The first NSDC at RT-RK.


Micronas NIT was the first NSDC by RT-RK. Cooperation with Micronas GmbH (at the time ITT Intermetal) from Freiburg began in 1997 with projects in three major areas:

  • DSP optimization – work on first voice codecs (G728, G723.1, G729) had continued with audio decoders’ AC3 and WMA speed and memory optimization
  • Development of tools had started with DSP compactor (automatic code size optimization) and continued with C compiler
  • Chip verification and FPGA rapid prototyping. First verification for WorldSpace – first single chip satellite radio. The activities had continued with digital TV SoC rapid prototyping

Team growth

The team had grown from 2001 (the year of Micronas NIT foundation) to 2009, from the first 17 up to 192 engineers. In 2009 Micronas decided to step out from the consumer business. Today, Micronas is part of TDK family known as TDK-Micronas GmbH.

Progress in major domains

TV software

From 2002 to 2009 the team had been engaged on analog SoCs (VCTX, VGCB, Premium) and digital TV SoCs (MDB, MDD, PremiumD) forming the native part of the software factory led by Dr. Uwe Strohbeck. At its peak this team had over 100 R&D engineers serving customers such as: Vestel, Grundig, Loewe, METZ, TechniSat, LG, Samsung, JVC, Panasonic, and many others.

DSP software

The activities had evolved from the initial porting of audio/voice decoders on MASx family of DSPs to new generations of DSPs including YDFP, DeCypher, and APX.

Debugging in a Micronas lab, Freiburg

Devices with MAS D/F DSP software: MP3 players, voice codec Toshiba G.729 standard

Images made during a JPEG project, 2001

From DSP software to development of tools, team


Development of the second-generation compiler with support for fix point Harvard architecture.

MAS DSP development tools, IDE

Paper for Telsiks 2001 on compiler design

Team working on MAS tools

Paper for Etran 2022 on compiler improvements

PC peripherals SoCs

One of the most interesting topics had been firmware customization for UACB, single chip USB audio SoC. The team had directly supported Microsoft XBOX development. This SoC had been the backbone of many new products developed by the team and brought the first royalties to RT-RK.

USB VoIP phone reference design

TELSIP VoIP USB TELFON, software developed by Micronas NIT

USB VoIP phone by Aardvark Innovation, Great Britain

USB phone integrated in Siemens healthcare apps

Major achievements in this period

  • Team growth from 17 to 192 engineers
  • TV knowledge boosting
  • First time ISO 9001 and business processes certification
  • Access to worldwide market and leading OEMs

Preparations before a Board of shareholders meeting in Zurich, NITRO robot

Bluetooth baseband development

On site at Magic4, Warrington, England, 2005

At Qualcomm, San Diego, 2005

Exporter of the year award in the category of small and medium enterprises, 2005

Tools development team

Bluetooth baseband FPGA development board

Mobile phones with our software: Siemens, Sagem, Sharp

At Qualcomm, San Diego, 2005

Members of the Serbian Academy Of Sciences And Arts visiting our TV software development lab

Digital design and small scale production, product ready for shipment

Engineering team, June 2003

Micronas NIT building

Team engaged on development of a modem, military grade

USB VoIP phone based on Micronas NIT reference design, AVANTEC, Hong-Kong

The team of Micronas NIT, June 2005

FPGA lab, July 2004

Power measurement app development board, Cirrus Logic

Lead engineers in TV software

USB 2in1 device for connection of Skype and PSTN lines with analogue phone, by KASER