Tired of call drops?
Well, a Bengaluru-based company, Saankhya Labs, has built an indigenous electronic chipset that can be used for direct TV broadcast on mobile devices, curbing call drops and 5G connections!
According to an Economic Times report, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha unveiled Saankhya’s Pruthvi-3 chipset, and referred to it as the world’s first and most advanced multi-standard next-generation TV system on the chip.
What is the use of these electronic chipsets?
Electronic chips act like the heart of modern devices. For the longest time, these chipsets were developed by foreign companies. None of them were made in India as the country lacks a modern semiconductor manufacturing plant, claims the report.
Even the electronic chipsets of Saankhya Labs are being manufactured at the Samsung facility in South Korea.
“I am also told that this broadband-broadcast convergence technology has great potential to minimise or eliminate call quality issues faced by telecom operators today,” Sinha told ET.
How will it help?
Co-founder and CEO, Parag Naik said that the chipset will:
Separate video content from a mobile network, thus reducing the load on the spectrum for improving call quality.
It will also facilitate direct transmission of video on mobile phones and convert an android-based smartphone into a satellite phone.
The Bengaluru-based firm plans to launch its chipset in the form of a dongle and mobile phones in the next few years.
Elaborating, Naik said, “Semiconductor technology takes time in maturing and adoption. Original design manufacturers will incorporate our chipsets into various products. We will try to get certain standards based on our technology incorporated in 5G services. Our chipsets are 30 per cent more efficient in output compared to our nearest competitor and 50 per cent cheaper too.”
Thanks to their innovation, the company has already earned clients in the USA and China, with orders to the tune of 5 million chipsets for different devices like tablets (PCs), television gateways etc. This order is expected to be complete by 2020.
They are now looking forward to a 50 per cent year-on-year growth.
“In this financial year, we are expecting sales of around USD 14-15 million (Rs 98-105 crore),” Naik said.
The company has also kickstarted a pilot for rural broadband services in Scotland and Africa, with more requests for similar projects in the Philippines, Brazil and the USA.
“We are in talks with an Indian firm to start rural broadband trials in the country,” Naik signed off.
Over the next two years, the company plans to service TV gateways, rural broadband technology, satellite communications and defence sectors.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)