10/8/2004 - As a sign of the explosive growth in the Eureka 147 digital audio broadcasting (DAB) market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that it is has shipped one million digital radio basebands for receivers in the DAB market. Spurred by the launch of the first TI digital signal processor (DSP)-based RadioScape module in September of 2003, TI continues the pace it set in this market by outgrowing competition over the past year. (See www.ti.com/dr11.)
“We are very excited to get to the one million milestone in such a short space of time,” said Nigel Oakley, vice president of Marketing at RadioScape. “The release of our range of modules has really accelerated the adoption of DAB and contributed to the record time of reaching one million units shipped. Our modules’ combination of RadioScape’s Software Defined Digital Radio approach and TI’s powerful DSPs meets manufacturers’ needs perfectly by providing tremendous scope for rapid innovation and product customization as well as being highly cost effective. This has resulted in milestones such as the first MP3 and DAB player, the first FM/RDS DAB radio and the first tri-band DAB receiver. In addition, this software approach has enabled us to pioneer innovative features such as pause, rewind, record, Electronic Program Guide, 5.1 surround sound and video that can be implemented for nominal additional costs as these are done via software."
Many of the leading digital radio manufacturers have built radios around TI’s analog and digital radio basebands, including Acoustic Solutions Limited, Cambridge Audio, Hitachi, Intempo, LG Electronics, Morphy Richards, Perstel and Roberts Radio Limited. In addition, module makers leveraging TI’s digital radio solution have played an important role in the growth of this market, including GyroSignal, KwangSung Electronics and TBK Electronics, by enabling manufacturers to get DAB radios to market more quickly and cost effectively.
“We would like to thank RadioScape and all of our customers and technology partners for the tremendous success we have seen so far in the DAB market,” said Les Mable, business development manager for Digital Radio, Texas Instruments. “TI’s Digital Radio business has experienced exceptional growth over the last two years and will continue to drive this market by pioneering innovations that will enable the technology and features of tomorrow.”
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