Chances are that most of us have used a printed electronic device, whether it's a security tag on a piece of clothing, or a plastic badge used to open the door of our workplace. Printable electronics have diverse potential applications in flexible solar cells, batteries, sensors, lighting products, medical diagnostic devices, drug delivery devices, smart packaging and clothing, and displays. Following are several innovative applications incorporating printable electronics.

Low-Cost Printable Electronics Fabrication

The need for low-cost and environmentally friendly processes for fabricating printable electronics and biosensor chips is rapidly growing. NASA has developed a unique approach for an atmospheric pressure plasma-based process for fabricating printable electronics and functional coatings. This system involves aerosol-assisted, room-temperature printing in which an aerosol carrying the desired material for deposition is introduced into a cold plasma jet operated at atmospheric pressure.

Posted in: Articles, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Electronic equipment, Sensors and actuators, Additive manufacturing, Magnetic materials, Nanomaterials

Testing eCall: How Developers Can Use an eCall Simulator to Optimize IVS Designs

The complexities of the modern cars continue to increase with more and more technology being added to support new communications applications and safety features.

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

Radar Waveforms for A&D and Automotive Radar

There are many similarities between commercial radar and those used in defense electronics applications. The same technology used in high-end automobiles may be considered for autonomous vehicles and unmanned systems. However, one similarity that transcends the sensor application is choosing the right radar waveform.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Sensors

Selecting the Right Material for 3D Printing

Materials must be suited to the application in order to have successful results. The properties of any material become increasingly important as a product progresses from concept and functional prototyping to production.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement

IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4: New Requirements for Medical EMC

Plan now to ensure your medical devices comply with new IEC 60601-1-2 EMC 4th Edition standard requirements by the December 2018 effective date. Since the development cycle can be 2-3 years, it is important to understand the new standard now when designing medical devices.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Electronics, Bio-Medical, Medical, Instrumentation

Krytar Case Study — Leading the Way in the Broadband Component and Testing Industry

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Krytar Inc. provides the highest standard of broadband test & measurement components to the RF and microwave industry, supporting the development of all types of systems including radar and satellite. When choosing the right partner for RF and microwave circuit prototype and manufacture, Krytar turned to Sunstone Circuits. Here's why.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

Die Attach Adhesives Impact Product Quality Well Beyond Manufacturing

Die attach adhesives serve a vital role in semi-conductor assembly, manufacturing and throughout the product life cycle. In this white paper, learn how they facilitate assembly and about the application process. Read why thin bond lines are so important for product life cycle. Bond strength is only one, albeit critical requirement for many applications; read about many other performance characteristics of epoxies and why they offer diverse solutions to meet critical application needs.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

Ultra Low Thermal Resistant Adhesives for Electronic Applications

As advances in epoxy and silicone materials constantly evolve, manufacturers of advanced electronic systems will find that adhesives offer the ability to meet nearly any combination of requirements for thermal, environmental, and structural stability. As product manufacturers face greater challenges in assembling die, package, and other components into products able to cope with increasing heat loads, adhesives are particularly versatile for bonding, sealing and coating. Moreover, the use of filler materials in adhesives can help to fine tune the specific performance demands required to extend product life cycles and meet manufacturing requirements. Learn more about why and how ultra low thermally conductive adhesives are the preferred fastening approach in applications requiring careful thermal management.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

Conductive Coatings Protect Circuitry from EM/RF and ESD

With the trend toward smaller and smaller electronic devices, unintentional EMI/RFI interference has become more of an issue. Shielding of these interferences is critical and coatings can be successfully applied as protection on the materials used. In this paper, the different sources of interference are explored, as well as how coatings can play a critical role in protecting these sensitive components and boards.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers, RF & Microwave Electronics

Electric Field Quantitative Measurement System and Method

This technology could be used for medical imaging, security applications, weather prediction, and nondestructive evaluation of composites and insulators.

NASA Langley Research Center’s Electric Field Imaging (EFI) system is the only noncontact method capable of quantitatively measuring the magnitude and direction of electrostatic fields in near- and far-field applications. Based on low-cost, commercially available components, the EFI system uses measurement of very-low-current, human-safe electric fields to construct a three-dimensional image of objects and people based on their dielectric properties. This platform technology, originally developed for measurement of the efficacy of electrical shielding around cables, could be optimized for a variety of applications, including medical imaging, security and detection, weather and natural disaster prediction, and nondestructive evaluation of composites and insulators. The EFI system has the potential to offer a lower-cost, portable, and safer alternative to the imaging systems currently used in these applications.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Measurements, Electrical systems, Imaging and visualization, Surveillance, Weather and climate, Non-destructive tests

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