This new technology can be previewed at Frontier Silicon’s location in room 6636MP, North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Centre throughout the show.
Rhapsody offers consumers a complete digital music experience, with unlimited access to millions of songs, professionally programmed music channels and exclusive music content from MTV Networks' music brands including MTV, VH1 and CMT. With this latest development, Frontier has added firmware to the market-leading Venice 6 multistandard radio module allowing access to Rhapsody’s full range of streaming content. Coupling Frontier’s range of Venice 6-based audio platforms with Rhapsody DNA technologies now enables consumer electronics manufacturers to quickly bring to market a wide variety of inexpensive and differentiated consumer audio products with the rich Rhapsody digital music experience built in.
Anthony Sethill, CEO, Frontier Silicon commented: “We believe that streaming music services such as Rhapsody are one of the most significant new developments in consumer audio. Frontier Silicon is very pleased to be working with Rhapsody to offer a complete player solution based on our versatile Venice 6 multi-mode digital media module.”
“Rhapsody delivers a rich, personalized digital music experience to consumers across a wide spectrum of consumer electronics devices,” said Matt Rowlen, VP of business development, RealNetworks. “We are excited to be integrating our Rhapsody DNA technologies with Frontier Silicon’s audio platforms, making it even easier for device makers to bring new and innovative digital audio devices to market.”
Venice 6 is a truly global product, being the world’s only multistandard radio module capable of receiving Internet radio, Podcast/”Listen Again” service, DAB/DAB+, FM-RDS and music streamed from home PCs. It is based on Frontier Silicon’s Chorus 2 processor and streams radio stations and music files in a variety of formats and protocols including MP3, WMA, and RealAudio.
Demonstrations of Frontier Silicon’s music-on-demand solutions 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 is available to manufacturers now.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon 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.
Rhapsody (rhapsody.com) offers an integrated and immersive digital music experience accessible to consumers via their computer, portable music device and soon their mobile phone. Rhapsody is the exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks and for MTV Networks' music and pop-culture brands in the United States. Rhapsody is a service of Rhapsody America LLC, a joint venture between MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B) and RealNetworks.