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u-blox and University of Bristol selected as a finalist in 2018 TechWorks awards

Reconfigurable transceiver demonstrator

Reconfigurable transceiver demonstrator Professor M Beach, University of Bristol

19 November 2018

u-blox and University of Bristol are proud to announce their selection as a finalist in the Research Collaboration category of the TechWorks Awards 2018 – the highest accolade in the UK Deep Tech Industry, for their R&D project on Reconfigurable Wireless Transceivers for Global Connectivity.

The TechWorks Awards are a mark of excellence in the tech industry, with world class skills and expertise being recognised as a key driving force in the tech economy, and a strategic part of the UK’s and Ireland’s future. Finalists across the awards categories span the breadth of the industry sectors through Manufacturing, Automotive, IoT Security, Electronic Systems & Power Electronics. Being shortlisted for the awards is an accolade in itself - standards are unfalteringly high.

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Jim Connelly, Director, u-blox Cork said: “We are delighted to be a finalist, in partnership with the University of Bristol, in the TechWorks Awards Research Collaboration category. As u-blox’s Transceiver Centre of Excellence, u-blox Cork is highly focussed on sustained R&D activities in the areas of Cellular, Wi-Fi and IoT. Being recognised as a finalist in these awards reinforces our vision of excellence whilst underlining the importance of collaboration in the research ecosystem”.

Professor Mark Beach, EPSRC CDT in Communications, University of Bristol added: “Much has been achieved through our proactive research collaboration with ublox. This dates back to 2012 with the sponsorship and mentoring of Leo Laughlin’s PhD, followed by collaborative R&D through EPSRC Impact Acceleration funding, building-on the innovation from Leo’s and Chunqing (Jack) Zhang’s PhDs. In addition to our Flexible Duplex laboratory demonstrator, we also jointly published our work through the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques journal. We are thus truly excited by this nomination".

This year’s winners will be announced at the TechWorks Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London on Thursday 22nd November, hosted by BBC Political Broadcaster, Strictly Come Dancing contestant and regular Comedy Show Panellist, John Sergeant.

Over 300 industry professionals will attend, this being the major social and networking event of the year for the UK Deep Tech Industry.

Technical information about the research can be found in the following paper:
Leo Laughlin, Chunqing Zhang, Mark A. Beach, Kevin A. Morris, John L. Haine, Muhammad Kalimuddin Khan and Michael McCullagh, "Tunable Frequency-Division Duplex RF Front End Using Electrical Balance and Active Cancellation" in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 2018.

Further information

About u-blox AG
Swiss u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines locate their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

About the Communication Systems & Networks (CSN) Group
The CSN Group was formed in 1985 to address the research demands of the fixed and wireless communications sectors. It combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. Recently the Group has joined forces with the University's High Performance Networks (HPN) Group and the Photonics Research Group to form the Smart Internet Lab. The postgraduate students from The University of Bristol are funded by and trained through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications.

About the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications is a state-of-the-art environment for training postgraduates to lead innovative research, future product development and exploitation. 

The Centre is helping to build UK capability in communications engineering by addressing the skills shortage in the sector. It will focus on Future Communications: People, Power and Performance; while communications technology is the enabler, the Centre recognises that it is people who are the creators, consumers and beneficiaries in terms of its broader applications.

About TechWorks / TechWorks Awards
The UK’s leading Deep Tech industry association with established communities in Manufacturing, Automotive, IoT Security & Power Electronics. Techworks’ focus is to build a better and stronger tech ecosystem in the UK, helping to connect brilliant ideas with partnerships and investments that accelerate speed and enhance routes to market and profitability.

TechWorks presents awards to recognise the achievements and behaviours that are conducive to a healthy and vibrant industry in the UK and Ireland. The awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses.

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