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Versasync time and frequency

Release of new generation rugged time and frequency server – Versasync

Spectracom has recently introduced a new generation, low SWaP, rugged time and frequency server, called VersaSync.

Designed specifically for flight test, telemetry, C4ISR, and mobile communication systems, the VersaSync is a high performance GNSS master clock and network time server that delivers accurate, software-configurable time and frequency signals in all circumstances, including GNSS-denied environments.

Standard VersaSync configurations are designed in accordance to VITA 75 which was developed for easy integration of subsystems in mobile platforms. The overall volume is under 1 litre, the weight is less than 1 kilogram, and its power consumption is approximately 10 watts. The list of design features for harsh environmental conditions include mil-performance circular connectors, a sealed enclosure (IP65), and an efficient heat transfer via the conduction-cooled based plate.

VersaSync is available with various global navigation satellite receivers including multi-constellation GNSS receivers and SAASM encrypted GPS with an upgrade path to M-Code. Additional references can be added as a back-up to, or in lieu of, navigation satellite signals.

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Steatite battery division wins top Panasonic award

Creasefield Ltd (part of the Steatite Ltd) are delighted to announce that for consecutive years their value added battery distribution has been recognised by Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe GmbH (PAISEU). The award presented to the top performing European companies is based on a number of factors including sales performance, support, communication and stock holding, and firmly places Creasefield as a leading Panasonic distributor.

During the 28th family battery meeting held in Prague, Johannes Spatz, Executive Vice President PAISEU, provided an opening address detailing Panasonic’s plans for continued growth in Europe and praised the support and contribution of the European Battery Distribution Network. The meeting, attended by 42 battery partners and a strong technical and executive representation from Panasonic, presented new products and provided a technical roadmap for future cell developments.

Accepting the award on behalf of Creasefield, Engineering Director, Mark Andrew was delighted that the capability of the company and hard work of the all the staff had been recognised.

Paul Edwards, Steatite, commented “The combined business of Steatite and Creasefield will benefit our customers, offering enhanced technical capability and significant UK based design and production facilities. This will improve the level of service to our customers. We are proud to work with highly respected cell suppliers such as Panasonic who provide us with class leading Lithium, NiMh and Alkaline cells for our battery builds. These cells offer premium performance and safety. There are some exciting Panasonic cell developments that we look forward to working on with our customers on new projects. We are delighted to receive this award which confirms our company as a leading battery pack manufacturer. We are optimistic that our relationship will continue to grow with the Panasonic team through 2017”

About Creasefield: Creasefield Ltd are a manufacturer of battery packs for a diverse range of market sectors including Commercial Aerospace, Oil & Gas, smart metering , Sub Sea, Medical, and Defence. Creasefield was acquired by Solid State Plc, the parent company of Steatite Ltd on the 1st June 2016, with Creasefield now directly reporting into the Steatite operation. This amalgamation of two class leading battery businesses has created a significant force in the market where battery performance and safety are critical. The company has a pedigree in the design and manufacture of custom build battery packs and is able to provide a wide range of rechargeable and non – rechargeable chemistries, along with electronic control and safety circuits.

Steatite now provides COTS and custom microwave antenna subsystem components

With our carefully selected partners’ products and services, Steatite now integrates a wide range of active and passive microwave and millimeterwave antenna subsystem components, providing even greater added value engineering support.

  • Aldetec – COTS and custom designed high performance RF, microwave components including RF Converters, Power Amplifiers and Integrated Microwave Assemblies for commercial, defence and space sectors.
  • Anteral – Designs and develops high performance antennas from low frequencies to THz frequencies and THz measuring and imaging systems to 500 GHz.
  • ETI – Designs and manufactures state-of-the-art RF components, subsystems and systems including antenna beamforming networks and multibeam antenna systems, with the broadest frequency range in the industry (10 MHz to 67 GHz)
  • SAGE Millimeter – COTS and custom designed high performance millimeterwave components and subassemblies for commercial and military system applications.

Rob Lowther, Steatite Antenna Sales and Marketing Manager said, “Our aim is to provide a truly comprehensive microwave engineering service in the area of ultra-wideband microwave antennas, subsystems and components that continues to meet the demands of our EW and SIGINT customers. Our carefully selected partners will help the Company achieve this goal.”

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Rob by email

Solid State Plc acquires Creasefield Ltd

Solid State plc, the parent company of Steatite Ltd is pleased to announce the acquisition of Creasefield Ltd, a custom batteries business.


The operations of Creasefield are highly complementary to Steatite’s existing battery business and will allow for wider use of IP, design and engineering capability, cross-selling of existing products and development of sales into new markets. Bringing together the resources and expertise of Creasefield and Steatite’s highly regarded and already substantial battery division, will further increase Steatite’s leading position within this sector.


Creasefield specialises in the design and manufacture of custom battery packs to a diverse range of industry sectors principally in the UK, including; Commercial Aerospace; Oil & Gas; Medical; Subsea; Safety; Water; Rail; Military; Security and Government.


Commenting on the acquisition, Gary Marsh, Chief Executive of Solid State plc said:

“We have a stated ambition of growing both organically and by making selected complementary acquisitions.  Creasefield is a specialist in a field where Solid State already has a successful business.  The aggregation of these two battery operations creates a business that will be a significant force in its market.  With a broader sector spread and a greater depth of design and production capability, we expect the enlarged division to be able to further exploit new opportunities in this specialist field.  We are increasing our marketing resource to support the technical teams and anticipate a successful future for the batteries business.”

Steatite Antennas to exhibit at EW Europe

Steatite Antennas is pleased to announce its attendance at this years’ prestigious AOC Electronic Warfare conference taking place in Rotterdam 10-12 May, 2016.

The Company will be presenting its extensive wide-band antennas and subsystem solutions offering, including the supply of subsystem microwave components.

Steatite is the leading European supplier of ultra-wideband microwave antennas used in Electronic Warfare, SIGINT and Spectrum Management applications.

Please visit Steatite at stand number B09 for a review of the Company’s capabilities.

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New Managing Director for Steatite

Matthew Richards joins Steatite as the company’s new Managing Director, taking over from John Lavery who has been with the company for 33 years. Mr Richards also becomes an executive director of Solid State PLC, the parent company of Steatite Ltd.

With an illustrious background spanning both private and public sector companies, most recently as Senior VP and Managing Director of API Technologies Corp, a Nasdaq listed company, Mr Richards brings with him a wealth of industry experience and business expertise.

John Lavery will remain as an executive director of Solid State PLC until 31 July before taking up a non-executive role.

Gary Marsh, CEO of Solid State PLC comments: “After an extensive search we are delighted to have secured the services of Matthew, who we have known and admired for a number of years, as the new Managing Director of Steatite. We consider his knowledge and experience, particularly in export markets will be valuable in the continued development of Steatite and the group.”

Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) Project Update at Oceanology International 2016

Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) Project Update at Oceanology International 2016…

With the first phase of the project complete, today sees the official release of the pressure test results from NOC in Southampton. Using the test facilities at the NOC, Li-S cells underwent multiple pressure, temperature and discharge cycles equivalent to undersea depths of 6,000m.

To receive this update and future battery development updates please register your details HERE today.

Project Overview
In October 2015 a consortium of UK companies and academic partners, led by Steatite began an R&D project to develop a battery pack that will be pressure tolerant up to depths of 6000 metres.
Due for completion in October 2017, the project is looking to exploit the inherent benefits of Lithium-Sulfur battery technology. This presents some major advances for Marine Autonomous Systems looking to improve on neutral buoyancy, higher levels of safety and higher energy densities, delivering greater speeds, endurance and payloads.

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Steatite at OI2016

Advancing Deep Sea operations for Unmanned Vehicles at Oceanology International 2016

A Steatite led consortium have been selected to present a paper on pressure tolerant Lithium Batteries for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) at Oceanology International 2016, in London.

Roland Rogers, Maritime Sector Lead for the National Oceanography Centre, will be delivering the presentation during the Conference on the 17th March, the second day of the Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase organised with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT).

This Steatite led consortium with OXIS Energy, National Oceanography Centre and MSubs together with Collaborative R&D funding from Innovate UK are working on a two year development project to  develop the next generation of pressure tolerant Lithium Batteries for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).

The project’s aim is the development of a pressure tolerant rechargeable battery based upon new, innovative Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) chemistry for use in MAS. Li-S cells have five times the theoretical specific energy of lithium ion cells, but as yet have not been used in underwater applications. The programme is designed to achieve greater performance characteristics using Li-S by integrating and testing the cells and a battery management system on MAS platforms in deep-sea applications.

One of the projects objectives is to reduce weight and increase energy for MAS providing improvements in operational efficiency resulting in fewer launches and recoveries. The decrease in weight will allow for greater payloads or provide vessels with an increased runtime, allowing vessels to run longer and further during missions. The battery packs will also be easier to handle due to weight saving. The chemistry is also much safer than existing solutions and able to withstand short-circuiting and even puncturing, decreasing the risk whilst out at sea.

For more information on this event please visit the event page or contact Steatite on +44 (0)1527 512400.


Water & Dust Proof Industrial Stainless Steel IP65 Rated Panel PC

Key Features:

 ·All Round IP65 Protection
· Fanless & Rugged Design
· Intel Atom E3845 Quad Core CPU
· Up to 8GB Memory Supported
· Resistive Touch Technology
· 12″ / 15″ / 17″ / 22″ Screen Sizes
· 5 year availability

Ruggedized, Industrial, IP Protected …
Steatite’s range of fully IP65 rated Panel PCs offer a completely ruggedized, highly integrated & water tight platform that is designed for deployment within harsh & extreme industrial environments.Fanless, Integrated, Powerful…
At their core, these Panel PCs are powered by the latest generation Intel Atom E3845 quad core processor. Supporting up to 8GB memory and a range of different storage mediums, allowing you to select the most suitable configuration for your application.

Rugged Metal Construction…
With a solid metal construction, these systems are heavy duty, robust and fully IP65 rated. This means that the system can easily be integrated into a wide range of applications as well as being deployed outdoors.

In addition to the base specification, Steatite also offers optional display configuration to further enhance the system capabilities. If your application is situated outdoors or in a high brightness area where glare will be an issue, then Steatite have a solution for you. With optical bonding technology, the SPC is available with a sunlight readable panel to avoid these troubles.

As well as anti glare protection, the SPC also gives you the option to incorporate glass on top technology to prevent damage to the front panel from sharp objects being ideal for use in an industrial environment where heavy machinery will be used.

Technical Specifications quoted are verified but do not indicate the maximum performance limitations of the equipment. Specifications are subject to change without notice, E&OE Issue A.

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