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New SiPort HD Radio Chip Is in Production

Company says it draws the least power of all IBOC chips

SiPort says its new HD Radio chip is shipping to receiver manufacturers and module-makers.

The Silicon Valley company says its SP1010 single-chip solution for HD Radio draws the lowest power of all IBOC chips — 110 milliwatts, roughly equivalent to 15 to 20 hours of battery life on a portable device, spokesman Sunder Velamuri told Radio World.

A software-programmable configuration enables multi-standard reception with no compromise on performance/power ratios, according to the company. The SP1010 handles symbol decoding, synchronization, de-interleaving, error detection and error-correction functions.

Meanwhile, Aiman Kabakibo is once again CEO of the company, stepping into that role after the Nov. 14 fatal shootings of three executives, including CEO Sid Agrawal.

Kabakibo also remains vice president of engineering.

Formed in 2004, SiPort is a venture-backed semiconductor company. It makes mixed signal RF and digital baseband wireless receiver chips that support varioius multiple digital broadcast standards. Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Morgenthaler, New Venture Partners and Intel Capital.

IBiquity Digital certified LG Innotek’s HD Radio modules in October, the first certified HD Radio modules designed with SiPort’s SP1010.