Berkeley Team Builds World's Smallest FM Radio

9 thoughts on “Berkeley Team Builds World's Smallest FM Radio”

  1. I think this is really cool – though I expect that the research is actually for other frequencies than FM receivers using this technology

    Even at their current (small) size FM radios are not being put in many portable devices (ie iPods) mainly for business reasons – the lack of value seen in working with radio stations, the decline in audience etc.

    Still if the radio industry ever convinced manufactures that the delivered some unique value in a web connected world – the smaller sized reciever (and likely very low power requirements) makes adding a receiver even easier.

  2. Peter,

    thanks for that insightful comment. I think FM radio has to figure out how to integrate tightly with the new distribution platform, aka The Broadband. I think it is not important, today or even in 2008. But with time, it needs to find a strategy. The way I see it, embedding FM in cloud computers and marrying the on-the-air content with web-services is going to be pretty interesting road to take.

  3. I don’t know the specifics of FM but I’ve never understood why the manufacures and radio heads have limited FM to audio only. It would be really cool if they would have included something like the MP3 ID3 tags for the file, photo of album cover, facts about the song/artist/album.

    -Brad
    http://www.draglinepro.com

  4. Brad, all of the digital and hybrid radio broadcast systems do this. In the US, just get an HD Radio and you will have such features (HD radio is broadcast over the FM band).

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