Saankhya Labs Launches Chipsets For Converged Applications

Bangalore based semiconductor startup Saankhya Labs has launched India’s own chipset series that can be used for multiple applications including broadband, mobile devices and broadcast. The company says the chipset – Pruthvi-3 – needs only a software tweak to enable it to be used in various hardware products.

The chip was launched by Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, Shri. Manoj Sinha at a ceremony in New Delhi today that also had in attendance, Shri Suresh Angadi, MP, BJP, Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, Shri Shashi Shekar Vempati, CEO Prasar Bharti, and Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, DoT, Government of India.

Pruthvi-3 is a fully programmable multi-standard chipset that supports next generation broadcast standards. Available in multiple package options (SL3000 and SL4000), Pruthvi-3 will enable live broadcast TV capability on mobile devices and support video offload services from mobile networks to broadcast network.

Saankhya Labs is also working on its broadcast-broadband convergence solution. This solution enables telecom service providers to offload video traffic from their mobile network onto the broadcast network. This will help decongest mobile spectrum use by removing video traffic that accounts for maximum data use. This will improve better usage of mobile spectrum and help reduce call drops and improve voice-call quality. Video traffic is the fastest growing traffic on mobile networks. World over, about 60% of mobile data usage is by video content, and this is expected to increase to over 75% by 2022. This solution not only helps the service provider, but also will help broadcasters such as Doordarshan to monetize their broadcast spectrum by reaching 300+ million additional subscribers enabled by mobile reception. This chip will be a major enabler of this convergence solution.

The current chip is an improvement over the previous Pruthvi chip that was launched in 2015. The Pruthvi-3 is an advanced SDR SoC manufactured in 28nm FDSOI process supporting advanced Physical Layer functionality. Advanced computational capabilities coupled with, ultra-lower power consumption and  small foot print makes it an ideal choice multiple applications including  mobile devices. The Mobile ready version is a first-of-its-kind that supports most advanced IP based Next Gen Terrestrial TV reception.

Saankhya Labs is India’s first vertically integrated fabless semiconductor and systems company offering solutions for telecom, broadcast, defence and satcom industry. Since its inception in 2007, Saankhya Labs is widely recognized for pioneering work in SDR communication and has been awarded 27 patents with several international and national awards to its credit. The launch of Pruthvi 3 is a major milestone for India’s semiconductor and hardware industry and is a great step towards our shared goal to make India self-reliant in communication technology and contribute to the telecom IPR.

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