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NXP Introduces Multistandard Co-Processor

The SAF360x series integrates six chipsets into single chip

Digital Radio Mondiale has announced that DRM Consortium member, NXP Semiconductors, has introduced a multistandard software-defined radio co-processor capable of decoding all three major digital terrestrial radio standards — DRM, HD Radio and DAB/DAB+/T-DMB.

The new SAF360x series replaces up to six chips with a single IC and reduces the footprint of the automotive digital radio application by more than 75% for considerable cost savings, says DRM.

According to the consortium, the SAF360x supports 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. DRM adds that NXP has been involved in extensive DRM field tests, including the first public “test drive” conducted last year with All India Radio ahead of the nationwide roll-out of DRM in India.

“By helping to demonstrate that DRM is ready for roll-out 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 multistandard chipset incorporating DRM,” said Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium chairman and president, DRM Association.