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Low-power HD Radio IC is fully integrated

Posted: 17 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HD Radio? receiver mobile? broadcast digital?

SiPort Inc. has launched the SP1010 single-chip HD Radio receiver, claimed to be the lowest power HD Radio solution. The SP1010 completed comprehensive product qualification and is being shipped in volume to OEMs, ODMs and module makers.

The SiPort SP1010 terrestrial digital broadcast receiver is a highly integrated CMOS IC with tuner, baseband and DC/DC converters on a single die. The multiband single-chip receiver enables digital radio and digital data services from terrestrial broadcasts to high-volume devices such as mobile handsets and MP3 players. The SP1010's low power and small form factor enable mobile system manufacturers to develop, for the first time, mobile HD Radio platforms that provide attractive form factors and long battery life.

While consuming an unheard of 100mW for the entire HD Radio sub-system (baseband, tuner, DC/DC converters and memory), the SP1010's design provides superior RF performance and interference rejection in all operating modes. DSP enables the baseband to provide performance previously found only in expensive, high-end receivers. A software-programmable configuration enables multi-standard reception with no compromise on performance/power ratios. The single-chip receiver handles all symbol decoding, synchronization, de-interleaving, error detection and error-correction functions.

"This is the dawn of the digital radio revolution as the United States witnesses the rapid transition of analog radio to digital HD Radio technology," said Aiman Kabakibo, CEO of SiPort. "By offering the world's lowest power HD Radio solution in the smallest available form factor, SiPort is accelerating the analog to digital transition in popular consumer and mobile devices such as MP3 players and handsets. HD Radio technology is changing the listening experience by bringing amazing capabilities to broadcast radio such as a rich user interface, radio TiVo functionality and exciting new content."

The HD Radio system was developed by iBiquity Digital Corp. The technology allows digital radio signals to ride the same airwaves as today's ubiquitous analog AM and FM radio broadcasts, bringing additional content, crystal clear sound, and location-based data services.

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