Delphi Achieves New Milestone: 15 Million Satellite Receivers Shipped to Retailers and Automakers
TROY, Mich. — Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) confirmed today it has now shipped more than 15 million satellite receivers to retailers and vehicle manufacturers. The milestone, achieved just six years after Delphi introduced the first satellite radio receiver, coincides with the company’s current efforts to support expanded in-vehicle satellite content.
“Crossing the 15 million mark reaffirms Delphi’s leadership role in the development of mobile satellite infotainment,” said Ken Erickson, lead executive for Delphi’s Entertainment & Communications product business unit. “In just a few years, Delphi hardware helped satellite radio grow from an emerging niche media to become an option available on more than 60 percent of new vehicles sold in the U.S.”
“We’re now applying our know-how to support expanded mobile satellite content, including video,” Erickson added. “And, the same creativity and market knowledge drive Delphi’s work on other entertainment and communications products, such as telematics.”
Delphi introduced factory-installed satellite radio receivers to the automotive market in the U.S. in 2001 and launched the first retail mobile satellite receiver in 2002. The service was launched in Canada in 2005. Today, the company produces receivers for more than 10 vehicle manufacturers, supporting both XM and SIRIUS satellite radio services. Among retail consumers, the Delphi name has become synonymous with satellite radio through the XM Satellite Radio plug-and-play receivers and accessories: Delphi SKYFi, MyFi and ROADY radio family.
“Delphi continues to innovate in the portable satellite radio market by introducing more versatility into its products,” said Max Rogers, lead executive for Delphi’s Consumer Electronics product business unit. “Used in the car, at home or on the go, our new SKYFi3 XM satellite radio receiver expands its use with features like an SD card for mp3 storage and a kit for seamless connection to a Bose Sound System.”
Satellite radio offers nearly 15 million subscribers hundreds of channels of music, news, sports, comedy, entertainment and talk radio. In addition to digital-quality broadcast, satellite radio provides many commercial-free channels and the ability to receive the same media channel across the entire U.S.
The latest first — in-vehicle satellite video
Earlier this year, Delphi announced it was selected to provide the hardware that will enable the Chrysler Group to be the first and only vehicle manufacturer to offer SIRIUS Backseat TVâ˘, the next wave of in-car entertainment, in its vehicle lineup in the 2008 model year.
This hardware supports the next wave of entertainment coming into the vehicle. Using the same spectrum allocation as satellite radio, a digital audio and video signal is sent to the vehicle, providing alternative entertainment options for passengers with three channels of TV programming.
Seven decades of in-vehicle entertainment leadership
Delphi manufactured the first in-dash car radio in 1936. Since then, the company has produced more than 276 million audio systems for customers that include virtually every vehicle manufacturer worldwide. Delphi’s entertainment and communications portfolio includes advanced reception systems, digital receivers, integrated premium acoustics, navigation systems, rear-seat entertainment, and telematics.
“Delphi’s unparalleled understanding of the vehicle environment enables us to give consumers the performance and convenience they demand,” said Erickson. “At the same time, our industry leadership allows us to deliver high-quality, cost-effective solutions that create value for both automakers and satellite content providers.”
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