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Create the Future & Win Big!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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Current Attractions

The Phantom® V7.3 digital high-speed camera from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has been named NASA Tech Briefs' Product of the Month for September. The upgraded version of the camera captures 500,000 pictures per second and features two operating modes: In standard mode, users can capture images between 6,700 and 190,000...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A company seeks a range of environmentally and economically driven technologies in high-volume metal packaging with an emphasis on the reduction of packaging materials (including those that are recycled from the waste stream). Technologies should enhance the physical performance characteristics such as tensile strength and...

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"Star Trek" Medicine

Engineers at the University of Washington are working with doctors at the Harborview Medical Center to create a Star Trek-like "tricorder" device using high-intensity focused ultrasound rays to seal punctured lungs. A lung is essentially a collection of air sacs, and air blocks transmission of ultrasound. But experiments...

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes. Enter your design idea in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Entries are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and...

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New ET Advertisers

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in Embedded Technology. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from September's first-time advertiser:

Quadros Systems (Houston, TX) offers a suite of RTOS-agnostic stacks, class drivers, and device drivers for USB development...

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Current Attractions

Embedded Technology (ET) magazine features board-level electronics and COTS solutions for design engineers, as well as a variety of product offerings.

In medical imaging, data samples are taken from devices such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT) scanners and translated into 2D, 3D, or 4D...

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Techs of the Week

This innersole/liner increases foot stability and comfort, and decreases certain sport-specific injuries including plantar fasciitis, calcaneal apophysitis, and inversion - lateral/ankle - sprains. It decreases pronation and is designed to be included with and enhance an athletic shoe.

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Energy-Saving Roof

A new roof and attic system being developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) could reduce homeowners' utility bills by eight percent or more. Active thermal mass components, reflective pigments and coatings, subventing, radiant barriers, and other techniques are all being tested by ORNL's...

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Low Power 65nm FPGA

Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) announced the shipment of the EP3C120, the largest member of its new low-cost 65nm Cyclone® III FPGA family. Leveraging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 65-nm...

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Phantom® V7.3

Vision Research, Wayne, NJ, has introduced an upgraded version of the Phantom® V7.3 digital high-speed camera that allows users to capture 500,000 pictures per second. The camera has two operating modes. In standard mode,...

NASA's IPP provides leveraged technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs, and projects through investments and technology partnerships with industry,...

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Diagnostic Pattern Recognition Using Mid-IR Spectroscopy

By applying mid-infrared spectroscopy to bodily fluids, this suite of technologies offers the potential for quick, accurate, and inexpensive diagnostic support for a variety of diseases in humans or animals. Every disease or condition results in quantitative imbalances in the “normally...

This technology provides a method of laserdrilling any component under the control of real-time feedback to provide for predictable, calibrated fluid flow through one or...

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Solar-Based Hydrogen Generation Technology

A company seeks to increase the efficiency of solar-based hydrogen generation systems by device technologies that can help to develop a new module with at least 16% solar energy utilization efficiency. Examples include the Z-scheme method and tandem type, which has achieved a Solar Energy Utilization...

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Making Metal Packaging Lighter

Because of increasing cost pressures on high-volume metal packaging, a manufacturer needs to make each unit weight of metal (steel and aluminum) go further. Technologies are sought that make metal packaging lighter and enhance the physical performance (like tensile strength, stiffness, etc). This could include, for...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Testing Equipment Helps NASA Prepare for Telescope Launch
LabVIEW FPGA
National Instruments
Austin, TX
888-280-7645
www.ni.com

NASA’s next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb...

NIRSpec STM Focal Plane Detector
ITT Corp.
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for...

Software techniques for use in the global positioning system (GPS)1,2 have recently captured the growing interest of communication and navigation...

A technique for suppressing sublimation of key elements from skutterudite compounds in advanced thermoelectric devices has been demonstrated. The essence of the technique is to cover...

Briefs: Materials
Rapid Fabrication of Carbide Matrix/Carbon Fiber Composites

Composites of zirconium carbide matrix material reinforced with carbon fibers can be fabricated relatively rapidly in a process that includes a melt infiltration step. Heretofore, these and other ceramic matrix composites have been made in a chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) process...

Ultrahigh temperature ceramics (UHTCs) are a class of materials that include the diborides of metals such as hafnium and zirconium. The materials are of interest to NASA for their potential utility as sharp...

Briefs: Materials
Improved C/SiC Ceramic Composites Made Using PIP

Improved carbon-fiber- reinforced SiC ceramic-matrix composite (C/SiC CMC) materials, suitable for fabrication of thick-section structural components, are producible by use of a combination of raw materials and processing conditions different from such combinations used in the prior art. In...

Briefs: Materials
Coating Carbon Fibers With Platinum

A process for coating carbon fibers with platinum has been developed. The process may also be adaptable to coating carbon fibers with other noble and refractory metals, including rhenium and iridium. The coated carbon fibers would be used as ingredients of matrix/fiber composite materials that would resist...

Briefs: Materials
Nanorod-Based Fast-Response Pressure-Sensitive Paints

A proposed program of research and development would be devoted to exploitation of nanomaterials in pressuresensitive paints (PSPs), which are used on wind-tunnel models for mapping surface pressures associated with flow fields. Heretofore, some success has been achieved in measuring...

Microscopic rectennas would supply DC power to microdevices.

A microrectenna that would operate at a frequency of 2.5 THz has been designed and partially fabricated. The circuit...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
MCM Polarimetric Radiometers for Planar Arrays

A polarimetric radiometer that operates at a frequency of 40 GHz has been designed and built as a prototype of multiple identical units that could be arranged in a planar array for scientific...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Two-Band, Low-Loss Microwave Window

A window for a high-sensitivity microwave receiving system allows microwave radiation to pass through to a cryogenically cooled microwave feed system in a vacuum chamber, while keeping ambient air out of...

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