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Digital Radio Solutions

Chips, modules and software for consumer Digital Radio devices

Introduction

For over a decade, Frontier Silicon has been the world leader in DAB digital radio technologies. As the only manufacturer to provide complete consumer digital radio solutions, from chips to application reference designs, Frontier is the only digital radio system supplier you will ever need.

From our engineering base in Cambridge, we develop solutions based on our own silicon – ensuring a level of quality, performance and conformance to standards that others find hard to match. As a result of this approach, our Verona family of modules are the world’s best selling digital radio solutions – they are found in the majority of DAB/DAB+ radios available today.

Frontier’s product line-up consists of integrated circuits, pre-qualified modules and configurable software. These are designed to support a wide range of end products from simple kitchen radios to advanced audio systems. These solutions are backed up by world class support from our Field Applications Engineering team in Hong Kong.

In 2015 Frontier introduced its fourth generation digital radio chip, Kino 4, the world’s most integrated digital radio solution. Kino 4 is the chip that powers the company’s Verona 2 and Siena modules.

Frontier also offers best-in-class technologies for automotive aftermarket digital radios (i.e. head units, dealer-fit and self-fit adaptors). These solutions address challenges specific to the automotive sector, such as mobility (including tunnels) and temperature extremes. In addition, our newest release, AUTODAB 2.0, places a particular emphasis on service following (DAB-to-DAB and DAB-to-FM), fast scan times and the provision of up-to-date service lists.

In summary, whatever your digital radio product needs, Frontier provides cost effective, quick-to-market solutions you can trust.

Chips

Kino 4 / Kino 4-Pro

Kino 4 is the latest generation of low-power integrated digital radio system-on-chip (SoC). It is a fully integrated single chip radio receiver SoC containing RF tuner, baseband, application processor, audio decode and DAC functionality.

Modules

Siena / Siena-Pro

Siena is Frontier Silicon’s reduced form factor module based on the highly integrated Kino 4-Lite digital radio System on a Chip (SoC).

Verona 2

Verona 2 is Frontier Silicon’s standard DAB/DAB+/FM custom digital radio module, designed to enable Digital Tick compliant products, using the new, highly integrated Kino 4 digital radio System on a Chip (SoC).

Platforms

Venus

Venus Radio is designed to be a Digital Tick and WorldDMB Profile 1 compliant evaluation design for price sensitive, entry level radio applications (DAB/DAB+/DMB-Radio and FM-RDS). Based on the Verona 2 module running DAB 6.x embedded software, Venus Radio provides a flexible architecture, enabling OEMs to use the design as a starting point to speed development of custom products.

Venus Colour

Venus Colour is designed to be a Digital Tick compliant evaluation supporting DAB slideshow for colour display radio applications (DAB/DAB+ and FM-RDS). Based on the Verona 2 module running DAB 6.1 embedded software, Venus Colour provides a flexible architecture, enabling OEMs to use the design as a starting point to speed development of custom products.

Software

DAB SDK supports the latest Frontier Silicon DAB module Siena and Verona 2.
The user interface now offers a selection of themes allowing digital or analogue clock display, a choice of wallpaper backgrounds and audio feedback for the local interface buttons. A night mode and store demo mode are also available.

Digital Radio Solutions Chips, modules and software for consumer Digital Radio devices Introduction For over a decade, Frontier Silicon has been the world leader in DAB digital radio