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Frontier Silicon offers PVR-like capabilities to digital radio

Posted: 03 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:frontier silicon? personal-video-recorder? pvr? digital radio? dabplus?

Frontier Silicon introduced DABplus, a combination of a sophisticated advanced electronic program guide (epg) and advanced recording and timer capabilities for its Venice module.

According to the company, this new capability will bring personal-video-recorder (PVR) like capabilities to digital radio. "DABplus adds a totally new dimension to DAB digital radio, bringing a whole new personal listening experience to the consumer," said Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier Silicon. "Users can bring up seven days of program, select what they want to listen to or record, and use any number of timers to record their favorite program onto a memory card for playback on the same radio or any other compatible audio player."

The Venice module contains all necessary components and requires only power source, antenna, display and keypad to be added for a fully featured product. This allows manufactures to quickly bring a DAB digital radio to market, the company added.

Frontier Silicon's software provides an interface through which EPG and dynamic service information (DLS) can be viewed. DABplus includes scrolling text for lines that extend beyond the 16-character screen width, enabling a rich user interface to be implemented.

"The addition of DABplus to our market leading modules will help accelerate the adoption of new broadcast features such as EPG and is therefore an important next step for the digital radio market," Sethill added.

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