Rakon Oscillators On Board Last ATV to Supply Space Station
29 October 2014: Over the coming months The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) programme for the International Space Station (ISS) will come to an end when ESA’s fifth ATV completes its mission. The ATV named Georges Lemaître reached the ISS on 12 August with its last cargo delivery and to complete the ESA’s last resupply and reboost mission. It is the final ATV built and launched by ESA since 2008 as part of Europe’s contribution to cover the operational costs for using the Space Station.
Centum Rakon Oscillators On Board Spacecraft to Mars
June 2014: The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft was launched on board PSLV-C25 on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Rakon’s Joint Venture (JV) partner Centum Rakon is one of the ISRO’s local component suppliers – its oscillators are on board PSLV-C25 as well as the Mars spacecraft.
Rakon's ASM on 12 September 2014
R&D grant awarded to Rakon
January 2014: Rakon is proud to be one of 31 companies to receive a government Research and Development Growth Grant. Recipients were announced in January by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. Rakon will receive more than NZ$1 million per year in funding over three years.
The R&D Growth Grants were introduced last year as part of changes to R&D funding designed to encourage more research and development to be undertaken by businesses in New Zealand.
“These companies have the potential to grow further and faster through the innovation this support will foster”, Mr Joyce said.
Rakon’s General Manager of Engineering New Zealand, Michael McIlroy said the company was very pleased to be a recipient of the grant.
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.
Strategic Partnership For Manufacturing Operations In Chengdu, China
5 July 2013: Rakon Limited (NZX:RAK) and ZheJiang East Crystal Electronic Co. Ltd. (ECEC), a specialized electronic components manufacturer listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, are to establish a strategic partnership targeting the smart wireless device (SWD) market.
ECEC will acquire from Rakon 80% of the shares in Rakon Crystal (Chengdu) Co. Limited (RCC), the owner of the manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China for US$18.8 million. The acquisition will result in a new joint venture of RCC with Rakon holding 5% and existing joint venture partners continuing to own 15%.
Rakon France has become an active partner of both CNES and ESA with significant new space projects!
February 2013: Rakon is proud to announce it has signed four different contracts with the CNES agency (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) to provide innovative technological solutions for:
- Development of SMD crystal and programmable XO family
- Development of a die for mini Space TCXO and OCXO to reduce the cost and the size of the oscillator
- Development of a new gluing process for space oscillators in order to resist to higher and higher shocks and vibrations
- Evaluation of new quartz cuts and inverted mesa crystal resonator to address the demand of higher and higher frequencies for space applications.
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 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 category leading Mercury OCXO: Low Phase Noise -165dBc/Hz
Looking for a low Phase Noise OCXO? The RMO1490A MercuryTM OCXO is the ideal solution for you! Rakon UK is now shipping sample orders of the RMO1490A MercuryTM OCXO, a product which comes in a 14.6 x 9.7 mm surface mount (SMD) package, and with a frequency range of 5 to 50MHz.
Typical noise floor at 19.2MHz is as low as -165dBc/Hz at 100kHz offset!
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.
TCXOs Now with Superior Phase Noise and g-sensitivity Performance
Rakon’s fully integrated RTX-A TCXOs are now available with a g-sensitivity option. The RTX-A ‘G’ uses Rakon’s patented RGX technology, enabling the TCXO to perform with enhanced g-sensitivity performance in challenging environments.