September 29, 2016 4:00 AM ET

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Company Overview of Frontier Silicon Ltd.

Company Overview

Frontier Silicon Ltd. manufactures and supplies technology solutions for digital radio and audio devices in the United Kingdom and internationally. It offers chips, modules, and software for consumer, audio, and automotive devices; and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth audio modules. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom with additional offices in Cambridge, United Kingdom; Hong Kong; Shenzhen, China; and Timisoara, Romania. Frontier Silicon Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Toumaz Limited.

137 Euston Road

London,  NW1 2AA

United Kingdom

Founded in 2001

Phone:

44 2073 910620

Fax:

44 2073 886420

Key Executives for Frontier Silicon Ltd.

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director
Age: 52
Director of Human Resources & Facilities
Vice President of Corporate Development
Vice President and General Manager of China
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Frontier Silicon Ltd. Key Developments

Frontier Technology Powers Harman JBL’s First Google Cast Wireless Speaker

Frontier Silicon announced that its technology has been chosen by Harman International Industries to power the recently announced JBL Playlist, the company’s new Google Cast-enabled wireless home speaker.

Frontier Silicon Launches Google Cast for Audio Speaker Toolkit, Enabling Faster Product Development and Mass Market Pricing

Frontier Silicon announced its new Minuet speaker toolkit - a design platform enabling audio manufacturers to develop wireless speakers incorporating Google Cast for Audio, quickly and cost-effectively. Google Cast for Audio is the same technology as used in Google’s Chromecast dongles. It allows end-users to set-up and play cloud-based content services, such as Pandora, Deezer and iHeartRadio1, on their connected audio systems, simply and intuitively. The toolkit is powered by Frontier’s Minuet module and includes the entire design set needed to build an audio product (datasheets, schematics, gerbers, mechanical drawings, bill of materials, application guidelines, simulation tools, iOS /Android reference apps and libraries). It comes pre-certified for CE, FCC, Wi-Fi alliance and Bluetooth. The Minuet connected module measures only 56x37mm - incorporating all the elements required for a audio device, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, diversity antennas, a dual-core ARM A7 processor, multiple audio inputs and outputs. Minuet also offers Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Internet radio. The complete engineering bill-of-material for the Minuet speaker toolkit is as little as USD 30, allowing partners to build cost-effective mass market ‘Google Cast for Audio’ devices. Products based on Minuet will be part of Frontier Silicon’s UNDOK™ platform, a set of technologies which provide a multi-room experience for connected audio products. All devices using UNDOK™ are interoperable. UNDOK™ has been adopted by numerous audio manufacturers including Roberts, Ruark, Revo, TechniSat, Hama, Dual, Argon, Goodmans, View Quest and Bush. Jointly, they represent the open multi-room ecosystem. Frontier is demonstrating the Minuet reference speaker and module at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 6th-9th 2016.

Marvell and Frontier Silicon Partner to Deliver Wireless Audio Streaming Solutions

Marvell announced that its Avastar combo wireless solutions will be powering a wide range of wirelessly connected audio products including soundbars, speakers, AVRs and wearable audio. The 88W8887 and 88W8997 are designed to enable device manufacturers to build highly synchronized wireless audio solutions across multiple rooms and zones, delivering connected audio experience over 802.11ac. The recently announced 88W8977 wireless solution is targeted for the wearables & hearables market, addressing the need for low power and cost effective 802.11n solutions, along with Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy. Marvell's new standalone NFC chip, the NF100 is designed to be used to enable tap, pair and play use cases for wireless audio products. The Avastar 88W8887 was selected to power Frontier Silicon's Minuet connected audio modules featuring Google Cast technology for audio devices. The same wireless solution can also be found in Google's recently launched Chromecast Audio device. The combined solution will deliver synchronization accuracy in micro seconds, to address the highly demanding multi-channel HD Audio streaming market. Marvell and Frontier Silicon will showcase time synchronized wireless audio streaming demo at Marvell's booth at CES. The recently launched Avastar 88W8977 SoC is a low-power wireless chipset designed to offer the lowest RBOM and smallest form factor for devices aimed at the dynamic wearables and hearables markets. It offers one of the lowest power 802.11n with BLE-only modes, designed to maintain very low power BLE-only link between wearable audio devices and the corresponding soundbars streaming music. A Wi-Fi connection is triggered when music streaming is active, with very low latency. Additionally, Marvell's Wireless Audio portfolio includes the 2x2, 802.11ac combo (88W8997), as well as 1x1, 802.11ac combo (88W8887) to cover different product categories.

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