LG Innotek Creates HD Radio Modules for Automotive Market

iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio(TM) technology, announced that LG Innotek, a leading Korean consumer electronics manufacturer, is now offering a series of HD Radio(TM) modules for the automotive market. The modules will be on display at LG Innotek’s private suite at the Wynn Hotel in connection with this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 , 2007 in Las Vegas, NV.

The series of automotive modules include:

  • Aftermarket Automotive Module – design based on iBiquity’s 2129 interface specifications with a Texas Instruments (TI) DRi352 DSP, the module can fit inside single DIN CD head units and double DIN head units. Vertical mount model number: TMHS-H002T; Horizontal mount model number: TMHS-H501T. Samples and mass production quantities are available now.
  • Ultra Small Module – design based on iBiquity’s 2129 interface specification a TI DRi352 DSP, this module can fit inside single DIN multimedia head units that have a flip out LCD screen. Vertical mount model number: TMHU-H002T; Horizontal mount model number: TMHU-H501T. Samples are available now and mass production will take place later this year.
  • Universal Tuner box – based on iBiquity’s 2068 Reference Design with a TI DRi352 DSP, this design contains a custom module board that can be connected to an external translator box to connect via aftermarket and OEM head units. The antenna switch is included to allow both factory head unit and HD Radio tuner to continue to function. Model number: TMHB-H001T.

“LG Innotek product introduction is significant because it comes at a time when HD Radio technology is booming in the automotive market,” said Jeff Jury, COO, iBiquity Digital Corporation. “These new automotive modules provide a wide range of easy to implement alternatives for manufacturers incorporating HD Radio technology in the growing number of aftermarket automotive radios coming to market.”

HD Radio receivers are 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 platforms, have committed to launching the technology in the next few years.

HD Radio receivers for the car and home are available from many brands, including AAMP of America, 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, Metra, Niles Audio, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sangean, Sony, Visteon, and Yamaha with many more under development.

About iBiquity Digital
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the HD Radio(TM) 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 iTunes® Tagging and 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.