World DAB Forum Newsletter N.4 - September 2001
Welcome to the 4th edition of the World DAB Forum Email Newsletter.
edition of the newsletter mainly concentrates on news coming from IFA 2001
took place in Berlin from 25th August to 2nd September.
The WorldDAB Project Office
News From IFA 01
Germany announces deadline for analogue radio sign-off
Opening the 43rd Internationale Funkausstellung ? or consumer
fair - in Berlin on Friday 24 August, German Chancellor,
confirmed that radio in the Federal Republic of Germany has
digital future and cited 2015 as the latest date for analogue
radio to be
replaced by Digital Radio. Read more at www.worlddab.org
There were new digital radio products on display at IFA,
impressive Radioscape EPG software which found a home on the
Meanwhile, Blaupunkt unveiled the new Woodstock DAB in-car
receiver on its
stand. This is the first in-car product to come with an
MP3 removable chip
allowing music to move between home and car. The
Woodstock will be available
from February 2002.
Panasonic, too, had an impressive display of new product
including a new
MiniDAB Mobile receiver and a prototype DAB mobile phone
receiver using the
Roke Manor board.
Grundig was exhibiting its new DAB compatible Audion
high-tech tuner and CD
player which can transmit to cordless loudspeakers located in
around the house. It?s top of the range equipment for
real audiophile and
launches at the end of 2001 at a retail price of DM11,000
UK manufacturer VideoLogic had prototypes of its new
midi-unit and kitchen
radio on show.
The German Initiative Marketing Digital Radio (IMDR) and
World DAB held a
joint press conference on August 27 at the DG Bank beside the
Brandenberg Gate. Panelists, including senior
executives from Deutsche
Telekom, Blaupunkt, Grundig, and Bayern Digital Radio as well
as IMDR and
World DAB, outlined current and future plans for digital
radio in the Federal
Republic. The moderator was German TV presenter, Ursula
After the press conference, the first Digital Radio Media
Awards were held
under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus
Berlin?s Senator for Science and Culture, Adrienne Goehler.
At a meeting with WorldDAB and Digital One, Blaupunkt
confirmed that a major
European car manufacturer has placed a significant order with
them for stereo
equipment, including DAB as a feature for the 2004 model year.
For more information on all these stories go to www.worlddab.org.
Ottowa will be the next Canadian city to enjoy the benefits
of digital radio
when services launch early in 2002. Currently more than
50 DAB stations
cover 10 million people in Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor and
DRRI (Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc ? a non-profit joint
initiative of private
and public broadcasters in Canada, supported by the Canadian
also announced plans for a comprehensive engineering study
designed to bring
DAB to new markets across Canada?s major population corridors.
will include Calgary, Edmonton, and Quebec City among others.
Duff Roman, President of DRRI says: ?The launch of the
corridor studies sets
the stage for unleashing the true power of DAB - the
addition of value-added
datacasting services to accompany superb digital audio
over vast areas to millions of Canadians.?
For more information visit www.digitalradio.ca
Hessen Digital Radio
The launch of a regular DAB service in the German state of
announced at a press conference in Frankfurt on August
16. Local radio stars
from both the commercial and public sector joined journalists
to discuss the benefits of digital radio. Also on hand
was a selection of
manufacturers including Blaupunkt, Grundig and VideoLogic,
with samples of
New DAB Receiver Module LC2 from Blaupunkt
The LC2 is Blaupunkt's ready to deliver, cost effective
receiver module for OEMs. Designed for in-car use, the module
is easy to
adapt for integration into Hi Fi tuners, mini stereo
radios etc. Based on the Bosch DAB chipset D-Fire2 and
CF800, the DAB Module
LC2 is at the heart of Blaupunkt's new Woodstock 1-DIN in-car
evaluation board is available now.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Blaupunkt is the Car Multimedia Division of Bosch.
Digital Radio 2001 in San Francisco
The conference season is about to start in earnest once more
with at least
five events that we know of over the next few months.
November 1 and 2 at
the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco is where international
leaders in digital
radio will gather for a conference subtitled ?Digital
Radio?the next step in
the radio revolution?? Speakers include Digital One?s
Quentin Howard, CRCA?s
Paul Brown and from Canada, DRRI?s Duff Roman. World
DAB has negotiated a
$200 discount on registration, just email email@example.com
Other conferences featuring digital radio include the NAB
in Paris November 11 ? 13 and the Institute of Economic
Broadcasting conference in London on November 26.
Command Audio at IBC
Another conference of note coming up is the International
Convention in Amsterdam on September 14 - 18. WorldDAB
McEwen gives the keynote address, and Command Audio
demonstrates its unique
end-to-end Personal Radio solution for DAB.
It?s the first time Command Audio has shown, live, how its
interactive audio technology will change the way consumers
Listeners will be able to subscribe to all the media they
want to through
their digital radio, allowing reception of programmes when
and where it suits
them. For example, a listener could choose to receive
headlines from a range of media in the car on the way to
work. They can
stop, play back or skip content as they wish. And they
can drill deeper to
receive more information, or explore associated links through