India-based Saankya Labs, a network radio equipment vendor, has announced that it will receive stimulus funding for its 5G system-on-a-chip (SoC) development project. The project is being backed through India’s Design-Linked Incentive (DLI) programme, administered by the federal electronics and IT ministry. Saankya Labs did not specify the level of financial support it was awarded.

DLI is intended to support India’s homegrown chip industry, providing capital to advance novel product blueprints with the aim of helping the country achieve self-sufficiency. SoCs, integrated circuits and IP core chipsets are some of the products that DLI supports. A DLI grant typically lasts five years and also entails non-financial support in the form of end-of-end design infrastructure to facilitate complex testing and manufacturing processes.

Saankya Labs is owned by the Indian networking equipment company Tejas Networks. The company is working on a remote radio unit for 5G New Radio networks that will meet O-RAN 7.2x interoperability standards. Powered by a single chipset, this product will provide multi-band radio access and will additionally host a low physical layer along with an embedded compression engine for in-phase and quadrature radio signals. Front haul 5G networks will be able to compress data signals from the remote radio unit, and the product will also house RAN-specific analytics tools, along with specialised functions such as dynamic cell edge detection and radio interference controls.

Saankya Labs aims to provide a wide range of 5G New Radio devices as well as satellite radio devices and 5G broadcast tools. Its product pipeline also includes a software platform for modulating O-Ran-compliant RAN Intelligent Controllers, as well as a virtualised RAN distributed unit that will leverage Saankya’s existing expertise in making digital signal process-powered RAN units. 

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