Bengaluru-based Saankhya Labs has launched a multi-standard "Next Generation" System-on-Chip (SoC) named Pruthvi-3. The new chipset is an improvement over the previous Pruthvi chip that was launched in 2015, and can be used in multiple communication products including mobile devices, broadcast television, satellite communications and defence communications.
“Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha unveiled the chipset in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, Department of Telecommunications among others,” Saankhya Labs said in a statement.
The Pruthvi-3 is an "advanced SDR SoC" manufactured in "28-nm (nanometre) FDSOI (Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator)" process supporting advanced "Physical Layer" functionality.
"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," the company said.
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.
As video traffic is the fastest growing traffic on mobile networks and globally over 60 per cent of mobile data usage is by video content, and this is expected to increase to over 75 per cent by 2022. This solution not only helps the service provider, but also will help broadcasters such as Doordarshan to monetise their broadcast spectrum by reaching 300+ million additional subscribers enabled by mobile reception. This chip will be a major enabler of this convergence solution.
"Advanced computational capabilities coupled with ultra-lower power consumption and small footprint makes it an ideal choice for 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," added Saankhya Labs.