Semiconductors & ICs

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

Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
High Thermally Conductive Polymeric Composites
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Terahertz Imaging System Uses Small, Efficient Lasers
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
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 : Aerospace
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.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
This new understanding can help chip manufacturers find ways to better diffuse the heat that leads to device damage and decreased device lifespans.
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Transistors Both Process and Store Information
The functional transistors are integrated with ferroelectric RAM.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Enhancing Materials for High-Resolution Patterning
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thermally Conductive Polymer Films
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Atoms Can Receive Common Communications Signals
This atom-based receiver has the potential to be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional radio receivers.
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Made with “Jenga chemistry,” the material could help in understanding how high-temperature superconductors work.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Packaging for SiC Sensors and Electronics
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Shape Memory Alloy Art (SMArt)
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Metallization for SiC Semiconductors
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
This optical switch controls the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently.
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.

Undercooled metal technology was developed that features liquid metal (in this case, Field's metal, an alloy of bismuth, indium, and tin) trapped below its melting point in polished,...

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