Electronic Components
Creating the World’s Smallest Diode
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics on Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Engineers are struggling to shrink the silicon used in processors to power increasingly smaller computing hardware and are rapidly reaching the point where silicon’s performance starts to degrade due to its size. To move beyond the material’s physical limitations, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and the University of Georgia, Athens, have discovered how to use a single molecule of DNA to create the world’s smallest diode, which controls the flow of electricity by allowing it to travel in just one direction.
Engineers Embroider Wearable Antennas
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring, Data Acquisition, Sensors on Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Researchers at The Ohio State University have embroidered circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision -- an ideal size for integrating sensors and electronic components into clothing. The achievement supports the development of new wearable technology, including a bandage that monitors tissue or a flexible fabric cap that senses brain activity.
Miniaturized Electronic Devices as Medical Therapeutics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Diagnostics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Implants & Prosthetics, Patient Monitoring on Monday, 18 April 2016
Ada Poon, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is pioneering research to develop electronic therapies to heal the body from within, working to add control and feedback for a closed-loop system that could improve therapeutic outcomes. These new electronic devices, which can be programmed to respond to the body’s feedback and modulate their own effects after implantation, are called electroceuticals.
Selecting the Right Vent to Extend the Lifetime of Electronic Components in Vehicles
Posted in White Papers, Electronic Components on Friday, 15 January 2016
Electronic components are rapidly replacing mechanical parts in automobiles. Suppliers must protect these electronic components from harsh contaminants and temperature fluctuations, to ensure reliable performance. Selecting the right venting solution can help to extend the life of the electronic component.
EADIN Lite Communication Network
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Tuesday, 01 December 2015
DEC is part of the Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) project under the Advanced Aeronautics research program. John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio The distributed engine controls (DEC) task seeks to investigate the capabilities of a distributed network for aircraft engine controls. Traditional aircraft engine control systems use analog systems to communicate with sensors and actuators. The ability to upgrade an engine after manufacture, by swapping out sensors or actuators, is limited due to the analog signal component. Digital signals do not have this limitation, and additionally they do not require dedicated cabling, which may decrease engine weight. To understand the interactions between a new digital network and the engine controller, a representative model of the networks is required.
Iris DSN-Compatible, CubeSat-Compatible Transponder
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Tuesday, 01 December 2015
RF portions are combined with FPGA processing inherited from prior systems, which opens up a series of new possibilities. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California No CubeSat-compatible, Deep Space Network (DSN)-compatible communications and navigation transponder exists at the time of this reporting. In order for CubeSats and other small spacecraft to go into deep space, a DSN-compatible capability is needed.
Cockpit Avionics Upgrade Display Atlas, Generic Display Software, and Electronic Procedure System
Posted in Briefs, Electronic Components on Tuesday, 01 December 2015
This computer training system uses nine screens to mimic avionics controls. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas Modern avionics permit user interfaces on spacecraft to be performed on computer screens instead of with physical controls. This saves a great deal of weight; however, it presents challenges with representing all the various controls and gauges as well as flight procedures and data on the limited screen real estate available in a practical cockpit.

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