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Effort to get HD Radio Chips in Phones Progressing

Also, look for revised Insignia HD Radio portable in spring

Multiple cellphone carriers are sampling HD Radio chips now. And Best Buy is revising its Insignia HD portable radio and plans to make a touchscreen version available in the spring.

Those are two nuggets from iBiquity Digital presented at the IEEE meeting in Alexandria, Va. this week.

As we’ve reported, the tech developer anticipates cellphones from several carriers will be available in 2012 with integrated FM HD Radio chips; that’s thanks to the development of smaller, more power efficient chips from SiPort, now part of Intel.

More than five million HD Radio receivers are now in consumer’s hands, said Rick Greenhut, director of U.S. Broadcast sales for iBiquity.

— Leslie Stimson