Frontier Silicon fully supports a World DMB publication that defines digital receiver profiles to benefit European broadcasters, manufacturers and consumers by creating a consolidated market. With Frontier Silicon’s technology powering 8 out of 10 DAB radios in the world today, the company fully appreciates the impact this initiative will have on the industry by providing a catalyst for the rapid deployment of DAB in all its forms across Europe.
World DMB, the global standards authority for digital broadcasting together with the European Broadcast Union and EICTA, the representative body of the European consumer electronics technology industry (whose members include companies such as Philips and Sony), has today published detail on the profiles that have been agreed with wide support from the industry. The profiles will ensure that digital radio and data services are common across Europe and will benefit receiver manufacturers, consumers and countries looking towards a digital broadcasting switchover. As the market-leader in digital receiver technology and a member of the World DMB Receiver Profile Task Force, Frontier Silicon helped define the profiles outlined by World DMB and fully endorses the categories of device specified.
Profile 1 is targeted at standard radio receivers and will represent the largest market segment for DAB/DAB+/DMB-A unified digital radio. Profile 2 provides additional rich media capability for devices with a colour display. The third profile, the multimedia receiver, will demand a more sophisticated device capable of rendering video and is targeted more towards mobile phone and advanced in-car entertainment systems. Frontier Silicon will meet the requirements of the main receiver profiles, with solutions available to customers from late 2008.
Frontier Silicon recently announced the Venice 5.1 module, a Eureka-147 compliant receiver enabling ultra-low power consumption DAB+, DAB, DMB-A and FM across multiple profiles. As a drop-in replacement for radios already utilising the highly successful Venice 5 module, Venice 5.1 provides manufacturers with a low-risk, low-cost upgrade route for the rapid deployment of mass-market profile 1 receivers.
Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading supplier of integrated circuits and modules for digital audio receiver products and mobile digital TV.