Global Software Radio – The New Car Radios from Continental Equipped with Powerful Software Continental is replacing conventional receiver technologies in car radios

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Global Software Radio – The New Car Radios from Continental Equipped with Powerful Software

Continental is replacing conventional receiver technologies in car radios. Digital technology with powerful software creates new entertainment possibilities in the Continental Global Software Radio, and lowers costs thanks to streamlined hardware.

Wetzlar (Germany), July 16, 2012. With its Global Software Radio technology, the international automotive supplier Continental is replacing a large part of the hardware in conventional radios with intelligent software. This will allow automotive manufacturers to offer their customers modern radio entertainment at lower cost. In a test setup Continental is already able to demonstrate the diversity, which is possible through the Global Software Radio. For example, it can play several radio stations simultaneously. Using loudspeakers and additional headset outlets, car drivers and rear seat passengers can listen to their favorite stations independently of each other. The Global Software Radio also allows the driver to listen to a station while a different channel is being recorded. It can also look for the most up-to-date traffic information in the background and provide this to the driver. It makes no difference whether the signals are digital or analog. The Global Software Radio is future-proof, as new radio broadcasting standards or new data services can be integrated with a software update. Conventional radios can only offer this diversity by using additional – and comparably expensive – hardware.

“The diversity offered by Continental’s Global Software Radio turns listening to the radio into a new experience. New services can be easily integrated into the device when the software is being updated. This allows vehicle manufacturers to offer top-class infotainment throughout the vehicle’s entire service life,” explains Kieran O’Sullivan, head of Continental’s Infotainment & Connectivity business unit, speaking of the advantages of the new technology.

One for all: The Software Radio meets nearly all radio broadcasting standards worldwide

Automotive manufacturers look for product and system solutions that can be used all over the world. Therefore the Global Software Radio offers vehicle manufacturers world-ready functionality. Regardless of whether a radio receives HD radio in the USA or DAB in Germany, the different standards can be met by simply changing the software. The automotive manufacturer can use the processor’s computing capacity to scale the diversity of functions offered by the Software Radio. The more powerful the processor, the more functions the radio offers. Using a fast processor, the radio can play or record several digital radio channels simultaneously for different listeners, for example. This makes the technology suitable for cars from the smallest class right up to those in the luxury class.

“The ability to offer car manufacturers worldwide a diverse radio infotainment system with a significantly reduced number of product variants is a decisive factor in ensuring the breakthrough of the Global Software Radio. We have already entered series production with various automotive manufacturers using parts of the Software Radio technology, and are witnessing a rising demand that confirms this trend,” says O’Sullivan.

Less hardware for more energy efficiency

The Software Radio is also the right option for electromobility with its special requirements regarding energy efficiency. The formula behind this is simple: Less hardware means less weight, space and power consumption compared to conventional technologies with a similar diversity of functions.

With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 167,000 employees in 46 countries.

The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €6.5 billion in 2011, 33,000 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €5.8 billion in 2011, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2011, 32,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €18.4 billion in 2011. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost efficiency.

The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and sensors, windshield washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard®. The Powertrain division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management and transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.

Sebastian Fillenberg
External Communications, Interior Division
Continental Automotive GmbH

Sodener Strasse 9

65824 Schwalbach am Taunus, Germany

Ph.: +49 6196 87-3709

Fax: +49 6196 8779-3709

Enno Pflug

External Communications, Interior Division

Continental Automotive GmbH

Sodener Strasse 9

65824 Schwalbach am Taunus, Germany

Ph.: +49 6196 87-2515

Fax: +49 6196 8779-2515

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Sebastian Fillenberg: +49 6196 87-3709


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