Electronics

Implantable Devices to Reanimate Paralyzed Limbs

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, and other partners, are developing implantable devices that can send signals between regions of the brain or nervous system that have been disconnected due to injury.

Posted in: MDB, News, Electronics, Diagnostics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Orthopedics, Patient Monitoring

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Next-Generation Electronics Innovations for NASA’s Space and Commercial Future

In 1964, NASA’s Electronics Research Center (ERC) opened in Massachusetts, serving to develop the space agency’s in-house expertise in electronics during the Apollo era. The center’s accomplishments include development of a high-frequency (30-GHz) oscillator, a miniaturized tunnel-diode transducer, and a transistor more tolerant of space radiation. Another development was in the area of holography. At the ERC, holography was “used for data storage, and has permitted a remarkable degree of data compression in the storing of star patterns.”

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Successful Test Management For Systems Engineers

Designing a reliable test strategy requires broad, strategic thinking. The goal of verification is to ensure you release a best-quality system that meets customer expectations as documented in your early design concept and requirements gathering phases. To maximize the value of your test process, test your product objectives early.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aeronautics, Defense, Electronics, Electronics & Computers

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Delivering Roadworthy Designs: Automotive Electronics Circuit Protection Overview, Applications & Standards

Today’s automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; that number is expected to double in five years. From in-dash displays to connected technologies and safety systems, all onboard electronics require circuit protection to maintain reliability. The major sources of electrical hazards in automotive systems are electrostatic discharge (ESD), switching loads in power electronics circuits, and lightning. Overcoming transient surges that can harm the vehicle’s electronics, whether under the hood or in the cabin, is one of the biggest obstacles of system design.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Electronics, Electronics & Computers

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IEEE Advances Standards and Works to Expand Interoperable eHealth Communications

IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, has announced a new standard and two new standards development projects designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications across eHealth devices. The new eHealth standard is IEEE 2410™-2015, Biometrics Open Protocol Standard, intended to support continuous protection of biometric data by providing identity assertion, role gathering, multi-level access control, assurance and auditing.

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Multi-Gb/s Fiberoptic Bus for Spacecraft

A fiberoptic bus offers a number of advantages over conventional copper buses. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California A fiberoptic bus interconnect for spacecraft with multi-Gb/s data rate capacity is designed to provide seamless coordinated control and data exchange at typical intra-spacecraft distances. The system is composed of a physical layer and associated firmware for implementing a ring bus communication protocol and a switch-based RapidIO communication protocol.

Posted in: Tech Briefs, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Photonics

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2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics Category Winner

Real-Time Fiber Optic Sensing System Lance Richards NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA A team at NASA Armstrong has developed fiber optic sensing system (FOSS) technology that represents a major breakthrough in high-speed operational monitoring and sensing. Driven by ultra-efficient algorithms, FOSS can be used to determine, in real time, a variety of critical parameters including strain, shape deformation, temperature, liquid level, and operational loads. This state-of-the-art sensor system delivers reliable measurements in the most demanding environments confronted by aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors. FOSS is ideal for monitoring the structural health of aircraft, buildings, and dams; improving the efficiency of turbines and industrial equipment; and detecting instabilities within tunnels and power plants.

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