The Guardian: Chip-maker Frontier Silicon has shown a demo version of a new software system that provides one menu for both FM and DAB digital radio stations so users don’t have to think about the technology, just the content they want.
A new generation of radios could make it simpler for consumers to choose their station by name, regardless of whether it broadcasts on digital DAB or analogue FM or both. Listeners could then choose by content, without having to think about the different technologies used for broadcasting.
In a demo of the prototype at Frontier Silicon’s office in London yesterday, an off-the-shelf Roberts EcoLogic 1 radio was upgraded via a chip swap, given a factory reset, and then set to scanning for stations. It picked up the local DAB stations first, then the FM stations, and sorted them into alphabetical order. After that, you could scroll through all the available stations on its single-line display. It was simple, and it worked, even on a low-end radio. Read more…