RadioScape, a world leader in digital audio and multimedia broadcast and receiver technology, has announced the first module in a new generation of lower power and lower cost DAB modules. The RS220 is the first module designed with RadioScape’s, recently announced, RF IC front-end chip. This front-end chip dramatically reduces component count and therefore the cost of modules that incorporate it. In addition, it reduces the power consumption; in this case, halving the power consumption compared to RadioScape’s RS200VE module, equating to a battery life of over 80 hours from one set of six D cells.
“We are determined to keep leveraging our leadership in innovation,” explained John Hall, RadioScape’s CEO. “Our unique end-to-end systems knowledge, which comes from being the only company with both DAB broadcast and receiver products, ensures that our finger is always on the pulse of what customers need and how to best to provide solutions.
“The RS220 is the latest member of the highly successful RS200 DAB/FM module series, which won the coveted Radio Academy TechCon Product of the Year in 2004. The RS500, which incorporates support for additional standards such as DRM, has just been awarded the TechCon Product of the Year for 2006. It is gratifying to receive recognition for these successful products, not just as award winners, but through real customer adoption. RadioScape technology is now powering over 2 million DAB receivers and has been adopted by many of the industry’s leading brands. The RS220, itself, has already been designed into new DAB radios by several major brands.”
The RS220 module is pin-compatible with the existing RS200 family of modules. It supports DAB Band III and FM as standard and can have L-band DAB for a nominal additional cost. As with all of RadioScape’s DAB modules, its features and functions are defined in software. Additional capabilities such as USB Master, WMA, SD/MMC, CD, MP3 and iPod playback are available as options. Samples are available now with full production availability in Q3 2006.
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. This is also being used to roll out Mobile TV services using Digital Multimedia Broadcasting in many countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific region where there are already many installations in China.
RadioScape’s innovative Software Defined Digital Radio(TM) 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 recently begun shipping its first generation of DRM/DAB modules, enabling multi-standard consumer receivers to reach retail this year.
Founded in 1996, RadioScape’s investors include Atlas Ventures, Royal Bank Ventures Investments, Scottish Equity Partners, JAFCO, Texas Instruments, Yasuda Enterprise Development, iGlobe Partners, Psion and Arqiva. RadioScape is headquartered in London, England with offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.
RadioScape is a registered trademark and Software Defined Digital Radio is a trademark of RadioScape Limited.