4 June 2012
AUSTIN, Texas–I enjoy listening to baseball on the radio, especially up in the mountains. But there, more than 150 miles from the station transmitter, the signal, especially and counterintuitively during the nighttime, can be frustratingly poor.
I thought about this here when we walked into a shielded room at Silicon Labs where Lokesh Duraiappah, senior product manager for broadcast products, showed off a demo of the Si476x RF CMOS receiver and HD radio tuner for automotive applications.
The device, which pulled in an ordinary local FM signal, claims excellent sensitivity in weak signal environments, thanks in part to its integrated low noise amplifiers.
Duraiappah demo'd the device with Snoop Dog seeping in from the outside: