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Frontier Silicon Shows Venice 8.1 Module

New addition brings color touchscreen graphical user interface to DAB/DAB+ radios

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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