Frontier Silicon Limited

Frontier Silicon Limited

October 12, 2009 21:00 ET

Frontier Silicon's Venice 7 Module now Shipping in Multiple Products Making it the Fastest Selling DAB Module of All Time

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2009) - Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of digital radio technology, today announces its latest generation of unified receiver module is now shipping in multiple products from the world's leading DAB / DAB+ /DMB-Radio manufacturers. An achievement made even more impressive given the module entered mass production just three months ago.

Products from a range of manufacturers including, PURE, Roberts and Grundig are entering retail stores in good time for Christmas giving consumers an unprecedented range of choice from entry level through to high end table top and Hi-Fi systems.

Anthony Sethill, CEO Frontier Silicon commented "The roll-out of Venice 7 has been truly remarkable. Within just 3 months from production start, we are now shipping hundreds of thousands of modules a month, as manufacturers realize the cost and power saving advantages of our multi-mode DAB / DAB+ / DMB-Radio solution".

Gerry Thorn, Product Director, Roberts Radio commented "Thanks to Venice 7's ultra-low power, one of the first products Roberts is bringing to market is a hand-held pocket DAB radio."

Daniel Todd, Managing Director, Bush Australia commented "Venice 7 has enabled us under the Bush and Grundig brands to be one of the first companies to launch a range of the DAB+ radios with iPOD docker into Australia."

As Europe progresses the switch off of analogue TV, an increasing number of countries are declaring their plans for digital radio migration from AM / FM to one of three variants of the Eureka 147 family. The UK is the largest and most mature market today with over 9.5 million DAB radios in circulation. Switzerland and Australia have launched their digital radio services using DAB+ and are already driving significant market growth. France is launching its digital radio service using DMB-Radio at the end of this year while Germany and Italy are expected to launch in the second half of 2010. The French and UK governments are leading the march to digital with both countries mandating digital switch over to conclude by 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Venice 7 is facilitating the digital radio switch over by providing radio manufacturers with a unifying receiver which supports all three DAB variants along with FM in a single low cost, ultra low power all-in-one module. It is the first fully compliant WorldDMB Profile 1 receiver solution enabling audio manufacturers to deliver a single mass market unified digital radio for Europe and Australia.

The Venice 7 module is compliant with WorldDMB's Profile 1 specification and low power directives for Europe including the UK's 'Energy Saving Recommended' scheme. Thanks to the Kino 3 baseband processor, Venice 7 is able to demodulate, audio decode and drive an intuitive user interface supporting DAB, DAB+, DMB-Radio and FM in battery and mains operated products. It includes all interfaces necessary for a fully functional radio including iPOD / iPhone docking, needing only power supply, display, keypad, audio amplifier and speakers to complete a product. The module is footprint compatible with the world's best selling DAB/DAB+ solutions Venice 5 and Venice 5.1 - this means radio manufacturers have a fast-to-market upgrade path to offer all major digital radio standards without the need to redesign their product.

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