One very important item is still missing from almost each appearance of automotive computing. Especially in the field of car entertainment configurations, often the available head-unit is used only for the tuner facility and it's amplifiers.
The latter feature, the amplifier, is not a complicated item to get rid of as a large selection of automotive amplifiers can be found in any decent car-hifi shop.
This other feature, the tuner, is a lot harder to replace. Only very few computer based tuners are available and most of those don't offer the AM band reception nor do they offer RDS decoding. For a lot of people AM can still be important because quite a few radio stations are not eglible for an FM band frequency.
A good implementation of the Radio Data System (RDS) is even more favorable. Using the Traffic Announcement (TA) feature of RDS enables automatic interruption of the MP3 or CD/DVD player function of the computer and switch to traffic announcements when those are broadcast.
· FM Band: 87.5 - 108.0MHz,
· AM/MW Band: 531 - 1602kHz,
· AM/LW Band: 153 - 281kHz,
· Mono/stereo support,
· RDS Decoder,
· TMC Support (optional in software),
· USB Audio 10 - 48kHz,
· Line-out header "CD-ROM style" (optional),
· F antenna connector or
· Fakra-SMB antenna connector,
· USB B-type connector,
· Dimensions (h·w·d): 100x50x25mm,
· Power: USB 5V, 500mA,
· Temperature: -30 to +80 degrees.
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Computer systems CARGO, UNIGO and MERGO have similar tuner functionality integrated.