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March 29, 2008

Frontier Silicon Launches New Receiver, Venice 5.1

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Australian radio broadcasters are gearing up for the release of digital radio. In response to this new wave, Frontier Silicon has released the latest version of their world renowned receiver. Venice 5.1 is a DAB+ version of the widely popular digital radio module.

Frontier Silicon CEO Anthony Sethill commented, "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."

"The availability of a good range of receivers is a prerequisite for the successful launch of DAB+. Since we already have over 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."

Venice 5.1 gives audio manufacturers the ability to quickly release a range of DAB+ capable products based on existing radio designs.

Venice 5.1 can be used as either the main controller in a tabletop or clock radio, or as a serially-controlled slave in a micro Hi-Fi or other audio system. The module supports DAB+/DAB and also FM-RDS.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page .

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