Electrical/​Electronics

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

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Briefs: Communications
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This paves the way for innovative and more energy-efficient printed electronics.
Briefs: Materials
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The camera was designed for use in space and other extreme environments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new printing method coaxes particles and droplets into precise patterns using the power of sound.
Briefs: Materials
With this advance, so-called “flextronics” move closer to reality.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This method could help firefighters find victims inside buildings and could track hypersonic objects such as missiles and space debris.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modern PLCs now include IT-capable software and communications protocols, empowering users to easily access edge-sourced data and integrate it with the enterprise.
Briefs: Materials
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Briefs: Lighting
The approach achieves near 100% light emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The model helps researchers fine-tune battery performance.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include planetary exploration and imaging systems used in surveillance, navigation, and target recognition.
Briefs: Imaging
This component takes up ten times less space on computer chips.
Briefs: Energy
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The protective coating works like body armor for the atomically thin materials.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device paves the way for better prosthetic control and seamless interaction with electronic devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The ultrathin magnet could advance new applications in computing and electronics.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This combination of technologies could enable developments for many optical applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include telecommunications, optical switching, and quantum computing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The compact instrument measures thermal conductivity of materials at below ambient temperatures.
Briefs: Wearables
To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Implantable chips visible only in a microscope point the way to developing chips that can be injected into the body with a hypodermic needle to monitor medical conditions.
Briefs: Wearables
Monitoring urine sugar levels is important during early stages of diabetes, and diaper sensors represent an attractive solution.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Wearables
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
An atom-based sensor can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal.

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