Frontier Silicon – a UK-based fabless semiconductor manufacturer – has launched an integrated module for Band III, L-Band and VHF radios that it believes will enable the first 99 Euro DAB digital radios in Europe.
The new tri-band ‘Venice 2’ is fully hardware and software compatible with the company’s earlier ‘Venice 1’ module which requires only a power source antenna, display and keypad to create a digital radio.
Venice 2 is a complete module comprising Band III, L-Band and VHF RF (FM with RDS) frontend, an FS1010 baseband processor, boot Flash memory, and stereo DAC – all in a unit measuring 100mm x 40mm x 8mm high.
Venice 2 is fully plug compatible with radios already incorporating Venice 1, so manufacturers can upgrade their radios for international markets. Key features of the new tri-band module include the ability to receive FM broadcasts, as well as support for additional memory enabling the recording and replay of DAB broadcasts as well.
Venice 2 is sampling now and will be in production towards the end of the second quarter of 2004.