|[April 12, 2014]
Frontier Silicon Launches HD Radio™ Module at Hong Kong Electronics Fair
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Frontier Silicon, the world leader in technology solutions for digital
radio receivers, is launching its first digital radio module supporting
the HD Radio standard. In partnership with iBiquity, the developers of
HD Radio technology, Frontier has created a new solution based on its
market leading Verona digital radio module (over six million units sold
The key benefit for receiver manufacturers is the ability to launch US
versions of best-selling digital radio devices, which to date have only
been sold in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In addition, North
American brands and retailers will now be able to incorporate the
performance standards and reliability of Frontier Silicon's solutions in
their domestic HD Radio devices.
The Verona HD Radio module will be sampling in April, with lead partners
going to mass production at the end of Q2 2014. A demonstration of the
new module will be available in Frontier's exclusive HKEF Spring Edition
Anthony Sethill, CEO Frontier Silicon, said: "The time is right
for Frontier Silicon to enter the HD Radio market. In the last three
years, HD Radio has established a firm foothold in the North American
automotive market, and the market for consumer HD Radio devices is ripe
for development. We see this as a significant next step in the global
development of digital radio.
"Our partnership with iBiquity has been a key factor in the development
of the Verona HD Radio slution. By combining the technical expertise of
our two teams, we have accelerated time to market and avoided
unnecessary duplication of effort.
"We will work closely with new and existing customers to ensure the
devices they bring to market meet the high expectations of North
American retailers and consumers."
Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer, iBiquity Digital Corporation (News - Alert),
said: "We are very pleased to have been able to work so closely with
the Frontier team to bring this project to fruition. The HD Radio
rollout has been expanding in the Americas over the past few years. We
believe this partnership with Frontier is a key next step in meeting the
market's need for high performance, cost effective digital radio
The Verona HD module builds on key aspects of Frontier Silicon's
experience in digital radio.
Key features include:
The only full-certified master-mode HD Radio module - no third party
MCU is required and the user interface requires minimal extra
Electrically, mechanically and functionally compatible with Frontier
Silicon's best-selling Verona DAB radio module - enabling quick and
easy conversion of existing DAB radio designs
FM analogue and FM HD Radio standards supported with seamless blending
and international tuning support for 50kHz, 100kHz and 200kHz steps
International language menu support for English, Spanish, Portuguese
RBDS and Programme Service Data (PSD) to display useful text
information such as artist or song title
Full product development from Frontier's support teams in Asia.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon is the world's leading supplier of integrated circuits
and modules for Digital Radio and Connected Audio products. Frontier
Silicon is part of the Toumaz Group, a pioneer in low-power wireless
semiconductor and software technologies for the consumer audio and
wireless healthcare markets.
The group is headquartered in London, England, with design centres in
Oxford, Cambridge, Hong Kong and Romania. The company also has sales and
technical support teams in Hong Kong, China and Japan.
Frontier Silicon's audio products offer solutions for DAB/DAB+, Internet
Radio and Connected Audio - from silicon through software to
production-ready platform designs.
Customers supplied by Frontier Silicon include Argon, Bang & Olufsen,
Bose, Bush, Denon, Dual, Geneva, Goodmans, Grundig, Hama, harman/kardon,
Hitachi, JVC, Magic Box, NAD, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pinell,
Pioneer, Pure, Revo, Roberts, Ruark Audio, Sangean, Sanyo, Sharp (News - Alert), Sony,
TEAC, TechniSat, Tivoli Audio and Yamaha.
Frontier Silicon is a trademark or registered trademark of Frontier
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