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Tiny DAB/FM radio module rolls for battery-run handhelds

Posted: 12 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Frontier Silicon? Naples FS2011? DAB? FM? radio module?

Frontier Silicon touted its new Naples FS2011 as the industry's first miniature and integrated stand-alone dual-band DAB/FM radio module for handheld battery-powered products.

A complete DAB module, the device operates in both master and slave modes and incorporates the company's Apollo RF front-end, Chorus DAB baseband processor and NXP Semiconductor's TEA 5764 FM radio IC.

According to Frontier Silicon, Naples is unique since it combines both DAB and FM in a slim line module measuring 35-by-38-by-2.7mm on a highly compact single-sided PCB. This module is a low-cost solution for manufacturers needing to quickly incorporate both DAB and FM radio functions in next-generation handheld radio-enabled devices such as DAB/FM portable radios and multimedia-enhanced PDAs. The module also enables personal DAB radio and Internet audio devices when used within a suitable product such as Frontier Silicon's Atlas 2 platform.

The DAB signal processing functions and protocol stack are implemented in firmware running on the Chorus processor, which also runs the control interface to Naples. The Naples module promises simple and flexible integration, configurable in both master and slave modes. In a master configuration, the module requires a power source, antenna, LCD and keypad to create a fully featured digital radio. Alternatively, the module can be controlled by an existing MCU as a slave module via a serial port or serial control bus compliant device, allowing it to be integrated into larger audio systems like CD micro Hi-Fi or home cinema systems.

The module also supports various software features such as DAB dynamic DLS radio service text, 256Kbps decode capacity, stored presets and manual tuning when configured in system applications.

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