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ST, Kenwood, Faunhofer IIS demonstrate prototype DRM receiver

Posted: 05 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? ST? Kenwood? Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits? Digital Radio Mondiale?

At this week's IFA Consumer Electronics trade fair in Berlin, STMicroelectronics (ST), in cooperation with Kenwood and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (Fraunhofer IIS), presented a fully working prototype of a Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) receiver that will "pave the way to the development of a low-power ASIC for DRM applications" such as fixed and portable radios, car receivers, software receivers, and PDAs.

Standardized by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, DRM is a universal, open standard digital radio system with FM-like sound quality available to markets worldwide for long-wave, medium-wave and short-wave frequencies. In addition to providing substantially better audio quality and interference-free reception, the DRM system benefits listeners with new multimedia content such as track title, artist, and station name, which can be displayed on DRM receivers to enhance the listening experience.

Unlike digital radio systems that require a new frequency allocation, DRM just uses more efficiently the existing AM broadcast frequency bands (below 30MHz). The DRM signal fits into the AM broadcast-band plan and can be carried by many existing AM transmitters, resulting in a simple, inexpensive upgrade to the previous transmission infrastructure.

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