November 13 2007
As broadband connections continue to increase, internet radio is becoming a huge global market opportunity. Already, one in four of the USA's population listen regularly to internet radio. - CSR website
With wireless internet becoming more ubiquitous, the more of a choice to listen to what we want through internet radio. CSR a wirless chip specialist has been working on a chip that allows for streaming audio via wireless internet. This chip could be put into various devices including phones, mp3 players, car stereos, etc. CSR calls it RadioPro. What makes this even more interesting is that they got the cost per unit down to $15.
From EETimes.com: "Wireless chip specialist CSR is readying a Wi-Fi internet radio reference design that it says has an electronics Bill of Materials of just $15 in volume and thus changes the economics ofdesigning products for internet radio reception...
CSR believes that by 2009, 40 percent of MP3 and portable media players will offer Internet radio capabilities, as would half of all DAB and satellite radios and a third of home Hi-Fi systems. Other applications are likely to include iPod docking stations and set top boxes.
The low power design of RadioPro boasts up to 25 hours of active streaming time running on a 1500mAH battery. RadioPro provides wireless streaming of internet radio via Wi-Fi, without the need for a PC, and can support over 10,000 radio stations through a dedicated internet radio portal. CSR has teamed with specialist company vTuner to provide the portal with its designs, but this portal link can be exchanged if necessary.
CSR says with its BOM of $15, ODMs would be able to bring internet radio products to consumers for much less, typically $60 to $70 for a complete product according to Kenig.
This could really transform the radio landscape within 3-4 years. Satellite radio could go out of business, and terrestrial radio stations would become like the major networks when cable tv arrived on the scene. If this happens would you stop listening to terrestrial radio and listen more to internet radio stations? I know what I am going to do is invest into CSR.
Just curious, if you listen to internet radio, what do you listen to?