(PRWEB) December 3, 2005
Frontier Silicon – the leading fabless manufacturer of semiconductors for mobile digital television (MDTV) and DAB digital radio products has launched Roadster T-DMB, a new mobile digital television version of the successful Roadster automotive DAB module. The module will enable the reception of terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasts (T-DMB) in vehicles, so that manufacturers can add mobile TV to the existing Roadster modules already versatile DAB digital radio and infotainment capabilities.
Roadster T-DMB is initially aimed at Korean car manufacturers, where the first commercial mobile TV, radio and multimedia services were launched today by six major broadcasters in the Seoul area. Other key areas of interest for the new module are Germany and the UK, where services are expected to roll out in time for coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2006 via mobile devices.
The Roadster module launched in 2004 is already designed into car audio and telematics systems by several first tier automotive manufacturers and has successfully completed road trials. Roadster T-DMB extends the capability of this high performance module so that it can be used to receive mobile multimedia services, including television.. To complement this new product, Frontier Silicon is developing reference designs for complete T-DMB media solutions for the automotive environment.
Frontier Silicon’s automotive business manager, Dennis Laudick, commented, We have seen tremendous success with our Roadster product in the automotive sector, with several major tier one manufacturers introducing DAB technology in line with rapidly increasing demand. Using our background and experience in digital multimedia solutions to provide T-DMB capability on Roadster within our current OEM qualification was an obvious next step. This progression is also consistent with Frontier Silicons multi-standard platform strategy.
Roadster T-DMB fully utilises and exploits the Eureka 147 specification (also known as DAB technology) to offer a combination of video and data which when combined with GPS information provides a variety of entertainment, infotainment and traffic information plus place of interest information from a single module. This means it allows the reception of emerging mobile digital TV broadcasts, DAB digital radio with its excellent audio performance, and telematics features such as Traffic Message Channel (TMC), TPEG and other traffic data services.
The module is available for either vertical or horizontal mounting as a fully shielded, self-contained complete system module featuring Eureka 147 DAB receiver, dual band (Band III and L-band) high performance RF front end, base band processor, power supply, flash memory for program and data storage, additional random access memory and a full suite of firmware supporting T-DMB and DAB reception.
The module maintains the low power operational characteristics of other Frontier Silicon modules for digital radio and television, operating from a single 3.3V supply consuming just 800mW, and also includes a phantom antenna power supply to support active antenna arrangements. The module measures only 61mm x 37mm x 13mm which means it can be mounted inside a 1DIN radio/CD player.
About Frontier Silicon
Frontier Silicon is an award-winning company at the forefront of the digital multimedia revolution with a range of semiconductor solutions for mobile digital television, digital TV and digital radio. The company develops and delivers both the broadcast signal receiver modules and digital processing circuits as individual chips and complete system modules to leading consumer electronics and mobile phone brands.
As a fabless semiconductor business, Frontier Silicon’s core products include complete DAB modules, T-DMB (terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting) solutions, and the underlying system-on-chip (SoC) devices and receiver chips. Key customers for the company’s products include consumer electronic, automotive entertainment and PDA/mobile phone manufacturers such as Bang & Olufsen, Cambridge Audio, Goodmans, Grundig, Hitachi, Ministry of Sound, Philips, PURE Digital, Roberts Radio, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and TEAC. Frontier Silicon has won a number of awards from the Fabless Semiconductor Association (2004), PricewaterhouseCoopers (2004), the World Economic Forum (2005), and the Tornado T100 award. For more information visit http://www.frontier-silicon.com.
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Anthony Sethill, CEO, Frontier Silicon
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