Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading provider of chips, modules and software for DAB / DAB+ digital radios. Customers include Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Pure, Roberts, Grundig and several major retailer own-brands. Since it was founded in 2001, Frontier has sold over 30 million digital radio solutions worldwide.
The first countries to adopt digital radio successfully were the UK, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia. Norway and Switzerland are the first to confirm dates for Digital Switchover (DSO) - respectively 2017 and 2020-24.
The major international breakthrough for digital radio came in 2011, when Germany launched national DAB+ services. The Netherlands followed in 2013 and Italy in 2014. France has launched digital radio in Paris, Nice and Marseille - and at the end of 2015 - published a timetable for national roll-out.
In May 2016, both Flanders and French-speaking Belgium annouced plans for national services which should be on air in 2018. In central / eastern Europe, trials are currently on air (or are planned for later in 2016) in Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Slovenia launched national services in September 2016.
Beyond Europe, several other territories are also trialing services - these include Turkey, South Africa, the Gulf States and Indonesia.
Frontier Silicon released its 4th generation chip, Kino 4, in April 2015. A single integrated chip, Kino 4 delivers significant cost and power consumption savings over its predecessors.
Frontier's best selling digital radio module, based on Kino 4, is Verona 2.(Find out more)