Electrical/​Electronics

Access our comprehensive library of electrical and electronics technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum Computing at Room Temperature
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Single-Atom Transistors
Linking multiple copies of these devices may lay the foundation for quantum computing.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Super-Fast Method for Ceramic Manufacturing

Scientists have reinvented a 26,000-year-old manufacturing process into an innovative approach to fabricating ceramic materials widely used in batteries, electronics, and extreme environments....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Sodium-Ion Batteries
These can replace rechargeable lithium-ion batteries commonly used in robotics, power tools, and grid-scale energy storage.
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Mini-magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Metals Change Surfaces in Response to Heat
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wearable Air Conditioning
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spin Capacitor for Energy-Efficient Electronics
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape Memory Alloy Mechanisms for CubeSats
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.

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