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Frontier Silicon Updates Software

DAB/DAB+ receiver power consumption improved, advanced text and image capabilities added

With the launch of DAB+digital radio across Germany in August and the planned launch in Hong Kong by the end of the year, digital radio chipmaker Frontier Silicon is launching new software to make implementing value-added services easier.

The software helps manufacturers add DL Plus and RadioVIS functionalities to their receivers. It also improves power consumption by 20 percent, according to the company.

The DL Plus advanced text feature is being broadcast as part of the new national DAB+ service in Germany. It is based on Dynamic Label Segment (DLS), which allows stations to broadcast streaming text to a receiver, but enhances the feature by allowing listeners to choose what text content they are most interested in.

RadioVIS is part of the RadioDNS Project’s hybrid radio initiative. It uses an Internet connection to provide graphics and text that are synchronized with an over-the-air audio broadcast. Using a Frontier Silicon app, an iPhone docked in a receiver can be used to acquire and playback RadioVIS content.