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4 November, 2015 - 12:35 By Tony Quested

$50m investment pays off for Frontier’s DAB hand

Anthony Sethill

Frontier Silicon, a digital radio technology business based in Cambridge UK, has been honoured by a world body after becoming the best-selling DAB solutions provider of all time.

CEO, Anthony Sethill (pictured above) has received WorldDAB’s award for outstanding services to digital radio.

The award, presented by WorldDAB vice-president and CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner, recognises Sethill’s contribution to the development of DAB technologies and markets over the last 15 years. During this time, Frontier has invested more than $50 million in the development of its Chorus family of digital radio chips – the fourth of which went into mass production earlier this year.

These chips have sold over 30 million units – making them, by some distance, the best-selling DAB solutions of all time.

Sethill, previously a vice-president of WorldDAB, has also played a critical role in the international development of DAB digital radio – not only developing the early digital radio chips but also being actively involved in the launches of DAB+ in Australia in 2009 and Germany in 2011.

Joan Warner, VP of WorldDAB, said: “Anthony’s influence on the development of DAB digital radio has been enormous. He has combined technology expertise with strong commercial instincts – often providing much-needed impetus to motivate a diverse range of players from across the digital radio ecosystem. His drive and commitment were key factors in enabling the successful launch of DAB+ in Australia and Germany.”

Sethill added: “I am delighted to accept this award – first and foremost as recognition for the efforts of the Frontier team over the last 15 years. Working closely with broadcast partners, our focus has always been on delivering high quality technology solutions and personalised support to customers.

“DAB digital radio is entering an important next phase in its development and I look forward to playing a continued role in that.”

Frontier Silicon’s audio products offer solutions for connected audio and digital radio – from silicon through software to production-ready platform designs. 

Customers include Bose, Denon, harman/kardon, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Pure, Roberts, Sony, TechniSat, Yamaha and many others.

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