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Mar 4 2019   10:14PM GMT

Signalchip brings Semiconductor Chips for 4G/LTE, 5G NR @signalchip

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Signalchip Launches Semiconductor Chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR Modems. These are India’s first indigenous semiconductor chips. Fulfilling India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Make In India’. In fact, this is a phenomenal achievement. This newer silicon-chip technology innovation by Signalchip places India on the global map. Bengaluru once again proves to be India’s key technology hub. This fab-less semiconductor company has achieved something exemplary that many global companies would have been striving to achieve working in various parts of the world. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundarajan was present at the launch. These are SCBM34XX and SCRF34XX/45XX series of chips. ‘Agumbe’ is the name given to these chips. It is a result of the hard work of more than 8 years. It involved deep research by engineers with a global level of capabilities working with Signalchip. This is totally a game changer in the global Telecom industry.


Source: Signalchip

Signalchip unveils four chips. SCBM3412 is a single chip 4G/LTE modem. It includes the baseband and transceiver in a single device. SCBM3404 is a single chip that is 4×4 LTE baseband modem. SCRF3402 is a 2×2 transceiver for LTE. SCRF4502 is a 2×2 transceiver for 5G NR standards. All LTE/5G-NR bands upto 6GHz are covered by the RF sections. India has its own satellite navigation system known as NAVIC. These chips support positioning using this satellite navigation system. Interestingly, Agumbe is a small remote village in Shimoga district, Thirthahalli taluk in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India and is also known as Cherrapunji of the South. This is because of the heavy rainfalls there. The Agumbe series builds upon SCRF1401. That is India’s first RF transceiver chip. It adheres to high-performance wireless standards such as 3G/4G and WiFi. It was designed by Signalchip in 2015.

Signalchip Brings A Revolution in 4G/5G, In fact

Aruna Sundararajan, says, “This is a proud moment for India’s Digital Communications industry. I congratulate the Signalchip team for designing India’s first indigenous semiconductor chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR modems. India aspires to take a leadership role in developing inclusive 5G technologies for economic self-sufficiency and strategic needs of the country. These chips are a significant step in this direction as they have the potential to cater to the growing digital connectivity needs of the next 5 billion users, by enabling high-performance mobile networks at lower cost.” She added, “The Signalchip team’s persistence over the 8-year R&D period and the commitment shown by Sridhar Vembu to believe in this vision is indeed commendable.”

Himamshu Khasnis, Founder and CEO of Signalchip says, “Currently in India, all devices and infrastructure, whether imported or domestically manufactured, use imported silicon chips. Silicon chip design is a very challenging activity requiring high-cost R&D, deep know-how and mastery of multiple complex domains. Hence, this technology is not available in most countries. Given that wireless communication is central to almost all economic, strategic and domestic activities happening today, the ability to indigenously design and develop silicon chips is vital for the security and prosperity of our country.”

Finally, Sridhar Vembu, Founder & CEO of Zoho and Mentor to Signalchip says, “India has always had the talent required to build any technology. We just need to be patient and have enough capital to put it all together. It’s a long-term commitment. Through smart planning and relentless efforts, Signalchip has acquired the capability required to create any complex and globally competitive silicon chip, indigenously from India. I truly appreciate the patience and diligence the Signalchip team has shown to build this chip. Only long-term R&D can make Indian companies globally competitive.”

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