ONE Media 3.0, LLC, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Saankhya Labs in collaboration with VeriSilicon and Samsung Foundry announced the successful launch of the world’s most advanced multi-standard demodulator System-on-a-Chip (SoC) supporting the ATSC 3.0 standard. The universal demodulator chip is based on Saankhya’s patented Software Defined Radio platform and supports 12 DTV standards including ATSC 3.0, DVB-T2, ISDB-T, and satellite and cable standards for TV, set-top boxes, home gateways as well for automotive and mobile applications.
This announcement follows Sinclair Broadcast Group’s recent commitment to a nationwide roll-out of ATSC 3.0 service and its past announcement to fund millions of chipsets giveaways for wireless operators.
Two variants of the chip were announced. A Demod-only variant – SL3000 – is designed for Linear TV applications such as reception in HDTV sets, Set-top Boxes (STB) and home gateways. A Demod-plus Tuner variant – SL4000 – is designed for mobile and portable devices, making it the world’s first mobile ready ATSC 3.0 chip. The mobile device variant of the chip is targeted to accelerate the adoption of ATSC 3.0 standard across the markets with Direct-To-Mobile TV capabilities and Broadcast/Broadband convergence solutions. These have the very real potential to disrupt the mobile broadband and broadcast industries.
The demodulator SoC was designed and developed by Saankhya Labs with ASIC turnkey design and manufacturing services from VeriSilicon, using Samsung Foundry’s state of the art 28FDS (its Fully Depleted SOI process technology), chosen for its unique low power capabilities offered by the back bias option. Samsung Foundry’s 28FDS is the most advanced and mature process in volume production and as such provides the highest degree of quality and reliability for customer designs.