NXP Test Drives DRM in India

Demo supports digital terrestrial radio standards on a single automotive co-processor
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NXP Semiconductors N.V., car infotainment semiconductor supplier, has successfully completed in-car reception of Digital Radio Mondiale, DAB and HD Radio.

The public demo was achieved using NXP’s software-defined multi-standard co-processor for automotive terrestrial digital radio reception, in cooperation with All India Radio.

DRM provides FM-comparable audio quality on the AM radio band (which covers over 98 percent of the population in India, while only 37 percent of listeners currently receive FM). DRM improves audio quality and also provides additional information for listeners.

“The automotive industry in India, and in the rest of the world, is one of the biggest drivers of the transition from analog to digital radio,” DRM Consortium Chair Ruxandra Obreja, said. “NXP’s live demonstration of a DRM car receiver at the BES event in January was a giant step in this transition. The work and tests, which have been carried out since then by local agencies highlight that DRM in India is a reality and that the auto industry is at the forefront of the Indian digital radio roll-out.” 

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