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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

5 Steps to a 15+ Year Rackmount Computer Lifecycle

Many applications, such as government, military, medical, and embedded system designs struggle with the typical computer product lifecycles. Most commercial-grade computers have a 1-2 year lifecycle before the computer is EOL (End of Life). There are also very few assurances that the rack mount computer is properly revision-controlled so you can rest assured that nothing inside the computer changes the form, fit, or function. Engineers spend a lot of time and energy determining the right specs, validating the product, getting industry certifications, and then finally getting to full production...and in many cases this spec, test, and certification process can take longer than the computer’s 1-2 year lifecycle.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers
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Pen Device Identifies Cancer in Seconds

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have invented the MasSpec Pen that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds — more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The instrument gives surgeons precise diagnostic information about what tissue to cut or preserve, helping improve treatment and reduce the chances of cancer recurrence.

Posted in: News, Detectors
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Mini Spectrometer Has Big Potential

Researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of the mass spectrometer, which traditionally has been bulky, limiting its in-field potential. Other smaller spectrometers have been less sensitive and more likely to break down.

Posted in: News, Instrumentation, Test & Measurement
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Simplify and Accelerate Application Development With a Software Development Kit for Power Architecture Mcus

NXP has introduced a comprehensive, automotive-grade Software Development Kit (SDK) that includes the key software components necessary to operate the automotive MPC57 family MCUs. The first MCU that is supported by this SDK is our leading-edge microcontroller for gateway applications, the MPC5748G.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Software
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Do you see valuable applications for 3D-printed Kapton?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a new Kapton-like material, developed by a team at Virginia Tech. The researchers hope that the 3D-printed polymer will support new applications, including deep space exploration.

"We're only used to designing a product and then wrapping it in this foil," engineer Chris Williams told Tech Briefs. "The fun part now is to actually show this to a designer and get them to start dreaming about what is possible."

What do you think? Do you see valuable applications for 3D-printed Kapton?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
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Wired for Success: Advanced Materials for Next-Gen Medical Devices

Advances in material science enable engineers to develop better solutions to design challenges, and Fort Wayne Metals has long been on the forefront on developing improved materials.

Posted in: Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Medical
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Product of the Month: September 2017

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, announced the OEM-2306 non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument using eddy current technology. The board is factory-configured for each specific setup, enabling its integration into OEM equipment. It serves as a replacement for LVDTs, air gauges, dial indicators, and micrometers. Features include resolution of 0.01%FS, frequency response of 50 KHz (-3 dB point), nonlinearity <1%FS typical, thermal sensitivity standard 0.1%FS/°F, and output options of 0-10 VDC (standard) and 0-5 VDC, ±5 VDC. Many aspects of the physical configuration and calibration of the instrument can be specified and customized to the needs of each OEM application, including extending the sensor cable, extended range calibration, temperature compensation calibration, and sensor customization.

Posted in: Products, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors
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Mathematical Modeling of Lithium-Ion Cells

In Conjunction with SAE

If you are interested in modeling lithium-ion cells in COMSOL Multiphysics®, then tune into this webinar. In this presentation, you will learn about using COMSOL Multiphysics® to develop a physics-based lithium-ion cell model from guest speaker Dr. Ralph White, professor of chemical engineering and a distinguished scientist at the University of South Carolina.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Electronics
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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Increased road awareness is a critical component for driver safety and the future of self-driving cars. Our newest Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) products enable high-performing camera systems with robust, compact, and flexible communication links. This new ADAS design guide shows how Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SerDes devices will help you design safer, smarter cars of the future.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Cameras, Sensors
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Imaging technique to improve understanding of Alzheimer's

Researchers have developed a fast and practical molecular-scale imaging technique that could let scientists view never-before-seen dynamics of biological processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.

Posted in: News, Imaging
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