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Browse a wide range of solutions for challenges facing design engineers working with communication platforms that include applications in laser, acoustics, optical, tactile, and wireless communications. Find the latest technical briefs, articles, white papers, and webinars.

Q&A : Test & Measurement
Q&A: NASA's Dr. Mahmooda Sultana Makes Multifunctional Sensors

Dr. Sultana won funding to advance a nanomaterial-based detector platform that can sense environmental parameters from minute concentrations of target gases and vapors, to atmospheric pressure and temperature, and then transmit that data via a wireless antenna — all from the same 3...

Products : Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: May 2019 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: May 2019 Tech Briefs

S. Himmelstein and Company, Hoffman Estates, IL, announced Model 700+ Series signal conditioners that are flexible, one- or two-channel signal conditioners/displays. They feature user-settable...

Product of the Month: May 2019 Tech Briefs
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design
Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a strategy to support high-speed mobile data access using the millimeter-wave spectrum for a fifth-generation (5G)...

Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags
Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags

Ordinary WiFi can easily detect weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools, and other public venues using a low-cost suspicious...

Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags
Briefs : Communications
Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch
Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch

Emergency situations such as trying to escape heavy smoke from fire could leave the sense of touch as the only way to find an exit. Rather than trying to look at a smartphone screen, a...

Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch
Briefs : Communications
Multiplexing of Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors
Multiplexing of Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors

The traditional approach for wireless sensors involves interrogators that communicate with each other (i.e., the two boxes “talk” to each other). In contrast, surface acoustic wave...

Multiplexing of Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping
Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping

GPS signals do not penetrate very deeply or at all in water, soil, or building walls, and therefore can’t be used by submarines or in underground activities such as surveying mines. GPS also...

Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping
Briefs : Aerospace
System Enables Direct Data Transmission Between Underwater and Airborne Devices

Today, underwater sensors cannot share data with those on land, as both use different wireless signals that only work in their respective mediums. Radio signals that travel through air die very rapidly in water. Acoustic signals, or sonar, sent by underwater devices...

Briefs : Aerospace
Signal Combiner for Wideband Communication

NASA’s Glenn Research Center has devised an efficient new method of combining primary and secondary signals with minimal loss and noise. With its ability to reduce system noise, this novel signal combiner delivers the best opportunity to receive a desired signal not easily distinguished from...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Passive RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities

Researchers at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed the RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities technology that allows a RFID tag to direct a RFID reader beam signal back in the direction of arrival. This technology requires no added power to provide telemetry...

Briefs : Imaging
The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System
The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a hybrid telescope antenna system — Teletenna — to deliver high-data-rate communication over great distances. Teletenna has...

The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Chip Measures Quantities with Quantum Precision
Chip Measures Quantities with Quantum Precision

Many devices use light to probe the quantum states of atoms in a vapor confined in a small cell. Atoms can be highly sensitive to external conditions, and therefore make superb detectors....

Chip Measures Quantities with Quantum Precision
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs

nanotron, Munich, Germany, introduced 360° Edge Analytics tools and location-aware wireless sensors for manufacturing and healthcare. The products automatically extract event information in real...

Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs
White Papers : Defense
Navigating Hard Case Protective Packaging Standards

When designing a reusable packaging solution it is important to consider how the container will both protect the contents and hold up after repeated use. There are multiple design and testing standards to address these considerations, such as MIL-STD 810, IP67, and ASTM D4169, to name a few....

White Papers : Communications
Know Your Antenna, Trust Your System

Mistakes in antenna calibration can cause undesired loss for connected devices. Get tips to ensure an accurate antenna in our new eBook. We can help you ensure the ongoing performance of your antennas—from radios to radar, and in EMI/EMC testing.

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Building Blocks for a Practical Wireless Sensor System
Building Blocks for a Practical Wireless Sensor System

We recently interviewed Justin Bessette, Manager, Wireless Systems and Software Engineering at LORD Corporation, Micro-Strain® Sensing Systems, about the nuts and bolts of a wireless...

Building Blocks for a Practical Wireless Sensor System
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Understanding Bluetooth Mesh Networking
Understanding Bluetooth Mesh Networking

Bluetooth technology is focused on short-range wireless connectivity. Most of us know the Bluetooth standard as the way we connect a phone to our car or a headset for hands-free operation. But...

Understanding Bluetooth Mesh Networking
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Driverless Forklifts
Driverless Forklifts

Although driverless forklifts have been around for about 30 years, it's only in the last 10 or so that they've been free to maneuver anywhere around their environment. In the early days, the machines followed a current...

Driverless Forklifts
Briefs : Imaging
Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging
Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) TechSolutions program, the Flashing Light to Text Converter (FLTC) features a camera that can be mounted atop a signal...

Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Route to High Sensitivity Pressure Sensors
A New Route to High Sensitivity Pressure Sensors

Since their development in the 1950s, optical fibers have been used for power transmission, communication, imaging, and sensing. They are often used in situations where other sensing...

A New Route to High Sensitivity Pressure Sensors
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Marriage of Light-Manipulation Technologies
A Marriage of Light-Manipulation Technologies

Researchers have, for the first time, integrated two technologies widely used in applications such as optical communications, bio-imaging, and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems. In the...

A Marriage of Light-Manipulation Technologies
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Measuring Aging, Fat and Water Content in Meat Products Using Hyperspectral Imaging
Measuring Aging, Fat and Water Content in Meat Products Using Hyperspectral Imaging

The consumable component of muscle tissue in meat is approximately 75% water, 20% protein, 5% fat, carbohydrate, and minerals. The proportions vary depending...

Measuring Aging, Fat and Water Content in Meat Products Using Hyperspectral Imaging
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Airborne Machine Learning Estimates for Local Winds and Kinematics
Airborne Machine Learning Estimates for Local Winds and Kinematics

Future Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and air taxis will require advanced onboard autonomy to operate safely within complex and dynamic urban environments. Urban landscapes...

Airborne Machine Learning Estimates for Local Winds and Kinematics
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Multi-Purpose, Flexible Wing Structure for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as micro air vehicles, are promising tools for a variety of military and commercial applications. Some small UAS have flexible wings and are lightweight, making them back-packable and easy to deploy. Most UAS that are...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Power Thermoelectric Generator
High-Power Thermoelectric Generator

Objects in our daily lives, such as speakers, refrigerators, and even cars, are becoming “smarter” day by day as they connect to the Internet and exchange data, creating the Internet of Things (IoT)....

High-Power Thermoelectric Generator
Products : Software
New on the Market: March 2019
New on the Market: March 2019

Controller and Datalogger

Watlow, St. Louis, MO, introduced a batch processing feature for the F4T temperature and process controller and D4T datalogger. The new feature helps collect manufacturing part...

New on the Market: March 2019
Articles : Electronics & Computers
SAE WCX: Bringing You the Future of Mobility
SAE WCX: Bringing You the Future of Mobility

WCX™ World Congress Experience 2019 — presented by SAE International — is for forward-thinking engineers, executives, OEMs, suppliers, decision-makers, disruptors, and the entire spectrum of...

SAE WCX: Bringing You the Future of Mobility
Briefs : Test & Measurement
MEMS Switch Extends Life of Cellphones

A new type of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) was developed that uses electrostatic levitation to provide a more robust system. All cellphones use MEMS switches for wireless communication, but traditionally there are just two electrodes. The switches open and close numerous times during just one hour,...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Efficient Security for Cloud-Based Machine Learning
Efficient Security for Cloud-Based Machine Learning

Outsourcing machine learning is a rising trend in industry. Major tech firms have launched cloud platforms that conduct computation-heavy tasks, such as running data through a convolutional...

Efficient Security for Cloud-Based Machine Learning
Briefs : Software
Self-Stabilizing, Distributed, Symmetric, Fault-Tolerant Synchronization

Distributed systems have become an integral part of safety-critical computing applications, necessitating system designs that incorporate complex fault-tolerant resource management functions to provide globally coordinated operations with ultra-reliability. As a result,...