iBiquity Digital’s recent HD Radio Seminar in Shenzhen, China, held on the eve of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, had to be expanded this year to accommodate increased demand from Asian component and product manufacturers. More than 300 executives, product planners, design engineers and production managers attended the two-day program which included presentations on topics such as product certification, factory setup, product design and planning. Companies attending represented a wide range of partners from test and support services, to module manufacturers, ODMs, and brands from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan all developing HD Radio products.
“We have a dedicated presence in Asia and are committed to working with our partners to ensure that they can meet the growing demands in the market for HD Radio products. With our rapidly growing base of partners, it is essential that we work closely with them to ensure that HD Radio products are produced to the highest standards possible,” said Jeff Jury, COO, iBiquity Digital Corporation, developers of HD Radio technology. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this year’s seminar and the associated training sessions.”
Demand for HD Radio receivers has resulted in a doubling of partner manufacturing capacity in Asia during the past year. Nearly 60 companies are licensed and certified to manufacture HD Radio modules, components, receivers and tuners.
Certified module makers include: ACE Dixxio, LG Innotek, Kensen, Kwang Sung Electronics, Powertech Industries, Samsung EM, TOKO and WNC.
Certified ODMs include: AeonPower, Alllike Electronics, For You General Electronic, Freeway China, Hip Shing Electronics, Jazz Hipster, Kiryung, LG Innotek, Namsung Corporation, Ngai Lik Mobile, RockRidgeSound, Tonic Digital Products, WNC and Zylux Acoustic.
Certified Brands include: Accurian (RadioShack), AudioVox, Audio Design Associates, Alpine, Boston Acoustics, Cambridge Soundworks, DaySequerra, Denon, DICE Electronics, JVC Mobile, Fujitsu-Ten, Insignia, Kenwood, Marantz, Niles, Onkyo, Panasonic, Peripheral, Polk Audio, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sangean, Sanyo, Siemens-VDO, Sony, Visteon and Yamaha.
The HD Radio system is the only digital broadcast technology approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for AM and FM radio in the United States. HD Radio broadcasts are available to more than 80 percent of the American population. More than 3,000 radio stations in the U.S. have committed to upgrading and more than 1500 are currently broadcasting with HD Radio technology. In addition, more than 700 FM stations are offering new “multicast” channels made possible by this digital technology.
HD Radio receivers for the car and home are available from many brands, including Accurian (by RadioShack), Alpine, Audio Design Associates, Audiovox, Cambridge SoundWorks, DaySequerra, Denon, DICE Electronics, Directed Electronics, Dual, ECLIPSE by Fujitsu Ten, Integra, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Marantz, Niles Audio, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sangean, Sony, Visteon, and Yamaha with many more under development. HD Radio receivers are also available in all BMW vehicles and in the MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtops, as well as Ford vehicles through Ford dealers. Hyundai and Jaguar will include HD Radio receivers on select 2008 model vehicles. A total of 13 automotive brands, representing 69 different vehicle models, have committed to launching the technology in the next few years.
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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