Beginning next year, customers for Sirius Satellite Radio products will be getting the new and greatly improved radio system-on-a-chip (SoC) from Agere Systems. The chip will find its way into automotive, home, portable, and navigation radios. Agere also designed and supplies the original Sirius chip.
The new part offers a higher level of SoC integration, feature enhancements, lower power consumption, improved audio performance, and a significant size reduction. The Sirius satellites operate on the 2.3-GHz band in highly elliptical orbits that extend out to about 19,000 miles. The SoC's new features, which improve reception and offer lower power consumption to permit portable operation, should boost Sirius' sales further.