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DRM Highlights “Platform for All” at IBC

New receivers, updates on FM and AM digital radio projects in focus

The “DRM Is Ready for FM” event on the Nautel stand at IBC 2022. DRM Chair Ruxandra Obreja is at right with Starwaves Managing Director Johannes von Weyssenhoff. (Photo courtesy DRM Consortium)

After three years of COVID-based restrictions, the DRM Consortium was pleased to unveil a bevy of new receivers and share information about interest in DRM digital radio technologies worldwide at IBC.

Under the theme “DRM for FM and AM — The Radio Platform for All,” the digital radio technology promoter held a virtual event before the show opened followed by an in-person event hosted by Fraunhofer ISS.

“There is a real buzz around digital radio and DRM, despite current difficulties and the current economic climate,” stated DRM Chair Ruxandra Obreja. “At IBC we feel that the case for DRM in both FM and AM, as the complete, energy-saving, feature-rich radio platform of the future was comprehensively demonstrated like never before.”

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Notable among the new product introductions was a low-cost, all-band DRM receiver module from CML Microsystems and Cambridge Consultants. The companies said the module, which should ease the production of affordable DRM receivers, will be available in the first quarter of 2023.

Gospell and Starwaves both showed new DRM reception solutions, including an in-car receiver from Gospell and the DRM SoftRadio App for Android devices.

In addition, Nautel hosted a “DRM Is Ready for FM” event, highlighting the multichannel use of DRM in FM, as demonstrated by DRM member RFmondial in India. Additional presentations covered recent DRM AM and FM trials in Australia, as well DRM trials on FM in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“It was exciting and even emotional to see again so many people involved in DRM in one single place, to talk to them directly and show them the great progress made by DRM in these last few and very hard years,” Obreja stated.