Frontier Silicon is upgrading its Venice module to enable the production of DAB+ receivers ahead of the 1 January 2009 launch in Australia of services using the advanced Eureka-147 DAB standard.
“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,” said Frontier Silicon Chief Executive Anthony Sethill.
According to Sethill, the availability of a good range of receivers is a prerequisite for the successful launch of DAB+.
“Since we already have more than 50 customer designs using the Venice 5.0 module for existing DAB regions around the world, we know that these can be quickly adapted for DAB+ reception using Venice 5.1. This will ensure that retailers can swiftly stock a line-up of attractive DAB+ products as broadcasters roll out new services,” Sethill said.
The introduction of Venice 5.1 coincided with the March Australian Broadcasting Summit, where attendees debated digital broadcasting trials and the management of the digital rollout.