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DAB module integrates FM radio receiver with RDS in one chip

Posted: 09 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:frontier silicon? dab digital radio receiver module? receiver module? fm radio receiver? venice 3 fs2023?

Frontier Silicon released an ultra low power tri-band DAB digital radio receiver module that integrates an FM radio receiver with RDS in the same chip. According to the press release, the power consumption of the Venice 3 FS2023 module is less than half of existing solutions, enabling up to 60 hours of battery life in a portable DAB radio.

Additionally, Frontier Silicon said, manufacturers can significantly reduce system costs as no extra components are required to implement FM/RDS, and no additional microprocessor is required to implement high-end radio features such as the 'DABplus' electronic program guide and rewind radio.

The new Venice 3 module is based on the company's Chorus processor, which is a single chip digital radio baseband IC optimized for Eureka 147 and capable of decoding multiple DAB services simultaneously. The Chorus processor is designed to allow it to receive DAB services while running other processor-intensive applications to allow the implementation of value added features such as DABplus, the user interface and advanced data service decoding.

The integrated DAB/FM/RDS module can be configured either in master or slave mode, which means that it can be used to create a fully-featured radio by simply adding power source, antenna and LCD keypad, or an external microcontroller can be used to control it using a choice of industry standard serial protocols, explained Frontier Silicon. With the flexible RF connector options in Venice 3, manufacturers can position the RF module close to the antenna, giving them complete flexibility in product development and design.

Measuring 100-by-40-by-8mm, the new Venice 3 integrated DAB/FM/RDS module is electrically and mechanically compatible with previous generations of the Venice module family, enabling manufacturers to quickly enhance earlier product designs for use in new geographical regions.

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