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Phil Neudeck, Electronics Engineer, NASA’s John Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a new silicon carbide differential amplifier integrated circuit chip that may provide benefits to anything requiring long-lasting electronic circuits in very hot environments. The chip exceeded 1,700 hours of continuous operation at 500ºC - a breakthrough that represents a 100-fold increase in what has previously been achieved. Phil Neudeck is the team lead for this work.

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Industry Update: Analysis & Simulation Software

Multiphysics, simulation lifecycle management, unified simulation, and other terms are becoming the new trends in analysis and simulation software. There are new capabilities, new options for analysis and simulation management, and even room for growth in the market. We polled executives from leading software companies that provide analysis and simulation tools to find out what major changes have taken place in the products and how users will benefit.

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Image Sensors Decades Old But Not Yet Mature

There’s no rule that says when a technology becomes mature, but one might think that image sensors would be by now, 40 years after their conception. Nothing could be further from the truth. After decades of use in fax machines, scanners, and camcorders, image sensors are now in the largest growth period in their history, and much of the innovation is still happening.

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DisplayPort Technology — Heir Apparent to VGA?

For the last 20 years we have connected our monitors to our computer systems having the confidence that upon turn-on, we could surf or create with never a consideration of whether the display would operate satisfactorily. VGA (Video Graphics Adaptor) technology enabled us to do that with CRTs as well as with flat panel displays. Now, however, the viewing benchmarks are being reset, as are system design considerations. There’s a new interface on the horizon called DisplayPort!

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Product of the Month: Military-Grade PDA

Inhand Electronics, Inc. (Rockville, MD) along with the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (Natick, MA) and the Army Research Lab (Adelphi, MD), have announced the Soldier Flex PDA (SFPDA), the first general-purpose, military-grade PDA utilizing low-power, flexible display technology. The SFPDA has power consumption under 1W, and includes InHand’s PXA270-based Fingertip4 CPU board, Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, and keypad interfaces. With InHand’s BatterySmart system software, the rugged handheld has over 6 hours of run-time and weighs less than one pound.

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CMO Development Program

A Complex Monolithic Optics (CMO) Development Program has been announced by Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA). The program offers customers the opportunity to incorporate the latest high-precision optics design technology into their optical system designs. Agilent developed CMOs to address the needs of interferometry applications where system stability and minimal downtime are critical. CMOs are stand-alone optical assemblies that are created when multiple discrete optics are bonded together into a single, pre-aligned optical structure.

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Metal Marking System

Epilog Laser (Golden, CO) offers the FiberMark Laser System, a piece of equipment that allows users to mark directly on metal surfaces including titanium, steel, aluminum, carbide, alloys, brass, and more. The piece of machinery can mark all types of metal with barcodes, text, logos, and other graphics, using a beam of light as the engraving tool. The FiberMark has a flying optic beam delivery system, stainless steel bearings, a large 24 in. by 12 in. work area, and compatibility with most software packages. It has an optional floor stand, rotary attachment, and air compressor.

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