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Parrot unveils its latest SDR chip O3+ for the automotive industry

Worldwide radio reception combined with Parrot connectivity solutions
Parrot unveils its latest SDR chip O3+ for the automotive industry

Parrot Automotive, a leading player in the field of Connected Automotive Infotainment and the best-in-class provider of radio solutions in mobility, is proud to introduce the Octopus 3+.


Building upon the market-proven Octopus 3, Parrot “O3+” takes digital and analog radio reception to the next level.

The current generation is already deployed through major European, Japanese and Chinese OEMs and enables global radio reception: AM, FM, DAB, DAB+, DRM, DRM+, DVB-T2 Lite and HD Radio* standards.

Aside from this worldwide tuner, the Octopus 3+ embeds an ARM Cortex-A5 processor with a fully-featured Linux system running Parrot well-known connectivity middleware for Bluetooth, telephony, voice recognition, media, etc. The chip also features an Ethernet, CAN and USB interface.


The O3+ is running the state of the art processing algorithms that made the success of the Octopus Chip Series: fast and accurate channel estimation, multipath rejection, Doppler Effect compensation and MRC diversity.

Thanks to its background scanning and diversity capacities, the Octopus 3+ is also an all-in-one high- end radio solution. As a result, it enables best-in-class reception of radio in motion, even at very high speeds. The Octopus 3+ addresses all major radio standards deployed throughout the world, thus providing car makers with a single solution for global deployment, lowering R&D, testing and qualification costs.

The Octopus 3+ plays its part in building an increasingly connected in-vehicle environment at an affordable cost.

In addition, this universal component delivers the processing power required by any variation of smart antenna or media box application. The Octopus 3+ is offered to all major Tier-1 auto suppliers as a reference design.


“We are proud to bring this cutting edge tuner-processor to the automotive market: the Octopus 3+ enables worldwide tuner capabilities and media features,” says Éric Riyahi, Executive Vice-President at Parrot Automotive.


Octopus 3+ in a nutshell:

  • 3 x AM / FM / WB (diversity + background scan)
  • 2 x DAB, DAB+, DMB
  • DRM, DRM+, DVB-T2 Lite, HD Radio*
  • High end audio DSP
  • Cortex-A5 @ 600Mhz featuring 1000DMIPS
  • DDR3 interface
  • USB, Ethernet AVB, SDIO, SPI
  • CAN with dedicated processor
  • BGA package 14mm x 14mm
  • AEC-Q100

* Requires iBiquity agreement.

About Parrot Automotive

Parrot Automotive is a 100% subsidiary of Parrot. Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced technology wireless products for consumers and professionals. The company builds on a common technological expertise to innovate and develop in three primary markets:

  • Civil drones: With recreational quadricopters and solutions for professional use.
  • Connected objects: With a focus on audio and gardening.
  • Automotive: With the most extensive range of hands-free communication and infotainment systems for vehicles on the market.


Headquartered in Paris, Parrot currently employs more than 1000 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas.

Parrot has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO) – For more information, please visit





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