Indian firm launches ICs for 4G, 5G modems

March 04, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Indian firm launches ICs for 4G, 5G modems
Signalchip Innovations Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India) has announced a series of modem ICs for use in 4G/LTE and 5G NR. The company claims these are the indigenously designed IC are the first out of India.

Signalchip has announced four chips with RF sections that cover all LTE/5G-NR bands up to 6GHz. The series is codenamed Agumbe and comprises:

The SCBM3412: a single-chip 4G/LTE modem including the baseband and transceiver sections in a single device,

The SCBM3404: a single-chip 4 by 4 LTE baseband modem,

The SCRF3402: a 2 by 2 transceiver for LTE

The SCRF4502: a 2 by 2 transceiver for 5G NR standards.

These chips also support location-finding using India's Navic satellite navigation system and build on the SCRF1401: India’s first RF transceiver chip for 3G/4G and WiFi, which was created by Signalchip in 2015.

The chips and IP cores are designed to support evolving network architectures like OpenRAN/CRAN with flexible interface configurations. They can be used to create chipsets for basestations in a range of form factors from small indoor cells to higher performance outdoor cells.

Signalchip was founded in 2010 by Himamshu Khasnis who serves the company as CEO, with funding and mentoring from engineer and entrepreneur Sridhar Vembu.

Vembu has a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton and started his career at Qualcomm in 1994. He is the founder and CEO of privately held Zoho, a maker of cloud-based business software, which has 35 million users worldwide.

"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," said Khasnis, in a statement.

With the development Signalchip is helping India join an elite club that includes the US, South Korea and China

Qualcomm has launched Snapdragon X50 5G modem IC. Samsung has launched the Exynos 5100 5G modem IC. Huawei has launched the Balong 5000 5G modem and Intel is developing a second-generation 5G modem, the XMM8160 after its first generation, the XMM8060 appeared to fail to get traction.

Related links and articles:

www.signalchip.com

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