Frontier Silicon Ships Over One Million ICs for Mobile TV Handsets in Time for World Cup

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Frontier Silicon’s mobile TV chipsets are shipping in mass production in handsets across South Korea, China and Germany.

Ahead of the launch of a T-DMB mobile TV service for the FIFA World Cup, Frontier Silicon, the market leader in semiconductor solutions for broadcast mobile TV and digital radio, has announced that it has already shipped over one million ICs for mass production mobile phone handsets used for mobile TV services across South Korea, China, and in Germany. The company’s chipset comprises the Apollo IC which is a mobile TV RF front end, and the Kino baseband processor.

Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier Silicon, said, “Based on the numbers shipped so far, we are the leading chipset supplier into mobile TV phones. With the planned expansion of commercial mobile TV rollouts we expect continued growth in our sales volume moving forwards. Multi-region and multi-band support have been the most significant factors in our success in getting our chips deployed in mass production handsets.”

Samsung is leading the charge deploying multiple handsets into South Korea, China and Germany. The question of worldwide spectrum diversity is addressed by Frontier Silicon’s chipset support for multiple frequency bands – allowing South Korea, Beijing and Guangdong to launch on Band-III, while allowing Shanghai and Germany to launch at L-Band. Handsets using Frontier Silicon ICs are deployed across GSM and CDMA markets, and these include models such as the B2300 and P900. The chipset features flexibility through a software based architecture enabling it to effectively support the different conditional access systems deployed by broadcasters for pay-TV, as well as free-to-air services.

Anthony Sethill commented, “We have now been working with leading mobile TV handset manufacturers for over two years, and the next stage of our development in this area will be the sampling of our next generation multi-standard (DVB-H/T-DMB) baseband IC in Q3 this year. Our extensive expertise in mobile digital TV technology enables us to work with handset vendors to create products which are compact in size and consume very little power – giving them a distinct advantage in the market.”

About Frontier Silicon

Frontier Silicon is the leading supplier of digital and RF integrated circuits and modules for mobile TV and DAB digital radio products. Frontier is supplying solutions for leading products such as the Samsung B2300 and SGH-P900 T-DMB mobile phones and has over 80 percent market share for DAB receiver solutions. Frontier Silicon’s products include solutions for DAB digital radio, T-DMB and DAB-IP and a multi-standard receiver solution for mobile TV reception combining DVB-H, T-DMB and DAB-IP.

Customers include Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Grundig, JVC, Philips, PURE Digital, Roberts Radio, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and TEAC. Frontier Silicon has operations in UK, Ireland, China, South Korea and Japan. For more information, visit http://www.frontier-silicon.com.

Frontier Silicon uses Meta(TM) and UCC(TM) intellectual property from Imagination Technologies.

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Steve Evans, VP sales and marketing

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