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11 April, 2019 - 12:06 By Kate Sweeney

Chorus of approval for Frontier world first

Digital radio technology innovator Frontier Smart Technologies has unveiled  Chorus 4 – the world’s first integrated Smart Radio chip – to power a new generation of solutions for radios offering internet connectivity, DAB / DAB+ and FM.

The Cambridge UK business launches the first of these new solutions, Venice X, at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (April 13-16).

Venice X is a cost-optimised, customisable turnkey system which enables brands and manufacturers to build high quality Smart Radios quickly and cost-effectively.

Smart Radios are the fastest growing category in the digital radio market, with sales volumes currently growing at 30 per cent per year. 

By combining internet, DAB / DAB+ and FM in a single device, Smart Radios provide end-users with a complete range of listening options – including a rapidly growing number of DAB / DAB+ services, thousands of Internet radio stations, online music services, such as Amazon Music and Spotify, and podcasts from around the world. 

The inclusion of DAB and FM ensures that the radio can operate even when there is no internet connectivity, for example outdoors, or if users want to use less power or data. Additional features include Bluetooth and full colour user displays.

Frontier CEO Anthony Sethill, said: “Venice X is a cost-optimised solution, based on the world’s first dedicated Smart Radio silicon, Chorus 4. Offering IP, DAB and FM in a single integrated package, at a lower cost than any comparable solution, Venice X offers brands the opportunity to develop Smart Radios at truly mass-market prices.”

Venice X enters mass production at the end of April. 

Frontier Smart Technologies is a pioneer in technologies for digital radio and Smart IoT devices. Customers include Bose, Denon, harman/kardon, JBL, Onkyo, Panasonic, Sony, Yamaha, Altec Lansing, Blaupunkt, Grundig, Hama, Klipsch, Marshall, Pioneer, Pure, Roberts, TechniSat, Teufel and many more.

Frontier is the first independent system integrator to be authorised by Spotify as part of its new Approved Certification Partner programme for Spotify Connect.

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