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NXP: New Multi-Platform Chip Supports HD-R

Announcement follows one from Samsung enabling lower-power receivers and smaller form factors.

A new multi-digital radio technology chipset reduces development costs and logistics complexity for car manufacturers, its maker says.

NXP Semiconductors, now an independent company that was founded by Philips, worked with Ibiquity Digital to include HD Radio reception on a vehicle chipset that also supports DAB, DAB+, DRM and T-DMB Radio. The solution, says NXP, can serve United States, Europe and Asia markets.

The SAF3560 supports the latest HD Radio features, including iTunes tagging, and provides software upgradeability.

NXP says the SAF3560 provides auto makers a simple upgrade path from its DSP-based AM/FM analog radio chip.

“We’re helping our customers stay innovative by offering a highly integrated, flexible and scalable solution to dramatically improve music, audio, text and data features of digital HD Radio technology,” said NXP Product Marketing Manager Joern Conze.

The announcement follows one by Samsung, which is making chipsets available that are enabling lower-power HD Radio receiver designs as well as smaller form-factors for automotive and non-auto applications.