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Frontier Silicon DAB module supports automotive head units

Posted: 25 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:frontier silicon? dab digital radio module? roadster module?

The DAB digital radio module from Frontier Silicon allows OEM fitting of DAB into integrated head units in automobiles.

Based on the DAB technology already in use in the consumer electronics market, the Roadster module is claimed by the company as the first to support user features such as DAB to FM service linking.

Steve Evans, VP sales, commented, "With the tremendous growth in the market for consumer DAB radios, now is the right time for car makers to seriously consider offering DAB as an option. Our Roadster module provides the automotive market with a cost, size and power-efficient route to integrate this important capability."

The vertically mounted module is based on the Chorus multimedia DAB processor. It is totally self-contained, containing flash memory for the program and data storage, and additional RAM for extended functionality. A suite of firmware included in the module includes DAB to FM service linking, TII for regional information, 'Traffic Message Channel' and on-board diagnostics.

According to Frontier Silicon, the DAB to FM linking is essential for seamless audio listening in a car when it moves from an area with DAB service transmission to one where there is no DAB service transmission.

Targeted for use in integrated head units, automotive DAB modules, telematics and navigation units, the Roadster system features Eureka 147 DAB receiver, dual band (Band III and L-band) high performance RF front-end, baseband processor, and power supply. The device measures 55-by-37-by-8mm to mount inside a 1DIN radio/CD player, and has an operational temperature range of -40C to 85C.

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