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White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Evolving Manufacturing Connectivity Part II: Single Solution Turns PC-based Machine Brownfields Green

As manufacturers seek to employ IoT technologies to generate Cyber Physical Production Systems connecting all production elements, Machine-to-Machine and Machine-to-People communications can fully support data analysis and application required...

On-Demand Webinars : Electronics & Computers
Reduce the Risk of Equipment Failure with Efficient Wire Termination Solutions

When designing an electrical system, reducing the risk of failure is a top priority. By making the best selections and ensuring proper installations of the termination, you can be sure your end product will meet industry standards that will work in your current...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Hermetic Feedthroughs For Magnetic Bearing Chiller Compressors

Magnetic bearings help chiller compressors reach new levels of efficiency. These high-tech bearings, however, need extra signal connections thorugh the pressurized compressor housing. Epoxy-based hermetic feedthroughs can facilitate those signal—and power—connections without...

5 Ws : Transportation
5 Ws of the SAFIRE Lithium-Ion Battery
5 Ws of the SAFIRE Lithium-Ion Battery

Who

The Safe Impact Resistant Electrolyte (SAFIRE) fire-resistant battery can be used in consumer electronics such as cellphones, in drones and cars, and in soldiers’ packs.

5 Ws of the SAFIRE Lithium-Ion Battery
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Smart Sensor Technology for the IoT
Smart Sensor Technology for the IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) applications — whether for city infrastructures, factories, or wearable devices — use large arrays of sensors collecting data for transmission over the Internet to a central,...

Smart Sensor Technology for the IoT
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine) to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Since...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Cell-Sized Robots Sense Their Environment
Cell-Sized Robots Sense Their Environment

Colloids — insoluble particles or molecules anywhere from a billionth to a millionth of a meter across — are so small they can stay suspended indefinitely in a liquid or even in air. Robots about...

Cell-Sized Robots Sense Their Environment
Briefs : Materials
One-Dimensional Material with High Current Density
One-Dimensional Material with High Current Density

Current density is the amount of electrical current per cross-sectional area at a given point. As transistors in integrated circuits become smaller and smaller, they need higher and higher...

One-Dimensional Material with High Current Density
Briefs : Materials
Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials Created Using Artificial “Superlattices”
Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials Created Using Artificial “Superlattices”

One current method to build a semiconductor superlattice — materials comprised of alternating layers of ultra-thin, two-dimensional sheets only one or a...

Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials Created Using Artificial “Superlattices”
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner

FUTURE ANTENNA MINIATURIZATION MECHANISM: MAGNETOELECTRIC ANTENNAS

Hwaider Lin and Nian-Xiang Sun, Northeastern University, Boston, MA...
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner
Articles : Medical
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner

IMPLANTABLE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR ADVANCED PROSTHETIC CONTROL

The Implantable Myoelectric Sensor (IMES) system transmits localized myoelectric signals...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner
Articles : Propulsion
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

ALUMINUM-POWERED ELECTRICITY GENERATION

Aluminum has an incredibly high energy density — double that of gasoline and an order of magnitude greater than...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Four Principal Tests for Evaluating the Safety of Electrical and Electronic Products

In the electronics business, product safety compliance is a top priority for manufacturers throughout the world. In order to create products that are considered “safe” and “reliable,” all electronic products must undergo rigorous testing to ensure that...

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Important Ways of Approaching Heat Management

With electronic gadgets becoming progressively smaller, heat management is an increasing concern. Download this guide to learn methods on managing the removal of heat from your product.

Application Briefs : Aerospace
Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors
Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), under construction atop 8,737-foot El Peñón peak in northern Chile, is a partnership project of the National...

Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors
Products : Imaging
New on the Market: October 2018
New on the Market: October 2018

Temperature Transmitters

The Sitrans TH320/420 and TR320/420 WirelessHART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer Protocol) temperature transmitters from Siemens, Erlangen, Germany, are available for a...

New on the Market: October 2018
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing
Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing

Photons, or units of light, are faster than electrons and could, therefore, process information faster from smaller chip structures. A switch was designed that bypasses a...

Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing
Briefs : Lighting
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices

Optical fibers have been traditionally produced by making a cylindrical object called a preform — essentially, a scaled-up model of the fiber — and then heating it. Softened...

“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management
Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management

Computer processors have continued to shrink down to nanometer sizes where there can be billions of transistors on a single chip. This phenomenon is described under Moore's Law, which...

Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management
5 Ws : Electronics & Computers
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers

Who

Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and buildings, to machine parts and medical devices, to furniture and office supplies — any object that has a need to communicate with or sense other...

5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
INSIDER : Energy
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life

The built-in multi-window feature released with the new Android operating system allows users to have multiple windows and files open at the same time, similar to a laptop, but this results in...

New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Learn about certification, support, supply chain and other facts to consider when choosing a connector supplier.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
A connectors expert reviews standards and certifications; assembly tooling; and physical space issues.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: September 2018
New on the Market: September 2018

Data Acquisition System

The SLICE IP68 data acquisition system from DTS, Seal Beach, CA, measures physical signals in extreme test environments. It can embed in most test articles, and the rugged...

New on the Market: September 2018
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Piezoelectric Thrust Vector Control for Hall Effect Thruster

The design of the CubeSat required precision pointing of the thrust vector through the spacecraft center of gravity to minimize fuel usage for attitude correction. Because the center of gravity shifts over the course of the mission, a means of adjusting the thrust vector was needed....

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Faster, More Efficient Information Processing

For decades, computer chips have been shrinking thanks to a steady stream of technological improvements in processing density. Experts have, however, been warning that we'll soon reach the end of the trend known as Moore's Law, in which the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits...

Articles : Imaging
What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?
What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?

Throughout the history of the electronics industry, the old refrain that systems will continuously become faster, simpler, and cheaper has remained true. In the early days of computer vision, a frame...

What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?
Briefs : Medical
Researchers Create Precision Optical Components with Inkjet Printing
Researchers Create Precision Optical Components with Inkjet Printing

Researchers have developed an inkjet printing technique that can be used to print optical components such as waveguides. Because the printing approach can also fabricate...

Researchers Create Precision Optical Components with Inkjet Printing
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path

UCLA scientists and engineers have developed a new process for assembling semiconductor devices. The advance could lead to much more...

Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics
Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics

Replacing traditional computer chip components with light-based counterparts will eventually make electronic devices faster due to the wide bandwidth of light. Because...

Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics