In 2012, NXP Semiconductor released the SAF775x chip that was the first multi-tuner RFCMOS (radio frequency complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) single chip embedded with AM, FM and DAB tuners. That story for non-techies is that it could do with one chip what had been previously been done with two, and it also allowed customers - in this case carmakers - "to program their own features, or to run those of third-party software vendors."
The Nissan Leaf doesn't exactly rank up there with Snoop Dogg's '64 Impala when it comes to thumping sound systems, but at least the Japanese automaker is bringing the all-electric's stereo in line with the car's energy efficient approach.
There's seldom anything particularly exciting or glamorous about a minivan. But that doesn't mean their producers can't keep trying. Enter the new 2012 Renault Scenic, and its big brother, the Grand Scenic.
Bose in-car audio systems were originally introduced in 1983 on the Cadillac Seville and in the ensuing 25 years have made their way into all manner of expensive road-going machinery. Most recently, the purveyors of high-end in-car audio systems have outfitted the Bose Media System in the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. That system, which features a 30-gig hard drive and a simplistic button layout including proximity sensors on the knobs to detect a user's interactions, will soon be available to the res
Bose is most commonly known for its stereo systems and other home entertainment gear. The truth is that the company holds tons of patents, which it licenses to shrewdly fund research and development in a wide variety of areas, seemingly following the whims of Dr. Bose himself. The company has been working on electromechanical suspension systems for years now - I was even passed by one of their tricked out Lexuses while on my way up the hill to their Framingham, MA headquarters once. The video we
If you're going to introduce one of the world's most advanced automotive media systems, you might as well showcase it in one of the world's best vehicles. Bose has chosen the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti as its debut model. The new Bose Media System features customized 5.1-channel surround sound, an AM/FM/XM satellite radio tuner that can be accessed by genre, a 200 hours hard-drive, navigation system, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity with access through the system's display and a USB 2.0 input.
The upcoming 2007 Infiniti G35 looks like it will arrive equipped with an internal CD player packing
ripping...er...downloading audio capability. Other details (such as audio format) remain scant, though the
unit comes with a CompactFlash slot as well as the hard-drive to augment the high-end Bose system.