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FCC website spills the beans on details of new SiriusXM 2.0 device

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:00am

This week the website DigitalRadioMag revealed details of the first new SiriusXM 2.0 hardware it says was "outed" by a test report and label information posted on the FCC's website. While nothing hereSiriusXM 2.0 points to the "Pandora-like personalization features" that were teased in August (here), Forbes and are now reporting some of what was revealed to the FCC.

The project is apparently codenamed "Lynx." The new radio features "universal docking capability," which was characterized on the FCC website (presumably by SiriusXM itself) as "add accessories for your home, office, additional vehicles or even outdoors." This apparently means "portability," in that you can listen to the unit in the car, then pull it out of the dash and bring it outside or in your home or office to listen. The SiriusXM PowerConnect FM Transmitter wirelessly connects the unit via FM to the car's radio receiver.

The new radio can connect to content via satellite (naturally), but also WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB -- attributes this as "likely a response to the growth of Internet radio stations, HD radio and the use of smartphones and tablets."

DigitalRadioMag also noticed an Immersion logo in a diagram of the inside of the unit, indicating the radio will likely feature Haptic Touchscreen Technology made by that company. Finally, the appearance of the unit and its interface (backlight color theme, the "trim ring") can be personalized.

The new SiriusXM 2.0 system is expected to be officially launched this quarter. Read more from Forbes here, here, and DigitalRadioMag here.

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