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Signalchip Introduces India's first Semiconductor Chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR Modems

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CEO Insights team

CEO Insights team

Signalchip, Bengaluru based fabless semiconductor company launched country’s first semiconductor chips for 4G/LTE and 5G NR modems in the presence of Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan. With a continuous effort for over eight years from the Signalchip engineers, the SCBM34XX and SCRF34XX/45XX series of chips, code-named ‘Agumbe’ were brought in. These chips put India into an elite group of countries that own this widely used fundamental technology.

On the special occasion, Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary, 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. 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”.
Signalchip unveiled four chips namely, SCBM3412 (a single chip 4G/LTE modem including the baseband and transceiver sections in a single device), SCBM3404 (a single chip 4X4 LTE baseband modem), SCRF3402 (a 2X2 transceiver for LTE) and SCRF4502 (a 2X2 transceiver for 5G NR standards). These chips cover all LTE/5G-NR bands upto 6GHz and supports positioning using India’s own satellite navigation system, NAVIC.

Sridhar Vembu, Founder & CEO, Zoho, comments, “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”.

Mentored and funded by Sridhar Vembu, who is a pioneer in cloud technology, his association with Signalchip build an enterprise that develops world-class technology from India and caters to the world. Along with him, the company was also guided by an elite set of professors at IIT Madras in the field of complex analog/RF design. The combined multi-standard system-on-chip (SoC) can serve as a base station chipset for a wide range of form factors from low-cost indoor small cells to high performance base stations. These are optimally designed to support evolving network architectures like Open RAN/CRAN with flexible interface configurations.
Established in 2010, Signalchip is an Indian fab-less semiconductor company that comprises of a team highly experienced semiconductor professionals with an objective of building an organization of highly motivated people working on cutting edge technologies and creating differentiated semiconductor products from India.