LONDON � Digital radio manufacturers wanting the Digital Radio �Tick Mark� on their products have to test their devices against a new specification following the end of a transition period this month.
The digital radio certification mark was introduced two years ago in the UK as a symbol used to show consumers that DAB digital radios met certain basic criteria, including DAB+ compatibility.� A similar certification procedure was applied to digital TVs in the UK during that transition.��
Last February, the specification was updated for use in Europe, and manufacturers were given a three-month transitional period during which they could have their radios tested against either the old or the new specs. All newly accredited DAB digital radios must meet the new Europe-ready standards in order to get the tick mark, according toa516digital.com.
For UK consumers, the new specification � applied to all devices accredited from July 12 and thereafter � guarantees that DAB digital radios will work when they're taken to other European countries where there is a DAB service. The radios are tested across the full range of Band III DAB frequencies and checked to see if they can handle all European latin-based characters.