IoT: we need to get a grip on things

The internet of things is expanding fast, bringing new opportunities but new risks too. As an industry, we aren’t doing enough to address the dangers this brave new world presents, argues Technolution’s Dave Marples.

Smaller FPGAs are here to stay

FPGA manufacturing is trending towards the development of increasingly bigger, faster, data-crunching power beasts, tailored to the ever-growing needs of large data centers. However, smaller FPGAs are still very much around, and they have many useful applications. At Technolution, the smaller type is considered to be an extremely flexible jack of all trades.

A Dutch hub for processing data in new space

In the ‘New Space’ age, satellite technology is no longer the exclusive domain of the really big players such as NASA and ESA. Cubesats and other smallsats now offer commercially viable options to a wide range of interested parties. Dutch optical sensors have always played a prominent part in conventional space technology. A new control and data processing unit for optical instruments on smaller satellites strengthens this position in new space even more.

Warping the mirrors of an extremely large telescope on Earth

Although the mirror segments of the new Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are manufactured to an extremely high level of precision, during operation they may still need to be dynamically warped to correct small optical aberrations, such as those caused by environmental disturbances. In collaboration with TNO and S&T, Technolution Advance is taking up the challenge of developing the control electronics for testing and validating the TMT mirror segment support assemblies.

Paving the way for terabits per second

Increasing digitization and the corresponding security requirement, smart industry and the enormous growth of cloud applications and data centers are generating a growing need for high data speeds. Other trends are feeding the appetite for bandwidth, too, like more online communication and remote working. But the limits of what’s physically possible are coming in sight and there’s no bending the laws of nature. How do we protect signal integrity and yet realize high speeds – and all this within acceptable project budgets?

Multibeam SEM shifts 3D cell imaging into top gear

Medical and biological scientists are eager to create 3D images for their research at nanometer resolution. However, without an efficient technique to make the scans, the process is difficult and painfully slow. To make this research feasible, Delft University of Technology is teaming up with a consortium of enterprises to develop an innovative device: a multibeam scanning electron microscope.