Extension to DA295 Reference Design Aims to Bring XM to Consumers’ Shirt Pockets

Extension to DA295 Reference Design Aims to Bring XM to Consumers’ Shirt Pockets
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On the satellite radio side, Texas Instruments said its TMS320DA295 reference design is the first hard disk drive-based architecture that supports XM’s Connect and Play technology for portable audio applications, including MP3 players and portable audio jukeboxes.
Using the Connect and Play Passport platform announced this week, the reference design and accessories can convert MP3 players into XM radios. Users also can download XM content in a time-shifting mode. The design includes the system code and hardware to support hard disk drive, color LCD and NTSC interfaces, FM tuner, photo and video decode, rechargeable battery-based subsystem and optimized implementations of codecs such as AAC, AAC Plusx (XM’s compression decoder), MP3, WMA and others, as well as line-in encoding and Digital Rights Management technologies.
Beta versions of the reference design are being made available. Pricing starts at $20,000; it is available from TI regional third-party providers.

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