Semiconductors & ICs

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on semiconductors & ICs, from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Applications include high-speed communications, networking, and sensing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Hermetically Sealed Semiconductors
A new encapsulation technique protects electronic properties of sensitive materials.
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Room-Temperature Magnon Switch
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
The method determines whether circuits are accurately executing complex operations that classical computers can’t tackle.
Biologically inspired ultrathin arrayed camera captures super-resolution images.
Briefs: Materials
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Quantum Computing at Room Temperature
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Single-Atom Transistors
Linking multiple copies of these devices may lay the foundation for quantum computing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Device Modulates Light and Amplifies Tiny Signals
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wearable Device Monitors Health
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Radiation-Hardened Gain Digitizer
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
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.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.

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