Bangalore, August 12, 2012: Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan (IITR), has collaborated with virtual instrumentation solution leaders, National Instruments, on the development of a the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)-based Transmitter. They plan on starting and running a Center of Excellence on Communication and Physical Layer Technologies at IITR. A National Instruments Advanced Communication Laboratory was established at IITR even back in November 2010.
Says Prof. Prem Kalra, Director, IITR: "Through Centres of Excellence, IITR aims to create leaders who are entrepreneurial and well-rounded. Our partnership with National Instruments India emphasizes our long-held belief that a synergistic partnership between industry and academia can make this happen."
Adds Jayaram Pillai, Managing Director, National Instruments India: “We have a long tradition of developing innovative products through in-house expertise and partnership with universities all around the world. Our research and development center in Bangalore works on cutting-edge topics in the area of image processing, graphical system design software and communication signal processing. We leverage the rich intellectual expertise available in Indian universities by direct hiring and forging strong partnerships, like the one with IITR.”
DRM is a high-quality digital replacement for analogous broadcasting in AM and FM/VHF bands. It offers listeners a wide range of programming, with enhanced audio performance and multimedia services, like broadcasting text, slide shows of still and animated images, electronic newspapers, and weather and traffic information. The technology makes it possible for rural and remote parts of India to access both local and international transmissions.
DRM, which has a lossless transmission range of about 100 kilometers, allows flexibility for the system to optimize according to the local environment conditions through an exchange in bit rate capacity, spectrum occupancy, and robustness mode and transmission power. IITR students are currently involved in building an embedded version of such a system, for potential application in broadcasting special services such as weather forecast, national news, important announcements, educational presentations etc. for rural India.