Radio Design Launches China Facility

Wuxi, China, 29th May, 2012: Radio Design, world leading provider of wireless infrastructure-sharing technologies, is delighted to announce its first customer product shipments from its new China manufacturing facility.

Having established Radio Design as a strategic supplier, and partner, for hardware services to a market-leading wireless equipment OEM, the company is proud to announce the opening of its new facility in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. On 29th May 2012, less than 6 months after Radio Design’s initial visit to find suitable premises, customers received their first product shipments. This laudable achievement was the result of truly globally coordinated efforts by team members from Radio Design’s UK, Indian and Chinese facilities.

The ‘China project’ has been a challenging task but, with the professional team Radio Design has in-place, the company is confident of success and growth in this exciting new market. The company would like to wish Razaq Mahmood [General Manager of China Operations] and his team every success in this strategically vital role.

Royal Visitor Presents Queen’s Award to Radio Design

The staff of Radio Design were honoured today, to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to their Shipley, UK headquarters. The Duke, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Bradford, unveiled a plaque in the company’s research facilities to commemorate Radio Design’s achievement of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, 2011.

The prestigious and internationally recognised Queen’s Award has been won just four years after Radio Design was founded, and acknowledges the pioneering work of the company’s engineering team. The award specifically recognises Radio Design’s universal RF combiner unit, which enables multiple wireless network operators to share infrastructure equipment and enjoy significant financial, technical and environmental benefits as a result.

During his visit, the Duke of Gloucester was given a tour of Radio Design’s R&D and manufacturing facilities by the company’s managing director, Eric Hawthorn, who commented, “The Queen’s Award is an internationally recognised symbol of quality and excellence and represents a fitting reward for all the team’s hard work to generate commercial success. For a relatively young company, it is a privilege to receive this award as recognition of what we have achieved in such a short time.”

Radio Design on the Shortlist for Britain’s Top Engineering Innovation Award

At the heart of society – Shortlist announced for Britain’s top engineering innovation award

Four of the country’s finest engineering teams are on the shortlist for Britain’s biggest engineering innovation prize – The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. The finalists for the £50,000 prize for 2011 are:

– Microsoft Research for the machine learning capability of the Kinect human motion capture system, used with Xbox 360, the Microsoft games console

– Radio Design Ltd for the radio frequency filter that allows telephone companies like Orange and T-mobile to share their networks

– Jaguar for the new lightweight aluminium XJ body, the first production car to be made using aerospace cold joining technology

– Defence Science & Technology Laboratory for a new modular ceramic armour system for armoured personnel carriers.

The judging panel of eminent engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs will now deliberate to decide which of these finalists are to be the UK’s 2011 exemplar of outstanding innovation that has proven commercial success and a clear benefit to society. The £50,000 prize and the MacRobert Award gold medal will be presented to the winner at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Monday 6 June.

John Robinson FREng, Chairman of the judging panel, says, “In the Academy’s 35th anniversary year, we are delighted to see engineering projects developed in the UK having such a global impact, from connecting people more efficiently and protecting our troops, to making lighter, greener cars and leading the games industry. British engineering is alive and well, enriching society, making a profit and helping to rebuild the economy.”

Shortlisted for the 2011 award are:

Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) & NP Aerospace for Segmented Ceramic Armour

This is a ceramic protection system, developed and patented by Dstl and exploited by NP Aerospace as CAMAC® EFP. The armour system is being used to protect troops in a range of military vehicles from the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as well as machine gun fire.

Unlike conventional ceramic tiles, the new system consists of thimble-sized hexagonal segments held together by a moulding resin, then packaged in a polymer composite with high ballistic performance. Like a ceramic chain mail, the armour performs better than a single ceramic tile, a critical component of CAMAC® EFP.

The CAMAC® EFP armour is lightweight and modular, reducing the logistic burden of shipping entire armour kits to remote patrol bases for repair. It is in use in Afghanistan and has already saved the lives of UK troops and local people. The segmented technology is being further developed for related projects, such as the recently procured Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV).

Team members: Principal Scientists Tom Stuart, Dr Andrew Baxter, Ross Jones and Dr Mike Dalzell all based at DSTL Porton Down in Wiltshire, and Roger Medwell, Chairman of NP Aerospace

Media contact: Christopher Panks, Press Officer, tel 01980 658088,

Jaguar for the XJ Light Weight Vehicle concept

Jaguar’s unique lightweight aluminium body for the new XJ series is 200 kg lighter than a comparable steel-bodied model, and gives the XJ a more environmentally friendly production process than any other car in the world.

The original XJ was the last car designed by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons and the new model is just as innovative and beautiful as its famous predecessor. Twelve years in development, the new ‘Body in White’ is the first production car body to be built using aerospace cold joining techniques for the whole assembly, eliminating fusion welding from the body shop. This reduces electricity consumption by up to 90 per cent and avoids using extra water to cool the weld guns. Up to half the aluminium used to make the body is also recycled.

Jaguar’s engineers used computer aided engineering to optimise the design before building any prototypes and their aim on future projects is to get to zero prototypes. Over half a million analysis runs were done on the XJ Light Weight Vehicle, which equates to saving 27,000 real car tests.

The XJ is also amongst the world’s safest cars, the body being a lightweight strong platform for passive & active safety systems, designed to meet all legal & consumer safety tests around the world with a single body derivative. Lighter weight assists both steering and braking and helps to reduce the impact of any collision. Jaguar is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer a deployable bonnet across the whole vehicle range, this reduces head and upper body injuries to a pedestrian in the event of an accident.

Team members: Chief Technical Specialist – Body Engineering Mark White, Principal Engineer – Body Structures Steve Gowland, Principal Engineer – Closures Trevor Laight, Senior Engineer – Materials Engineering Robert Crow and Resident Engineer – Novelis Alan Carr, all based at Jaguar Land Rover Cars in Gaydon, Warwickshire

Media contact: Nicky Rzeznik, tel 01926 648063,

Microsoft Research for the Human Motion Capture system for Xbox Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect represents a significant advance in technology for “Natural User Interface” between man and machine. It was launched in November 2010 as “Kinect for Xbox 360”, enabling controller-free games and entertainment in a new way. Movies and music can be controlled with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice. Effectively, the user’s body is the controller. A major breakthrough in Kinect is the use of machine learning to classify parts of the body.

The Kinect sensor provides a stream of 3D “depth images”. This is analysed by software to give a moving interpretation of the human skeleton, at 30 frames per second. Before Kinect, equipment for motion-capture was already available commercially but required instrumentation of the moving human subject, in the form of retro-reflective markers, placed on all body joints. For user interfaces, however, it is imperative that motion capture be markerless. The Microsoft Research Cambridge laboratory applied machine learning techniques to build a capability to analyse depth images independently, classifying pixels in each depth image as belonging to one of 31 body parts. The classifier is trained and tested using a very large database of pre-classified images, covering varied poses and body types. It is engineered so efficiently that it uses only a fraction of the total available computing capacity – essential to the practical success of Kinect.

Kinect for Xbox 360 has secured a position in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device, with 8 million sold in the first two months after launch.

Team members: Research Scientist Dr Jamie Shotton, Principal Research Scientist Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon, Software Development Engineer Mat Cook, Senior Research Software Development Engineer Toby Sharp and Team Leader Professor Andrew Blake FREng FRS, all based at Microsoft Research in Cambridge

Media contact: Rachel Howard, Head of Communications, tel 01223 479700

Radio Design Ltd for the Universal Combiner for Cellular Network Sharing

The Universal Combiner Unit is a radio frequency filter system that allows up to three mobile phone operators to combine the outputs of one 2G and two 3G base stations onto a single antenna system. The combiner has extremely low signal loss but still provides sufficient isolation between the base stations connected to it to stop them interfering with each other. Although there are significantly fewer cell sites in the shared network it actually has better coverage and significantly higher data capacity than the original independent networks.

Introducing the universal combiner has no measurable effect on the way the networks perform and no additional antenna infrastructure is required – the universal combiner is installed at ground level, eliminating the need for any mast climbing. Existing mast & antenna systems can be used to support multiple base stations from more than one operator at minimal cost. It has been estimated that phone companies can save up to £100 million a year by sharing their networks. This means they can continue to support the ever growing demand for “smart phone” data services at a competitive price for consumers.

Over the last two years, Radio Design’s technology has been deployed in the UK in over 10,000 cell sites (using over 30,000 combiners). It was adopted as the standard product for MBNL Ltd (the 50/50 joint venture between T-Mobile and Three) to enable their UK network share. Everything Everywhere (the new joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange) will continue to use the system.

Team members: Managing Director Eric Hawthorn, Systems Expert Martin Gostling, Filter Expert Liz Phillips and Programmes Director Paul Trigg, all based at Radio Design Ltd in Shipley, West Yorkshire

Media contact: Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director, tel 07785 737277,

Radio Design Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

Radio Design’s award is for outstanding innovation, with demonstrated commercial success, over at least 2 years.

Radio Design’s MD, Eric Hawthorn, said, “our team are honoured and proud to have received this award which recognises engineering excellence and the hard work required to turn this into a commercial success. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are an internationally recognised symbol of excellence which will greatly assist with the promotion of our business at home and abroad.”

Radio Design Appoints Technical Director

“I am pleased to announce that Martin Gostling has been appointed to the position of Technical Director”. – Eric Hawthorn MD

This appointment results from the continued successful growth of the company and the need to keep a strong focus on technology strategy. Radio Design has attained a market leading position and is committed to maintaining this through customer service, product quality, competitive pricing and technology leadership. Martin will have responsibility for the global technology strategy of the company.

Martin graduated in 1996 with an MA, 1st class, in Mathematics from Cambridge University. This was followed by a Master of Mathematics from Cambridge and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Leeds University. Martin joined Radio Design after 7 years filter and systems design with Filtronic and was our very first employee.

Martin is married to Alex and has a one year old son, James. In his “spare” time he is a member of Leeds City Athletics Club and competes in their track & cross country teams at national events.

Philip Davies, Member of Parliament for Shipley, Visits Radio Design

Radio Design Managing Director, Eric Hawthorn, welcomed Philip Davies to the company’s headquarters in his constituency of Shipley, West Yorkshire. The visit followed Radio Design’s success in the recent Innovator/10 awards where the company won in the “Young Innovative Business” category.

During the visit they discussed the recent emergency budget presented by The Chancellor of the Exchequer to Parliament on 22 June 2010. Mr Hawthorn agreed that concerns raised in his recent question to the Prime Minister regarding incentives and encouragement for entrepreneurs had been adequately addressed by the budget.

Radio Design is becoming recognised as the world leader in the design and manufacture of bespoke filter solutions for network sharing applications. The company currently supplies custom designed filter systems to leading cellular infrastructure OEMs and cellular network operating companies worldwide. Radio Design products are used in some of the biggest shared cellular networks. Radio Design operates from facilities in the UK, India and Finland.

MD Eric Hawthorn Questions PM David Cameron

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Managing Director, Eric Hawthorn, poses a question to David Cameron on capital gains tax at 22 min 45 sec into the attached video clip.

Next Generation Networks and Basestations 2010

Radio Design was a silver sponsor of the Next Generation Networks & Basestations 2010 Conference, April 19th – 21st, 2010 Bath, UK. Systems Expert, Martin Gostling, presented a paper on “Network Sharing – Maximise Benefits With Innovative Filter Combining”.

Andrew Bateman (CEO Avren Events) stated “Radio Design’s perspective on network sharing complimented earlier operator and analyst presentations with their perspective on filter combiners as an essential part of optimally designed networks.”

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Telegraph and Argus Press Article

Radio Design press article – “Boffins at a specialist electronics firm have been rewarded for their ingenuity in helping to cut costs for mobile phone companies.” Click here to read full article.

Radio Design Wins Young Innovative Business Award

From left to right: Yorkshire Innovation – Richard Gregory, Eden Project Founder – Tim Smit, Radio Design Managing Director – Eric Hawthorn, Yorkshire Forward Board Member – Julie Kenny, Radio Design Filters Expert – Liz Phillips, Radio Design Programmes Director – Paul Trigg and Radio Design Systems Expert – Martin Gostling.

Radio Design was presented the Young Innovative Business Award at the Yorkshire Forward Innovator/10 Awards Ceremony, which took place on the 3rd March 2010. We are delighted to have won this award which is aimed at businesses that have shown creativity and entrepreneurial flair in the launch and early growth of a business.

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