Appointment of new Director to the Rakon Board
21 September 2018
RAKON LIMITED (NZX:RAK)
Appointment of new Director to the Rakon Board
Rakon Limited (‘Rakon’) today announces the appointment of Robert Keith Watson (Keith Watson) to its Board as an Independent Director.
Rakon Chair Bruce Irvine said: “We are delighted to appoint Keith as an Independent Director to the Board of Rakon. Keith is a professional director and has substantial experience in the technology and engineering sectors and will bring a diversity of skills to the Board. His expertise and experience complements those of the existing Board members. I am looking forward to working with Keith as we drive the agreed strategic plan for the company forward.”
Rakon's Annual Shareholders' Meeting was Held 7 August 2018
Rakon FY2018 Result Announcement and Presentation
17 May 2018
Rakon Limited (RAK) released its preliminary result announcement for the year ended 31 March 2018 to the market at around 9.00am on Thursday 17 May 2018. This was followed by a presentation by management at 11.00am by teleconference.
The Results Announcement and Investor Presentation are available here:
Rakon Confirms Buyout of Centum Rakon India
30 April 2018
Rakon Limited (NZX: RAK) today confirmed it will take full control of the Centum Rakon India joint venture operations following the signing of an agreement for the buyout of its 51% partner Centum Electronics Limited. Centum Rakon India manufactures high-performance frequency control products primarily for the telecommunications market, most of which are sold through Rakon’s French subsidiary to telecom network and equipment manufacturers.
Rakon Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Brent Robinson said bringing Centum Rakon India under Rakon’s full control is an exciting strategic decision.
Rakon Confirms Sale of France Property
29 March 2018
RAKON LIMITED (NZX: RAK)
Rakon today announces the sale of its Argenteuil, France property for a total consideration of EUR 2.7 million, before costs.
Argenteuil had previously been the main operational site for the manufacture of discrete OCXOs, which in recent years has shifted to Centum Rakon India. The property sale has been achieved following a lengthy re-zoning process.
Rakon in Discussions for Buy-out of Centum Rakon India
27 February 2018
Rakon today announces that it is in advanced discussions with Centum Electronics Limited (“Centum”) to buy out their 51% shareholding in the India based company Centum Rakon India Private Limited (“CRI”) (“proposed transaction”). Rakon today has a 49% shareholding in CRI, the operation of which is a core part of Rakon’s manufacturing strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rakon releases the radiation tolerant COTS XO RK105 and VCXO RK205
In order to respond to the growing needs of the New Space market (Low Earth Orbit satellites with a short mission lifetime), Rakon has recently released a radiation tolerant XO and a radiation tolerant VCXO, both based on a COTS (Commercially Off The Shelf) design.
They have been designed for missions requiring radiation tolerance at a reasonable cost and with a short lead-time: TID (Total Ionizing Dose) spec is 72 or 100 kRad (for CMOS) and Single Event Latch-up is guaranteed up to 32.4 or 62 MeV (for LVPECL).
Rakon releases High Reliability Space Crystals with Superior Performance
Rakon releases a 5 x 3.2 mm Hermetically Sealed SMD XO for Aeronautics and High Reliability Applications
Rakon has released the RXO5032AD, its cost-effective and smallest XO for aeronautics and high reliability applications. A custom option of RXO5032AD is also available with optional screening following the guidelines of MIL-PRF-55310 level B.
The RXO5032AD is Rakon’s solution to meet the market demand for high performance Commercially Off The Shelf (COTS) XOs.
Rakon releases small form factor OCSOs for instrumentation, RADAR and electronic defense systems
Rakon has released new Oven Controlled SAW Oscillators in a miniature 25.4 x 22 x 12.7 mm SMD package, currently available in 400MHz, 500MHz, 600MHz, 800MHz, 1GHz and 1.2GHz and all designed to be soldered by reflow.
This product series is designed for ground-based and shipboard RADAR, test equipment, and airborne systems where size and weight are critical.
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.