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Product category: Reference Designs
News Release from: Frontier Silicon | Subject: Quantum
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 23 October 2003

Reference platform cuts the cost of DAB

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Quantum is a DAB/CD/FM and optional MP3 reference design which can be easily integrated by manufacturers and developers into a wide range of products including boom boxes, midi and micro systems

Quantum uses the Frontier Silicon Venice FS2020 DAB module in conjunction with a Toshiba FM IC and MCU control IC to provide a fully featured audio system. The platform has been developed by Shiba-Tech, a key Hong Kong design house for Toshiba ICs, in collaboration with Frontier Silicon, which provides the DAB solutions.

Says Anthony Sethill, CEO, Frontier Silicon: "The DAB market is rapidly expanding - already we have shipped over a quarter of a million DAB modules.

Quantum will be a significant enabler of further growth in this market and we expect the first Quantum based products, including a 'boom box' system from Ministry of Sound, to be available by the end of the year".

Shiba-Tech Sales Manager Sunny Leung says: "Quantum is a major step in aiding the rapid development of simple, low cost CD/DAB products.

Based on proven Frontier Silicon DAB and Toshiba IC technology solutions Quantum is the ideal base for manufacturers seeking to tap into the opportunities of this fast growing consumer market".

Quantum's user interface is simple and easy to use as the system integrates all the audio functions and uses a single dot-matrix LCD.

Control is via a key interface with optional jog-dial functionality.

Infrared remote control is also supported.

Quantum is based on Frontier Silicon's Venice FS2020 DAB module, an optimised band III RF front end with Chorus FS1010 baseband processor module.

FS1010 uses dynamic and static power management techniques including fully static design, clock-gating and inactive period state minimisation for low power usage without compromising performance.

The processor clock is generated by a PLL, which can be reprogrammed dynamically, enabling power consumption to be minimised for each application.

Venice provides outstanding DAB sensitivity of typically +3 to -98dBm (Band III, Modes I to IV).

Adjacent channel sensitivity is typically 40dB (Band III).

The module supports fast tuning.

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