Quincy, IL (March 24, 2005)–Broadcast Electronics is confirming that it will be able to deliver on the FCC’s Tuesday announcement clarifying experimental licensing of Secondary Program Services (SPS), such as NPR’s Tomorrow Radio. The HD Radio manufacturer said its new IDi line of HD Radio data importers, which will be deliverable by the end of April, is capable of not one, but multiple Secondary Program Services.
“With this new line, Broadcast Electronics is currently the only HD Radio manufacturer able to deliver all the components required for Tomorrow Radio, data and other advanced HD Radio functionality,” said BE president John Pedlow. BE will demonstrate the new importers as well as its HD Radio generators and transmitters at NAB 2005, booth N1802.
The function of the data importer is to provision HD Radio bandwidth between the Main Program Service (MPS) and SPS, along with SPS Program Associated Data (PAD). The IDi software encodes SPS audio and multiplexes it with the PAD and other data to be carried on the HD Radio signal. The resulting bitstream is delivered via Ethernet to BE’s XPi 10 data exporter, where it is combined with the encoded HD Radio MPS and its data for transport to the HD Radio exciter and transmitter.
Two models are being offered. The IDi 10 provides a fixed, 32 kb/s SPS channel with no bitstream provisioning. The IDi 20 offers unlimited flexibility in managing the HD Radio system throughput for multiple SPS. On release, the IDi 20 is limited to two secondary program channels, but future updates will expand the number of SPS channels supported.