|Software Defined Radio|
|Written by Source: Harald Koch, Automotive Marketing Manager, MicrotuneŽ, Inc.|
The need for a flexible in-vehicle radio platform is growing with the expanding market for automotive “infotainment," which encompasses all of the electronic information, communications and entertainment devices inside the automobile. For multi-standard radio head-units, the deployment of advanced system architectures relying on multi-purpose DSPs could help solve design problems for automotive OEMs.
In order to support the various infotainment features that customers expect, such as navigation, hands-free phone control, and telematics, car radio architecture requires a large number of specialized hardware blocks that typically reside together in a single housing. For technical and economic reasons, this type of heterogeneous architecture still represents the state-of-the-art as of today.