Technology and Services

Software defined products

Software Defined Products

We have developed our own Software Defined Radio Platform, the WideNorth SSDR, that is tailored for use in high-end satellite communication applications. This is a powerful system on a chip (SoC) FPGA platform where SoC FPGA modules and radio front-end modules can be plugged into a carrier board using FMC+ connectors. The SoC modules can be delivered with up to 2 Xilinx UltraScale+ ZU11EG or the ZU19EG modules that are configured with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM for both the ARM processor and the FPGA fabric.

system design

Wideband Satellite Communications

WideNorth and our research partners have developed a DVB-S2X modem that supports carriers up to 1.4 Gsps / 1.5 GHz with current max throughput up to 5 Gbps in the ESA research project User Terminal Wideband Modem for Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS). The novel aspects of this research and development project include the DVB-S2X demodulator and the high-speed LDPC FEC decoder. The wideband DVB-S2X modem runs on the WideNorth SSDR hardware platform. The DVB-S2X transmitter can also be delivered on a satellite payload suitable for use in LEO orbits for wideband satellite downlinks at Ka-band.

We have available a Wideband Channel Simulator module supporting bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz, and we are currently developing a new Wideband RF over IP digitizer that will support bandwidths up to 5 GHz.

sensor tech

Command and Control of UAVs

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been working on designing a new air interface for the Control and Communication link to use for larger UAVs. The air interface supports communication both via terrestrial base stations and via satellite with automatic handover. WideNorth is participating in two research projects with ESA where we have designed an air interface for such high-reliability communication, and where we are currently implementing modem prototypes.

WideNorth team

Research

One of WideNorth’s goals is to participate in challenging research projects and cooperate closely with universities and research institutes. We have been awarded several research contracts with the European Space Agency (ESA) and work closely with the following partners:

Development Services

We offer development services within the following fields where our engineers are experts:

  • Electronic Product Design
  • Modem Design and Implementation
  • Sensor Technology
  • Signal Processing
  • FPGA Development
  • ASIC Development
  • Embedded Software Development
  • Hardware Design and Development
  • RF and Microwave

Examples of development projects we have done for our customers are: ASIC design for optical ultra-low noise MEMS microphone; Shaped-beam GPS Array Antenna; VSAT satellite modem; modems for maritime communications (ground and payload); radar for drone detection; Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC); 3D laser scanner.

Work at WideNorth

We are continuously looking for new engineers to join our team and always have open positions for:

  • Experienced and skilled engineers
  • Young - possibly freshly graduated - engineers that are skilled theoretically

Are you motivated by working with technically challenging research and product development in teams with skilled colleagues? Are you already - or have you decided to become - an expert in one or more of the following fields?

  • Wireless communication
  • Signal processing
  • FPGA development
  • Embedded software development
  • Electronic hardware development

Would you like to be able to influence which type of development activities and which projects you are assigned to? Are you motivated by working on satellite communication and development for satellite ground equipment and/or satellite payloads?

Then you should consider applying for a job at WideNorth.

Students

WideNorth has a tradition for hiring students for temporary assignments. We continuously offer 1-3 students a longer intern assignment, as well as summer internships for 2-5 students.

The typical background for students are Electronics/Electronics Systems Design, Cybernetics and Robotics, and Computer Science, but we are also looking for talented students with other backgrounds who are interested in technology and product development.

We always try to assign technically challenging and interesting projects to our students, and in return, we require good theoretical skills, especially in mathematics, and the capability to plan and organize your own workday - often working in a team with other students. Examples of former student projects are: Software development for a radiation tolerant microcontroller for use on low earth orbit satellites; implementation of simulation software for an IoT satellite system; development of a CoaxPress high-speed digital camera interface for use on low earth orbit satellites; development of a CAN bus interface for management of payloads on low earth orbit satellites; design and implementation of a channel simulator for high bandwidth satellite communication supporting bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz.

If you are passionate about signal processing and advanced electronics product development feel free to apply for an internship at WideNorth. Please submit your CV, transcript of grades and a motivation letter to post@widenorth.com, and we will get back to you shortly.

WideNorth sponsors student organizations that work voluntarily with development activities similar to what we do at WideNorth:

People

Hallvard Thonstad

CTO

hthonstad@widenorth.com +47 916 45 974

Inger Marit Hagaseth

CFO

ihagaseth@widenorth.com +47 950 43 355

Bjarne Risløw

Senior development engineer

Christophe Coutand

Senior development engineer

Eirik Jørgensen

Senior development engineer

Franck Cornevaux-Juignet

Senior development engineer

Joar Tanem

Senior development engineer

Magne Lillestøl

Senior development engineer

Nicolas Barthelemy

Senior development engineer

Per Rune Vadseth

Senior development engineer

Richard Haydon

Senior development engineer

Romain Héloir

Senior development engineer

Rune Alexandersen

Senior development engineer

Simon Malthieu

Senior development engineer

Tom Morten Berge

Senior development engineer