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
High-frequency sound waves can be used to build new materials, make smart nanoparticles, and even deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This portable method could enable hospitals to make their own supply of the disinfectant on demand and at lower cost.
Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Flywheels offer an environmentally and financially sound choice for protecting critical operations.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Briefs: Energy
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Aerospace
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The algorithm identified a new compound potentially useful for photonic devices and biologically inspired computers.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Materials
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Briefs: Motion Control
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Energy
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
Briefs: Imaging
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Wearables
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the materials.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Energy
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Briefs: Energy
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Materials
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Briefs: Tubing & Extrusion
Medical instruments equipped with a soft electronics system improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in minimally invasive surgeries.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.

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