Frontier Silicon Unveils Break-Through Automotive DAB Solution at IFA 2013 [Manufacturing Close - Up]
(Manufacturing Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Frontier Silicon, a supplier of digital radio and connected audio technology, part of the Toumaz Group (TMZ.L), announced the launch of AUTODAB 2.0, a DAB/DAB+ radio solution for automotive aftermarket applications.
Radio listening in cars forms a large percentage of overall radio listening and provision for this sector will be a consideration in the UK Government's decisions on radio DSO (Digital Switch Over).
In a release, the company noted that digital radio on the move is a challenge. Services go out of range, local stations change and tunnels interrupt reception. With AUTODAB 2.0, Frontier has drawn on a wealth of experience gained in developing class-leading products for the consumer market to provide a low-cost solution for this difficult environment.
Existing automotive DAB/DAB+ solutions employ dual tuners to simultaneously search for alternative signal sources while listening to a station. If the current station signal is lost the radio can switch to an alternative, presenting a seamless experience to the user. Developed from Frontier's AUTODAB 1.0 our latest technology (patent pending) performs the same task using only a single DAB tuner, significantly reducing cost and complexity.
Features and benefits of AUTODAB 2.0:
-AUTODAB 2.0 - constantly updates available services as a background task without the need for dual tuners
-Service following - automatically maintains a selected station across different DAB regions or after interruption to reception.
-Intelligent pre-sets - maintains your favourite stations across DAB regions
-Seek - allows fast selection of new stations with minimum driver distraction
-DL Plus - supports enhanced text services
-Data out - provides embedded DAB service data such as EPG and TPEG
-Audio concealment - masks audio break-up in poor reception areas
-Purpose built test and development tools - reduces risk and time to market
"AUTODAB 2.0 represents a significant opportunity for our partners to lower the cost of entry for digital radio in cars, whilst significantly improving performance & user satisfaction" said Jim Nicholas, VP of Marketing at Frontier Silicon. "It enables a new breed of automotive aftermarket solutions to support the rapid adoption of digital radio in cars."
Graham Johnson, Business Development Manager at Connects2, a manufacturer of car audio accessories said "AUTODAB 2.0 is impressive, to enable a single tuner radio to provide such an integrated automotive experience is a major feat of engineering."
AUTODAB 2.0 is available now and runs on Frontier Silicon's Venice 7A automotive module or Kino 3 and Apollo 2 chipset. Development tools including AUTODRIVE 2.0 and a choice of hardware test platforms can be provided on request.
AUTODAB 2.0 will be presented in Frontier Silicon's demo room this week at IFA. To see a demo or find out more, please book a demonstration at www.frontier-silicon.com/events or contact your Frontier Silicon representative.
Frontier Silicon is a supplier of integrated circuits and modules for digital radio and connected audio products. Frontier Silicon is part of the Toumaz Group, which focuses on the digital audio, consumer sports & fitness and professional healthcare markets.
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