Friday, March 24, 2023

SpaceX launches 56 earlier-gen Starlink satellites

On Friday, SpaceX Falcon 9 launched 56 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

According to media reports, the batch of satellites were an earlier generation and the not the Starlink V2 version.

This was the tenth launch and landing for this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, mPOWER-a and now three Starlink missions.

The launch is SpaceX's 20th of 2023 and 219th overall mission to date.

China's Fibocom releases 5G Sub-6GHz module with multi-MIMO

Shenzhen-based Fibocom Wireless introduced a private 5G Sub-6GHz module compliant with 3GPP Release 16 and offering support for NR CA as well as CBRS.

Powered by Snapdragon X62, FM160-PN adopts a 4nm process which makes it optimized power performance. Packed in a standard M.2 form factor, the module also supports PCIe 4.0 and USB 3.1 high-speed interfaces. Compliant with 3GPP R16, the Fibocom FM160-PN delivers maximum 2.5Gbps (DL) and 0.9Gbps (UL) speed under 5G SA.

"Private 5G networks are currently being used in a range of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and logistics, among others. These networks are expected to become more popular in the coming years as more businesses look to take advantage of the benefits that private 5G networks can offer. " Said Jim Engleson, Director Sales and Strategic Partnership at Fibocom.

Gordon Moore, 1929-2023

Gordon Moore passed away on Friday, March 24, 2023. He was 94.

“Gordon Moore defined the technology industry through his insight and vision. He was instrumental in revealing the power of transistors, and inspired technologists and entrepreneurs across the decades. We at Intel remain inspired by Moore’s Law and intend to pursue it until the periodic table is exhausted. Gordon’s vision lives on as our true north as we use the power of technology to improve the lives of every person on Earth. My career and much of my life took shape within the possibilities fueled by Gordon’s leadership at the helm of Intel, and I am humbled by the honor and responsibility to carry his legacy forward,” stated Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO.

Moore, along with Robert Noyce, co-founded Intel in July 1968.  He guided the company in various roles, including as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus, until 2006. Moore is perhaps most remember for his famous “Moore’s Laws” prediction regarding the rapid expansion in the number of transistors on a silicon chip. As a philanthropist working alongside his wife, Moore donated more than $5.1 billion to charitable causes since 2000.  

A detailed remembrance is posted on the Intel site.