8/12/2005 - RadioScape, the world leader in Software Defined Digital Radio solutions, will be showcasing multi-standard digital radios based on its recently launched RadioScape RS500TM module at IFA 2005 in Berlin, Germany (2-7 Sept 2005). RadioScape has worked with several leading manufacturers who will be launching their digital radios at the show that will be able to receive DRMTM (Digital Radio MondialeTM) as well as DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast), FM with RDS, LW, MW and SW.
DRM will be featured at two IFA locations this year, where the new DRM/DAB radios will be on display. The DRM receivers booth in Hall 5.2, which is organized by RTL Group, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, BBC, Deutschlandradio, Voice of Russia, Truckradio, DRF, Radio de la Mer and Littoral AM, where participants will be discussing their plans for DRM services across Europe, and the DRM Consortium booth in Hall 5.3 (TWF), which focuses on DRM products and technology.
“IFA is one of the most important consumer electronics events and is the perfect showcase for the first, consumer-priced DRM/DAB radios,” said Dave Hawkins, VP of RadioScape’s Receivers Business. “This will really help DRM take off with the general public. Our unique software architecture has enabled us to create cost-effective, multi-standard, multi-application modules by using software stacks running on a powerful Texas Instruments DSP engine. DRM is a complex technology, but our expertise in developing with many other radio standards has enabled us to create and verify a complete, multi-standard radio solution in record time. DRM broadcasters have been waiting for the launch of consumer-priced receivers and, through our close cooperation with a number of leading radio manufacturers and broadcasters, we will enable this to happen right on schedule for the run up to the 2005 Christmas market. DRM will be the hot technology at IFA this year with many broadcasters and manufacturers making DRM announcements. As a result, 2006 will be the year that DRM becomes mainstream.”
The RadioScape RS500 module
The RS500 supports capabilities such as the highly popular Pause, Rewind and Record to MMC card features as well as the ability to display and use Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) data. Modules are sampling now to select customers and will be generally available after IFA. RadioScape forecasts that multi-standard, multi-band receivers based on the RS500 could have end user prices below $250 -- almost a quarter the price of existing DRM receivers in the market.
DRM is the world's only, non-proprietary global standard for the digitizing of short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave broadcasting. Additionally, the DRM consortium recently voted to begin the process of extending the DRM system into the broadcasting bands up to 120 MHz. Able to cover great distances and provide near "FM quality" audio using lower transmission powers and compatible channel allocations, DRM is currently being adopted in markets worldwide to provide new and higher quality broadcasts for local, national and international audiences. Over 20 Broadcasters are already broadcasting using DRM across the globe and include the BBC (World Service), Deutsche Welle, RTL Group, Radio Netherlands, and TDF. More information can be found at www.drm.org
RadioScape® Ltd. is the world’s only developer of end-to-end digital audio broadcasting solutions giving RadioScape unmatched systems knowledge and enabling it to ensure that customers receive the highest levels of quality, robustness and reception at all stages. Its Digital Radio broadcast suite is used extensively throughout the world including the largest DAB installation to date -- the UK’s commercial DAB network.
Its innovative Software Defined Digital RadioTM approach has made it a leader in DAB and DMB technology with its DAB receiver modules being extensively used by many of the world’s leading consumer electronics manufacturers. The company has announced that it is working on DRM capability that will result in true, multi-standard, digital radio receivers.
Founded in 1996, RadioScape's investors include Atlas Venture, Royal Bank Ventures, Scottish Equity Partners, JAFCO, Texas Instruments, Yasuda Enterprise Development, iGlobe Partners, Psion and NTL. RadioScape is headquartered in London, England with offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.radioscape.com
RadioScape is a registered trademark of RadioScape Limited.
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