Cannes, France – 23rd February 2004: Samsung Electro-Mechanics, one of the world's leading suppliers of electronic tuners, and Frontier Silicon – the world's leading supplier of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) chips – have announced the two companies have cooperated to develop a miniature low power DAB receiver module specifically targeted for integration into mobile phone handsets and other communications devices such as PDAs (personal digital assistants) and smartphones.
The module from Samsung Electro-Mechanics measures just 30mm x 38mm and is only 2.5mm high, to meet one of the most important requirements in space constrained mobile phone handsets.
“We are seeing increasing interest from mobile phone manufacturers in the
integration of DAB, both for audio and data applications” said C.K. Nam,
manager, of the broadcast systems team at Samsung Electro-Mechanics. “By
cooperating with Frontier Silicon we have been able to provide our customers
with a small and low powered module that can be used to realise this
“We are delighted to have been able to work with Samsung Electro-Mechanics
on this market leading development,” said Steve Evans, VP sales of Frontier
Silicon. “Their ability to engineer a DAB solution in such a tiny form
factor with the requisite lower power consumption opens up the possibility
of adding DAB to an exciting array of volume-manufactured products.”
Based on the Chorus DAB processor, which is already at the heart of more than 600,000 DAB radios, the new module specially developed for mobile phone handsets has the capability to decode DAB across all of the audio and data bandwidths required by the DAB standard. It includes the RF front end, the baseband circuits and its own embedded memory. It operates as a slave module, which is controlled by the mobile phone's system processor over a serial interface. Chorus utilises multithreaded META processor and DAB technology licensed from Imagination Technologies.
The new module is sampling now and will be available in mass production during Q3 2004.
Frontier Silicon is at the forefront of the digital revolution with a range
of semiconductor solutions for digital TV, digital radio and other emerging
consumer multimedia products. As a fabless semiconductor business,
Frontier Silicon's core products include complete DAB modules, DVB-T solutions and the underlying system-on-chip (SoC) devices. Key customers for these products include consumer electronic, automotive entertainment and PDA/mobile phone manufacturers. In digital radio (DAB), the company's chips are found in the world's leading brands including Bush, Goodmans, Grundig, Ministry of Sound, Philips, PURE Digital, Roberts Radio, Cambridge Audio and TEAC.
Frontier Silicon, Tel: +44 (0) 1923 290505