By the early 1990s, the digital revolution was firmly underway, as embodied initially by the success of the compact disc. Understanding the need for radio to keep pace with this rapidly evolving landscape, CBS, Gannett, and Westinghouse formed USA Digital Radio Partners), in 1991 to explore opportunities for digital AM and FM radio. Following several years of testing and development, the In-Band On-Channel (IBOC) method of broadcasting was completed to enable digital signals to travel the airwaves alongside traditional analog signals. IBOC remains the underlying principle behind today's HD Radio technology. By 1998, with backing from 15 of the nation's leading broadcast groups, USADR was spun out as a separate company. Two years later, USADR secured $40 million in additional funding from strategic partners and venture capital firms. The company eventually merged with Lucent Digital Radio in 2000, forming iBiquity Digital Corporation.
The iBiquity Digital Corporation mission is to drive forward the consumer mass adoption of HD Radio Technology in the United States and other countries worldwide. We are achieving our mission through close working partnerships with a wide variety of comapnies who operate in the AM/FM broadcasting, IC Development, Software, Manufacturing, Consumer Electronics, Automotive OEM, Retail and Mobility industries.
- February: New JVC Models with HD Radio Active Alerts Feature Rolling Out across the Country
- February: Kia announces HD Radio Technology availability on the new 2014 Forte 5-Door
- January: Lexus and Toyota First In Industry To Launch Integrated HD Radio™ Technology For Audio Entertainment and Traffic & Data Delivery
- January: Jeep and Infiniti introduce first vehicles with HD Radio Technology
- January: iBquity Demonstrates New Public Service Oriented Active Alerts Feature at CES
- January: HD Radio™ Technology Positioned For Its Strongest Year with CE Products in 2013 More than 60 new Aftermarket Car and Home Products to Launch, most with advanced HD Radio features
- January: 2014 Kia Cadenza to Offer HD Radio™ Technology as a Standard Feature. Kia now offers HD Radio Technology on 6 vehicles
- December: FCC Recognizes Best Buy’s Insignia™ -Narrator Advanced HD Radio Receiver as Chairman’s 2012 Award Winner. The Narrator is the first HD Radio product certified by the IAAIS and specifically designed for the visually impaired.
- December: Acura announced the 2014 RLX will include HD Radio Technology as a standard feature.
- December: Ford announced the launch of the 2014 Fiesta with MyFord Touch and HD Radio Technology.
- December: Hyundai announced the all-new three-row 2013 Santa Fe SUV, which will be the first Hyundai vehicle with the HD Radio iTunes Tagging feature.
- December: Mazda announced three new vehicles, all to include HD Radio Technology. The 2013 CX-9 is the first Mazda vehicle to come standard with HD Radio Technology. The 2014 CX-5 and all-new Mazda6 will also be available with HD Radio Technology.
- December: Mitsubishi made the biggest splash during the show by becoming the 1st automaker to announce the integration of HD Radio Technology for delivering real time traffic information and becoming the 29th automaker to include HD Radio audio features in the upcoming 2014 Outlander.
- December: Subaru announced HD Radio Technology availability on the 2014 Forester.
- October: 2013 Lexus CT 200h Premium Hybrid Compact With HD Radio™ Technology Is At Dealerships Now
- June: 2013 Scion FR-S Sports Car With HD Radio™ Technology Hits Dealerships Nationwide
- May: J.D. Power And Associates Study Ranks HD Radio™ Technology #1 Emerging Technology For New Car Buyers
- April: New HD Radio™ Technology Launches in Mexico. Mexican radio broadcasters initiate digital AM and FM transmissions with better sound quality and new interactive digital services.
- April: HD Radio™ Technology Standard on the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave
- April: Toyota to offer HD Radio Technology with iTunes® Tagging on the new 2013 Venza
- April: Cadillac to offer HD Radio Technology as a standard feature on the new 2013 SRX
- March: Scion Announces HD Radio™ Technology Standard on 2013 FR-S Sports Car
- March: TOKO, INC Will Double HD Radio™ Test and Certification Capacity. Commitment by leading technology firm reflects the rapid growth in new HD Radio enabled product development by Japan based brands.
- February: Hyundai Announces HD Radio Technology will be a standard feature in the 2012 Azera and available in the 2013 Genesis Coupe
- January: Kenwood Announces Expanded Line-up of HD Radio Receiver Products at the 2012 International CES Show
- January: Alpine Electronics Introduces Receivers with Built-in HD Radio™ Technology. Exclusive feature from Alpine ensures easy transition between digital and analog stations
- May: Audi A& featuring HD Radio Technology. The A7 now in showrooms, offers HD Radio Technology.
- March: Ford Focus with HD Radio Technology arrives in dealerships. HD Radio receiver included in the My Ford Touch system.
- January: First automotive aftermarket HD Radio built-in products from Alpine. Iconic brand joins other market leaders with strong commitment to built-in HD Radio Technology products for the auto aftermarket category.
- January: Toyota Motor Sales announces the launch of HD Radio Technology in 2012 Model Year vehicles. Toyota will be the first OEM to offer the iTunes® Tagging feature on all radios that include HD Radio Technology.
- December: Volkswagen expands HD Radio Technology commitment. VW Announces that all 2012 model year vehicles with touch-screen Premium VIII radios will be equipped with HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.
- November: All new Ford Focus featuring HD Radio Technology arrives to showrooms. Featuring HD Radio Technology and iTunes Tagging, the all new Ford Focus offers state of the art HD Radio broadcast reception.
- October: Insignia NS-HD02, first device with Artist Experience hits store shelves. New from the Insignia brand, the NS-HD02 is first radio receiver to offer the Artist Experience feature.
- September: Artist Experience announced. Images Come to Broadcast Radio Via HD Radio™ Technology. Artist Experience is the latest Advanced Service for consumers. Designed to add visual entertainment to the digital audio and data services
- HD Radio Technology already delivers, the feature will appear at retail on the first consumer device beginning October, 2010.
- July: ST Microelectronics HD Radio chipset certified. ST Microelectronics becomes the third OEM Automotive Industrial grade Integrated Circuitry (IC) Developer to receive certification, thereby increasing the range of solutions OEM Automotive and Auto Aftermarket brands can utilize.
- June: Three Million Unit Sales Volume passed. iBiquity announces that more than 3 Million HD Radio enabled radio receivers have been sold to consumers since the technology was first commercialized.
- March: First Ever HD4 Channel Launches. CBS Radio creates the “FAN Sports Network,” the first four channel HD Radio digital multicast station in the country. WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan is now offering sports followers in the Washington, D.C. area subscription free access to some of CBS Radio’s biggest sports radio stations, including live content from New York’s WFAN (HD2), Philadelphia’s WIP (HD3) and Dallas’ WFAN (HD4).
- January: Digital Broadcast Power Level Increases Approved. The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau adopts an order that will allow FM radio stations to increase digital broadcast power levels from 1 percent of analog power to up to 10 percent of analog power levels. The change will boost digital signal coverage via FM Stations immediate ability to increase digital power by 6dB, a four-fold power increase. Stations can apply for digital power increases up to 10 dB.
- January: First Device to feature Journaline launches. JVC Mobile Electronics KW-NT3HDT Navigation Receiver, is first to include the Journaline News & Information service, an always on, subscription free real-time information service.
- January: First Real Time Traffic Device Launched. JVC Mobile Electronics introduces the KW-NT3HDT Navigation Receiver, the first to include HD Total Traffic.
- May: Microsoft announces HD Radio technology will be featured on its new Zune HD
- May: Panama Officially Adopts HD Radio technology as its digital standard
- April: Land Rover announces that it will offer factory-installed HD Radio technology, bringing to 13 the number of automotive brands offer HD Radio reception
- March: Merceds-Benz announces expanded commitment to HD Radio technolgy
- March: Over 1,000 multicast HD2/HD3 channels are on the air
- January: Kia announces it will offer factory installed HD Radio technology
- January: Clear Channel launches real-time traffic service via HD Radio technology
- January: over 100 unique HD Radio SKUs are available at approximately 14,000 retail outlets
- November: Volvo makes HD Radio technology standard on 2009 model vehicles
- October: New low-power, low-cost, light-weight HD Radio chipsets become available
- October: 1.5 Million HD Radio chips shipped to date
- October: 1 Million HD Radio modules manufactured to date
- October: 100 HD Radio products certified by iBiquity digital
- September: Sony debuts HD Radio iPod/iPhone dock with iTunes Tagging capability
- September: ESPN Radio HD launches on-demand service for HD2/HD3 channels
- August: Mercedes Benz announces HD Radio technology to be factory installed in vehicles
- July: Manufacturer suggested retail prices for HD Radio prices dip below $100
- June: Hyundai Genesis announces it will offer factory-installed
- June: Clear Channels offers iTunes Tagging on 700 HD1/2 channels
- June: ESPN Radio introduces content delivery system for HD Radio broadcasters
- May: Mexico authorizes transition to HD Radio broadcasting for stations within 320 kilometers of American boarder
- April: Scion announces that it will offer factory-installed HD Radio technology
- January: Ford to offer factory-installed HD Radio technology in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury
- January: Jim Spencer named new Chief Financial Officer, iBiquity Digital Corporation.
- December: HD Digital Radio Alliance formed
- December: The year ends with more than 600 HD Radio broadcasters on the air, over 40 stations offering multicast channels and 2,600 additional stations in the process of converting to HD Radio technology.
- December: New HD Radio receivers debut from Alpine, Boston Acoustics, Eclipse and Sanyo, and Yamaha
- October: BMW announces that it will be the first auto manufacturer to offer factory-installed HD Radio receivers beginning with 2006 6 and 7 Series models.
- October: The first HD Radio rebate program is launched in October through eBay. January: 22 of the leading radio broadcast groups announce commitments to convert 2,000 AM & FM stations to digital.
- July: The first HD Radio home product – the Yamaha RX-V4600 – hits store shelves in July.
- July: 500th station on-air: WCRZ-FM, Flint MI (July 15) April: 300th station on-air: WQHT-FM, New York
- June: 400th station on-air: KTDK-FM, Dallas.
- May: Chicago’s WUSN-FM 99.5 becomes first commercial broadcaster to continuously program an HD Radio multicast channel.
- January: 22 leading radio broadcast groups announce commitments to convert 2,000AM and FM stations to digital HD Radio technology
- December: 200 th station on-air: KJZI-FM, Minneapolis
- December: iBiquity closes a $30 million Series C round of funding led by New Venture Partners, Grotech Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Partners, Gannett Co. and Pequot Capital.
- May: Panasonic and JVC debut HD Radio products for vehicles.
- May: 100th station on-air: WDTW-FM, Detroit
- May: Clear Channel Radio, Entercom, and Cox Radio announce plans to install HD Radio technology on more than 1,200 combined stations.
- January: First HD Radio product, a Kenwood KTC-HR100 tuner, is sold to Nathan Franzen at an Ultimate Electronics store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
- WDMK-FM Detroit station, KISS 102.7 FM, becomes first radio station in the U.S. to commercially broadcast with HD Radio technology on January 7.
- iBiquity introduces its HDC codec (technology used to transmit a digital signal) with enhanced fidelity for both AM and FM.
- In September, Kenwood ships first HD Radio commercial product in anticipation of January 2004 launch.
- Test results from NRSC-sponsored tests demonstrate the AM HD Radio system will deliver FM-like sound quality to the band. The findings set the stage for FCC approval of the HD Radio system later in the year.
- Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle are identified as the initial target markets for the HD Radio rollout.
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorizes commencement of HD Radio broadcasts.
- Radio-One, Inc., the nation's seventh largest radio broadcaster, becomes the first group to make a corporate commitment to convert stations to HD Radio technology.
- iBiquity raises $45 million in additional capital.
- Results from independently verified laboratory and field tests conducted in conjunction with the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) confirm that iBiquity’s digital FM radio system significantly outperforms analog FM radio in terms of audio quality and reception.
- Kenwood Corporation becomes the first manufacturer to acquire a license to build HD Radio receivers.