HD Radio Suppliers Broaden Offerings

Developments from Samsung, Kensen, LG Innotek, SamBoo and Wistron NeWeb.
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More announcements from iBiquity about the HD Radio product development process, in connection with next week's Hong Kong Electronics Show:

  • The company said it has certified Samsung Electro-Mechanics' HD Radio module, the 2023-CR. It said this is the first certified HD Radio module with Samsung's new RF and decoder chipset SEMHDR100A and SEMHDRC200A. IBiquity said this module will enable a range of lower-power, lower-cost HD Radio products. Samsung also is preparing a small-footprint module for portable applications, the Samsung Core-CR.
  • Consumer electronics maker Kensen Technologies Ltd. is offering HD Radio products using lower-cost, lower-power chipsets from Samsung Electro Mechanics and SiPort, including a module designed and developed in-house. Kensen already makes products including iPod/iPhone docking stations based on a Texas Instrument chipset. The Samsung and SiPort chipsets enable features including conditional access, electronic program guide, surround sound and iTunes Tagging for HD Radio technology.
  • Also, iBiquity has certified LG Innotek's TMHS-S001T. "The HD Radio modules introduced by LG Innotek, characterized by their small footprint, are the first certified HD Radio modules designed with SiPort's SP1010 single-chip HD Radio receiver," certified in August. LG Innotek plans a line of HD Radio modules that "offer variations for home audio video receivers with built-in AM and FM antenna connector, miniaturized modules for delivery of broadcast audio and data services on Personal Navigation Devices, automotive navigation systems, Personal Media Players and other consumer electronics platforms."

    Working with SiPort, LG Innotek has integrated an Atmel AM/FM tuner on certain modules. "Working with the Atmel tuner with its Superheterodyne architecture, LG Innotek can cater to the aftermarket automotive receiver manufacturers looking for increased sensitivity, adjacent channel selectivity and superior IMD performance," iBiquity stated. A software development kit from LG Innotek and SiPort should help receiver manufacturers to transition with less impact on software development.
  • HD Radio design house SamBoo Infotech Ltd. is offering full service including hardware and software design, certification and mass production of HD Radio products, using a Samsung Electro-Mechanics' chip. IBiquity said SamBoo is "aggressively" implementing many new products and was one of the first to integrate the latest HD Radio module.
  • Taiwanese consumer electronics company Wistron NeWeb Corp. has developed a next-generation OEM automotive-grade HD Radio module based on the NXP SAF3560 multi-standard integrated circuit. The IBOC Digital Module (IDM), UMA-H3, is designed to help radio manufacturers integrate HD Radio technology into automotive radio applications.

And Wistron NeWeb also is offering two next-gen HD Radio modules, saying they provide customers an increase in HD Radio features in a smaller compact size with less power consumption at a lower price.

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