When More Is Less

According to research performed at Sandia National Laboratories, the current trend of increasing the speed of supercomputers by increasing the number of processor cores on individual chips may actually worsen performance for many complex applications. A Sandia team simulated key algorithms for deriving knowledge from large data...

Diagnosing in the Developing World

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a prototype malaria test printed on a disposable Mylar card that could easily slip into your wallet and still work when you took it out, even months later. The cards are a critical step in a long-term project funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates...


Fleeing drivers are a common problem for law enforcement. Existing traps, made from elastic, may halt a Hyundai, but they're no match for a Hummer. In addition, officers put themselves at risk of being run down while setting up the traps. Imaginative design and engineering funded by the Small Business Innovation Research Office of the...

Sensor Detects Food-Borne Pathogens

A microscopic biological sensor that detects Salmonella bacteria in lab tests has been developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and university colleagues. The nanotechnology-based sensor could be adapted to detect other food-borne pathogens as well.

The biosensor was developed by...


Johns Hopkins researchers have invented dust-particle-size devices that can be used to grab and remove living cells from hard-to-reach places without the need for electrical wires, tubes, or batteries. Instead, the devices are actuated by thermal or biochemical signals. The mass-producible microgrippers each measure approximately...

LED Fluorescent Bulbs

University of Florida scientists achieved a new record in the efficiency of blue organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. Because blue is essential to white light, the advance helps pave the way to lighting that is much more efficient than compact fluorescents, but can produce high-quality light similar to standard...

Diagnosing Brain Aging

UCLA scientists have used brain-scan technology, along with patient-specific information on Alzheimer's disease risks, to help diagnose brain aging before symptoms appear. The researchers used positron emission tomography (PET), which allows the revealing of plaques and tangles, the hallmarks of neurodegeneration. The PET...

Molecular Imaging

Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Cornell University have developed a new generation of microscopic particles for molecular imaging, constituting one of the first promising nanoparticle platforms that may be readily adapted for tumor targeting and treatment in the clinic. According to the...

Phantom of the Airport

In the comics, the Phantom is a masked crime fighter who protected the innocent from pirates, hijackers and other evildoers. While not as dashing or exciting as its costumed namesake, an electromagnetic phantom - a carbon and polymer mixture that simulates the human body - is being readied by the National Institute of...

NASA Briefs

A chip has been designed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to increase the usefulness of monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit (MMIC) components at submillimeter-wave frequencies. The chip incorporates two integrated, radial E-plane probes with an MMIC amplifier in between, thus creating a fully integrated waveguide module....

Senior Safety

Many older adults want to remain active and independent for as long as possible. University of Missouri researchers are using sensors, computers, communication systems, and supportive health care services to monitor the health of older adults who are living at home. The motion sensor networks can detect changes in behavior and...

Portable Ultrasound Device

Cornell University graduate student George Lewis is trying to shrink ultrasound devices to make them practical for any hospital or medical research lab. Lewis has developed a palm-sized, battery-powered ultrasound device powerful enough to stabilize a gunshot wound or deliver drugs to brain cancer patients. Current...

Designing a Better Laser

A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism to make common electronic materials emit laser beams. The finding could lead to lasers that operate more efficiently and at higher temperatures than existing devices, and lead to applications in environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.


Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Designing Backplanes for Rugged COTS Applications

Although a few industrial backplane architectures are already geared for rugged Mil/Aero applications, some design considerations are often required when designing rugged COTS products.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Software Radio PMC Module

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced the Model 7153 digital down converter (DDC), a four-channel, high-speed digitizer PMC module designed for processing baseband RF or IF signals from a...

Products: Electronics & Computers
PC/104 Single Board Computer

Diamond Systems Corporation (Mountain View, CA) offers the Helios PC/104 form factor single board computer that utilizes DMP Vortex - 86SX/DX single chip processors operating at up to 800MHz. Helios is...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Graphical Programming Software

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced version 9.0 of the Agilent VEE graphical programming software for test and measurement. Enhancements improve execution time, reduce programming...

Products: Electronics & Computers
VPX/CompactPCI Hybrid Backplane

The XTend4010 3U hybrid backplane from Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) (Middleton, WI) supports four VPX slots, three CompactPCI peripheral slots, a Gigabit Ethernet switch slot, and a fabric/bridge...

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Toggle Switch

APEM Components, Inc. (Haver - hill, MA) offers an environmentally sealed toggle switch that functions as a rotary or rocker switch. The MT series switch is activated using a slight rocking motion by an operator’s finger...

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Reconfigurable FPGA AMC Module

that features four small form-factor pluggable-plus (SFP/SFP+) transceivers enabling support of virtually any serial communication standard, including Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, CPRI, and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
CompactPCI Power Supplies

Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) has introduced three new PICMG 2.11-compliant CompactPCI high reliability power supplies. The cPCI-A-3U-300C, cPCIA-3U 200C AC/DC power supplies, and the cPCI-D-3U-300C...

Products: Electronics & Computers

Austin Semiconductor, Inc. (Austin, TX) now offers a 512Mb, 54-Pin TSOPII SDRAM with copper lead frame. The TSOPII features a Lead on Chip (LOC) design, which allows the size of the package to be approximately the chip...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Voltage Controlled Oscillator

The CVCO55CC-4267-4442 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 4267 MHz to 4442 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1V-16V. The VCO features a typical phase noise of...

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Conductive Epoxy With Applicator

The Duralco 125 handheld epoxy applicator from Cotronics (Brooklyn, NY) dispenses electrically conductive, flexible epoxy for continuous use to 400°F. The epoxy applicator is deal for manufacturing and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
1RU Servers

Themis Computer® (Fremont, CA) has introduced high-performance 1RU servers for mission-critical applications. The 1RU Rugged Enterprise Servers (RES) have Intel Xeon 64-bit quad-core processors. The new...

Products: Electronics & Computers
RF Communications Toolkit Software

Keithley Instruments, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has expanded its SignalMeister™ software platform to include RF signal analysis along with RF signal generation. SignalMeister software integrates signal...

Articles: Software
CAD Tools: Breaking Barriers

Five years ago, we asked executives at leading CAD companies if, in five years, most design engineers would be using 3D design tools rather than 2D, and all of them said yes. Yet, there are still barriers that...

The Radio Frequency Health Node (RFHN) wireless sensor system differs from other wireless sensor systems in ways originally intended to enhance utility as an instrumentation system for a...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Connectors Provide Signal Reliability for Mars Science Laboratory
Compact PCI (cPCI) Connectors
Hypertronics Corporation
Hudson, MA

Hypertronics’ space-grade Compact PCI (cPCI)...

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