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TI, RadioScape release DRM standard-supporting products

Posted: 13 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital radio show? texas instruments? radioscape? digital radio mondiale standard? drm standard?

During the Digital Radio Show in London, Texas Instruments Inc. and RadioScape announced what they claim as the first chips and modules for the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) standard.

Based on TI's DRM300 and DRM350 chips, RadioScape's modules will support FM-RDS and AM in software. The first modulethe RS500, supplies all the necessary hardware and software to design and build receivers able to support any combination of DRM, dab, FM-RDS and AM. According to the press release, this cuts down significantly the development time and resources needed from the manufacturer.

The TMS320DRM3xx family is based on TI's digital signal processor (DSP) technology and RadioScape's Software Defined Digital Radio approach. The DRM300 baseband supports DRM, while the single-chip DRM350 baseband supports DRM as well as DAB. With the DRM350 baseband, developers can create cost-effective DRM/DAB-based devices with a single chip. New features, customized variants and modifications can be easily implemented on the programmable DSP architecture of the DRM300 and DRM350 chips, avoiding time-consuming and expensive hard-wired re-spins.

Pricing for both the DRM300 and DRM350 chips starts at $18 in sample quantities of 1,000 or less and are expected to be available in 3Q 2005. RadioScape4s DRM module is also expected to be available in 3Q 2005.

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