IMoD Converted Military Radar into Health Detector

The Research and Development Agency in The Israeli Ministry of Defense has developed a remote monitoring system to quickly grab important physiological parameters related to the COVID-19 epidemic disease (photo above). IMoD has announced today that the new solution is based on two different military systems: A radar system produced by Elta (a company of Israel Aerospace Industries), and an IR thermal camera produced by Elbit Systems.

The combined solution remotely detects the temperature, heartbeat and respiratory rate of patients coming to the hospital’s emergency room. It aimed to provide the medical teams a secure and sterile environment while they are identifying high risk patients. IMOD plans to produce and provide these systems to all the hospitals in Israel.

Next phase of this project is coding a smart algorithm to prioritize and provide initial treatment recommendations. Other participants in the project include EchoCare Technologies, Vayyar, Neteera, Universities and the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv. Israel Aerospace Industries is also involved now in another medical project: It is considering the option to start mass production of ventilation systems using its facilities in the Systems Missiles & Space division.

ON Semiconductor Named Digi-Key as Global High Service Distributor of the Year 2019

Digi-Key Electronics was named ON Semiconductor’s Global High Service Distributor for 2019. The Top 2019 High Service Distribution Partner Award honors the distributor that led the channel in digital marketing initiatives and sales of ON Semiconductor’s products. Digi-Key was recognized for partnering in inventory management and scoring highly on overall process excellence.

“I’d like to congratulate Digi-Key for being named our global high service distributor of the year for 2019,” said Jeff Thomson, senior VP of global channel sales for ON Semiconductor. “With distribution remaining the fastest channel to market for our business, it’s critical we have partners like Digi-Key.” Approximately 60 percent of  ON Semiconductor’s business results from distribution sales, and distribution remains the fastest channel to market.

“Digi-Key is proud to receive this prestigious award from ON Semiconductor,” said David Stein, vice president of global supplier management at Digi-Key. Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 10 million products, with over 2.2 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 quality name-brand manufacturers.

Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.

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Inomize Selected Synopsys’ 56G Ethernet PHY IP

Synopsys announced that Inomize from Israel selected its DesignWare® 56G Ethernet PHY IP, for the development of its high-performance computing, software-defined radio (SDR), and power-efficient communications System-on-Chip (SoC). Inomize is using  Synopsys’  PHY IP for the design of transmitter and receiver architecture, and to ensure robust operation in harsh conditions. The DesignWare 56G Ethernet PHY is available now in 16/12/7-nm FinFET processes.

Established in 2007, Inomize is an ASIC design company, with R&D offices both in Israel and the UK. It provides Analog, Digital and Mix Signal ASIC, FPGA and complete systems design services. Last year it was selected by HP Indigo to develop an ASIC solution for their next generation of high-resolution industrial presses.

Inomize is also a member in the TSMC Value Chain Aggregator (VCA) program. A VCA member is an independent ASIC design service company working closely with TSMC to assist system companies, ASIC and emerging start-up companies to bring their innovation to production.


Avidgor Willenz led the funding of Quantum Machines

Israeli entrepreneur Avigdor Willenz, who recently sold Habana Labs to Intel for approximately $2 billion, led the recent funding for the Tel Aviv based Quantum Computing startup, Quantum Machines. The company announced that it has secured $17.5M in funding to accelerate the already rapid adoption of the company’s Quantum Orchestration Platform.

Quantum Machines (QM) has developed a complete hardware and software solution for the control and operation of quantum computers. Its Quantum Orchestration Platform (OPX) works with all quantum technologies, giving researchers and development teams everything they need to run the most complex quantum algorithms and experiments. It lays the ground for tackling some of the most challenging hurdles facing quantum computing, such as complex multi-qubit calibrations, quantum-error-correction, and scaling up to many hundreds of qubits.

Willenz (photo above) said that he had decided to back QM after the massive enthusiasm he’s witnessed from across the quantum computing industry. “The race to commercial quantum computers is one of the most exciting technological challenges of our generation,” said Willenz. “Our goal at QM is to make this happen faster than anticipated, and establish ourselves as an essential player in this industry.”

Quantum Machines' Quantum Orchestration Platform (OPX)
Quantum Machines’ Quantum Orchestration Platform (OPX)

QM was founded in 2018 by Drs. Itamar SivanYonatan Cohen and Nissim Ofek, three physics Ph.Ds who met at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science. Today the QM team has grown to nearly 30 employees, about half of them are physicists. The company said its Orchestration Platform has already been adopted by multinational corporations and startups. In January, 2020 the company had joinedthe IBM’s Q Network. As part of the collaboration, a compiler between IBM’s quantum computing programming languages, and those of QM will be developed.

The IBM Q Network brings together startups, research labs and Fortune 500 companies including, the University of Oxford, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ExxonMobil, Accenture and others, together with IBM scientists and engineers. IBM Q Network members have access to IBM’s quantum expertise and resources, open source Qiskit software and developer tools, and cloud-based access to the IBM Quantum Computation Center, which now includes 15 computers, including a 53-qubit system.

Digi-Key: Global Distribution Partnership with UnitedSiC

Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, announced that it has expanded its product portfolio by signing a global distribution partnership with UnitedSiC. The new partnership will provide Digi-Key customers with worldwide, 24-hour availability of UnitedSiC’s silicon carbide product portfolio.

“This partnership will expand our product line to an even wider group of power designers by leveraging Digi-Key’s world-class distribution expertise,” said Yalcin Bulut, vice president of global sales and marketing at UnitedSiC. “We will now be able to provide our SiC wideband gap technology to the markets and customers served by Digi-Key.”

UnitedSiC develops silicon carbide FET and diode power semiconductors that deliver high efficiency and performance for electric vehicle (EV) chargers, DC-DC converters and traction drives, as well as telecom/server power supplies, variable speed motor drives and solar PV inverters. The products enable an easy transition from traditional FETs to higher efficiency, faster switching and lower RDSon silicon carbide FETs.

“With ever increasing pressure on power engineers to deliver optimal efficiency and cost-effectiveness, it is critical for Digi-Key to work with companies who have market leading technology,” said David Stein, vice president of global supplier management at Digi-Key.

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 10 million products, with over 2.2 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.

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RADA began the Production of Radars in The US

RADA Electronic Industries from Netanya, Israel, announced the manufacture of the first radar in its United States-based production line in Germantown, Maryland. To mark this milestone, Maryland Congressman David Trone visited the facility to welcome the new RADA employees and celebrated the delivery of its MHR radar to the US Marine Corps.

Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, said that the US subsidiary has enabled RADA “to Americanize and adapt our technologies for the needs of the US military. Our radar systems are already embedded in the US Army and US Marine Corps’ current SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) solutions, and we look forward to further empowering US defense agencies with our active protection solutions.”

Rada has developed a family of compact software-defined Tactical Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars based on Active Electronically Scanned Array antennas. They offer a wide range of operational missions: Vehicle Active Protection Systems, Hostile Fire Detection, Counter-UAV, all-threat air surveillance, 3D perimeter surveillance, and more.

Amir Sherman to Head Arrow Electronics Israel

Amir Sherman has been appointed to Manage Arrow Electronics Israel and will head Arrows activities in Israel while serving as Director Embedded Technology in Arrow Electronics Europe. In an interview with Techtime, Amir said that he will concentrate on business development and new initiatives, while Eldad Yassur continue his position as General Manager of Sales.

Amir joined Arrow Electronics Israel in 2001, as Field Engineer and later as the manager of the local Micro-controllers and Micro-processors engineering team. In 2013 he was appointed Business Development Manager for STMicroelectronics in Europe and relocated to Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to his return to Israel, Amir served as Director of Engineering Solutions & Embedded Technology at Arrow EMEA, where he was responsible for Arrow Centralized Engineering Solution Centre (ESC),  built software capabilities in Firmware, AI and IoT, and launched the Arrow Partner Program, to help customers shorten design cycles with on-demand engineering resources and experts.

FPGAs, SoMs and TI Revolution

His immediate challenge, he said, is to expand the team in Israel following Texas Instruments (TI) decision to end its relationships with most of its distributors, beside Arrow Electronics, starting in 2021. “Now we are recruiting additional team in order to support Texas Instruments sales in Israel.

“The second phase will be focused on market buildup: Pushing the sales of programmable boards based on Intel PSG (formerly Altra) FPGAs. Over the past years we have helped many companies, such as Trenz (Germany) and Exor Embedded (Italy), do develop unique Programmable SoMs. I believe they are very relevant to the Israeli market.”

Another initiative is called “Partnership with SoM customers”. What does it mean? Amir: “The idea is to find local customers who develop amazing boards and solutions, provide them with the needed components, and then make them our suppliers and sell those products to Arrow’s customers around the world. We have already did it with SolidRun, Variscite and Shiratech Solutions with huge success. For me it was just the beginning.”