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Frontier Silicon Gains UK Digital Tick Mark Technology Approval
|By Business Wire
|May 18, 2014 06:00 PM EDT
Frontier Silicon, the world leader in technology solutions for digital
radio receivers, is the first technology provider to receive formal
confirmation that its solutions are Digital Tick Mark compliant.
The Digital Tick Mark is being introduced in the UK this year to give
consumers confidence that digital radios purchased are “future ready”.
Digital Radio UK, which manages the Digital Tick Mark Scheme at the
request of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, has granted
Approved Technology status to two solutions based on Frontier Silicon’s
FS2052: Verona DAB / DAB+ / FM module
FS2029: Venice 9 DAB / DAB+ / FM module.
To secure approval, the solutions have passed more than 1,800 separate
tests; each designed to ensure the performance and reliability required
for the digital formats and RF environment of the future. The tests
cover a full range of issues, including digital tuning, service
scanning, management of service reconfiguration, character display and
conducted RF performance.
Manufacturers and brands using these Frontier Silicon solutions will
find a significant part of the process for gaining Digital Tick Mark
approval for individual digital radio models is already completed.
Anthony Sethill, CEO of Toumaz Ltd, parent company of Frontier
Silicon, said: “The approval of Frontier Silicon’s solutions by
Digital Radio UK is recognition of the commitment the company has made
to ensuring that digital radio technology meets the needs of listeners,
broadcasters and device manufacturers.
“The Digital Tick Mark sends a clear signal to consumers that approved
products are ready for radio’s digital future. Our priority now is to
work closely with customers to ensure that their products satisfy the
radiated performance standards required to achieve Digital Tick Mark
Ford Ennals, CEO of DRUK, said: “The Digital Tick Mark provides
an important signal to listeners that the future of radio is digital –
and devices which carry the Mark are ready for that future. We are
delighted to have given approval to our first technology supplier and in
the coming months we look forward to approved products and registered
installers carrying the Tick Mark being available to consumers.”
About the Digital Tick Mark
The Digital Radio Certification Mark (the Digital Tick Mark) is being
introduced to assure UK consumers that devices they purchase are future
ready. The introduction of the Digital Tick Mark for radio follows the
successful use of a similar scheme for the UK’s television Digital
Switchover (DSO), completed in 2012.
Manufacturers whose products meet the Government-approved minimum
receiver specifications can apply to Digital Radio UK for approval. To
be granted approval, receivers must meet specified performance standards
RF performance and receiver sensitivity - to ensure acceptable
standards of audio reception
functional specifications, including retuning and text display
the reception of DAB, DAB+ and FM signals.
There is no obligation for receivers sold in the UK to be Digital Tick
Mark compliant, but experience shows that consumers welcome the
reassurance that the Tick Mark provides. The scheme is being introduced
for domestic and automotive receivers as well as in-vehicle digital
radio installers, and will be communicated to consumers later this year.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading supplier of integrated circuits
and modules for digital radio and connected audio products. The company
is part of the Toumaz Group, a pioneer in low-power wireless
semiconductor and software technologies for consumer audio and wireless
Frontier Silicon’s audio products offer solutions for DAB/DAB+, Internet
radio and connected audio - from silicon through software to
production-ready platform designs.
Customers supplied by Frontier Silicon include Argon, Bang & Olufsen,
Blaupunkt, Bose, Bush, Denon, Dual, Geneva Labs, Goodmans, Grundig,
Hama, harman/kardon, Hitachi, IRC, JVC, Magic Box, NAD, Onkyo,
Panasonic, Philips, Pinell, Pioneer, Pure, Revo, Roberts, Ruark Audio,
Sangean, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, TEAC, TechniSat, Tivoli Audio and Yamaha.
Frontier Silicon is a trademark or registered trademark of Frontier
1 Over six million digital radios based on the Verona and
Venice 9 modules have been sold worldwide
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