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NXP, iBiquity bring HD radio sound to cars

Posted: 21 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HD radio sound? in-car entertainment? digital radio format?

NXP Semiconductors claims it has developed the first multistandard radio IC dedicated to digital in car-reception together with iBiquity Digital Corp., the developer of digital HD Radio technology. Dubbed SAF3560, NXP's single-chip software solution is said to support HD Radio technology, DAB, DAB+, DRM and T-DMB Radio reception standards, reducing development costs and logistics complexity for car manufacturers and offering better quality in analog and digital radio performance for cars.

As multiple digital radio formats continue to emerge, such as HD Radio technology and DAB/ DRM/T-DMB in Europe and Asia, auto makers are challenged with examining all the major digital radio protocols and determining which ones to support. According to NXP, the introduction of SAF3560 addresses this issue by offering auto makers a single, flexible solution that provides a simple upgrade path from NXP's DSP-based AM/FM analog radio solution, which is based on the SAF77xx family, to other variant digital radio standards including HD Radio technology, DAB, DAB+, DRM and T-DMB. SAF3560 is also claimed to support the latest HD Radio features, like iTunes Tagging, as well as provides software upgrades, allowing car radio makers, digital radio module makers, and car OEMs to save time, effort and costs.

"We're excited to work with NXP in creating the next generation of HD Radio technology; together we are taking multistandard radio to a whole new level," said Jeff Jury, COO, iBiquity. "NXP's multistandard radio solution enables car manufacturers to incorporate HD Radio reception capability, along with analog radio, in an easy-to-integrate mannerallowing the automotive industry to offer new entertainment technologies to consumers."

NXP's SAF3560 is said to be the first dedicated single-chip solution to offer software implementations to support today's automotive requirements for higher integrated, more flexible car radio systems. The SAF3560 incorporates the HD Radio technology from iBiquity and offers features such as conditional access with low power consumptions. In addition, the SAF3560 supports NXP's DRM, DAB, DAB+, T-DMB software programmable platforms and reduces integration challenges and time-to-market by allowing flexibility to switch between standards.

"The automotive industry is increasingly looking to deliver new innovations with mass appeal," said Joern Conze, product marketing manager, NXP. "With the help and expertise of iBiquity, we're now able to offer auto makers a global platform to support multiple standards for excellent sound quality in car radio reception. We're helping our customers stay innovative by offering a highly integrated, flexible and scalable solution to dramatically improve music, audio, text and data features of digital HD Radio technology."

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