Frontier Silicon Shows Venice 8.1 Module

New addition brings color touchscreen graphical user interface to DAB/DAB+ radios
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In the wake of digital radio broadcasters’ increased need for multimedia capabilities, chip maker Frontier Silicon has launched the Venice 8.1. The new module allows OEMs and ODMs to bring to the market advanced digital radios and dockers that are able to display slideshow images over DAB/DAB+.

DAB/DAB+ slideshow, quickly becoming a feature of digital radio broadcasts across Europe, Australia and Hong Kong, allows images to be sent alongside broadcast audio content.

The Venice 8.1 also plays music from a docked iPod/iPhone, or from an external USB mass storage device, supporting all the popular audio codecs including MP3, WMA, AAC, HE-AAC, FLAC and WAV.

The new module is supported by the Jupiter 8.1 reference platform, a fully qualified reference design, the company said, for color touchscreen digital radio to provide a fast-to-market solution for radio manufacturers.

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"With the launch of DAB+ in Australia this year, we have taken the strategic decision to develop the Venice 5.1 module so that our customers are ready to supply digital radios during the second half of 2008 as the market develops."