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Electronic Components

Browse the innovative developments in electronic components that are enabling advancements in passives, semiconductors, electromechanical, power and circuit protection. Access technical briefs and articles that provide essential applications for cellphones, laptops, tablets, and other electronics.

Articles: Software
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
An industry expert explains why automotive manufacturers are turning to a "floating" board-to-board connection.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Charging Rooms’ Catch On?

Our Question of the Week focuses on today’s lead story – the creation of an aluminum test area that wirelessly powered lamps, fans, and cell phones.

Technology Leaders: Materials
Learn different strategies for addressing outdated avionics, like adding in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.
5 Ws: Wearables
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Wearables
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An atom-based sensor can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Wearables
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and compresses without compromising function.
Briefs: Wearables
The technology would enable transmission of information just by touching a surface.
Articles: Wearables
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Automotive camera monitors, curved CMOS sensors, fiber lasers, and more.
Briefs: Energy
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Demand for wireless IoT cloud-connected devices is growing rapidly, yet deploying Wi-Fi battery-based products is difficult.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
The Battery Show North America is a forum for advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military, and telecommunications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The SHT40 Smart Gadget comes with a humidity and temperature sensor.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Power in High-Reliability Applications – Applying SWaP to Connectivity

This 60-minute Webinar examines SWaP (size, weight, and power) and how it relates to connector selection for high-reliability applications. It looks at each aspect in detail and reviews the implications that system designers must consider when selecting...

Articles: Motion Control
Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.
Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An OEM must think about how to build a machine that will work on any kind of power system.
Briefs: Aerospace
The tough circuits could withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration, and more.

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