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CES: Home Receivers, Emergency Alerts Among iBiquity Themes

Company highlights developments with Roberts, Pioneer, View Quest and others

At the International CES show in Las Vegas, HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital Corp. made several announcements.

U.K. supplier Roberts Radio and iBiquity are cooperating to offer the Revival Radio to the North American market; this radio includes both HD Radio and Bluetooth for wireless music playback. Sample models are shown at right.

The Roberts Revival RD70HD comes in a variety of colors and finishes. The first models are expected to ship for sale in the U.S. in May with a list price of $399. The company also makes Internet radios, sound systems and other analog and digital products.

Separately, iBiquity said Pioneer now offers three new HD Radio car models equipped with the new Emergency Alerts Feature, which provides advanced messaging during emergencies. Those models are DEH-X5700HD, DEH-X5710HD and DEH-X8700BH.

Also, View Quest and iBiquity Digital now are partnering to provide VQ HD Radio receivers in North America. VQ is a British-based company that makes radio and audio products with an emphasis on aesthetic appeal. IBiquity COO Jeff Jury said that VQ products “will add new exciting form factors for the home radio market.”

And in a move toward expanding availability of consumer clock and tabletop models, iBiquity certified Frontier Silicon’s Verona (Model: FS2250) Master Mode HD Radio module and Venus HD Radio Reference Platform for tabletop and home HD Radio receivers. Frontier Silicon makes modules used by device manufacturers. Jury cited “increasing demand for home and portable receivers,” while Anthony Sethill, CEO of the Toumaz Group, parent of Frontier Silicon, called the U.S. HD Radio home receiver market “a big opportunity for our customers.”

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