chipset company, by about one year.

On the 4th of November, Ettifos held a demonstration of its software-based 5G NR V2X sidelink modem solution at Pangyo Techno Valley’s Start-Up Campus in Seongnam, South Korea. The demonstration was attended by roughly 40 experts from institutions such as the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea Automotive Technology Institute (KATECH), Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), and LG Innotech.

Through its demonstration, Ettifos showcased scenarios such as streaming Full-HD video using the 40MHz bandwidth for Sensor Sharing and showcasing approximately 3ms latency time using technologies such as variable numerology to show Ultra-Low Latency.

Ettifos’ 5G NR V2X sidelink modem deviates from the existing hardware technology and instead is based on a software-defined radio (SDR) platform and was able to implement the new C-V2X standard, finalized this past July, in just 5 months. This paves the road for potential industry projects using the 5G NR V2X sidelink’s various functions without waiting for the chipset-based 5G NR V2X module. Ettifos also announced that it plans to provide a 5G NR V2X Developer Platform usable by research organizations, cellular service providers, and V2X equipment manufactures within Q2 of 2021.

Ettifos’ CEO, Dr. Yong Je Lim, stated that the “demonstration of a 5G NR V2X sidelink modem, the first SDR-based solution in the world, is a starting point for scenario validation in actual road conditions” and “if real-life data for 5G NR V2X is collected through a coordinated effort between research institutions and companies, South Korea has the chance to be at the vanguard of the world’s V2X market.”