Acrodyne Announces Sale of PROGIRA® Plan Software to ONE Media 3.0/Saankhya Labs Partnership, India
BALTIMORE – April 4, 2017 – Acrodyne Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, is pleased to announce the supply of PROGIRA® plan broadcast network planning software, with ATSC 3.0, ATSC 1.0 and DVB-T2 options, to the recently announced ONE Media 3.0/Saankhya Labs partnership.
Formed to begin the development of a “Mobile First” ATSC 3.0+ chipset that supports global standards, the partnership intends to leverage Saankhya Labs’ software defined technology to accelerate the development of chipsets in anticipation of FCC approval of ATSC 3.0 in the US later in 2017. On the cusp of possible privatization, the Indian Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) sector also represents a huge opportunity for application of this Next Generation standard, and Saankhya Labs plan to use PROGIRA® plan to study deployment in that country.
“We are delighted to support this exciting development activity for ATSC 3.0 in India in parallel with our own efforts to bring the new standard to the US broadcast market” said Andy Whiteside, General Manager of Acrodyne Services and President of Dielectric. “The underlying flexibility of the standard, including “Mobile First” use cases, offers opportunities to evolve beyond “just TV” to meet the unique needs of large markets like the United States and India and PROGIRA® plan is a powerful tool to evaluate true reception probabilities in real world broadcast deployments”.
“PROGIRA® plan augments our systems engineering capabilities in becoming a comprehensive solutions provider to the Indian and global markets. It allows us, for example, to recommend the optimum network design choices for Single Frequency Network and gap-filler architectures for robust indoor coverage in markets that will collectively account for almost a billion mobile devices,” said Parag Naik, CEO of Saankhya Labs. “This will help drive down infrastructure costs at the same time maintaining service quality.”
About Sinclair Broadcast Group:
Sinclair is the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
About Acrodyne Services:
Acrodyne Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair, provides service and support for Broadcast transmitters throughout the world. This includes the large installed base of transmitters sold by Acrodyne Industries (Ai) over its 40-year history, as well as products manufactured by Rohde & Schwarz, Harris, Comark and others. The staff of Acrodyne Services offer a combined total of over 150 years of experience in the design, manufacture, installation and support of all types of TV transmitters. www.acrodyneservices.com.
About Saankhya Labs:
Saankhya Labs, founded in 2007, is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in the development of Cognitive Software Defined Radio (SDR) communications processors and modules supporting a broad range of emerging data communication standards. Powered by its award-winning Software Defined Radio (SDR) architecture, Saankhya chipsets combine low power, cost efficiency and small footprint, making them ideally suited to build ONE Worldwide platform for applications such as broadcasting, TV White Space (TVWS), Machine to Machine (M2M) communication and Internet of Things (IoT). Company information can be accessed at www.saankhyalabs.com.