iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio(TM) technology, announced that LG Innotek, a leading Korean consumer electronics manufacturer, is now offering the most sophisticated HD Radio(TM) module to date, which enables conditional access as well as store and replay functionality and can support iTunes® Tagging. The LG Innotek 1281 will be available to iBiquity licensees starting at the end of October.
“HD Radio technology is much more than digitized audio and text. It changes how you interact with your radio,” said Jeff Jury, COO, iBiquity Digital Corporation. “LG’s new module enables a wide range of advanced applications in HD Radio receivers. Today, consumers want content that is geared to them, that they can listen to when and where they want to, and that they can control. The new LG module represents the quickest path for manufacturers to develop consumer products with these new HD Radio features.”
- Conditional access allows a broadcaster to offer services to a select group of consumers, such as concerts and other niche programming. For example, a multicast channel could offer reading services for the blind and dyslexic, which would be a restricted service, not available to the general public.
- Store and replay gives control to the consumer, who can rewind a song that was just played or record an entire program for listening at a more convenient time.
- iTunes Tagging enables consumers using HD Radio receivers equipped with a special Tag button, to “tag” songs that they hear on the FM dial for subsequent purchase on-line through iTunes. Six leading U.S. broadcast groups (CBS RADIO, Clear Channel, Cumulus, Cox, Entercom and Greater Media), which represent thousands of local AM/FM stations, are in the process of installing iTunes Tagging technology at the local station level.
Based on iBiquity’s 1281 Reference Design Platform, the LG Innotek 1281 Conditional Access and Store–and-Replay Module has a Texas Instruments MSP430 Security IC and a SanDisk 512 MB Flash. NDS provides the software for the conditional access chip. The module operates in master and slave mode. The module supports 10 hours of store and replay with the SanDisk 512 MB flash memory and has been qualified and tested internally by iBiquity. Available to iBiquity licensees at the end of October are two configurations of the module: model numbers TMHA-C001T (Horizontal Mount) and TMHA-C501T (Vertical Mount).
About iBiquity Digital
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the HD Radio system, which is powering the AM/FM digital radio revolution. This transformational technology allows AM and FM stations to broadcast digital signals in tandem with their analog signals, providing broadcasters with a platform to deliver multiple channels of programming on the same frequency (multicasting); crystal-clear, CD-quality sound; advanced services such as tagging, traffic updates; and text information. More than 1,500 U.S. HD Radio stations are on the air, with nearly half of those offering additional content via multicast channels. HD Radio technology is being or has been tested in many countries throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine.
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