iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio(TM) technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, has announced that the company has approved Toshiba Corporation’s new radio chipset for use in HD Radio automotive receivers.
Toshiba’s new radio chipsets, TB2178FG and TC94A90FG, provide a front-end solution that supports communication with HD Radio decoders. Toshiba’s solution allows the RF down conversion and the analog demodulation to integrate with HD Radio decoders to provide automotive-grade radio reception.
Overall, more than 1.5 million HD Radio chipsets have been manufactured and more than 1 million modules shipped, with approximately 100 different HD Radio products available to consumers today. Thirteen automotive manufacturers have committed to factory installation of HD Radio receivers in their vehicles: Audi, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes, MINI, Mercury, Scion and Volvo.
The HD Radio approval process includes a rigorous inspection of performance and functionality to ensure compliance with the HD Radio broadcast system requirements. Toshiba joins NXP and Sanyo Semiconductor in offering radio receiver manufacturers a front-end chipset that can be integrated with HD Radio decoders into radio products to deliver high-quality HD Radio performance at a competitive price.