San Jose, CA - Feb 1, 2007 - Chinese consumer electronic products manufacturer TCL and Digital Radio Express (DRE) have formed a strategic alliance. The first effort of this alliance is a joint product development and cooperation agreement to use DRE's FM Extra technology. The agreement covers the design, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of consumer digital appliances. As part of this plan, TCL will implement FM Extra in several Chinese radio stations to demonstrate and test the capabilities of the FM Extra digital wireless broadcast system.
The first products from the cooperative agreement are expected mid-2007 and will be marketed under the available brands of TCL Group in the United States. TCL operates several business divisions, and in 2004 it acquired the Thomson Color TV and Alcatel Mobile phone business.