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New HD Radio Chip Debuts For Portables

Santa Clara, Calif. — Starting next month, HD Radio suppliers will be able to purchase a new lower power, smaller form factor chip solution that can deliver HD Radio in many types of products including portable products.

To date, no supplier has offered a portable HD Radio product, although iBiquity, developer of HD Radio, showed rough prototypes at International CES in January of an MP3 and cellular phone with HD Radio capability.

SiPort, based here, is offering the new SP1010 single chip HD Radio receiver that will also work in table top radios, car radios and home theater systems.

A spokeswoman for iBiquity said LG-Innotek is sampling the new SP1010 chip solution and expects to be in full production for a product in the fourth quarter. It was not revealed if the LG product would be a portable.

Earlier this month, a streamlined HD Radio chip was introduced for use in factory OEM radios by chip maker NXP Semiconductor, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.