Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of Digital Radio and Network
Audio technology, has announced the launch of Venice 6.5, its most
cost-effective module for network audio devices.
Venice 6.5 (FS2026-5) builds on the success of Frontiers Venice range
of digital audio modules, offering best-in-class performance in network
audio and broadcast radio. Designed around Chorus 3, Frontier’s latest
system-on-chip (SoC), Venice 6.5 also represents a leap forward in terms
of functionality. Following the launch by Apple last month, the module
supports iPhone 5 docking using the new Lightning connector. The new
Wi-FiԮ interface supports the 802.11n standard in dual 2.4
and 5 GHz frequencies, improving transmission speeds and making it more
resilient to interference from other home appliances.
Venice 6.5 enables a wide range of products with its extensive and
customisable feature set, including:
802.11a/b/g/n, dual band Wi-Fi Alliance compliant
interface with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support
Ethernet 10/100 connectivity on board
DLNA 1.5 and UPnP compliant media player and renderer
Fully digital iPhone and iPad dock, including support for iPhone 5
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed for playback of music files
Internet radio for live and “listen again” content
DAB, DAB+ and FM radio
Multiple language user interface with alarms and sleep timers.
As with other Frontier solutions, Venice 6.5 is fully compatible with
the Frontier remote control apps for iOS and Android, enhancing the user
experience with artwork from album covers, station logos and RadioVIS
“With Venice 6.5 we have achieved a solution that satisfies the demands
of our customers in applications ranging from portable speakers to hi-fi
AV receivers” said Prem Rajalingham, VP of Sales & Support at Frontier
Silicon. “And we have managed to do so while reducing the cost of our
System designers can choose to use Venice 6.5 in standalone network
devices or slave to another processor, using Frontier’s FSAPI
communications interface. The module is supplied with full host-side
reference source code and compliance test suites to ensure the quickest
Venice 6.5 will be introduced at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2012
Autumn Edition, and the first models from selected partners will be in
production later this year.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading supplier of integrated circuits
and modules for digital radio and network audio products. In August
2012, the company was acquired by Toumaz Limited and is now part of an
enlarged group focused on the digital audio, consumer sports & fitness
and professional healthcare markets.
The group is headquartered in London, England, with design centres in
Abingdon, Cambridge and Shannon. The company also has sales and
technical support teams in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Germany, France and
Frontier Silicon’s audio products offer solutions for DAB/DAB+, Internet
radio and connected audio - from silicon through software to
production-ready platform designs.
Customers supplied by Frontier Silicon include Bang & Olufsen, Bose,
Bush, Cyrus, Denon, Dual, Gear4, Goodmans, Grundig, harman/kardon,
Hitachi, JVC, Magic Box, Ministry of Sound, NAD, Onkyo, Panasonic,
Philips, Pinell, Pioneer, Pure, Revo, Roberts, Ruark Audio, Sangean,
Sanyo, Sharp, SIRIUS XM, Sony, TEAC, Tivoli Audio and Yamaha.
Frontier Silicon is a trademark or registered trademark of Frontier
Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Patrick Hannon, VP Corporate Development
Tel: +44 207 3910620