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Blog : Electronics & Computers
Answering Your Questions: Lithium-Air Battery vs. Lithium-Ion
Answering Your Questions: Lithium-Air Battery vs. Lithium-Ion
Larry Curtiss answers reader questions about a new kind of lithium-air battery.
Answering Your Questions: Lithium-Air Battery vs. Lithium-Ion
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Process Enables 3D Printing of Nanoscale Metal Structures
Process Enables 3D Printing of Nanoscale Metal Structures

In 3D printing — also known as additive manufacturing — an object is built layer-by-layer, allowing for the creation of structures that would be impossible to manufacture by...

Process Enables 3D Printing of Nanoscale Metal Structures
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Circuit Protection Challenges for Battery Management Systems
Circuit Protection Challenges for Battery Management Systems

The market for higher-voltage automotive systems is expanding. The number of electric vehicles that use battery-powered drive systems having voltage equal to or higher than 48V is...

Circuit Protection Challenges for Battery Management Systems
Briefs : Aerospace
Safe2Ditch Technology
Safe2Ditch Technology

Highly capable small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) provide substantial business opportunity, especially if allowed to operate in the suburban market. Reliability issues force the use of a safety pilot for each vehicle...

Safe2Ditch Technology
Briefs : Energy
High-Energy Lithium Flow Cells with Sulfur Anodes

Li-ion batteries offer considerable advantages such as high gravimetric and volumetric energy densities, and good calendar life and shelf life compared to aqueous systems such as Pb-acid, Ni-Cd, and Ni-MH. Various Li-ion chemistries with different Li-intercalating cathodes have attained...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Water-Based Lithium-Ion Batteries
Flexible, Water-Based Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte — reaching the 4.0- Volt mark for electronics such as laptops — without the fire and...

Flexible, Water-Based Lithium-Ion Batteries
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: April 2018
New on the Market: April 2018

Polarization Camera

Lucid Vision Labs, Richmond, BC, Canada, announced the 5-megapixel Phoenix polarization camera that can be used to detect stress or defects in manufacturing of materials such as...

New on the Market: April 2018
Blog : Test & Measurement
A Look Back at the Trailblazing "Manny" Robot – A Firefighter's Friend
A Look Back at the Trailblazing
In 1988, a team at Pacific Northwest Laboratories built a mannequin robot. One of the original engineers talked with Tech Briefs about his time making "Manny."
A Look Back at the Trailblazing
Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Will edible electronics catch on?

In this week's Tech Briefs TV video, Rice University scientists demonstrated an ability to embed graphene into paper, cloth, and even your breakfast. Why etch patterns into toast? James Tour, a chemist at Rice University, envisions never-before-seen applications, like embedding electronics as a self-cooking heat...

Blog : Electronics & Computers
The ‘Create the Future’ Design Contest is Open for Entries
The ‘Create the Future’ Design Contest is Open for Entries
Have a product design idea? The "Create the Future" Design Contest is now open for submissions until July 2, 2018.
The ‘Create the Future’ Design Contest is Open for Entries
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Whispering Gallery Optical Resonators
Whispering Gallery Optical Resonators

In London's St. Paul's Cathedral, a whisper can be heard far across the circular whispering gallery as the sound curves around the walls. Now, an optical whispering gallery mode resonator developed by...

Whispering Gallery Optical Resonators
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Near-Zero-Power Temperature Sensor
Near-Zero-Power Temperature Sensor

A temperature sensor was developed that runs on 113 picowatts of power — about 10 billion times smaller than a Watt. The technology could enable devices that can be powered by harvesting energy from...

Near-Zero-Power Temperature Sensor
Q&A : Semiconductors & ICs
Q&A: N.C. State's Dr. Jingyan Dong Develops New Way to Directly Print Metal Circuits

Researchers from NC State have developed a new technique for directly printing metal circuits, creating flexible, stretchable electronics. The technique can use multiple metals and substrates, and is compatible with existing manufacturing systems that employ...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Remote Detection of Electronic Devices

Non-Linear Junction Detection is a well-known technique for detecting electronics that utilize semiconductor (solid-state) junctions. The current state of the art for finding hidden electronics — such as electronic eavesdropping devices — using this technology has a maximum range of about 2 m, and more...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing
Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing

Exciting new technological innovations are making the planet cleaner, people healthier, food more plentiful, transportation speedier, communication more accessible,...

Technological Advances, and How Structural Adhesives Support Manufacturing
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
System and Method for Identifying Electrical Properties of Integrated Circuits

Integrated circuit (IC) design can be divided into three stages: circuitry as specified, circuitry as designed, and circuitry as manufactured. Circuitry as specified is a somewhat abstract circuit design made with knowledge of the latest state-of-the-art integrated...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ultrafast Magnetic Reversal Method for Computer Memory
Ultrafast Magnetic Reversal Method for Computer Memory

Computers use different kinds of memory technologies to store data. Long-term memory — typically a hard disk or flash drive — needs to be dense in order to store as much data as...

Ultrafast Magnetic Reversal Method for Computer Memory
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flexible Silicon-on-Polymer Chip

A new, flexible, silicon-on-polymer chip was developed to augment new networked realities such as the Internet of Things. Typical silicon-based integrated circuits are brittle, rigid components packaged in a way that protects them. When these devices are put into a flexible form factor, rigidity is a negative...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Memristors Enable Quick-Learning Neural Network
Memristors Enable Quick-Learning Neural Network

Inspired by brains, neural networks are composed of neurons (or nodes) and synapses, which are the connections between nodes. To train a neural network for a task, a neural network takes in a...

Memristors Enable Quick-Learning Neural Network
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Magnetic Cooling of Nanoelectronic Chips
Magnetic Cooling of Nanoelectronic Chips

High-tech refrigerators have been used to reach temperatures as close to absolute zero as possible — 0 kelvin or -273.15 °C. Physicists aim to cool equipment to as close to absolute zero as...

Magnetic Cooling of Nanoelectronic Chips
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution

Revolutionary changes are driving the mobility industry forward. Explore the next generation of transportation engineering at SAE’s WCX: World Congress Experience from April 10-12 in Detroit, MI....

SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Water-Repellent Graphene Circuits for Washable Electronics

New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive, and water-repellent. Low-cost, inkjet-printed graphene can be tuned with a laser to make functional materials.

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
"Green" Device Generates Electricity from Motion

A wireless triboelectric nanogenerator (W-TENG) generates electricity from motion and vibrations. It consists of a biodegradeable polymer and graphene. When the two materials are brought...

Blog : Automotive
How Can Reconfigurable Hardware Secure Connected Cars?
How Can Reconfigurable Hardware Secure Connected Cars?
Software is the key; hardware is the door, says Xilinx’s Willard Tu.
How Can Reconfigurable Hardware Secure Connected Cars?
News : Electronics & Computers
How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers
How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers

If you forgot your charger today, engineers from the University of Washington have a solution for you — and it’s lasers.

How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers
Blog : Electronics & Computers
New Uses for Electro-Osmosis, Beyond the Ski Jacket
New Uses for Electro-Osmosis, Beyond the Ski Jacket

Beyond the slopes, creators of a moisture-managing, sweat-getting ski jacket envision new places for the “electrified” apparel.

New Uses for Electro-Osmosis, Beyond the Ski Jacket
Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
Don't Let Obsolescence Cause Your Test System to Flatline
Don't Let Obsolescence Cause Your Test System to Flatline

If you are testing devices and components that will last a decade or more, and you have to plan technology updates and obsolescence events for test systems that might live even...

Don't Let Obsolescence Cause Your Test System to Flatline
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: February 2018
New on the Market: February 2018

Product of the Month

Fluke Corp., Everett, WA, introduced the Fluke 3560 FC Vibration Sensors and Fluke 3502 FC Gateway for equipment vibration analysis. The sensors enable remote capture of...

New on the Market: February 2018
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ad-Hoc Cache Hierarchies Increase Processing Speed and Reduce Energy Consumption
Ad-Hoc Cache Hierarchies Increase Processing Speed and Reduce Energy Consumption

The efficiency of computer chips has increased by using caches — small, local memory banks that store frequently used data and cut down on time- and...

Ad-Hoc Cache Hierarchies Increase Processing Speed and Reduce Energy Consumption
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Method of Fabricating Ultra-Short-Gate-Length Thin-Film Transistors Using Optical Lithography

The speed of thin-film transistors (TFTs) relates directly to their gate length, which must be kept as short as possible to lower electron transport time between electrodes, and improve its high-frequency response characteristics. Since current density...