Frontier announced its first digital radio receiver module specifically optimised for slave mode operation in a wide range of home audio products. Venice 9 has been designed for straightforward integration into mini and micro Hi-Fi systems, iPod docking systems, Home Theatre in a Box (HTiB) and other home audio products.
The module is fully WorldDMB Profile 1 compliant ensuring that it can be used in all countries that have adopted the Eureka-147 digital radio standard including UK, Germany, France, Australia, Switzerland and Scandinavia. Venice 9 is based on the proven DAB/DAB+/DMB-Radio Kino 3 baseband chip and firmware from Frontier Silicon. Ideal for emerging DAB+, DMB-Radio and existing DAB markets, it provides enhanced receiver performance and low power consumption in a small footprint.
The standard version supports Band III for DAB and Band II for FM/RDS, and a version which adds DAB in L Band is also available for markets where this frequency band is a requirement. It has an optional high fidelity on-board DAC for the analogue audio output or I2S digital audio output to give a high quality feed into the audio system of the product.
To help speed time to market Frontier Silicon also provides an evaluation and development board called Wolfsburg along with PC based user control software to emulate the host processor in an audio system. The host processor communicates with the Venice 9 using the Frontier Silicon Application Programming Interface (FSAPI) sending data and audio to and from the module.
Visit Frontier Silicon at http://www.frontier-silicon.com.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.