PIE Readies Car OEM-Integration Kits For iPhone 5

PIE Readies Car OEM-Integration Kits For iPhone 5

Joseph Palenchar On Oct 26 2012 - 2:39pm




Canoga Park, Calif. — Precision Interface Electronics (PIE) will go to next week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show to demonstrate OEM-interface technology compatible with the iPhone 5 and other Apple mobile devices equipped with the new eight-pin Lightning connector.

PIE said it expects to deploy the technology in a variety of new products in the coming year.

The technology is designed to be compatible with the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad Mini, and the latest iPod Touch and Nano. All come with a Lightning connector.

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iSimple OEM-Integration Kit Connects To New SiriusXM Tuner

iSimple OEM-Integration Kit Connects To New SiriusXM Tuner

TWICE Staff On Oct 22 2012 - 2:07pm




Tampa Bay, Fla. — iSimple has developed a cable to connect SiriusXM’s new SVX100 add-on tuner to the iSimple GateWay Media Integration kits, which enable factory-radio control of aftermarket audio products and Apple’s mobile devices.

The $189-suggested kits also add factory-radio control of an add-on HD Radio tuner, and it integrates a factory sound system with a hands-free Bluetooth module.

The cable costs a suggested $59.

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CEA Reveals Initial 12-Volt Survey Results

CEA Reveals Initial 12-Volt Survey Results

Joseph Palenchar On Aug 20 2012 - 2:52pm




Grapevine, Texas – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) went to the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) KnowledgeFest with the results of a limited survey of 12-volt specialists as part of a plan to eventually quantify the sales volume of the 12-volt specialty channel as a whole.

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Alpine Q1 Sales, Net Up; Operating Income Down

Alpine Q1 Sales, Net Up; Operating Income Down

On Aug 9 2012 - 10:18am


Alpine's $1,499 INE-Z928HD audio/video/navigation (AVN) system with 8-inch screen and Ford F-150 installation kit


Operating income for the quarter ending June, however, fell 12.8 percent to 1.35 billion yen ($17.2 million) as a result of the world economy, price wars, yen appreciation and the high cost of materials for in-car OEM displays, the company said.

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Rockford Picks Up Blaupunkt Distribution

Rockford Picks Up Blaupunkt Distribution

By Joseph Palenchar On Jul 16 2012 - 4:01am




TEMPE, ARIZ. – Rockford has picked up North American distribution rights to the Blaupunkt brand of car audio/video and headphone products.

In the U.S, the company expects the headphones and car products to be available late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter.

Rockford will also team up with Blaupunkt to offer OEM equipment to automakers globally.

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Pioneer Stepping Up iPhone, Android Connectivity

Pioneer Stepping Up iPhone, Android Connectivity

By Joseph Palenchar On Jul 2 2012 - 4:01am




NEW YORK – Pioneer’s car electronics division has expanded the selection of smartphone apps compatible with its iPhone- and Android-controlling in-dash car stereos, and the company later this year will expand its selection of head units that control both types of smartphones, car marketing VP Ted Cardenas said.

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Car Briefs

By TWICE Staff On Jul 2 2012 - 4:01am




Grom Adds Low-Price Android Kit

BELMONT, CALIF.
– Grom Audio unveiled its lowest price OEM-integration kit to connect Android phones to OEM sound systems.

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Dealers See Gains In SiriusXM 2.0 Products

Dealers See Gains In SiriusXM 2.0 Products

By Joseph Palenchar On Jul 16 2012 - 4:01am




NEW YORK – Select retailers describe sales of dockand- play and installed satellite-radio 2.0 tuners as “good” or “strong,” with sales of the installed SXV200V1 tuner driven by the growing number of head units compatible with the black-box add-on.

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KnowledgeFest Set For Record Year

KnowledgeFest Set For Record Year

By Lisa Johnston On Jul 16 2012 - 4:01am




GRAPEVINE, TEXAS — Things are already looking good for KnowledgeFest, the summer car electronics tradeshow put on by the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA).

The number of exhibitors has hit 68, which is already up from last year’s count of 60, and attendance is tracking over 50 percent when compared with 2011, Chris Cook, MERA president, told TWICE. “We’re on course to have over 1,000 retailers … There’s a good chance we may sell out in floor space,” he said.

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HD Radio Posts More OEM Gains

HD Radio Posts More OEM Gains

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 23 2012 - 4:01am




NEW YORK — HD Radio posted new gains among automakers with announcements that Chrysler and Acura will offer the technology for the first time, Hyundai will expand HD Radio to seven vehicle models from six, and Toyota will offer it in the Venza for the first time.

In addition, Cadillac announced that the 2013 SRX will offer HD Radio technology with iTunes tagging as a standard feature. iTunes tagging lets users tag songs for later preview and purchase through iTunes

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