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SigmaTel partners with Frontier Silicon for MP3 players

Posted: 06 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SGTL? SigmaTel? Frontier Silicon? Atlas 2? MP3?

Frontier Silicon has partnered with SigmaTel Inc. to produce Atlas 2, which is touted to be the lowest cost, ready to manufacture combined digital audio broadcasting (DAB), FM and fully-featured MP3 player platform available.

The platform brings together Frontier Silicon's Naples FS 2011 miniature tri-band DAB/FM digital radio module and SigmaTel's STMP3500 series MP3 processor and portable audio SoC to provide consumer electronics manufacturers with a customizable ready to manufacture solution for combined DAB/FM/MP3 handheld players with voice recording capability.

The Atlas 2 platform can be configured to customer requirements, including optional hardware FM, selectable memory size, keyboard and LCD options. The PCB can be powered by a Li-ion/polymer battery back, or via a mini-B type-B connector, and provides on-board charging and power management. It features a full MMI interface implemented on either a 1.1 inch single-color OLED or backlit graphics FSTN display. A separate customizable keyboard PCB provides navigation and short cut keys to menus and functions. The headphone antenna acts as the Band-II (FM) and Band-III antenna. File storage can be to internal Flash or to SD card.

"This is a significant new addition for the personal media player market, since we can now enable DAB manufacturers to add MP3 functionality, as well as those making MP3 players to add DAB digital radio listening functions on their devices," said Frontier Silicon CEO Anthony Sethill in a statement. "Until now, there wasn't a readily available platform solution that could be easily customized by manufacturers and quickly deployed into mass production."

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