NXP Achieves Breakthrough in Audio Processing With Industry's

NXP Achieves Breakthrough in Audio Processing With Industry's First
Single-Chip Multi-Tuner Car Radio IC 
The SAF775x Lowers System Costs, Improves Performance and Reception,
and Adds an Open DSP Core for Advanced Audio Applications Such as
Noise Cancellation 
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  NXP
Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) -- the world's largest supplier of
car entertainment semiconductors -- today introduced the SAF775x, a
combined car radio and audio system fully integrated on a single IC.
SAF775x is the third generation of NXP's popular car radio and audio
DSP product family and is the industry's first single-chip
multi-tuner RFCMOS IC with embedded AM, FM, and DAB tuners. With
improved audio processing power, the new product achieves excellent
reception and performance. At the same time, SAF775x helps to
significantly lower system costs via a reduced bill of materials. 
A few years ago, NXP introduced FM dual-tuner phase diversity in car
radio applications, using two tuners for better reception. However,
up until now, both tuners were separate devices, external to the DSP
chip. This separation was required to avoid interference and because
different process technologies were used for analog RF tuners and
digital signal processing technologies. With the introduction of the
SAF775x, NXP once again managed to set a new milestone in radio
processing, by integrating two independent tuners onto a single die
and creating a much more compact solution to significantly lower
system cost. This integrated dual-tuner device offers more than twice
the processing power of previous generations, enabling superior radio
performance and better all-round reception quality. 
Another aspect of the SAF775x is its open programmability. The IC
includes an 'open' Tensilica HiFi 2 Audio DSP for customers to
program their own features, or to run those of third-party software
vendors. This gives car radio manufacturers the choice and
flexibility to differentiate their car infotainment solutions without
resorting to expensive external ICs. 
Visteon, a leading Tier1 automotive infotainment supplier, works
closely with NXP throughout silicon development to ensure early
adoption of NXP tuner and DSP technology. 
"Visteon is committed to innovative technologies that enhance the
in-vehicle entertainment experience," explains Christian Feltgen,
global director, Innovation & Technology at Visteon. "Superior sound
quality and radio reception are fundamental customer expectations.
The addition of an 'open' DSP core enables Visteon to develop
exciting, differentiating and customer-focused firmware." 
Advanced audio processing is another benefit that the new SAF775x
brings to the market. Customers may wish to use the HiFi 2 Audio DSP
for audio processing from third party vendors such as Arkamys or
AM3D. Another innovative application that can run on this HiFi 2
Audio DSP is active noise cancellation of engine sound: uncomfortable
harmonics interfering with music playback and the general driving
experience are removed by means of audio software processing. In
combination with 3rd party software, the SAF775x offers an
inexpensive way of damping the unwanted noise and replicating the
desirable engine sound. 
Torsten Lehmann, senior vice president and general manager of car
entertainment, NXP Semiconductors, commented, "The SAF775x is a true
breakthrough -- no other automotive device has achieved this level of
RFCMOS integration, with two tuners working independently on the same
chip alongside multiple digital processor cores. This integration
lowers the total cost of ownership and dramatically shrinks the
application's footprint, while achieving excellent reception and
sound performance. We are very pleased that Visteon, a leading Tier1
automotive infotainment supplier, has decided to work with our new
SAF775x device." 

--  Dual-Tuner RFCMOS integrated car radio solution
--  Multi-standard (incl. DAB bands) frontend
--  DSP-based AM/FM radio processing
--  Advanced multi-core audio sub-system
--  On-chip microcontroller
--  Wide range of digital and analog interfaces and I/Os
--  Integrated Tensilica HiFi 2 Audio DSP for bespoke customization

Samples are available now. Further product information is available at:
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