SDK frees the car radio from the center console

December 09, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
SDK frees the car radio from the center console
With its Radio Tuner SDK, software vendor OpenSynergy provides the automotive industry with a flexible radio solution that is not bound to a particular hardware device. Thus, the car radio can run as software in whatever ECU the designer finds most suitable and at any place in the car – as long as it provides an Android environment.

In-vehicle Infotainment systems (IVI) development is experiencing major changes; the most prominent being the growth in the distribution of the Android operating system. Thanks to the possibility offered by its Internet Radio apps, Android allows for the reception of a higher number of radio stations compared to the traditional radio standard, e.g. FM, DAB or HD Radio. However, Internet Radio - or IP Radio - does not provide “automotive-grade” reliability, as the internet coverage is not ubiquitous and, even where it is present, limited bandwidth might cause poor sound quality. Automotive customers expect radio services to always be available, with consistent high quality in almost every location and at every speed. Today, this requirement can only be met by traditional radio receivers. This means that an “automotive-grade” Android needs to be complemented with a radio receiver that can support both new radio standards – such as IP Radio - as well as traditional ones.

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