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Arralis signs significant radar contracts in China

// Chinese companies, Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology and Sino TekCo, have awarded contracts valued at a total of $1.45 Million to Arralis, a technology company servicing the aerospace and security sector, founded and based in Limerick. The official signing of the contracts took place on 14th September 2015 at the Ireland China Conference in Beijing organised by Enterprise Ireland and witnessed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

Arralis designs and manufactures high frequency semiconductor chips, modules and antennas up to and beyond 110GHz. Under the Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology contract Arralis will supply high definition radar sub-systems operating at 94GHz.

Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology will use Arralis high definition radar technology to develop a system, which will enable commercial helicopters to land blind in degraded visual environment conditions, such as dust clouds (brownout). The system can also be used to detect obstacles which become difficult to identify in bad weather, for example overhead power lines. Conventional radar does not have a high enough resolution for this application, while alternative technologies, for example infra-red and laser cannot be used in extreme weather conditions or poor visibility.

This initial contract will enable Bluesky to carry out prototype development with a view to a future production contract for thousands of the international patent pending Arralis sub-systems.

Sino TekCo will use Arralis high definition radar technology to develop a system of radars which will be used for debris detection and bird tracking at the country’s airports. Sino TekCo CEO, Mr. Ma Jian Zhong said, ‘With the growth in airports and surface vehicles in China, runway debris has become a serious hazard. Currently, we use teams of people to visually search for debris at regular intervals. Arralis’ short […]

By |September 16th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Arralis announces European Commission H2020 Contract

The European Commission has awarded funding of €1.12 Million through the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 Program to Arralis, who specialise in leading-edge, high definition radar and ultra-fast data communications in the Aerospace and Satellite sectors.

In response to the announcement Horizon 2020 Program Manager, Marie Bourke, said ‘The Arralis team are really excited to continue this cutting edge development through the critical stage of commercialisation’.

Arralis designs and manufactures high frequency semiconductor chips, modules and antennas up to and beyond 110GHz. Under this program Arralis will commercialise ground-breaking radar technology, a 94GHz Phase Shifting Radar (PSR94) front end, which is to be sold primarily to millimetre wave radar systems manufacturers in the aerospace sector. It will be the world’s first electronically scanned radar front end at 94GHz.
Current technology using mechanically scanning beams at high frequency are physically large, have large power requirements and offer reduced reliability due to the many moving parts. The PSR94 RF front end includes an electronically scanning antenna with no moving parts which is much smaller, has wider scanning angles, is bi-directional, is much cheaper to manufacture and has low power consumption.

The PSR94 will enable Arralis customers to have a light and highly accurate radar that can be implemented into a wide range of applications. Space applications such as un-manned space probes, space debris avoidance and also weather radar and earth observation satellites require high reliability which is a key feature of the PSR94. In the aviation sector landing helicopters in very poor visibility, such as dusty conditions (brownouts), causes GPS systems and infra-red devices to be inaccurate. The PSR94 has the capability to produce high resolution imagery in these difficult conditions. In airports, the PSR94 can be used to […]

By |September 11th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Arralis wins UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract

// • Arralis wins UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract
• Contracted to design a scalable Multi-frequency Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) antenna

The MoD and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, has awarded a development contract to Arralis, a technology company servicing the aerospace and defence sector with a Design Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Arralis designs and manufactures high frequency semiconductor chips, modules and antennas up to and beyond 110GHz. Under the first phase of the contract Arralis will deliver a proof-of-concept study which de-risks GNSS Multi frequency or Wideband Antenna technologies, and advise the future system performance specifications before moving on to build a working prototype. Should the highly innovative development be a success an opportunity exists to expand the program into a major supply contract for the MoD.

Arralis were successful in their bid thanks to an innovative concept; designing a GNSS Antenna using a Meandered Spirial and High Impedance Surface. The current challenge is to develop solutions that can take advantage of opportunities presented by the emergence of GNSS signals for both military and civil applications. This will require assured precise Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) information for a variety of low Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) applications including navigation, targeting, guidance, situational awareness and time synchronisation.

For the MoD it is considered that the dismounted soldier applications represent the highest priority and most challenging conditions due to their exacting SWaP requirements and the necessary resilience required by military users. However, these antenna designs have applications far beyond the military; law enforcement, civil aerospace, mobile telecommunications, logistics, emergency management and infrastructure applications all could derive benefits from low SWaP antennae array systems for GNSS.

Speaking on the announcement of the MoD and Innovate UK contract, […]

By |March 10th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Arralis announces New 100 GHz LNA/MPA

// A new 4-stage pHEMT MMIC device model TU-W1320302 is now available from Arralis, covering a frequency range of 98-102GHz and providing better than 5 dB noise figure with more than 20dB of stable small signal gain.

In addition, the device can also be used as a medium power amplifier; supplied to deliver 16dBm of saturated output power. The robust design enables the device to withstand more than 10dBm of input power without damage thereby negating the need, in most cases, for lossy input stage protection.
Applications:
• Narrow Bandwidth Millimetre-wave Imaging
• High Resolution Radar
• Sensing
• P2P Communications; short haul/high capacity/low interference links

The 5x3mm MMIC die is currently in stock and packaged versions with a WR10 waveguide interface are also available on a short lead time. The device will be particularly of interest for security applications where passive millimetre-wave imaging has returned to a strong growth cycle.

Arralis is a leading manufacturer of a full set of W-band millimetre-wave MMICs. This enables designers to realise complete receiver and transmitter front ends. Arralis recently announced a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the company’s W-band chipset.

For further information contact us today; info@arralis.com

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By |February 5th, 2015|News|0 Comments|
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    NASA Astronaut Launches Arralis Backed Unique Space Competition for School Students

NASA Astronaut Launches Arralis Backed Unique Space Competition for School Students

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Calling on Limerick secondary school students to compete
Teams to be supported by mentors from Limerick Institute of Technology and industry partners
CanSat kits to be sponsored by leading Irish space sector company Arralis

(Press Release from www.lit.ie) The 2015 ESERO Ireland – CEIA CanSat Competition was launched today with the help of former NASA astronaut and President and Executive Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Greg Johnson. The competition offers secondary school students a unique opportunity to participate in a real space project by building a CanSat – a simulation of a satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can.

All of the participating teams will launch their CanSats at regional finals across Ireland next year, with the winner of the national competition going on to compete in the European final in Portugal in June 2015. The Limerick teams will be supported by mentors from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and industry partners. Arralis, an Irish space sector company with world-leading expertise in radio frequency, micro and millimetre-wave technology, will sponsor the CanSat kits supplied to participating teams.

Irish students have achieved notable success in previous CanSat competitions, run by the European Space Agency. Last year, the winners of the national CanSat competition, a team from Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick succeeded in securing third place at the European CanSat finals in Norway, where their CanSat was launched by rocket to an altitude of 1km. In 2012, a team of nine students from Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Cork won second place at the competition in the Netherlands.

Commenting on the competition, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, said:
“A key component of the Government’s Action […]

By |December 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Arralis wins European Space Agency contract

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Arralis wins European Space Agency contract
Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation congratulates Arralis on contract to deliver radar chipset for use in space

The European Space Agency has awarded a significant contract to Arralis, a technology company servicing the aerospace and security sector founded and based in Limerick.

Arralis designs and manufactures high frequency semiconductor chips, modules and antennas up to and beyond 110GHz. Under the contract Arralis will deliver a 94GHz radar chipset with space end-use applications, such as unmanned landing of spacecraft and to identify and avoid space debris.

Welcoming the announcement Damien English T.D., Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation said; “I wish to congratulate Arralis on its success in winning this highly strategic development contract from the European Space Agency. Arralis is another example of an Irish company developing a highly innovative technology for the European space programme. The technology also has potential for use by the commercial space and aerospace market with the support of ESA. I wish Arralis every success in its space endeavours and in its future growth”

Previous radar systems used by international space agencies worked well when being controlled by an astronaut to guide the craft onto a suitable site; however, remote planetary landings have been difficult and prone to failure. The 94GHz radar system, developed by Arralis, can be used to identify dangerous landing zones with the identification of small objects, such as rocks, which may cause damage to the spacecraft. With the amount of space junk objects currently orbiting the Earth estimated to be 700,000 larger then 1cm and more than 170 million larger than 1mm, debris avoidance has never been a more critical issue when you consider the expensive satellite real-estate which could […]

By |December 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Arralis Enjoys a Successful European Microwave Week 2014

// Arralis attended the 17th annual European Microwave Week in Rome, Italy which took place from 5-10th October. The exhibition was hugely successful with almost 250 exhibitors, attracting in excess of 5,000 visitors from around the world, who gathered to see the latest technology and attend the many conferences on offer at the show.
Arralis would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited our stand over the course of the exhibition. If you would like to follow up with us, please email info@arralis.com

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By |October 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Arralis Returns from Semicon Europa 2014

// Arralis is back after exhibiting our unique high frequency MMICs at a thriving Semicon Europa which was held in Grenoble, France from 7-9th October. With over 400 exhibitors drawing up to 6,000 visitors, the show was extremely successful.

Arralis lead MMIC designer, Denver Humphrey, joined MIDAS (Microelectronics Industry Design Association) and the Tyndall National Institute who were on hand to greet visitors at the stand.

Arralis would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who met with us over the course of the exhibition. If you would like to follow up with us, please email info@arralis.com

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By |October 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Arralis Join ‘Launch’ of UN Space Week

// Arralis were delighted to be invited to join the UK launch of UN World Space Week at Stormont Parliament Buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 1,400 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefts of space and excitement about space exploration in 2013. www.worldspaceweek.org

The event was a great success giving local and international space industry delegates an informal opportunity to network and share interests.

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By |October 6th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Arralis to Exhibit at Semicon Europa 2014

// Arralis are delighted to join with MIDAS Ireland (Microelectronics Industry Design Association) and the Tyndall National Institute to promote the Irish microelectronic sector at Semicon Europa. The exhibition brings together over 400 companies from within the industry and takes place from the 7- 9th October in Grenoble, France. Our lead MMICs designer, Denver Humphrey, will be on hand with samples of our products, to answer any questions you may have. Simply register here to attend.

Visit booth #1356 located in the Allée des Clusters or alternatively, if you would like to ensure a meeting with Denver, please contact info@arralis.com .

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By |September 23rd, 2014|News|0 Comments|