Rakon realises gain on partial sale of Thinxtra investment
12 October 2017
Rakon today announces the sale of 199,242 shares it holds in the Australian internet-of-things (IoT) company, Thinxtra Pty Limited. The total consideration received will be AUD 3.0 million, netting to around AUD 2.8 million after costs.
The sale of shares is conditional upon the completion of Thinxtra’s pre-emptive rights process for all shareholders. This process is expected to conclude by the end of November.
The majority of shares have been sold to new Thinxtra shareholders who missed out on the Thinxtra Series-B capital raising, recently completing as over-subscribed. The new shareholders are institutions having a strategic interest in the IoT.
Rakon will realise a profit on its initial investment of AUD $1.8 million before costs, representing a return on initial investment of 257%.
Rakon's ASM was held on 17 August 2017
Rakon provided a copy of the Notice of Meeting and Explanatory Notes for the annual meeting of shareholders which was held as follows:
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 2.00 pm
Venue: ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
161 Halsey Street
Warren John Robinson retired from the office of director by rotation and chose not to offer himself for re-election.
The Chairman's address and MD presentation are available here
For the Notice of Meeting and Explanatory Notes please click here
Rakon Holds its Global Sales Conference 10−13 July
17 July 2017
High-tech company Rakon held its global sales conference in Asia last week. Regional sales teams, application engineers, business development managers, product managers and core executive management converged from across the world, to discuss new product innovations and key objectives and strategies for the current and next financial periods. New team members were introduced and welcomed.
Rakon and Thinxtra IoT Update
29 June 2017
At a phenomenal pace Thinxtra − backed by cornerstone investor Rakon − has risen from start-up to being a key IoT enabler and network provider in the Asia Pacific region. Thinxtra is rapidly deploying Sigfox’s low cost, Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology to enable devices on home appliances, livestock, gas bottles, courier packages and many more applications to relay short messages via the internet to our pc, smart phone or tablet. Smoke alarm battery dead? Gas bottle low? The need for manual checking may soon be a thing of the past.
RAK 2017 Full Year Result Announcement and Investor Presentation
18 May 2017
Rakon Limited (RAK) released its preliminary result announcement and preliminary financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 to the market at around 9.00am on Thursday 18 May 2017. This was followed by a presentation by management at 11.00am by teleconference.
The Rakon FY2017 Preliminary Results Announcement is available here
The Rakon FY2017 Preliminary Financial Statements are available here
The FY2017 Rakon Investor Presentation is available here
Rakon Has Released a New Application Note for Network Synchronisation Timing Requirements
The Application Note outlines synchronisation performance and temperature profile options of quartz crystal based oscillator timing sources for network synchronisation – to satisfy the requirements for stable clocks.
Network equipment of different deployment scenarios such as macro basestations and small cells, or outdoor housed equipment vs indoor equipment, may have the same performance expectations – but different cost targets. Specifically for synchronisation, oscillator performance is key, and very much dependant on the ambient temperature changes. This paper discusses practical temperature profiles, which may be considered for synchronisation performance testing, based on oscillator performances at various cost levels. Synchronisation testing in practical, realistic conditions saves considerable equipment cost by including the right components from the outset.
Rakon Celebrates 50 Year History in Hi-tech Industry
5 April 2017
It was the era of black and white television, The Beatles, and the space race between the US and Russia to the moon. It was the 1960s and on the other side of the world, in his garage in little New Zealand, a man was making crystals to generate radio frequency. That man was Warren Robinson, founder of Rakon. Back then, Warren saw a large gap in the market for crystals and so he decided to make his own. The company became incorporated on 4 April 1967.
Appointment of New Directors to the Rakon Board
10 March 2017
The Board of Rakon Limited (NZX:RAK) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Directors to the Board.
Lorraine Witten – Appointed as Independent Director
Keith Oliver – Appointed as Independent Director
Yin Tang Tseng – Appointed as Director
Allotment of Securities as Siward Investment Completes
15 February 2017
Further to the announcement by Rakon Limited (“Rakon”) on 19 December 2016, Taiwanese company Siward Crystal Technology Co. Limited (“Siward”) has today paid Rakon USD 10 million. In turn, Rakon has allotted to Siward 38,016,681 new ordinary shares and will now move to meet the requirements of a technology license signed by the parties. The allotment gives Siward an after placement stake of 16.6% in the Auckland-headquartered global technology company.
USD10 Million Investment in Rakon a Potential Game-changer
20 December 2016
Taiwanese company Siward Crystal Technology Company Limited (“Siward”) is to invest USD10 million in NZX-listed Rakon Limited (“Rakon”), a transaction Rakon Managing Director Brent Robinson says could be a game-changer for both companies.
Siward, which is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), will purchase 38 million new fully paid ordinary Rakon shares at a price of around NZD0.37 per share, giving it an after placement stake of 16.6 percent in the Auckland-headquartered global technology company.
HTV6 Countdown to Launch with Rakon Space Oscillators Inside
6 December 2016
As the clock counts down to the launch of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), Rakon is proud to continue its long involvement with the space industry. Due to launch this Friday, the HTV6 also known as ‘Kounotori6', will set off on its mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Rakon’s space oscillators are in the latest JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle.
Rakon Ultra Stable Oscillator on Jason-3 Satellite Helps Deliver Critical Scientific Oceanography Data for Scientists
1 November 2016
As the Jason-3 satellite services switch over from Jason-2 delivering significant ocean circulation and climate change information, global technology company Rakon has been following its journey with interest. The satellite was launched in January this year and contains Rakon’s USO (Ultra Stable Oscillator).
Jason-3 is the fourth mission in a series of satellite missions which measure the height of the ocean’s surface. It continues the two decades of ocean surface topography measurements begun by the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite mission in 1992 and the Jason-1 mission, (launched in 2001) and the currently operating OSTM and Jason-2 missions.
Rakon Hosts Master Class with Leading Lean Expert
20 October 2016
When an opportunity arose last month to host Simply Lean Business Solutions’ Auckland-based event, technology company Rakon embraced it.
Led by renowned Lean Consultant Akinori Hyodo, the two day class used Rakon’s local manufacturing facility to highlight lean principles and techniques in practice – and suggest areas for improvement. Mr. Hyodo has a career spanning 40 years fostering Kaizen and the Toyota Production System (TPS) within Toyota Japan – one of the world’s largest and most successful companies. He is a former manager at one of Toyota’s top manufacturing plants and is President of that plant’s Group Training Facility.
Ultra Stable Oscillators HSO14 and HSO13 for Ground Based Applications
Rakon has released its new HSO14, High Stability OCXO, with Allan Deviation in the 10-14 stability class. The HSO14 boasts outstanding short-term stability and excellent close-in phase noise performance. This product is available in 5 MHz and 10 MHz output frequencies and can be adapted for custom frequencies as well.
Rakon Introduces High Frequency Ultra Stable TCXOs for Low Jitter and Phase Noise Applications
Rakon announces the release of its new RHT1490 product series of high frequency and low jitter ultra-stable TCXOs that are available in frequencies from 50 MHz to 204.8 MHz. The RHT1490 delivers world class telecommunications grade stability with a low RMS phase jitter of <200 fs (12 kHz – 20 MHz).
This product platform’s frequency output enables lower system jitter, allowing communication system architects to optimise noise budget and performance.
Rakon Introduces Ultra-low Phase Jitter GHz VCXO for Coherent Optical Modules and Base Stations
Rakon has announced the release of its new RVG1490L product series, a high performance VCXO that delivers frequencies up to 2.2 GHz with ultra-low RMS phase jitter (as low as 15 fs typ. 12 kHz – 20 MHz). The RVG1490L is an ideal solution for Coherent Optical Networking and high speed ADC/DAC/SERDES clocking, where excellent oscillator phase noise and jitter is critical to system performance. This product is also available as an XO, as Rakon’s RXG1490L series.
Rakon’s Ultra-Low Noise Oscillators Now Available in C and S Bands
Rakon has released three new products to its ultra low noise Oven Controlled SAW Oscillator(OCSO) range. LNO3200B3, LNO4800B3 and LNO5000B3 generate frequencies of 3.2GHz, 4.8GHz and 5.0GHz respectively. The extended frequencies offer advanced performance and application flexibility.
The OCSOs are ideal when low phase noise is required while operating at very high frequencies, such as required in ground based military equipment, radar and instrumentation applications. They are also highly compatible for use in the latest generation of high speed ADC/DACs, which require high frequency clocks with ultra-low jitter.
Rakon’s Dual Output Digital Signal Generators for RADAR Systems
Rakon has launched the CI F07, a Dual Output Digital Signal Generator capable of generating Chirps at frequencies of up to 75 MHz. The dual output channel is a unique feature of the CI F07; both In-phase and Quadrature (I/Q) signals can be used independently, or coupled to drive an analogue frequency modulator – enabling high frequency Chirp generation.
Whereas other Rakon RADAR sub-systems CI F04, CI F05 and CI F06 are mostly dedicated to pulse compression, the CI F07 is suitable for use in Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) RADAR, or any application requiring Chirps.
Rakon Launches 1.28 GHz and 2GHz Ultra Low Noise Oscillators
February 2014. Rakon has launched a new series of Oven Controlled, voltage controlled SAW Oscillators (OCSOs). Using advanced SAW technology and new circuitry design, the OCSOs are ideal for applications that require high frequency and ultra low phase noise. The LNO1280B1 and LNO2000B1 enable frequencies of 1280 MHz and 2 GHz, respectively.
LN01280B1 and LNO2000B1 are based on Rakon’s high performance SAW oscillator cores at 320 MHz and 500 MHz, combined with Rakon’s low noise, active frequency quadruplers. The technology enables an exceptional phase noise floor and very low broadband jitter.
Rakon on board comet-chaser
January 2014: The spacecraft Rosetta, due to reach the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this year, uses several frequency control components from Rakon.
Rakon crystal oscillators and crystal filters, are used in the COmet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radiowave Transmission (CONSERT), which is designed to probe the interior of the comet by using radio waves transmitted through the nucleus between the Philae lander and Rosetta orbiter.
Rakon launches Low Voltage (1.2V) Miniature TCXO
Sept 2013: Rakon pioneered the world’s first 0.5ppm TCXO for GPS applications and is proud to announce the extension of our product offering to include the RIT2016C model TCXO.
The RIT2016C minimizes power consumption in portable devices to extend the battery life while still delivering the performance advantage that Rakon’s customers have come to expect.
Timing is Everything: Navigating important timing component choices for small cell designers
Sept 2013: The small cell industry now addresses a much greater scope than just the initial residential femtocell. This has implications on one critical and potentially costly component which every small cell must have – a timing oscillator. The low cost residential femtocell oscillators aren't suitable for all applications; so what are today's choices available to small cell designers and what factors determine component selection?
Rakon launches Mini Ultra-Low Noise (-180 dBc/Hz) Oscillators at 500MHz & 1GHz
Rakon France has officially launched the new mini ultra-low noise OCSO in a 48 x 60 x 13 mm package. The new B2 model has been scaled down in size by around 50% from 76 x 76 x 23 mm and is a mechanically improved version of the B1.
The new package includes connectors and mounting pads and also provides an optional x2 internal multiplier, allowing an output frequency of 1GHz. The lower model profile and smaller package is an ideal solution when physical size counts.
The RK 410 mini-USO will be fully qualified by Rakon and the CNES
March 2013: Rakon has a strong heritage in the space industry and is the Ultra Stable Oscillator supplier of choice with over 50 Flight Models flying for twenty years in prestigious international space programs: SAR-Lupe, ARGOS- 3, Satcom BW, AMOS-4, Alphabus and HTV. As recently as February 25, 2013 the Indo-French oceanographic study satellite SARAL was successfully launched carrying two independent payloads, ARGOS-3 and AltiKa, that use Rakon’s Ultra stable oscillators and Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators!
Rakon oscillators launched into Space on environmental mission on board the Indo-French SARAL satellite!
Mougins France, February 26, 2013 – Rakon is proud to announce it is part of the exploration of science and contributes to study the environment, from space, thanks to its Ultra Stable oscillators and Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators used in the Indo-French oceanographic study satellite that was successfully launched on the 25 February 2013 by the Indian Space Agency ISRO.
Rakon DCPSS Radar Upgrade Solution Q&A
Jan/Feb 2013 Radar Special Feature Q & A:
Will there be more opportunities for embedded Commercial-Off-the-Shelf suppliers in radar upgrades and new platforms?
Rakon Launches a 7.0 x 5.0mm Acceleration Tolerant TCXO
Rakon UK is proud to announce it has developed a 7.0 x 5.0 mm small form factor acceleration tolerant TCXO. The RFPT705 TCXO is available now with frequencies from 16 to 40 MHz and uses Rakon’s patented dual-crystal design typically giving 0.2 ppb/g acceleration sensitivity.
Leading edge DPCSS technology: ‘Radar Life Extension’ portfolio
Rakon’s Digital Pulse Compression Sub- systems (DPCSS) are the ideal solution when retrofitting or upgrading existing SAW based pulse compression radars. The DPCSS enables a remarkable improvement on the overall system performance and extends the life of the system.
Rakon and Symmetricom Partner in SyncWorld Program
Auckland, New Zealand, November 16, 2012: Rakon, (NZX: RAK), a leading global provider of frequency control solutions, and Symmetricom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency, today announced that Rakon has joined Symmetricom’s SyncWorld® Ecosystem Program.