NXP ships 30 millionth low-IF tuner for car radios
NXP Semiconductors said it has shipped its 30 millionth low-IF tuner for car radios. The TEF66xx family of highly integrated tuners offers a options for both aftermarket and OEM manufacturers, from the TEF662x series for the cost-sensitive analog car radio market, to the high-performance TEF660x and TEF661x series, which offer different feature sets and price points to address a wide range of requirements including optional RDS.
The first TEF660x tuners were released in September 2008, and were the first alignment-free, low-IF car radio tuners on the market. The tuners eliminate the need for external IF transformer coils and ceramic filters, as well as external RF applications, by providing integrated AM, FM, LNA and AGC, as well as a fully integrated VCO. An integrated RDS demodulator and/or decoder are available with the TEF661x tuner.
“Using NXP’s innovative low-IF architecture, the TEF66xx family of car radio tuners incorporates all critical RF components on a single chip, freeing up space on the main board to support the ever-increasing number of features consumers are looking for in the car radio head unit,” said Jacob Hooker, product marketing manager of car radio business line at NXP Semiconductors. “By eliminating the need for manual alignment, NXP’s low-IF tuners can be easily designed into the main board without in-depth RF know-how.”
According to a recent report by iSuppli, NXP was ranked number 1 in the global automotive infotainment semiconductor market in 2009, due to the strong performance of its AM/FM tuner and audio processing products, as well as its audio amplifiers, in China. The low-cost TEF662x series is now a leading car radio tuner in China, with 8 million ICs shipped since its launch last year.
Additional information about the TEF66xx series of IF tuners is available at: www.nxp.com/products/rf/tuners/car_radio_tuners_analog_if/
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