LONDON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to develop digital baseband chip solutions using its digital signal processor (DSP) technology and software from RadioScape Ltd., a London startup. TI also said it has invested an undisclosed amount of money in four-year-old RadioScape, which develops software for the Eureka-147 digital radio standard used in consumer products.
TI managers said the Dallas company will disclose more details about its new digital baseband radio processors in early 2001.
The Eureka digital radio standard uses modulation and compression techniques to convert music, speech and data into digital bits before transmission. Europe, Canada, and parts of Asia have adopted the new Eureka standard, which enables datacasting along with audio programming to consumer products.
"The TI/RadioScape collaboration will drive the entire range of digital radios from portable units to car and home stereos," said Leon Adams, worldwide DSP strategic marketing manager at TI.
According to Peter Florence, managing director of RadioScape, TI will be the first company to provide a combined DSP and software solution for digital radio.