How an FPGA-based AI can guide a vehicle

As the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology advances with leaps and bounds, technology leaders present new use cases for tomorrow's industry. Integrating Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) with IoT and AI allows for real-time monitoring and control of the robotic transport of materials and products. By using sensors and data analytics, manufacturers can optimise the routing and scheduling of AGVs, reducing the time and effort required for inter-facility logistics. However, today's AGVs are often programmed to follow a specific route or set of instructions, which can make them inflexible in adapting to unexpected obstacles.
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Fusion and the Industry: Today and Tomorrow

One of the longest-standing jokes in experimental physics has been that affordable fusion energy is just around the corner – with the punchline that the corner lies twenty-five years in the future. States and international consortiums of countries have been investing large sums of money in prominent scientific fusion projects for years. Among these are the British Joint European Torus (JET), South Korea's KSTAR reactor, the international ITER fusion project, Germany's Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator, and China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST).
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Stellar Radio Frequency Communications for Small Satellites

One of the most significant advances in near-Earth Space technology is the rise of small satellite solutions to the mainstream, which build on the accessibility of innovative microelectronics and advances in systems design. Nevertheless, several challenges still face small satellites before they can compare head-on with their larger counterparts. One of them is dependable telecommunication with faster data links, operating at higher frequency bands, which were until now used only by large and expensive satellites.
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EPICS is an Accelerator for Mission-Critical Control Systems

Advancements in industrial automation and computing have allowed the widespread use of control system components and frameworks and the adoption of good practices and solutions from research institutions and the industry alike. What was previously cutting-edge in scientific engineering has, in the last years, crossed over into the industrial mainstream of accelerator applications and fusion powerplant prototypes, fuelling an increase in activity.

How to Build the Perfect Fusion Plant: A Technical Architect’s Perspective

Fusion promises to free humankind from the woes of limited and expensive energy production. The route to practical and affordable fusion powerplants has been long and twisty. Probably the shortest route – iter in Latin – to the scientific validation of the fusion concept will be the ITER project in France, arguably the global outlier in the scientific development of fusion technology. When ITER achieves its goal of sustaining a human-made artificial star in its toroidal magnetic field, the end of using uranium or plutonium fuel rods in fission reactors and consuming fossil fuel in coal-burning powerplants will be in sight.

Why is Software Critical for any Space Mission?

Miha Vitorovic, Head of Space, and Harshraj Raiji, Project Manager for Space at Cosylab, were recently guests on the Electronic Specifier Insights podcast. There they answered questions about Space missions and their critical software, laser communications, Space sector demands, technology crossover from Space to the consumer domain and the evolution of Space missions in the next five years.
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The ITER Simulation Platform Project is a Success!

Fusion power plants take a long time to be designed and built, and the experimental tokamak of ITER is no exception. The latter will be the world’s first nuclear fusion power plant to maintain long-duration fusion while producing net energy.
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Reliable Laser Communications Between Space and Ground

In March 2022, Cosylab organised the conference discussion "Enabling reliable infrastructure for laser communications between space and ground" at the Paris Space Week 2022. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Cosylab's Tadej Pukl and included the following panellists: Daniel J.M. Hendrix from Airbus Defence & Space Dutch Technology (ADS NL), Olivier Jacques-Sermet from Cailabs and Miha Vitorovic and Harshraj Raiji from Cosylab. The roundtable discussed the increasingly important domain of optical communication between ground and space, both in its current state and regarding future developments, including market trends.
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Bringing a Revolutionary Quantum Microscope to Market in Only Six Months

Qnami is a young quantum technology startup based in Basel, Switzerland. With more than 60 years of collective Quantum knowledge, Qnami’s team enthusiastically develops microscopy solutions based on quantum sensors to measure minute magnetic fields with unprecedented sensitivity and spatial resolution. Qnami ProteusQ is the first complete Quantum Microscope system. It is a scanning NV (Nitrogen-Vacancy) microscope for room temperature analysis of magnetic materials at the atomic scale.

Upgrading the Timing System at HZDR ELBE

Demanding Big Physics facilities and experiments require increasingly complex yet reliable timing systems. Features such as virtual accelerators, timing super-cycles and event acknowledgements are becoming more common.