OEM chipmaker Silicon Labs has announced that software-defined radio technology is being introduced into its Si479xx line of chips.
The notable point of the announcement is that the Si479x7 set will offer DRM digital radio reception along with AM/FM.
Juan Revilla, general manager of Broadcast Products at Silicon Labs said: “Our tuners with advanced digital radio features enable radio manufacturers to develop a single platform to demodulate and decode worldwide digital radio standards, greatly simplifying car radio designs and reducing system cost. A single digital radio platform can be achieved either with an SDR-based design approach or by using a tuner-plus-co-processor design.”
The announcement also notes that : “These features enable automotive radio manufacturers to support global digital radio standards with a common radio hardware and software design. This added flexibility helps OEM and Tier 1 customers reduce design, qualification, sourcing and inventory costs while avoiding the complexity and inefficiency of supporting multiple automotive radio platforms.”