iBiquity Digital Corporation, the sole developer of digital HD Radio(TM) technology for AM and FM broadcasting, announced today that it has released a new, upgraded HD Radio Reference Design for tabletop and home receiver manufacturers. Optimized for heightened AM/FM sensitivity and reduced bill-of-material costs, Version 2.0 provides a fast-track solution for OEM/ODM consumer electronics manufacturers looking to integrate HD Radio technology into current and future AM and FM radio product lines.
“The interest in HD Radio technology has increased dramatically in the past few months as many Asian manufacturers are responding to requests-for-prototypes or quotes-for-manufacturing from their U.S.-based radio brand and retail partners. The release of our next generation reference design is timed to support this growing market for HD Radio products,” said Jeff Jury, chief operating officer, iBiquity Digital Corporation. “The enhancements made to Version 2.0 will play an important role in lowering overall engineering expenses for consumer audio manufacturers and speeding time-to-market for new HD Radio products.”
There are now more than 20 Asia based radio manufacturing companies involved in developing HD Radio products. The list includes companies such as: Kiryung Electronics, RockRidge Sound Company Ltd., Orient Power, City Electronics, OPUS Art and Technology Co. Ltd., Sangean, Jazz Hipster, Wistron-NeWeb Corp. and Zylux Acoustic Corp.
iBiquity’s HDM1181 HD Radio Reference Module Version 2.0 utilizes existing HD Radio chipsets in a flexible, cost-optimized hardware design that is supported by standardized software drivers and simplified production testing equipment. The module is now certified and available to all HD Radio licensees.
About iBiquity Digital Corporation
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the sole developer and licenser of digital HD Radio(TM) technology, the only digital broadcast system approved by the FCC for AM and FM radio in the U.S. HD Radio is rapidly transforming today’s AM and FM radio stations to digital, enabling dramatically improved sound, crystal-clear reception and advanced new applications, such as HD2 multicasting — a feature which allows FM stations to broadcast multiple streams of unique programming over a single frequency. There are more than 750 AM and FM stations in the U.S. now broadcasting with digital HD Radio technology, with an additional 2,000-plus stations in the process of upgrading to the HD Radio system. Other countries evaluating HD Radio technology include: Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. iBiquity Digital’s investors include 15 of the nation’s top radio broadcasters, including ABC, Clear Channel and CBS Radio; leading financial institutions, such as Grotech Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Partners, New Venture Partners, Pequot Capital and J&W Seligman; and strategic partners Ford Motor Company, Harris, Texas Instruments and Visteon. Named one of Deloitte’s Fast 500 Companies, iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD, Detroit, MI, and Warren, NJ.