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Frontier claims first '4-in-1' digital radio module

Posted: 12 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? DAB? FM? Frontier? music streaming?

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Frontier Silicon has launched the first "four-in-one" module capable of receiving Internet radio, DAB, FM and music streamed from a PC. Called Venice 6, this is the first product to integrate a Wi-Fi, DAB and FM front-end together with an on-board Wi-Fi antenna in a single module. It enables audio manufacturers to easily produce low-cost, feature-rich radios for the global market, bringing thousands of Internet radio stations and music streaming to a generation of affordable, easy-to-use home DAB/FM radios via household Wi-Fi.

Applications using the module will include portable and alarm clock radios as well as CD microsystems, boomboxes and Hi-Fi tuners, and are expected in the shops by July this year.

Measuring a compact 107-by-40mm, Venice 6 is based around Frontier Silicon's Chorus 2i processor. It streams radio stations and music files in a variety of formats and protocols including MP3, WMA and Real Audio. The module integrates an intuitive user interface which enables an easy navigation scheme to switch between the four different modes of operation (Internet Radio, music playback, DAB, FM). It provides access to over 10,000 Internet radio stations plus a wide selection of podcasts with only a few key presses, accessed through a vTuner Internet Portal that manages all the stations to ensure quality and reliability of the available content.

Besides working with the existing DAB standard, which uses the MPEG Audio Layer II coding, Venice 6 will also support the additional audio codec, sometimes referred to as DAB version 2. The module comes with a front-end that supports both Band III and L-band reception, which allows manufacturers to bring to market truly global DAB radios that can be introduced into all DAB markets, regardless of transmission band used or version of DAB standard adopted.

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