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TI and RadioScape Launch First Chips and Modules for Digital Radio Mondiale Standard

Modules Support Digital Audio Broadcast and DRM to Accelerate Development of Cost-Effective Receivers

Jun 1, 2005

LONDON (June 1, 2005) - Spurring the worldwide growth of digital radio, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and RadioScape have announced, at The Digital Radio Show in London, the world´s first chips and modules for the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) standard. TI is the first company to release an integrated digital baseband that supports both DRM and Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) standards, and RadioScape, using its innovative Software Defined Digital Radio approach, is the first company to announce a module supporting not only DRM, but also DAB, FM-RDS and Analogue AM standards. This module approach will speed the development and deployment of multi-standard receivers. Both TI and RadioScape will be exhibiting and speaking at The Digital Radio Show on June 1-2, 2005. (For more information, please visit www.ti.com/drmsolution.)

The TMS320DRM3xx family is based on TI's innovative digital signal processor (DSP) technology and RadioScape's unique Software Defined Digital Radio approach. The DRM300 baseband supports DRM, while the single-chip DRM350 baseband supports DRM as well as DAB. With the DRM350 baseband, developers can create cost-effective DRM/DAB-based devices with a single chip. New features, customized variants and modifications can be easily implemented on the programmable DSP architecture of the DRM300 and DRM350 chips, avoiding time-consuming and expensive hard-wired re-spins. This flexibility also allows for future support of digital content playback, including MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA).
RadioScape's modules based on TI's DRM300 and DRM350 chips will be available from RadioScape and will support FM-RDS and AM in software. The first of which, the RS500, is announced today (see separate RadioScape release). The RS500 module from RadioScape supplies all the necessary hardware and software to design and build receivers able to support any combination of DRM, DAB, FM-RDS and AM, cutting down significantly on the development time and resources needed from the manufacturer. The modules enable manufacturers to begin immediate development of multi-standard receivers, including table-top radios, CD boom boxes, micro hi-fis and tuners.
"It is impressive how quickly support for DRM has come from the technical community, including more than 75 broadcasters who have followed through on their promises to begin airing its content," said Peter Senger, director of distribution at Deutsche Welle and chairman of the DRM Consortium. "Although TI only joined the DRM Consortium last year, it already is the first company to provide silicon for this standard. Backed by a complete module developed by RadioScape, we expect OEMs will be able to provide DRM-capable receivers by the end of the year."
"We have been broadcasting for several months in DRM to both Germany and France and remain firmly committed to the development of the DRM technology," said Thomas Rabe, chief financial officer at RTL Group. "We continue to work closely with both TI and RadioScape to ensure a successful launch of a cost-effective DRM/DAB-capable radio receiver for the mass market later this year."
At The Digital Radio Show (www.digital-radio-show.com) in London, both Texas Instruments and RadioScape will speak about the accelerated deployment of DRM during their presentations. Andrew Moloney, marketing manager for receivers at RadioScape, will present "Making Digital Radio Work" at 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Dan D´Aversa, senior strategy executive for RTL Group, will present "The Future of Radio ..." at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. In addition Les Mable, business development manager for TI´s Digital Radio business, will present "Innovation in Digital Radio" at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. 

What is Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)?

DRM is the only universal, non-proprietary digital radio system for the short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave AM broadcast bands. Many existing transmitters can be easily modified with an inexpensive upgrade to carry DRM signals, enabling a single tower to broadcast over a large geographic area so that listeners can receive the same station with near-FM quality sound. Commercial and public international broadcasters, as well as national radio networks and local radio stations, have begun transmitting regular DRM broadcasts and special programs. Combining DAB and DRM into new receivers will extend the range of digital stations to reach new audiences with innovative digital services anywhere in the world.

Availability and Pricing

Pricing for both the DRM300 and DRM350 chips starts at $18 in sample quantities of 1K or less and are expected to be available in 3Q05. RadioScape´s DRM module is expected to be available in 3Q05.