November 15, 2012:

ÅAC Microtec strengthens its board of directors
Fredrik Bruhn becomes senior business advisor

Following the successful launch of the first SPA (Space Plug-and-Play Avionics) configurated nanosatellite, which left the international space station ISS on October 4, ÅAC Microtec is now accelerating the transition from a development company to a commercial supplier of components and complete satellite systems for space applications, and of products based on advanced electronics encapsulation for industrial applications.

In order to further enhance the company’s business competence and structure, Björn Åstrand, Bruce Acker and Fredrik Bruhn were elected members of the board at the Annual General Meeting held on October 16. On the same occasion Sven Löfquist (chairman), Johan Bäcke and Olof Stjernberg were reelected. 

Björn Åstrand has long experience of international marketing and sales of air and space related products and has held leading positions at Saab and Volvo Aero Corporation.

Bruce Acker is a retired US Air Force colonel, with special competence in satellites for defense applications. He has recently served as defense attaché at the US embassy in Stockholm.

As an entrepreneur and one of the company’s founders, Fredrik Bruhn has contributed strongly to the development of ÅAC Microtec. He will now leave the daily operations and assume the role of senior management advisor concerning marketing and product planning, and the commercialization of the company’s space and defense related products. This is an area of central interest to the company where Fredrik’s unique competence and wide contact network will be very useful.

“We are happy that we will continue to have Fredrik closely connected to the company. In addition to his role as board member also as an experienced advisor in issues relating to business development and marketing, and of course as a key person in our major commissions from public authorities. Fredrik’s deep competence and unique skills will greatly benefit ÅAC Microtec and our continued development in the business areas of space, defense and industry,” says Kjell Bohlin, CEO.

“Being one of the founders of the company and having worked in a leading position for a number of years, it feels great for me to be part of the building of a fantastic company with world-leading customers and skilled coworkers. At the same time it’s a constant challenge also to continuously improve your specialist skills and keep your scientific competence up to date. In order to make this possible and enable me to raise my sights and get new influences I have now chosen to focus on an actively supporting role in the company,” says Fredrik Bruhn. 

October 11, 2012:

Swedish breakthrough in space on NASA satellite with electronics from ÅAC Microtec

The Uppsala based company ÅAC Microtec has, on commission from the Swedish National Space Board and American NASA, delivered all the electronics to NASA’s test satellite TechEdSat, which was released from the International Space Station ISS on Thursday October 4. The satellite came to life according to plan 60 minutes later and has now demonstrated the function of ÅAC’s pioneering miniaturized electronics for low cost satellites by sending down data.

The Uppsala based company ÅAC Microtec has made a breakthrough in the US by a successful demonstration of NASA’s test satellite called TechEdSat, which was separated from the International Space Station ISS on October 4, 2012. The satellite was constructed in less than 4 months by a team from NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University and ÅAC Microtec.What makes TechEdSat unique is that NASA uses electronics from Swedish ÅAC Microtec for control and operation of the satellite. Normally the countries only exchange scientific instruments and data. ÅAC Microtec was chosen for its innovative architecture and product portfolio for autonomous systems, which is based on plug-and-play protocols, and the company’s leading electronics integration ability.“That NASA chooses to try out our computers and power supply systems for its future satellites is of course unique in the world and proof of the technological excellence we have in Sweden and the high international standing that the Swedish National Space Board has as a technology and innovation engine,” says Fredrik Bruhn, Vice President and responsible for business development at ÅAC Microtec.The Swedish National Space Board and NASA closed a ten year collaboration agreement in June 2011 concerning the development, testing and use of small satellites, with the Uppsala based company ÅAC Microtec as the designated strategic supplier. The National Space Board and NASA makes equal investments in the respective country and share the end results on equal terms, with the task allocation that NASA handles trials and testing and the Swedish National Space Board supplies technology through ÅAC Microtec. 

“It’s a great honor and recognition of ÅAC’s expertise to be chosen as a partner in the development of the satellites and autonomous systems of the future. This gives us an additional boost to intensify our commercial efforts in the US,” says Kjell Bohlin, CEO at ÅAC Microtec.ÅAC is already busy building the next satellite demonstrator, a 10 kg (6U CubeSat) satellite that will be delivered to the US in the spring 2013 for launch and trial in the fall the same year.“The satellite that will be tested next year is focused on demonstrating advanced communications solutions and brings us to the size of commercial small satellites that will  really open up the space service market, for instance with machine – machine communication and what is called internet-of-things,” says Fredrik Bruhn, Vice President  and responsible for business development at ÅAC Microtec.

April 9, 2012:

ÅAC Microtec launches a customer aftermarket support tracker (Bugzilla)

ÅAC is improving the customer support by adding an aftermarket support tracker in the form of open source Bugzilla to help customers file bugs and follow the product improvements. Please visithttp://bugzilla.aacmicrotec.com to browse product repositories and to register to file bugs and improvements.

April 4, 2012:

ÅAC Microtec launches a customer support WIKI

ÅAC is improving the customer support by adding an extensive customer support WIKI,http://wiki.aacmicrotec.com for its unique Rapid Integration Architecture™ line of products. The WIKI contains information on use of specific products, toolchain installation, product comparisons, 3D CAD models, frequently asked questions (F.A.Q) and much more.

March 21, 2012:

ÅAC Microtec and CSEM develop electronics for the offshore and mining industry

Uppsala, Sweden / Neuchâtel, Switzerland – 21 March 2012 

ÅAC Microtec – a Swedish company specialized in the miniaturization of electronics – and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) – a private Swiss research and technology organization specializing in microtechnology – have been awarded a EU Eurostars project to develop high-temperature motor control products for the offshore and mining industry. The technology enables the control of drill rigs that are exposed to extreme conditions such as high temperatures and vibration.

ÅAC Microtec and CSEM have an established collaboration in the development of a space-compatible motor controller for the European Space Agency (ESA). Both companies have good connections with international manufacturers of electric motors and expect to have the first products ready for trials and testing in 2013.

“This is yet another example where the industry now sees opportunities to quickly benefit from ÅAC Microtec’s unique product know-how in robust miniaturized electronics, as we enable solutions that have not previously been possible. We see a number of various industrial applications, offshore being one such interesting area,” says Kjell Bohlin, CEO of ÅAC Microtec. 



The on-board computer RTU100-CS is an example of miniaturized electronics from ÅAC Microtec.

The miniaturized motor control products must tolerate temperatures in excess of 200°C, have a size of less than 20 mm in diameter and all control logic integrated together with the motor, so that just power needs to be transmitted over long distances.

The products are based on ÅAC Microtec’s in-house developed fault-tolerant 32-bit processor OpenRISC Fault Tolerant™ R model, the company’s advanced DC/DC power converter and leading hybrid electronics that the company has developed in collaboration with the Swedish National Space Board, NASA and the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration.

CSEM will contribute with its experience in advanced motor control and system integration, including sensor-less motor control algorithms.

“As a result of this international collaboration and thanks to the funding of the Eurostars Programme, we will avoid parallel development work,” remarks Philippe Steiert, Director of Regional Centers of CSEM.“With this project we will be able to deliver new technology earlier to the market to support the deep-drill and mining industries.“

“For a considerable time we have been developing very advanced control technology for electric motors for Mars vehicles for the European Space Agency and we are now bringing this technology to industrial mid-volume markets,” says Johan Bäckström, Sales Executive at ÅAC Microtec.








About the European Union Eurostars Programme

The Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs, and co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries. Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets. Further information regarding Eurostars is available at www.eurostars-eureka.eu



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