Digital Radio Update - October 21, 2009


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Volvo offers HD standard, Australia DAB+ troubles, Ibiquity taps Amtel, and Livio's NPR Radio.

News

Volvo First to Offer Standard HD Radio Across Entire Line

VCNA President and CEO Doug Speck said the move would be a huge benefit for buyers and that the new standardized HD Radio receivers would be appearing in 2010 and 2011 models.

Australia's DAB+ Rollout isn't all Hearts and Roses

Among the biggest complaint reported among early adopters are so-called black spots, coverage holes within the footprint of DAB+ multiplexes now operating in the nation's five largest metropolitan areas.

Business

Ibiquity Taps Atmel for Reference Design Microcontrollers

Both the AVR XMEGA and AVR32 processor families are used in a number of HD Radio designs for user interface and control functions.

IBOC Across America

IBOC by State: Maryland

There are 17 stations in the Old Line State broadcasting 28 HD Radio channels.

Eye on IBOC

Warp Factor 6, Mr. Scott... (The Ongoing IBOC Power Increase Debate)

NPR put to rest any doubts that it would oppose a 6dB interim increase in FM IBOC digital carrier power, based on its most recent study of digital-to-analog interference and input from member stations.

Products

Livio's NPR Radio Streamlines the Public Radio Experience

NPR is promoting a new Wi-fi Internet radio featuring an exclusive menu dedicated to NPR stations, programming, and podcasts.



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