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Frontier Silicon's T-DMB chipset now available in Korea

Posted: 06 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:frontier silicon? terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting chipset? t-dmb chipset? apollo 1 rf chip? kino 1?

Frontier Silicon has started sampling what it packages as the world's most advanced terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) chipset in Korea. The T-DMB chipset is comprised of the Apollo 1, one of the world's lowest power and smallest footprint RF device, and the Kino 1 T-DMB baseband chip.

T-DMB is a derivative standard of the Eureka 147 specification commonly known as DAB and used for digital radio broadcasts in much of Europe.

Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier Silicon, said that a majority of local manufacturers have already chosen its chipset for their T-DMB enabled handsets. "This is because our technology is proventhe underlying RF and baseband technology for Apollo 1 and Kino 1 is also at the heart of over two million chips driving the current explosion in growth of DAB digital radio," he said during last week's International T-DMB Conference in Seoul.

Apollo 1 offers a power consumption better than 80mW, and is touted to be the smallest RF tuner currently available for T-DMB, measuring 0.9(H)-by-5(L)-by-5(W)mm. According to the company, Apollo 1's small size and low power consumption make it ideal for designing into mobile handsets intended for digital video broadcasting products.

Kino 1 is a highly integrated SoC that can consume as little as 100mW of power and supports a full T-DMB decoding rate over 1.8Mbps. Kino 1 is designed using a mixture of hardware and software blocks to provide the best possible compromise between flexibility, performance and power consumption, added Frontier Silicon. The flexibility of the architecture enables the changing requirements of the emerging T-DMB standard to be implemented quickly. And to enhance its performance in T-DMB applications, Kino 1 integrates a Reed Solomon decoder, which is implemented in hardware rather than software. The company added that this capability significantly reduces the power consumption.

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