LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Frontier Silicon Ltd, the market leading supplier of digital radio technology worldwide has announced that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the four commercial radio broadcasters that will operate digital radio services on the new national German DAB+ multiplex. The LOI confirms that Frontier Silicon will enter into a four year advertising commitment with these broadcasters to ensure the successful launch of this exciting new radio service which will become operational in 2011.
The national DAB+ multiplex will carry public services from Deutschlandradio, as well as from several leading commercial broadcasters. When this network switches on in autumn 2011 it will provide the first nationwide commercial broadcast radio service in Germany for over 60 years.
“The launch of this national DAB+ service is an historic development for Germany and validation that the DAB family remains the most widely adopted digital radio standard.” said Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier Silicon. “We are delighted that our innovative approach to supporting the roll out will help everyone working on this new radio service to bring their efforts to fruition.”
“We expect that 2011 will be the year that DAB+ is successfully launched in Germany and it is clear that Frontier Silicon will be a major contributor to its success” said Helmut G. Bauer, representative of the commercial broadcasters. “This commitment from Frontier is a key plank in the roll out of digital radio in Germany, one of the largest markets for consumer and automotive electronics in Europe.”
“Having introduced Frontier Silicon to the commercial broadcasters we are delighted to see that their discussions have led to this important commitment to DAB+ radio services” said Helmut Egenbauer, CEO of Media Broadcast. “It proves that all parties are working together to ensure the successful launch of digital radio in Germany”.
The launch of digital radio in Germany will be joined by services from Deutschlandradio and also several powerful commercial broadcasters including; REGIOCAST DIGITAL, Die Neue Welle (part of the Oschmann Group), LoungeFM and ERF Evangeliums Rundfunk. A total of three programs from the public broadcaster Deutschlandradio and six from the commercial operators will be offered initially in 2011. The regional public broadcasters in Germany are also planning to launch their digital radio programs in 2011.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading supplier of integrated circuits and modules for digital audio receiver products and network audio products. Established in 2001 as a privately funded fabless semiconductor company, Frontier Silicon has over 140 employees worldwide. The company is based in London, England, with design centres in Cambridge, Hong Kong, China and Shannon. Frontier Silicon also has branch offices and technical support representation in France, Germany, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Products include complete solutions for digital audio systems including DAB, Internet radio and Network audio products, from silicon and modules through to software to production ready platform designs.
Customers include Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Bush, Cyrus, Denon, Goodmans, Grundig, Harman Kardon, Hitachi, JVC, Magic Box, Ministry of Sound, NAD, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, PURE, Revo, Roberts Radio, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, SIRIUS XM, Sony, TEAC, Tivoli Audio and Yamaha.
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