In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, UC Berkeley engineers have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can actually operate at the lowest fundamental energy...

Embedded Computing INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
2D Electronic Devices Could Replace Silicon

Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of...

Embedded Computing INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
1U CPU Cooler

Specifically designed for use with data storage, high-density, backup, or cloud servers, Jaro's (Boca Raton, FL) new low-profile, 1U CPU cooler (with heat-sink) is perfect for Intel processors that interact with square socket...

Embedded Computing INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Panel-Mount Connectors

TE Connectivity Ltd. (TE) (Harrisburg, PA) has launched its DEUTSCH 369 series panel-mount connectors. The new panel-mount connectors have the ability to mount in seconds, suit multiple panel thicknesses, accept the...

Embedded Computing INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Thin Film, Miniaturized Components

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) and the German technology company Acquandas GmbH have partnered to offer micro-patterned, 2D and 2.5D integrated multi-function miniaturized components and coatings. Materials...

Embedded Computing INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Magnetometer

MEMSIC Inc. (Andover, MA) has announced the availability of its MMC3630KJ, an ultra-small size, BGA package, magnetometer for portable devices. The MMC3630KJ series magnetometer includes an integrated monolithic 3-axis AMR...

Tech Briefs INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Store Digital Data in DNA

Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft have stored digital images in DNA. The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers has detailed one of the first complete systems to...

Question of the Week
Will 'smart glasses' catch on?

This week's Question: A recent patent application from the South Korean electronics giant Samsung revealed a new concept for smart contact lenses. The eyewear includes a built-in camera, sensors, and a display that can project images directly into a wearer’s eyes. The smart lenses can be controlled using eye...

In the past, automobiles were made up of many independent electronic systems. Even the assembly lines that were used to manufacture the vehicles required the operation and...

Tech Briefs INSIDER: Aerospace
NASA Measures Raindrop Sizes from Space

For the first time, scientists have three-dimensional snapshots of raindrops and snowflakes around the world, thanks to the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation...

Question of the Week
Are cars set to be the next 'ultimate mobile device'?

This week's Question: As companies like Google and Apple lead self-driving car efforts, Hyundai Motors America CEO David Zuchowski expects the bridge between Silicon Valley and auto companies to narrow. In a recent interview with CNBC, Zuchowski suggested cars could replace mobile phones as...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
SEA5: Space Environment Automated Alerts & Anomaly Analysis Assistant

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) provides a wide range of space weather tools and services for the general scientific community. One such product that facilitates space weather situational awareness is collectively known as the Integrated Space Weather Analysis...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Extensible Data Gateway Environment (EDGE)

The NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is NASA’s designated data center for information relevant to the physical state of the ocean. Its core datamanagement and workflow system, Data Management and Archive System (DMAS), is responsible for processing hundreds of...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flight Test Maneuvers for Efficient Aerodynamic Modeling

Flight testing is expensive. It is therefore important that necessary flight data be collected in the most efficient manner possible. Inputs traditionally used for flight test maneuvers to collect aircraft stability and control data include doublets, impulses (stick raps), multisteps, and...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
JPL CO2 Virtual Science Data Environment (VSDE)

The JPL CO2 Virtual Science Data Environment (VSDE) (http://co2.jpl.nasa.gov) is a comprehensive effort to bring together the models, data, and tools necessary for atmospheric CO2 research. The VSDE site is designed to provide streamlined Web-based discovery and access to multiple global and...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Python Advanced Microwave Precipitation Radiometer Data Toolkit (PyAMPR)

Advanced Microwave Precipitation Radiometer (AMPR) brightness temperature data from NASA field projects are in ASCII format. This Python script defines a class that will read in a single file from an individual aircraft flight and pull out timing, brightness temperatures...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Data Ordering Genetic Optimization (DOGO) System

Observations in modern datasets have a continuum of quality that can be hard to quantify. For example, satellite observations are subject to often-subtle mixtures of confounding forces that distort the observation’s utility to a varying extent. For the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis for Earthquakes

Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis for Earthquakes (ARIA-EQ) will be the first coordinated effort to automate geodetic imaging capabilities so they can be used for hazard response. The innovation is an automatic geodetic imaging data system that is the foundation for an operational hazard...

Saliva is an easily accessible body fluid containing important biological markers of physiological regulation in the body. The ability to use saliva to monitor the health and...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Cryogenic Propellant Feed System Analytical Tool

The Propellant Feed System Analytical Tool (PFSAT) predicts heat leak based on insulation type, installation technique, line supports, penetrations, and instrumentation. It also determines the optimum orifice diameter for an optional thermodynamic vent system (TVS) to counteract heat leak into the...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Radiation-Hardened, High-Voltage, Quad-Channel Amplifier

Aradiation-hard, 130-Volt, 100-KHz capable, quad-channel operational amplifier with corresponding power supply and 6th-order Bessel filter circuitry has been designed, fabricated, and successfully tested. To control two-axis microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based mirrors, a...

Microwave spectroscopy is an invaluable tool for studying the structure, dynamics, and even the handedness of gas phase species....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Signal Digitizer and Cross-Correlation ASIC

Microwave interferometry provides a means of synthesizing large scanning antennas that are not otherwise physically practical for spaceborne Earth observational systems. By cross-correlating multiple receivers of an array, high-resolution images are synthesized from a sparse — or thinned — array of...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Image Capture to Stereo Correlation in an FPGA

In this work, there were four independent vision modules implemented in an FPGA: a CameraLink camera interface, rectification, bilateral filtering, and stereo disparity correlation. Each module was originally designed to run from end to end, not in a pipeline with the other modules. This limited...

Constellations of low-cost, small instruments provide global, distributed, and frequent coverage, enabling unique science observations. However, radars are active instruments...

Briefs: Materials
Flexible, High-Temperature Polyimide/Urea Aerogels

Cross-linked silica-based aerogels with polymeric materials, as well as incorporating a flexible linkage into the underlying metal oxide, have been proven to improve strength and resilience over their native, or non-cross-linked, counterparts without adversely affecting porosity and density. In...

Cryogenic fluid management (CFM) is a critical technical area that is needed for the successful development of future space exploration. A key challenge is the storability of LH2, LCH4, and...

Briefs: Materials
Colorimetric Indicator for Detection of AF-M315E

An easy and instant method of detection was needed for AF-M315E, a “green” propellant that produces very little vapor. This makes it hard to detect by smell or other active sensors.

Briefs: Materials
Oriented Nanofibers Embedded in a Polymer Matrix

A method of forming a composite of embedded nanofibers in a polymer matrix with a high degree of alignment has been created using a nanofiber continuous fiber (NCF) system. This innovation incorporates nanofibers in a plastic matrix forming agglomerates, and then uniformly distributes them by...

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