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India’s first semiconductor chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR modems launched

Date: 28 February 2019 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers

Bengaluru-based fab-less semiconductor company, Signalchip has launched India’s first indigenous semiconductor chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR modems. It has launched four chips as part of its SCBM34XX and SCRF34XX/45XX series, code-named ‘Agumbe’.

Four chips are

  • SCBM3412: It is single chip 4G/LTE modem including baseband and transceiver sections in single device.
  • SCBM3404: It is single chip 4X4 LTE baseband modem.
  • SCRF3402: It is 2X2 transceiver for LTE.
  • SCRF4502: It is 2X2 transceiver for 5G NR standards.

Significance

  • This Agumbe series of chips builds up on SCRF1401: India’s first RF transceiver chip for high performance wireless standards like 3G/4G and WiFi, created by Signalchip in 2015.
  • Its RF sections cover all LTE/5G-NR bands upto 6GHz. These are optimally designed to support evolving network architectures like Open RAN/CRAN with flexible interface configurations.
  • These chips are significant step in direction of indigenousation of telecom sector as they have potential to cater to the growing digital connectivity needs of India’s more than 1.1 billion mobile phones currently in use, which is one of the highest in the world.