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Continental Dumps the CD Player From the Dashboard

But it's keeping AM, FM and HD Radio in the redesigned head unit
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WETZLAR, Germany�Good news for broadcasters.�In-car entertainment developer Continental says it has developed a progressive vehicle radio platform that allows control of numerous functions on one processor, and functions that are based on software.

The main approach behind the platform is simple: Replace cost intensive hardware with software, wherever possible.

To achieve this reduction, the Continental radio platform is built on an optimized system-on-chip. It has a multi-core processor at the heart of the platform that is handling all human-machine interface, connectivity and audio post-processing related functions, as well as an integrated vehicle controller and a digital signal processor that is enabling the core radio technology of the new platform � the software.

An integral part of the system is a software-defined radio that allows for reception of analog and digital radio standards such as AM/FM, DAB/DAB+/ DMB, DRM and HD Radio worldwide on a single piece of hardware. �New standards can be enabled by software update as they become available in different regions, for example Chinese Digital Radio in China.

Audio sources for this infotainment system are the radio in addition to the drivers� or passengers� digital devices connected via Bluetooth or USB/iPod connection.

Drivers can enjoy a variety of functions and connected services in a safe way, the company says, since the platform is capable of mirroring applications and content from smartphones via different standards such as MirrorLink, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or Baidu Carlife.�Audio sources for this infotainment system are, yes, the radio, in addition to the drivers� or passengers� digital devices connected via Bluetooth or USB/iPod connection.

Continental�s new head unit�does not�include a CD player.�

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