Looks like Visteon is making a play in the portable satellite radio market and has filed a patent (application # 20060094349) for a Dockable portable satellite receiver. Via Orbitcast.com
Here is clip from the patent info:
A portable satellite receiver includes a tuner, an antenna, and an amplifier. The portable satellite receiver has a protective housing enclosing the tuner, antenna, and amplifier. The portable satellite receiver is configured to interface with an accessory device through a communication link such that the accessory device receives audio signals from the portable satellite receiver over the communication link.
The portable satellite receiver includes a satellite antenna, and a "protective housing" which encloses the satellite tuner and a "media player." That media player is essentially a MP3 player, that also has the ability to record the satellite radio signal. On top of that, the media player will interface - wirelessly - with a docking station (or what appears to be called the "satellite entertainment system"). The "protective housing" also has a plug to interface with this docking station. There is no word if this is for XM or SIRIUS or both... That is the big question..
So, they're essentially applying for a patent on a live satellite radio/MP3 player.
One thing to note about Visteon they make head units that are sat ready, for both SIRIUS and XM. Visteon also won the deal with Hyundai to provide radios with XM.
[US Patent Application: 20060094349]
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