Electronics & Computers

Design Considerations to Meet the Urgent Demand for Miniaturization of Electronics in Military Applications

Military organizations throughout the world are working hard to lighten the load that soldiers carry into battle, and are looking at connector and cabling solutions as one place to make improvements. Selecting the wrong connector can be life-threatening. In this paper, Fischer Connectors’ David Magni takes a close look at the miniaturization of military connectors, and addresses issues of size, weight and functionality.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Self-Charging Power Cell for Small Devices

A hybrid power cell uses a new technique for electrical charge conversion and storage. Scientists at Georgia Tech say that they have developed a new self-charging power cell technology that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy. Then, the power is stored until it is needed to generate electricity. This hybrid generator- storage cell utilizes mechanical energy more efficiently than systems using separate generators and batteries, they say.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Electronics, Batteries, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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Lithium Batteries for Medical Applications

Recent advances in lithium technology have increased the variety of commercially available batteries. The element lithium possesses fundamental properties that make it ideal for use as the anode in both primary and rechargeable batteries. Vendors have paired the popular lithium anode with a variety of cathode and electrolyte materials, resulting in the wide choice of different chemistries available today. This article discusses the types of primary lithium batteries commonly used for medical applications and introduces a new type based on recent innovations in materials and manufacturing processes. Information about the basic properties, advantages, and disadvantages are provided for each battery type.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Batteries, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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'Nanoflowers' for Energy Storage and Solar Cells

North Carolina State University researchers have created flower-like structures out of germanium sulfide (GeS) – a semiconductor material – that have extremely thin petals with an enormous surface area. The GeS flowers hold promise for next-generation energy storage devices and solar cells.

Posted in: Batteries, Materials, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Nanotechnology, News

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Data Cabling for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Aircraft

As more advanced avionics, CMS and IFE systems make their way into aircraft, the amount of 10 gigabit cable deployed to support current and future systems is increasing. Unfortunately, the pathway space remains the same. Aerospace Engineers therefore need cables that meet highly reliable 10 gigabit signal transmission performance, while also taking up less space, lowering the total cable weight and providing installable performance irrespective of the tight pathways of an aircraft. Thermax’s new white paper discusses these optimum data cabling characteristics for meeting aircraft design challenges such as tight routing, harsher environments, and lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

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Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Test System

SAKOR Technologies, Inc. (Okemos, MI) designed and installed a complete turnkey Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Test System for UQM Technologies, Inc. (Longmont, CO), a manufacturer of high-efficiency electric propulsion systems. UQM will use the system to test inverters and traction motors for use in hybrid and electric vehicles for the automotive, commercial truck, bus, and military markets.

Posted in: Batteries, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Energy Efficiency, Test & Measurement, Transportation, Products

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Harnessing the Power of Spinach

Vanderbilt University researches have developed a way to combine Photosystem 1 (PS1), the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon (the material used in solar cells), in a fashion that produces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous biohybrid solar cells.

Posted in: Electronics, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy Harvesting, News

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