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SDR chip supports multiple digital radio standards - DRM, HD Radio and DAB Digital technology is about to displace FM and AM reception in the infotainment system, and this trend is gaining momentum. A growing number of car OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are already offering in-car digital radio systems. With the introduction of a multi-standard softwaredefined radio co-processor capable of decoding all three major digital terrestrial radio standards including Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), HD Radio and DAB/DAB+/T-DMB, NXP Semiconductors is set to accelerate this trend. NXP’s new SAF360x series – code-named ‘Saturn’ – enhances digital audio quality via features such as Maximum Ratio Combining for DAB and HD Radio, and scalability for single, dual and triple tuner use designs. The SAF360x platform also offers a very high level of integration, replacing up to six chips with a single IC and reducing the footprint of the automotive digital radio application by over 75% for considerable cost savings. The SAF360x is the first automotive-quality chipset including two on-board DAB tuners and memory. NXP www.nxp.com Revolutionary low cost micro thermal imaging core at heart of iPhone case FLIR Systems has developed a thermal imaging camera core using wafer level lenses and sensors that is small enough to be integrated into the case of an iPhone. The Lepton thermal imaging camera core uses CMOS technology, high volume manufacturing techniques, and commercial scale to deliver a price point that is an order of magnitude below current thermal camera cores. Similar in size, weight, and power consumption to a conventional CMOS cell phone camera module, Lepton is the world’s smallest microbolometer-based thermal imaging camera core currently available. The first commercial use of Lepton is in the new FLIR ONE thermal imaging smartphone case introduced at CES last week. Lepton has also been designed for easy integration into third party products, such as smartphones, tablets, diagnostic tools, automobiles, toys, building controls, process equipment, security systems, machine vision systems, and advanced gaming devices. OEMs around the world can benefit from the fully-exportable Lepton core, which generates high-quality, fully-processed thermal images through common standard interfaces. The 90g case includes a 1400mAh battery where the power can be split between the thermal imager and the phone. FLIR Systems www.flir.com/lepton Please visit us at the Embedded World in Nuremberg, Hall 4, booth 4-611


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