100 HD Radio™ Products Certified By iBiquity Digital
Shenzhen, China – October 8, 2008 –iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio™ technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, announced today that more than 100 discrete HD Radio products in a broad range of categories have been certified over the last several years by iBiquity in Columbia, Maryland, Intertek in Hong Kong and TOKO in Japan.
Products for the home and office include clock radios, all-in-one table top sound systems, stereo tuners, high-end home components, transportable units and cordless radios, and iPod® docking stations; for the vehicles: OEM head units for more than 10 different automotive manufacturers in the U.S. and overseas, aftermarket headunits, tuner boxes to upgrade OEM or aftermarket in-dash radios, and plug’n’play upgrade kits.
“The HD Radio market is growing rapidly, and we are working with leading manufacturers and brands around the world to bring high-quality products to consumers who are demanding more from their radios,” said Jeff Jury, COO of iBiquity Digital Corporation. “The hard work our Lab, Intertek and TOKO have put into analyzing and perfecting certification testing for digital HD Radio tuners and receivers has enabled the availability of a wide range of new HD Radio products for consumers.”
iBiquity had been certifying most HD Radio products in its Maryland Lab. As the number of products began to skyrocket, the company licensed Japan-based TOKO and then Hong Kong-based Intertek, most recently, in 2007, to help certify products in Asia. This expansion put the certification capability closer to the design centers and manufacturing plants, enabling quicker turn around of products. The HD Radio certification process includes a rigorous inspection of performance and functionality to ensure compliance with HD Radio broadcast system requirements.
Some of the brands offering HD Radio products at over 14,000 stores and online are Accurian, Alpine, Audio Design Associates, Audiovox, Cambridge Soundworks, DaySequerra, Denon, DICE Electronics, Directed Electronics, Dual, Eclipse, Insignia, Integra, JBL, Jensen Mobile, Jensen, JVC Mobile, jWIN, Kenwood, Marantz, McIntosh, Metra, Niles, Onkyo, Panasonic, Peripheral Electronics (AAMP), Polk Audio, Radiosophy, Roadmaster, Rotel, Sangean, Sanyo, Sony, Visteon and Yamaha, with more under development.
HD Radio technology has made great inroads in the automotive sector as well. BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Lincoln, Mercedes, MINI, Mercury, Scion and Volvo have all announced that HD Radio technology will be factory-installed in their vehicles from suppliers like Alpine, Delphi, Mitsubishi Electronics, Siemens-VDO and Visteon.
About iBiquity Digital
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the digital HD Radio™ system, which is fueling the digital radio revolution in the United States and around the world. Over 1,750 HD Radio AM and FM stations are on the air in the United States, with over 900 new HD2/HD3 multicast channels. The only digital broadcast technology approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for AM and FM radio in the United States, HD Radio technology allows stations to broadcast digital signals in tandem with their analog signals, providing broadcasters with a platform to offer crystal-clear, CD-quality sound and scrolling text and graphics; as well as multiple channels of programming on the same FM frequency (multicasting) and advanced services such as traffic updates; content…all subscription free.
There are more than 80 HD Radio products for sale at over 14,000 stores and online. HD Radio technology has also made great inroads in the automotive sector with factory-installed options announced by BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lincoln, Mercedes, MINI, Mercury, Scion, and Volvo. Beyond the U.S., commercial implementation of HD Radio technology is gaining momentum around the world.
iBiquity Digital's investors include 15 of the nation's top radio broadcasters, including ABC, Clear Channel and CBS Radio; leading financial institutions, such as Grotech Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Partners, New Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital and Flatiron Partners; and strategic partners Intel Capital, Ford Motor Company, and Harris. Founded in 2000, iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD, Detroit, MI, and Basking Ridge, NJ. For more information, please visit http://www.hdradio.com and http://www.ibiquity.com.
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Note to editors: “HD Radio™” and the HD Radio logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The “HD” in HD Radio™ is part of iBiquity Digital’s brand name for its advanced digital AM/FM system. It does not mean hybrid digital or high-definition digital; both of these are incorrect.
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