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TI Says ‘HD Radio’ Chips Ready

TI Says 'HD Radio' Chips Ready

Texas Instruments has the receiver chipset ready to be incorporated into IBOC radios – or “HD Radios” – as Ibiquity Digital Corp. is now calling them.
The completion of the DSP chipset is key for receiver manufacturers to have enough time to incorporate them into digital radios in time for introduction at the Consumer Electronics Show this coming January.
“Kenwood is pleased to see the first IBOC DSP solution available from TI,” said Bob Law, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Kenwood USA. He said completion of the chipset would save time to market and enable Kenwood to quickly deliver digital radios to retail partners for consumer sale.
Visteon Corp. also plans to incorporate the chipset into digital radios and has been working with Ibiquity and TI to bring HD Radio technology as original equipment to automakers in early 2004.
In addition, Delphi, Alpine, JVC, Harmon Kardon and Marantz are looking at introducing HD Radios in 2003, said Ibiquity Senior Vice President Jeffrey Jury.
TI is using a programmable DSP chip that contains Ibiquity’s software, the IBOC Digital Module, incorporated on the digital baseband chip. The chip handles all of the IBOC modulation and decoding necessary to process Ibiquity’s AM and FM waveforms.