RF Engines Limited (RFEL), the supplier of high performance FPGA-based design solutions, reports that it is on a major growth phase for 2007. The company, based on the Isle of Wight, UK is looking to expand its technical team in the VHDL and system design areas, by around 25% during the current year.
“Over the recent years, we have established a strong reputation for our design capabilities in the complex FPGA signal processing domain, and our strategy of incorporating these techniques into providing complete product solutions for our customers is driving the growth,” explained John Summers, RFEL’s CEO. “Also there is no doubt that recent awards, such as winning the 2006 European Electronics Elektra Awards, on the back of winning the Start up of the year in 2003 and finalist in the 2005 R&D category, have also added to the impetus.”
The company has also recently won several new contracts in the defence EW (electronic warfare), government services, and wireless/satcoms areas and there are strong prospects for significant additional business.
“Basically, RFEL was founded to exploit the signal processing capabilities of FPGA’s and even then at start-up in 2000, we had already developed, patented and actually implemented several designs – which was maybe a little unusual around 2000 when a lot of other companies were kicking off with lots of promises but not much to back it up,” he added.
“We’ve also had the benefit of being able to tap into a pool of really strong engineering talent here on the Isle of Wight, that historically came from the advanced radar design work and other defence-related work that has been carried out on the Island for a generation, as well as a cluster of wireless and satcoms design talent. Obviously one of the other major attractions is the Island itself, so it is pretty easy to strike a sensible work/life balance.”
RF Engines specialise in high performance signal processing on FPGA, and the company’s products include IP cores, complex system cores, and complete sub-system and finished products that incorporate these technologies. The company’s customers are the major players in the defence, government services, wireless communications, and specialist test instrumentation markets.
RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is a UK based electronic systems designer, providing high specification signal processing solutions for FPGAs, as well as receiver and complete product solutions for the homeland security, defence, communications and instrumentation markets. Applications include communications base stations, satellite communications systems, test and measurement instrumentation, and bespoke wideband receivers/transceivers.