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NXP Semiconductors

December 13, 2010 08:00 ET

NXP Announces First Multi-Standard Digital Radio Co-Processor for Car Entertainment

SAF356x Features Software to Support HD Radio, DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB Standards

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - December 13, 2010) -  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced the availability of the SAF356x series, a flexible digital radio co-processor for car entertainment systems supporting DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB reception, as well as HD Radio. All standards are supported for both single- and dual-tuner applications. The SAF356x is the market's first multi-standard baseband processor for digital terrestrial radio systems, with software that can be modified to support additional features in the future, including standards such as DRM or DRM+.

As a multi-standard processor which can replace multiple ICs used in car entertainment systems today allowing future-proof design and software upgrade flexibility, the NXP SAF356x enables car OEMs and Tier One suppliers to reduce their total cost of ownership for digital reception systems.

"The SAF356x has impressed us with its high versatility -- its support of HD Radio and various DAB standards, its scalability from single- to dual-tuner applications, and additional features such as timeshift and DAB-FM blending," said Michael Görtler, development manager at Fujitsu-Ten Europe GmbH. "This means we only have to invest in one hardware platform and still have the flexibility we need to fulfill the different demands of our many customers. What NXP offers as a package is also unique in the market, as the company is able to support not only the chip, but the complete application including its own DAB software."

The SAF356x is a digital radio processor that demodulates and processes digital terrestrial radio signals and outputs the decoded audio and data. For HD Radio, it uses the AM/FM signals from NXP's leading radio/audio DSPs such as SAF7741 or its newest RFCMOS-based digital one-chip TEF663x. As the leading baseband processor for HD radio in cars, the SAF356x series makes it easy for customers to also build DAB systems based on the same hardware, with the addition of a DAB tuner module and application of new automotive-grade NXP software for DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB for single- and dual-tuner applications with one baseband processor.

"We're helping our customers lower the cost of ownership for digital radio by offering an innovative software defined radio solution for multiple standards. This approach also enables customers to benefit from our continuous innovation adding features such as seamless blending of DAB and FM signals, and unique algorithms to increase the reception area," said Sebastian Schreuder, product marketing manager, NXP Semiconductors. "We will also be ready to support additional standards in emerging markets like DRM in India and Russia."

Major benefits of terrestrial radio processor systems using the SAF356x:

  • Lower cost of ownership for digital terrestrial radio by supporting multiple standards and tuner configurations with one IC
    • HD Radio (SAF3560)
    • DAB, DAB+, T-DMB (SAF3561)
    • Single- as well as dual-tuner applications with audio plus data
  • Facilitated system design
    • Modular approach with easy to use co-processor to AM/FM radio/audio DSPs
    • High-level API and automotive-grade software reducing development effort
    • Full feature set including audio source decoding to reduce load on the application and host processor
  • Differentiating features of NXP's DAB software enabled by scaling external SDRAM
    • DAB-FM blending
    • Timeshift for pausing radio playback and resuming listening later 
    • Reception improvement algorithms

Addressing the global digital radio market
Compared to analog AM/FM, Digital Terrestrial Radio significantly improves the radio listening experience and increases the choice of programs, leading to increasing adoption around the globe. In the US, HD Radio is now a core element of the in-car entertainment package offered by leading vehicle manufacturers, and NXP is the leading supplier of ICs for automotive HD Radio systems. In Europe, led by Britain, governments have chosen the DAB/DAB+/T-DMB family of standards, and many other European countries such as Germany, France and Italy have shown renewed enthusiasm for DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB respectively.

NXP previously announced the first multi-standard radio IC, the SAF3560, together with iBiquity Digital Corporation in 2008. The SAF3560 is dedicated to digital in-car reception and also features HD Radio support. The company has now added capability for HD1.5 as well as DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB for single- and dual-tuner systems.

Availability
The NXP SAF356x series supporting HD Radio, DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB is now available for mass production. Additional information is available at http://www.nxp.com/products/automotive/multi_standard_digital_radio/

From January 6-9, 2011, NXP will show the SAF356x series in its CES demo suite at Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The SAF356x will be showcased along with the TEF663x digital one-chip and other automotive infotainment products, integrated into a complete stand-alone system Concept Radio Demonstrator.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009. For more information, visit www.nxp.com

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