Smiths buys Farran Technology

Smiths Group has acquired the Irish millimetre wave technology house Farran Technology in a 19 million Euro deal.


Smiths Group has acquired the millimetre wave technology house Farran Technology in a 19 million Euro deal.



Farran, based in Cork in the Republic of Ireland, develops and manufactures a range of millimetre-wave components and sub-systems in the 18-300 GHz frequency range – including Gunn oscillators, frequency multipliers, detectors, amplifiers, waveguide mixers, upconverters and downconverters.



Using its own proprietary technology, Farran’s has also developed a ‘detection portal’ that can spot the presence of metal and non-metallic objects concealed under clothing.



The millimetre-wave Imaging system, called Tadar, employs a patented mechanically-scanning technology with mm-wave MMIC front-ends to produce high resolution raster images at near real-time refresh rates.


Smiths Detection plans to expand Farran’s research and development activity to support the growth of its own microwave sub-systems operations.