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Toshiba ventures into HD Radio market

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HD Radio? radio chipset? receiver? automotive?

iBiquity Digital Corp. has approved Toshiba Corp.'s new radio chipset for use in HD Radio automotive receivers. Toshiba's TB2178FG and TC94A90FG radio chipsets provide a front-end solution that supports communication with HD Radio decoders. The solution enables RF down conversion and the analog demodulation to integrate with HD Radio decoders to provide automotive-grade radio reception.

"We are very pleased that iBiquity Digital has approved our new chipset for next generation HD Radio receivers," said Kazuteru Saginao, senior manager of automotive SoC marketing and development department, system LSI division at Toshiba Corp. "We look forward to working with radio manufacturers to build the highest quality HD Radio automotive products available."

Jeff Jury, chief operating officer at iBiquity Digital, commented, "With Toshiba's entry into the HD Radio technology marketplace, radio manufactures have another excellent solution for high performance RF reception. The market for OEM quality HD Radio chipsets is growing rapidly with the increasing introduction of more and more car platforms offering HD Radio receivers as standard or options in vehicles."

Overall, more than 1.5 million HD Radio chipsets have been manufactured and more than 1 million modules shipped, with approximately 100 different HD Radio products available to consumers today. Thirteen automotive manufacturers have committed to factory installation of HD Radio receivers in their vehicles: Audi, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes, MINI, Mercury, Scion and Volvo.

The HD Radio approval process includes a rigorous inspection of performance and functionality to ensure compliance with the HD Radio broadcast system requirements. Toshiba joins NXP and Sanyo Semiconductor in offering radio receiver manufacturers a front-end chipset that can be integrated with HD Radio decoders into radio products to deliver high-quality HD Radio performance at a competitive price.

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