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Personal Telecom demonstrated a working prototype of a palm sized HD Radio receiver in their MP3 pavilion 10X20 booth running from an AC power supply. This is quite a feat. Since digital broadcasts require receivers with a minimum of a 500 MHz CPU and are therefore massive power consumers, iBiquity, which developed technology that allows traditional AM and FM radio stations to broadcast a digital signal, projected that portable HD Radio would not be feasible until at least 2006.
The HDR 201 portable HD Radio Receiver is also a MP3 player, standard FM radio and is expandable with MMC/SD memory cards.
Representatives of the Twain based OEM designer/manufacturer stated that there were many technological issues that will have to be over come before portable HD Radio receivers will be ready for commerical applications.
iBiquity representatives said that music publishers concerns over copyright issues is delaying the deployment of HD Radio PC and PDA receiver cards.
At an historic press conference at CES, IBiquity announced that IBOC (In Band On Channel) will be launched within a couple of months through 40 stations, in 26 states. Besides superior audio sound, data can also be transmitted with the digital broadcast signal. Agreements have been reached with Yes Networks, a Pennsylvania developer of interactive radio services, to develop and promote interactive data services as stations come online.
Resource list - Stations currently broadcasting in HD
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