This particular chipset is made by Silicon Labs in the United States. 

DAB radios have been more expensive than FM radios, butthe gap is about to narrow. One reason has been the much lower production volume, another reason is the patent license fee on DAB chipsets, commonly referred to as the Philip patent. That patent expires March 18, something that eliminates the fee of €1.50-2.50 (volume dependent) and should make digital radios €3-5 Euros cheaper.

The DAB patent has already expired in some countries, but it is now eliminated world-wide. That is good news to both manufacturers and consumers. It should also lead to an uptake in production of DMB/DAB+ capable devices from companies that may not have produced such receivers before. It also lowers the barrier to introduce more mobile phone and tablets with built-in DMB/DAB+.

A few Euros may not sound like a lot, but it quickly adds up if your volume is hundreds of thousands or even millions of devices.

4 COMMENTS

  1. It became cheaper maybe because it has become available online. Though I think, the radio the other nations are paying attention with is the GPS and satellite system we currently have. You know, to make some improvements on it.

  2. Pretty sure there have been a lot of changes happening ever since the society undergo to some technological developments. What's just bothering is the thought that anyone could steal and copy a lot more, having that said, it's quite justifiable to produce something that'll secure the identity of everyone else in the cybersphere.

  3. Since the technological innovation took place, we experienced many changes not only to the overall process in the industrial fields but to the way we move. I think people today prefer the option which will benefit them the most so it's not something new that people tend to choose the other over the past one.

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