Digital Power Radio To Reveal An 'HD Radio Game Changer'
March 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM (PT)
DIGITAL POWER RADIO says it "has a technology that improves the performance and coverage of HD RADIO transmissions -- especially important as HD has begun migrating to handheld receivers and eventually, cellphones," reports RADIO WORLD. The company's enhancement makes changes in radio receivers' baseband receiver chip, rather than at the transmission level.
BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP CEO GEORGE BEASLEY "is an investor in DPR," notes RADIO WORLD. "He is quoted by the company saying its technology could be a game-changer for radio. The company says its system will provide coverage gains of approximately 5 dB hybrid for FM signals in mobile handsets/smart phones and tabletops in buildings, and approximately 7 dB of gains into auto receivers for hybrid FM broadcast signals. Similar gains will be realized for AM hybrid broadcasts."
Former FCC Chairman and DPR Managing Member MARK FOWLER told the report that "the technology provides a growth vehicle for the broadcast industry into all kinds of radios, including mobile handset platforms, such as smart phones."
DIGITAL POWER RADIO is set to make a presentation on this new technology at the upcoming NAB SHOW. BRANIMIR VOJCIC and MARK FOWLER will host the event, described as "Improved reception quality and increased primary signal coverage radius represent two of the key drivers to improve the adoption rate of HD RADIO and broaden its user base. Future growth of the broadcasting industry will be driven by substantially improving HD reception and the rate of adoption of digital HD RADIO by consumers. In this presentation, we show how DIGITAL POWER RADIO's (DPR) advanced communications technology will significantly improve the signal coverage radius and quality for FM and AM HD RADIO, assuring improved reception and strong HD reception into smart phones and other mobile and portable devices, as well as car and table top radios. The DPR technology does not require changes in existing HD RADIO transmission format or equipment, but only very feasible changes in the baseband receiver chip in HD RADIO receivers. We also will present even more significant improvements that can be achieved by modified HD RADIO air interfaces for systems that have not yet been deployed, such as all-digital AM and FM radio. A review of applicability of advanced technology developed by DPR to other radio broadcast systems will be provided."
The presentation is scheduled for MONDAY, APRIL 8th from 2:15-2:40p.