Philips Semiconductors has launched a range of fully-integrated single chip stereo radios for use in low voltage and low power applications such as mobile phones, MP3 players, portable CD players, toys and other portable devices where space is a premium. The radio chips use smart silicon to reduce the number of expensive external parts compared with standard chips and are therefore easier to integrate into the production process. According to Kees Joosse, market sector team manager at Philips Semiconductors, this breakthrough in radio architecture will enable the inclusion of radios in a whole new set of products and cater for consumer demand for radio at any time, in any place: "One-chip radio' is now becoming a reality, which will enable many new, exciting innovations."
The first chips to be released, the TEA5767 and the TEA5768 went into volume production earlier this year and are designed to tune into European, US and Japanese FM bands.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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