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: Semiconductors & ICs
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Protocol Improves Storage Efficiency and Output Speed of Computer Systems
This approach enables computer systems to retrieve data much faster.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer Twists and Bends in the Presence of Light
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
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.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
System Provides Cooling with No Electricity
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.
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
RFID-Based System Enables Internet of Things
The technology could help in elder care with sensors throughout a home.
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Reliability Radio Frequency MEMS Switch
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Sound and Light for Ultrafast Data Transfer
This method could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Housed in a chip, it lets IoT devices communicate with existing WiFi networks.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High Thermally Conductive Polymeric Composites
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Apps could take up less space on a smartphone and apps could download instantly.
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Soft, Conformable Hearing Implants
These electrode implants will allow people with a dysfunctional inner ear to hear again.
Briefs: Motion Control
Low-Inductance DC Power Bus
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
This new understanding can help chip manufacturers find ways to better diffuse the heat that leads to device damage and decreased device lifespans.

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