Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading provider of chips, modules and software for digital radios. Customers include Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Pure, Roberts, Grundig and several major retailer own-brands. Since it was founded in 2001, Frontier has shipped over 25m digital radio solutions worldwide. Frontier Silicon became part of the Toumaz Group in August 2012.
The first countries to adopt digital radio successfully were the UK, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia. Norway and Switzerland are the first to confirm dates for Digital Switchover (DSO) - respectively 2017 and 2020-24.
In the UK, the Government has set out a clear vision for a digital future for radio. In December 2013, it announced the roll-out of 360 new national and local DAB transmitters, plans for a second national commercial multiplex and the introduction of a Digital Tick scheme for domestic and automotive receivers. Coverage is nearly completed, the new national multiplex launched in March 2016 and the Digital tick scheme has been running since 2015.
Across Europe and beyond, the footprint of digital radio is poised for rapid expansion. August 2011 saw the launch of DAB+ services in Germany; The Netherlands launched national DAB+ in Sept 2013 and Italy launched a second national commercial multiplex in 2014. France has launched services in Paris, Nice and Marseille - and has published a timetable for roll-out across a further 20+ cities in the coming years. Several other territories are emerging as potential new markets, including Belgium, Czech Republic and Poland.
In 2015, Frontier Silicon introduced its 4th generation Kino 4 chip. This chip delivers significant cost and power consumption savings. Now in mass production as part of the Verona 2 module.(Find out more)
The Toumaz Group sees smart audio as a key component of its medium term growth strategy: the networked audio sector is poised for take-off; by 2016, ~70% of new consumer audio devices are expected to be connected (up from less than 20% in 2012). The Group already has significant technology expertise in this sphere. The company will seek both to leverage its existing customer base and secure new clients (including major consumer electronics brands not active in digital radio).
Over the next two years, the company expects to launch a number of smart audio solutions. The first will be a smart audio solution incorporating Google's Cast for Audio technology. Frontier is one of a very small number of system integrators working with Google on this programme.
Our latest smart audio module is Minuet, offering a complete hardware, software and services solution for the next generation smart audio device.