Mich. - In keeping with the mission of the corporation's new Telematics/Multimedia
business system to pursue a greater share of the market, Visteon
Corporation has formed a strategic alliance with iBiquity Digital
Corporation, a new company being created from the merger of USA Digital
Radio and Lucent Digital Radio.
part of this alliance, Visteon will develop a working prototype concept
radio using iBiquity's digital AM and FM broadcast technology for
incorporation into future radio platforms.
addition, Visteon will make its Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
technology available to select radio chip manufacturers for sale to
radio set makers. This
technology will act as an enabler to iBiquity's in-band on-channel (IBOC)
digital radio broadcast technology.
allowing the digital signal technology to be broadly deployed, Visteon
will help iBiquity bring digital radio broadcasting more quickly to
market within North America. Additionally,
Visteon will consult with iBiquity to merge the DSP technology with IBOC
technology as part of its prototype radio development efforts.
will take an ownership stake in the company, whose owners will include
Lucent Technologies and 15 of the nation's top 20 radio broadcasters,
including Viacom, Inc.'s, Infinity Broadcasting Corporation, and Clear
Channel Communications, Inc.
is a prime example of the strategic alliances we are forming to support
our new telematics and multimedia group," said Jim Wynalek, vice
president and general manager of Visteon's Telematics/Multimedia
business system. "By making our technology widely available and
leveraging our expertise in audio systems, we are in a great position to
lead the deployment of radios capable of receiving digital broadcast.
Through this alliance with iBiquity, Visteon is taking advantage of its
technological leadership and position as the world's largest
manufacturer of radio head units to pave the way for the next generation
of audio and wireless data systems."
radio in the United States is broadcast using analog signals. Digital
radio broadcast technology will enable consumers to receive a digital
signal, capable of containing CD-quality audio with crystal clear
reception and additional wireless data for a variety of consumer
applications such as station and program content, stock and news
information, local traffic and weather.
will showcase its alliance with iBiquity Digital Corporation at
Convergence 2000 in Detroit, Mich., in October.