Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio
For Car PC / Car Computer users, up until now, there has been no commercially available DAB / DAB+ radio unit that can be connected to your Car Computer and allow you full control via your touch screen. The only options were to stick with FM radio (for which there are a couple of units that work in this environment available but often suffering from interference problems and / or software that doesn't work correctly) or leave your existing radio head unit fitted to your car as well as the Car Computer, both of which are not desirable to many people.
Our Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio unit changes this. Powered and controlled via USB with audio output via a 3.5mm audio jack to avoid interference, you can simply connect up this unit into your Car Computer and control it directly via your touch screen with audio piped through an available line in socket and back out through the speakers.
For those of you who are unaware, DAB / DAB+ is a digital radio standard that is popular in Europe as well as other countries such as Australia. A full list of countries that broadcast in DAB is listed further down. In many countries, more stations are available on DAB than on FM. A few countries, including the UK in 2015, have announced their intention to switch off FM broadcasts and solely support DAB.
This radio unit uses the Venice 7 chip designed and manufactured by Frontier Silicon whose chips are at the heart of 7 out of 10 DAB radios worldwide. The control / power board of this unit has been designed around the Venice 7 chip and tweaked for the Car Computer environment to avoid interference.
With the quality of FM on this unit, it also makes it the perfect unit for countries that do not have DAB, such as the USA. This unit is also perfect for people who just want a Windows based radio.
Software for using this unit directly in Windows (XP, Vista and 7 - 32 bit and 64 bit) is available as well as plugins for both Centrafuse and Ride / Road Runner. Documentation for the Windows DLL used by our standalone application and plugins is also available to allow you to create your own application or integrate the radio with other software.
- Support for DAB and DAB+
- Support for FM
- Support for the Radio Data System (RDS) in FM Mode
- Designed and Tweaked for Car PC Use
- Powered and Controlled via USB
- Audio Output via a 3.5mm Audio Jack to Avoid Interference
- Software for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 all in 32 Bit and 64 Bit Available
- Plugins for Centrafuse and Ride / Road Runner Available
- Small Size (8cm Length / 7.5cm Width / 3cm Height)
Centrafuse Plugin Screenshots
- A Windows based computer optionally running Centrafuse or Ride / Road Runner.
- A spare USB port.
- A Mini A to Mini B cable.
- A spare 3.5mm Line In jack.
- A 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable.
- A DAB antenna / aerial with an SMB female connector or an appropriate converter cable.
- Czech Republic
- Denmark (Switch Off of FM Planned for 2015)
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- United Kingdom (Switch Off of FM Planned for 2015)
Paul C, United Kingdom
"Well everyone - I have just installed the software to fire the venice module up and so far the results are not good.....they are instead bloody amazing! I live in a dip where radio is very poor and I'm using 12" of 7/02 equipment wire, a pair of old headphones and I have impressive FM and DAB."
Paul T, United Kingdom
"I received my unit today and I am seriously impressed with it. Even with the simple debug interface I have it sitting on my desk with a piece of wire in the antenna socket listening to both crystal clear FM and DAB+. I'm running Windows 7 x64 and this device is running flawlessly even through sleep / resumes. If I sleep while it's playing and hit a key to wake the PC I can have either DAB or FM audio playing within 2 seconds, about 3 seconds before the monitor even turns back on. Not even slightly warm to the touch (I was worried how it would go in a small sealed box). I'm just waiting on an aerial adapter before I can install it into the car. Well done to everyone who has worked so hard on this project."
James B, United Kingdom
"I purchased The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio unit because of its claim to receive DAB+ broadcasts here in Australia. Upon initially unpacking the unit I plugged in a USB cable, used a piece of wire for the antenna connection and some stereo ear plugs and using the Windows test program had clear FM and DAB+ indoors on the table within minutes. With the correct car antenna connection the signal is just as strong and error free on the move. The unit has the capability to display all the station / song information broadcast on the DAB+ and FM stations along with signal strength for setup assistance. Highly recommended as the most easy to connect and use DAB+ / FM radio component for any car computer."
Kevin L, Australia
"The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM USB Radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only USB means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio worked every bit as well as an OEM radio deck." - Click here for the full review.
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Centrafuse Plugin: Download.
Ride / Road Runner Plugin: Included in main distribution package as of August 2010.
Manual, Further Information and SupportClick here to view the product manual.
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