|By Business Wire
|February 25, 2014 08:00 PM EST
Siano, the world’s leading supplier of mobile broadcast DTV solutions,
today announced the launch of SMS2160, a new multi-standard digital
radio receiver chip designed for automotive and portable/mobile consumer
electronics applications. The SMS2160 is the world’s most versatile
digital radio IC to support T-DMB/DAB/DAB+, DRM+, and FM Radio,
including RDS/TMC. The newly released chip is particularly addressed to
the emerging markets of DAB+ in Europe, and DRM+ in Asia and around the
The SMS2160 is the first chip of its kind to support 2-way antenna
diversity (MRC) for DRM+, T-DMB/DAB/DAB+. DRM+ (the FM mode of the
all-band Digital Radio Mondiale standard) is the digital open candidate
for FM band radio when FM broadcasts start phasing out. An extension of
the DRM digital radio broadcasting system, DRM+ works in frequency bands
over 30 MHz (Band I, II and III), delivering enhanced audio quality and
multimedia broadcasts. With DRM+’s growing popularity worldwide,
especially in Asia and Latin America, Siano’s SMS2160 offers users in
these regions exceptionally high sensitivity and mobility performance in
a variety of mobile devices.
“We are excited about the prospects of a dedicated DRM+ receiver chip to
potentially support India’s massive mobile device market,” said Ruxandra
Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman and President of the DRM Association.
“The nationwide All India Radio (AIR) DRM Rollout Plan will support
digital radio broadcasts in 23 languages and 146 dialects, covering 92%
of the country and reaching 99% of the population. Making Siano’s
SMS2160 receiver chip available to the national effort open to public
and commercial broadcasters will open new horizons for quality mobile
broadcasts all over India.”
The SMS2160 is a highly integrated, small-size (5x5 mm) receiver chip
with optional 2-way antenna diversity (MRC) and multiple frequency band
support: VHF Band III (174-240 MHz), VHF Band I (47-88 MHz), VHF Band II
(88-108 MHz), and L1-Band. Tailored to meet the challenging demands of
automotive applications, the chip offers superior mobility algorithms
and is environmentally friendly (RoHS and REACH compliant).
Samples of the SMS2160 are already in use by select Siano customers
including Hirschmann Car Communication, one of the world’s leading
suppliers of automobile communications and TV receivers. “The
collaboration with Siano provides our customers with high value for
their automotive infotainment applications,” said Thomas Adam, Head of
Development at Hirschmann Car Communication. “This new Siano receiver
chip delivers uncompromised performance and will allow us to expand our
global customer base. This is the high level of quality and reliability
we have come to depend on from Siano.”
Alon Ironi, CEO of Siano, comments, “The increased popularity of DRM+
technology translates into winning partnerships for Siano’s mobile
digital TV solutions. Already having several customers such as
Hirschmann Car Communication and others, we are confident that this new
chip will lead the steadily growing DRM+ market.”
Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the only universal, openly standardized
digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies. The DRM
standard comprises of two major configurations: ‘DRM30’ intended for
broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing
large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for
the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called ‘DRM+’, tailored for local and
regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions. All DRM
configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia
services, service linking, multiplexing and signaling schemes. DRM
provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features:
Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data
services. For more information and DRM updates please visit www.drm.org
or subscribe to DRM news by writing to [email protected].
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Siano is the world’s leading supplier of mobile broadcast DTV solutions.
Pioneers of the multi-standard approach, Siano provides high-performance
and fast time-to-market digital TV solutions for mobile and consumer
electronics, automotive and public transportation device makers and
solution/service providers. Siano has close collaborations with global
tier-1 makers of tablets, smartphones, car TVs, and electronic
accessories such as Nokia, Huawei, ZTE, Sharp and others, as well as
service providers including KDDI-au, Softbank, DStv Mobile, and the
Mobile Content Venture in the U.S. Headquartered in Israel, Siano has
offices in the U.S., China, Korea, and Japan. For more information,
visit us at www.siano-ms.com.
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