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Frontier Silicon launches "4-in-1" digital radio module

Posted: 09 Feb 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Frontier Silicon  four-in-one  Internet radio  Venice 6 

Frontier Silicon has launched the first "four-in-one" module capable or receiving Internet radio, DAB, FM and music streamed from a PC. This module, called Venice 6, is the first product to integrate a WiFi, DAB, and FM front-end together with an on-board WiFi antenna in a single module. It enables audio manufacturers to easily produce low-cost, feature-rich, radios for the global market, bringing thousands of Internet radio stations and music streaming to a generation of affordable, easy-to-use home DAB/FM radios via household WiFi.

Applications using the module will include portable and alarm clock radios as well as CD micro systems, boomboxes and HiFi tuners, and are expected in the shops by July 07.

Measuring a compact 107-by-40mm, Venice 6 is based around Frontier Silicon's Chorus 2i processor. It streams radio stations and music files in a variety of formats and protocols including MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Real Audio. The module integrates an intuitive user interface which enables an easy navigation scheme to switch between the four different modes of operation (Internet Radio, music playback, DAB, FM). It provides access to over 10,000 Internet radio stations plus a wide selection of podcasts with only a few key presses, accessed through a vTuner Internet Portal which manages all the stations to ensure quality and reliability of the available content.

Besides working with the existing DAB standard which uses the MPEG Audio Layer II coding, Venice 6 will also support the additional audio codec, sometimes referred to as DAB version 2. The module comes with a front-end that supports both Band III and L-band reception, which allows manufacturers to bring to market truly global DAB radios which can be introduced into all DAB markets, regardless of transmission band used, or version of DAB standard adopted.

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