Frontier Silicon Introduces Next Generation Digital Radio Receiver IC


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London - Apr 12, 2014 - Frontier Silicon is previewing Kino 4, its next generation digital radio chip, at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.

Kino 4 is a single chip solution, which integrates four previously separate chips, to deliver significant improvements in performance, cost and power consumption. This new chip builds on the performance and reliability standards of earlier generations of the Kino chip series - the world's best-selling digital radio ICs (over 20 million units sold).

Until now, the alternative, less efficient approach to integration has been to place the various processing blocks on individual pieces of silicon and then to combine them into a single chip package (system-in-package). Uniquely for a digital radio solution, Kino 4 combines RF, baseband, application processor, audio decode and DAC functionality on a single piece of silicon - with no requirement for external MCU, DAC or tuner. This innovative approach is enabling several important features:

  • power consumption 50 percent lower than Kino 3
  • patent pending features for improved user experience, e.g. significantly faster scan times
  • smaller form-factor - with potential to be deployed in smartphones
  • new tools to accelerate development times for manufacturers.

    Kino 4 is designed to power all major categories of consumer digital radio devices. Key areas of focus include portable radios (with entry level models retailing at under $30), radio receivers with Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function devices (e.g. clock radios, docks and home audio systems) and a wide range of automotive aftermarket products (especially, automotive adapters).

    The Kino 4 chip will also enable the next generation of hybrid or smart radios, which combine broadcast and IP return path functionality.

    The first release of Kino 4 will support the DAB family of standards. Longer term, the chip has the capability to support other global standards, including HD Radio and DRM.

    Kino 4 will meet all technology requirements of the UK's Digital Tick minimum specifications for both domestic and automotive digital radio devices.

    Kino 4 samples will be available to selected customers in Q2 2014. A demonstration of the new solution will be available in Frontier's exclusive HKEF Spring Edition demo suite.



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