Eindhoven, Netherlands — HD Radio developer iBiquity said that a new chip will be available from NXP Semiconductors that will reduce the cost of providing HD Radio in new cars.
The chip allows many worldwide digital radio broadcast technologies, including HD Radio, to coexist on a single chip, streamlining costs to auto makers who must serve a global market, where standards are different depending on the continent or country.
Digital radio technologies in Europe and Asia include DAB/DRM/T-DMB, which are supported on the new chip. The NXT chip also supports iTunes Tagging, that lets users bookmark favorite songs by pressing a button on the radio. These automatically appear in one’s iTunes account for review or purchase.
The new SAV3560 chip also supports DAB+ and allows software upgradeability.