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EETimes: Visteon licenses Linux-based PhatNoise in-car audio jukebox

Jan 05, 2001, 15:46 (1 Talkback[s])
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"PhatNoise Inc. has licensed the reference design for its Mach MP3 Jukebox, an in-car audio jukebox system, to Visteon Corp. (Dearborn, Mich.), the world's largest manufacturer of car stereos. The system will let consumers store and play up to 30 gigabytes -- about 4,000 tracks -- of digital audio in either the MP3 or Microsoft Windows Media Audio format. Visteon will begin selling the systems in the car stereo aftermarket in the third quarter."

"The system will include a removable hard-disk drive, called PhatBox, that allows files to be transferred from the in-car digital stereo system to a PC, and vice versa. PhatNoise is also working on next-generation products that will span the car, home and portable digital audio categories, said company founder and chief executive Dannie Lau, who declined to reveal further details."

"The Mach MP3 reference design, based on a prototype that PhatNoise debuted in June 2000, includes an embedded Linux operating system and applications, the PhatBox storage cartridge, a USB docking cradle and PhatMan software. The USB cradle will connect the drive to a PC and the company's PhatMan music management software, which enables track playlists to be updated automatically."

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