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India’s Cars to Get DRM Receiver Chip

NXP chip will be used in DRM-fitted car infotainment receivers

NXP Semiconductors announced at the BES Expo in India that it has completed testing and field trials of new chip and software for Digital Radio Mondiale receivers in India.

The NXP chip will be used in DRM-fitted car infotainment receivers on a recently launched passenger vehicle in the country. All India Radio and NXP collaborated with both the automotive industry and the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium for the new chip.

“With this launch, NXP is the world’s first semiconductor company to demonstrate digital audio across all three global standards from the same car radio co-processor — a real milestone for NXP. We’re also proud that our R&D center in India has played such a pivotal role in developing the chip and software for this technology, conducting field trials and testing the receivers in shortwave and medium wave that will enhance the consumer experience in the car,” said Ashiok Chandak, senior director, NXP Semiconductors South Asia Pacific.

“All India Radio is about to complete the nationwide installation of DRM transmitters and the availability of DRM receivers in shortwave, medium wave and VHF for automobile vehicles will pave the way for more companies to rollout DRM receivers,” commented Ruxandra Obreja, chairman, DRM Consortium. “This will give car users for the first time the chance to listen to news and digital music and value added services such as alerts and sports, while even traveling long distances.”