•Multi-standard software-defined radio co-processor for automotive entertainment supports DRM, HD Radio and DAB / DAB+ / T-DMB •Highly integrated, high-performance platform shrinks total application footprint by over 75 percent
With digital radio gaining momentum in key markets around the world, a growing number of car OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are offering in-car digital radio systems. The global market leader in semiconductors for car entertainment,
"The SAF360x series -- code-named 'Saturn' -- is the culmination of more than a decade of developing in-car digital radio solutions and finally offers the all-in-one integration, true multi-standard support, and breakthrough reception performance that leading car infotainment system suppliers have been waiting for," said
Car manufacturers are expected to go into production with the first digital radio systems based on the SAF360x this year.
"With digital radio becoming standard on new BMW car models in key markets, we've worked hard to deliver the benefits of digital radio -- including greater choice, improved reception and superior sound quality -- under all possible driving conditions. As a long-standing supplier of solutions for in-car entertainment, NXP enables us to realize this vision," said Dr.
NXP is showcasing the SAF360x series this week at the 2014 International CES (
Enhancing DRM, DAB and HD Radio Performance Through Innovation
By using software-defined radio, the SAF360x series -- like its market-leading predecessor, the SAF356x -- offers a cost-effective platform that allows the same hardware to be used to decode multiple standards. Currently supporting the three most popular digital terrestrial radio standards including HD Radio, DAB / DAB+ / T-DMB and DRM, this versatile platform could also be used to support new digital radio standards that emerge in the future.
With the SAF360x, NXP is the first semiconductor supplier to offer support for in-vehicle DRM reception, offering a cost-effective solution for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers introducing in-car digital radio systems in emerging markets including
"By helping to demonstrate that DRM is ready for rollout in
Delivering best-in-class reception performance for DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB, which are gaining popularity in
For HD Radio systems, which are rapidly gaining popularity in the US and
"Over the past decade, we've worked closely with NXP in defining and enhancing the HD Radio experience in the car. NXP has already set the bar high for multi-standard digital radio, and we're excited to see the 'Saturn' platform becoming available in car entertainment systems from leading manufacturers later this year," said
The new high-performance digital radio co-processors work seamlessly with NXP's industry-leading car radio and audio DSPs and AM/FM tuners. Together, they offer a complete and highly scalable global analog and digital radio solution for tuning and decoding a wide range of terrestrial radio standards with state-of-the-art performance.
Evaluation samples of the SAF360x series are available immediately for qualified NXP customers.
•NXP SAF360x series product information: http://www.nxp.com/products/media_processors/digital_radio_processors/series/SAF360X.html•VIDEO: NXP transforms in-car digital radio with 'Saturn' infotainment platform (CES 2014): http://youtu.be/-XtKjR2kcQQ
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