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Frontier Silicon unrolls 'smallest' DAB radio module

Posted: 30 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Frontier Silicon? DAB? digital radio? Capri? FS3010?

Frontier Silicon's Capri FS3010 DAB digital radio module

Frontier Silicon has launched a DAB digital radio module touted to be the industry's smallest and lowest-cost. The Capri FS3010, measuring 27-by-16-by-2.6mm, is a miniature SMT module that can be fixed directly to the DAB radio system board and avoids the need for connectors. The small size and high level of integration in the module makes Capri suitable for low-power product applications, the company said, such as tiny pocket DAB players and personal media MP3 handhelds, as well as PDAs and other portable entertainment devices.

The Capri module is based on Frontier Silicon's Apollo multiband RF tuner and Kino 2 multistandard DAB and T-DMB digital baseband processor. Complete DAB digital radio systems can be built using Capri as a slave module controlled by a host processor, the company explained, with several host interfaces available for control and data transport streams, including SPI, SCP and I2S. The module receives both L-Band and Band 3 broadcasts, enabling worldwide DAB reception.

The Apollo/Kino 2 chipset combination is based on a highly-integrated SoC architecture, with the individual chips themselves contributing to the overall low power consumption and compact size. Apollo measures just 5-by-5-by-0.9mm, making it the industry's smallest RF tuner for DAB digital radio reception, according to the company. It requires few external components. Kino 2 measures 10-by-10-by-1.3mm and integrates multiple peripherals and interfaces, which simplifies interfacing to the RF tuner and host processor.

Kino 2 executes multiple multimedia and communication-based tasks concurrent with the decoding and error correction of DAB audio and data streams. It decodes multiple audio and data services up to the maximum 1.8Mbps.

The Capri module is available today.

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