Video update here:
A tropical system has formed just Northwest of mainland Australia.
Now becoming “Cyclone Gillian” , this tropical low formed coming out of Indonesia, now heading South by Southwest towards the search area for the “missing” Malaysian Airliner (MH370).
Forecast to grow into at least a Category 2 storm.
The morphed microwave background imagery for the Indian Ocean shows the overall pull of the system towards the Southwest (at the moment).. again, heading directly towards the “missing” jet search area.
NOAA’s tropical floater page also shows the tight rotation of the system as it pulls South..
As for the jet… I find it highly “ironic” that a jet loaded with 20 people from a company which specializes in Radio Frequency Plasma generation, laser exciters, and HF/VHF/UHF RADAR , would itself “disappear” on RADAR ….
Also, aside from the Radio Frequency aspect of things, lets not forget to mention the company just announced a breakthrough in microprocessors / semiconductors days before the jet went “missing”. (article below)
Now, a tropical system kicks up directly over the search area? Freak weather maybe has become “FREQ” weather — as in Frequency Weather.
Freescale Semiconductor confirms 20 employees on board the missing jet:
Freescale Semiconductor Employees Confirmed Passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 8, 2014–
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China.
The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news. The company is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.
“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”
The company has assembled counselors and other professionals through Freescale’s Employee Assistance Program, with around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.
From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected.
Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices.
The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
Freescale specializes in Radio Frequency Plasma generation, laser exciters, and HF/VHF/UHF RADAR :
More on the RF applications here:
Advanced Technology for Top RF Power Performance
Industrial systems include hundreds of applications that operate at frequencies from DC up to 6 GHz and beyond. Freescale’s Industrial portfolio of RF power amplifiers are designed for very high power applications in the HF/VHF/UHF frequency range (1.8 to 600 MHz) and for applications at 2.45 GHz. Freescale’s RF industrial solutions range from the very rugged (up to 65:1 VSWR) to the high power output (up to 1.25 kW).
- Plasma generators
- Laser exciters
- RF heating
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- RF plasma lighting
The increase from 28V to a 50V supply voltage in RF Power LDMOS technology allows the designer to achieve higher power levels, greater power densities and attain performance levels exceeding those available in the Industrial markets today. In addition, availability of some devices in over-molded plastic packaging allows for the most cost-effective Industrial solutions available.
On Feb 25, 2014, just a few days before the jet went missing, Freescale announced its new VERY small microprocessor and semiconductor revolution:
Freescale Semiconductor on Tuesday introduced its smallest-ever ARM-based microcontroller unit (MCU) for embedded devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, the Kinetsis KL03.
The chip maker is billing the KL03 as “smaller than a golf ball dimple” —the 32-bit MCU with an ARM Cortex-M0+ computing core shrinks the preceding KL02 unit by 15 percent in a package that measures just 1.6-by-2.0 millimeters.
The KL03 is also 35 percent smaller than any competing Cortex-M0+ microcontroller on the market, according to Freescale. The chip maker is showcasing its new MCU at Embedded World in Nuremburg, Germany this week.
“When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into edge node devices, we can start to redefine what’s possible for the Internet of Things,” said Rajeev Kumar, director of worldwide marketing and business development for Freescale’s Microcontrollers business. “We see the miniaturization of MCUs as a key driver of IoT evolution. With the groundbreaking form factors of the new Kinetis KL03, systems designers for edge node products now have the technology they need to develop entirely new product categories capable, quite literally, of changing the world.”
Possible uses for the new MCU in the burgeoning IoT space range from placement in embedded smart home systems, wearable tech products, and industrial devices to exotic applications like pairing the KL03 with a simple sensor array in a small pill that could be swallowed and provide health data to doctors, Kumar said.
The Kinetis KL03 will be sampling to Freescale partners in March for testing with the FRDM-KL03Z Freescale Freedom development board with assorted developer tools. The MCU will be made available at volume for $0.75 per unit in 100,000-unit quantities beginning in June, the company said.
The KL03’s 48MHz ARM Cortex-MO+ has a bit manipulation engine for “faster, more code-efficient handling of peripheral registers,” according to Freescale. The tiny MCU has 32KB of flash memory, 2KB of RAM, and 8K of ROM with an on-chip boot loader, with high-speed 12-bit ADC and a high-speed analog comparator. It operates on a 1.71-3.6-volt charge and utilizes low-power wake up and other low-power modes for different tasks.