TBK, TI Debut First Quad-Band Eureka-147 Digital Audio Broadcasting Module

5/4/2004 - Expanding the growing adoption of digital radio broadcasting worldwide, South Korean manufacturer TBK Electronics announced the industry’s first module for Eureka-147 digital audio broadcasting (DAB) that features reception for four radio bands -- AM, FM and two digital frequencies. The new quad-band module, driven by digital baseband technology from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN), enables the creation of radios that will receive traditional AM/FM analog radio broadcasts plus DAB’s Band 3 and L-Band. In addition, TBK announced the first production-ready tri-band modules, with FM, Band 3 and L-band. Setting its eyes on the digital radio market with its first receivers, South Korean-based LG Electronics will leverage TBK´s new modules.

“The digital radio market holds tremendous opportunities for us, as one of the first major global consumer electronics players to create DAB receivers,” said Mr. Sung K.H., senior engineer and chief of the Micro Audio group at LG. “We selected TBK because of its low cost modules and excellent support for product development. The new modules will allow us to quickly enter the market and be immediately competitive, with products that support every radio band for any country currently with DAB.”

The TBK modules offer receiver manufacturers a complete hardware and software solution for digital radio receivers, simplifying development and speeding time to manufacture in the rapidly expanding DAB market. The modules are based on TI’s TMS320DRE200 digital signal processor (DSP)-based digital baseband, which provides the lowest-cost chipset with the digital signal processing necessary for filtering and decoding digital radio broadcasts around the world.

“TI´s digital basebands enable us to create low-cost, fully featured modules that give our customers the edge in building receivers,” said Samuel Im, Planning & Overseas Marketing/Manager, TBK Electronics Corp. “With TI technology handling DAB processing for our units, we’ve been able to get our modules into production fast with differentiating features not yet available with digital radios, such as FM and AM radio.”

The TBK quad- and tri-band Eureka-147 DAB modules are available in production quantities today. The first LG products based on the TBK modules are scheduled to be available later this year.

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