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Phased-array radiotelescope circuitry

Phased-array radiotelescope

IBM's Ronald Luijten

HANOVER, Germany -- The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope that will be built from 2016 to 2024 in southern Africa and Australia is intended to peer at the Big Bang's radio remnants. Before that, IBM is working to develop the necessary computing technology through a five-year partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron). At the CeBIT show here, the two groups are showing off some of the fruits of the cooperation, called Dome.

The SKA radiotelescope project could use phase-change memory chips such as this one for high-speed data storage.

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IBM microservers use tiny circuit boards with ordinary Freescale processors that slot into a 3.5-inch-tall server. The white prototype below shows how a copper cooling system attaches to the circuit board.
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A massive circuit board prototype from Astron show holds phased-array antennas for the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope project.
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This circuit board is covered with antennas geared to listen to radio signals of a frequency between about 450MHz and 1.5GHz. The Square Kilometer Array project aims to cover a square kilometer across the southern hemisphere of Earth with such antennas.
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Ronald Luijten of IBM Research in Zurich speaking at CeBIT 2013.
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