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TI and RadioScape Accelerate Development of Receivers for Digital Radio Mondiale Standard

OEMs Unveil First Dual DRM and DAB Receivers at IFA in Berlin

Sep 2, 2005

BERLIN (September 2, 2005) - On the heels of their June announcement of the availability of chips and modules for the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) standard, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and RadioScape have announced that multiple companies attending IFA in Berlin demonstrated product prototypes developed around TI's DRM350 digital baseband and RadioScape's RS500 module. Continuing to accelerate DRM's rollout, TI and RadioScape will enable products from consumer brands to appear on store shelves within the year. (For more information, please visit www.ti.com/drmsolution.)
Among those unveiling designs at IFA are Morphy Richards (www.morphyrichards.co.uk), Roberts Radio (www.robertsradio.co.uk) and Sangean (www.sangean.nl).
"The RS500 module from RadioScape using TI's DRM350 has enabled us to develop working DRM/DAB receiver prototypes in less than three months," says Gerry Thorn, Product Director at Roberts Radio. "TI and RadioScape continue to provide the innovations we need, allowing us to focus on key product features, creating new markets for digital radio and enhancing the user listening experience."
TI's DRM350 enables developers to create cost-effective dual DRM/DAB-based devices with a single chip and easily implement enhanced features on the integrated programmable DSP, such as digital content playback of MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) files. RadioScape's RS500 module, a complete DRM solution, is based on TI's DRM350 and includes all of the hardware and software necessary to support any combination of DRM, DAB, FM-RDS and AM. Cutting down significantly on the development time and resources needed from manufacturers to develop multi-standard receivers, applications include table-top radios, CD boom boxes, micro hi-fis and tuners.
"DRM radios will soon be available in mass-market quantities at affordable consumer prices, and the co-operation between TI, RadioScape and ourselves has played a crucial role in enabling manufacturers to design them in such a short time," said Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group. "We are very committed to DRM and will actively work to encourage a rapid take up of this technology."
DRM is the only universal, non-proprietary digital radio system for the short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave AM broadcast bands, enabling a single tower to broadcast over a large geographic area with near-FM quality sound. DRM is supported by a wide network of broadcasters, equipment OEMs and silicon providers working together to design, promote and deliver low-cost receivers and content for worldwide markets. Through DRM, consumers will have access to more content than ever before.