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Saturday, 28th February 2004
DAB in mobile phones becomes a reality with Samsung and Frontier Silicon module

DAB digital radio could soon find its way into mobile phones, thanks to a new miniature low power DAB receiver module specifically targeted for integration into mobile phone handsets and communications devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

The module from Samsung Electro-Mechanics measures just 30mm x 38mm and is only 2.5mm high, enabling it to fit in the tightest of spaces in mobile phone handsets.

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"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 requirement."

"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.

It is anticipated full production of the module will be available by Autumn 2004.

To receive DAB digital radio stations in the UK, you need a DAB digital radio - a new type of radio that can receive digital radio broadcasts. For more information, read our guide to DAB digital radio and discover more about radios available to buy.

Related links:
Aberdeen local radio stations, on this website.
Devon local radio stations, on this website.
national BBC DAB radio stations, on this website.
national commercial radio stations, on this website.
guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
portable & kitchen digital radios, available to buy now, via this website.
pocket & personal DAB radios, on this website.
hi-fi separates DAB digital tuners, on this website. promo banner

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