At the 2008 CES tradeshow in Las Vegas (January 7-10), Frontier Silicon will be showcasing technology enabling on-demand music services on stand-alone consumer audio systems. Such services have until now only been accessible through PCs, but will now be available through mass-market home audio products such as tabletop radios, microsystems and clock radios. These products will have unlimited access to a vast array of audio content covering all genres of music, concerts, comedies, news, and all other programme formats that will become available over time.
On-demand music services from companies such as Rhapsody, Napster, Music Load, Classical.com and others are rapidly gaining popularity, providing users with online access to a vast jukebox of audio tracks for a monthly subscription fee. Frontier Silicon has now developed the technology to deliver these services through its Venice 6 module, providing the opportunity for audio manufactures to develop home music systems that can tap into this near-infinite supply of audio programming.
Anthony Sethill, CEO, Frontier Silicon said: ”The Internet is rapidly becoming the world’s jukebox, with an unlimited quantity of content available to consumers, who are increasingly demanding the ability to access this content without having to resort to their computer. Delivering this capability on our Venice 6 module is allowing audio manufactures to introduce a new class of product, creating huge excitement in the audio industry.”
Venice 6 is the world’s first digital radio module capable of receiving Internet radio via Wi-Fi, DAB/DAB+, FM, music streamed from a network server and now music on demand. It is built on Frontier Silicon’s Chorus 2 processor, and streams radio stations and music files in a variety of formats and protocols including MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Real Audio. Venice 6 includes multi-language support, UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and Internet Software Upgrade (ISU) functionality, allowing firmware to be easily updated over Wi-Fi.
Demonstrations of Frontier Silicon’s music on-demand solution will be made at CES 2008 with the company’s new Jupiter 6 and Quantum 4 platforms. Jupiter 6 is designed for tabletop and kitchen radio designs and Quantum 4 for more comprehensive micro systems. The system will be available to OEMs and ODMs from January 2008.
Frontier Silicon will be located in the North Hall of the CES Las Vegas Convention Centre, room 6636MP.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon (frontier-silicon.com) is the leading supplier of digital and RF integrated circuits and modules for digital audio products and mobile digital TV. Established in 2001 as a privately funded fabless semiconductor company, it has over 160 employees and is headquartered in Watford, England, with design centres in Cambridge and Dublin, and branch offices and technical support representatives in Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan. Products include audio processors for digital radio and network streaming, and receiver solutions for mobile TV.
Customers include Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Bang & Olufsen, Bush, Denon, Goodmans, Grundig, Hitachi, JVC, Onkyo, Philips, PURE Digital, Revo, ROBERTS, Sanyo, TEAC and Yamaha.
Frontier Silicon is a trademark or registered trademark of Frontier Silicon Ltd. RealAudio is a registered trademark of RealNetworks, Inc. Windows Media is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.