Tex goes digital

Texas Instruments and iBiquity Digital Corporation are demonstrating the first IBOC digital radio receiver solution with five leading receiver manufacturers at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in the US.

Ushering in the era of In-Band On-Channel (IBOC) digital radio, Texas Instruments and iBiquity Digital Corporation are demonstrating the first IBOC digital radio receiver solution with five leading receiver manufacturers at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in the US.

The new DSP-based solution will enable receiver manufacturers to incorporate IBOC technology into radios for launch in 2003, which will feature static-free reception and CD quality sound and provide for a host of wireless data services.

The new license agreement between TI and iBiquity allows TI to use iBiquity’s IBOC-related intellectual property (IP) and extends the relationship with iBiquity to develop future product generations. Using TI’s TMS320C6000 DSP platform, TI and iBiquity have reduced the number of DSPs from 12 in a test receiver to one on today’s development board.

TI’s solution is being demonstrated at CES by Alpine, Delphi, Harman Kardon, Kenwood, Visteon and others. Kenwood, one of the largest sellers of mobile aftermarket CD receivers and home audio/video receivers in the US market, will integrate the TI solution into a new line of digital aftermarket mobile and home receivers that are planned for launch at CES 2003.

Listeners will not be required to pay subscription fees for IBOC digital radio content, unlike existing satellite radio services, and the dial positions of their favourite channels will remain the same.

iBiquity and TI have reduced the risk of designing an IBOC radio by implementing the standard in software, as opposed to the more challenging ASIC route.

‘Using the new DSP-based solution, consumer electronics manufacturers can develop their products with confidence, knowing upgrades for enhancements and new features can be accomplished simply with new software,’ said Naresh Coppisetti, TI’s digital radio business manager.