10 Jan NXP announces integration of 6 chipsets into single Integrated Chip
The global market leader in semiconductors for car entertainment, NXP Semiconductors, a DRM Consortium member, has announced the introduction of a multi-standard software-defined radio co-processor capable of decoding all three major digital terrestrial radio standards including Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM). The new SAF360x series offers an unprecedented level of integration, replacing up to six chips with a single IC and reducing the footprint of the automotive digital radio application by over 75% for considerable cost savings.
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 India, Russia and Brazil. NXP has been involved in extensive field tests for DRM, which brings FM-quality audio in AM bands, including the first public “test drive” conducted last year with All India Radio (AIR) ahead of the nationwide rollout of DRM in India.
“By helping to demonstrate that DRM is ready for rollout in India, NXP has clearly established its expertise and commitment to the rapidly growing digital radio market worldwide. We congratulate NXP on the launch of its first multi-standard chipset incorporating DRM,” said Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman and President, DRM Association.