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Articles : Communications
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
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered
Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered

A Washington State University research team has uncovered significant and previously unknown vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips that could lead to failures in modern electronics. The...

Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biometric-Based User Authentication

Rapid adoption of mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablet computers has increased the range of applications and data on mobile devices. The use of these devices to communicate sensitive or confidential data requires, among other things, strong front-end user authentication procedures and/or protocols...

5 Ws : Sensors/Data Acquisition
5 Ws of the Lead-Detection Smartphone System
5 Ws of the Lead-Detection Smartphone System

Who

Individuals needing or wanting to examine lead content in their drinking water on-demand and in virtually any environmental setting.

5 Ws of the Lead-Detection Smartphone System
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: January 2019
New on the Market: January 2019

Laptop Computers

Eurocom, Nepean, ON, Canada offers Sky “C” Series laptop computers based on the Z370 Intel chipset and using CPU-upgrade-able, LGA1151 socket-based processors. They support up to...

New on the Market: January 2019
Application Briefs : Aerospace
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems

There are few industries where the demands for material testing and quality assurance are more challenging than in the aerospace industry. Ensuring the safety of all...

One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems
Articles : Medical
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 : Electronics & Computers
Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology
Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology

Imagine trying to use a computer that looks and acts like no computer you've ever seen. There is no keyboard or screen. Code designed for a normal computer is useless. The...

Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Technique Boosts Capacity of Computer Storage

The most dense solid-state memory ever created could soon exceed the capabilities of current computer storage devices by 1,000 times using a new technique. The same technology was used to manufacture atomic-scale circuits, allowing for quickly removing or replacing single hydrogen atoms. The...

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
Portable Brain Imaging System
Portable Brain Imaging System

Currently, concussion is measured by the symptoms someone experiences, but it is difficult to know what is happening in the brain in any one person. To address this problem, a portable brain imaging system was...

Portable Brain Imaging System
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Material Brings Optical Communication onto Silicon Chips
Material Brings Optical Communication onto Silicon Chips

An increase in computing performance has been achieved by squeezing ever more transistors into a tighter space on microchips. This downsizing has also meant packing the wiring within...

Material Brings Optical Communication onto Silicon Chips
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Advances in Spintronic Devices
Advances in Spintronic Devices

Spintronic devices promise to solve major problems in today's computers, which use massive amounts of electricity to generate heat. This requires expending even more energy for cooling. By contrast, spintronic...

Advances in Spintronic Devices
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Modified, 3D-Printable Alloy for Flexible Electronics and Soft Robots
Modified, 3D-Printable Alloy for Flexible Electronics and Soft Robots

Liquid metal printing is integral to the flexible electronics field. Additive manufacturing enables fast fabrication of intricate designs and circuitry. The field features...

Modified, 3D-Printable Alloy for Flexible Electronics and Soft Robots
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Composite Panel with Integrated Thermal Control
Composite Panel with Integrated Thermal Control

Technological advancements in materials, sensors, and computing have driven demand for higher-performance satellites. Satellites need to be much more capable in a much smaller size with a...

Composite Panel with Integrated Thermal Control
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: June 2018
New on the Market: June 2018

Laser Sensors

The optoNCDT 1750 laser sensors from Micro-Epsilon, Raleigh, NC, feature measuring ranges of 500 and 750 mm for fast, high-precision measurement tasks that require large measuring ranges....

New on the Market: June 2018
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Integrating Optical Components into Existing Chip Designs
Integrating Optical Components into Existing Chip Designs

Moving from electrical communication to optical communication is attractive to chip manufacturers because it could significantly increase chips’ speed and reduce power consumption,...

Integrating Optical Components into Existing Chip Designs
Blog : Electronics & Computers
Answering Your Questions: Is This the End of VME?
Answering Your Questions: Is This the End of VME?
A reader asked our expert: What technology will spell the beginning of the end for the VME embedded computing platform?
Answering Your Questions: Is This the End of VME?
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
Blog : Electronics & Computers
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
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
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
The NiceC Programming Language

NiceC is an improved version of ANSI C. It attempts to clean up C as much as possible using syntax translation. A type checker for NiceC is under development. The NiceC programming language is translated to, and fully compatible with, ordinary C. Thus it can be used as a drop-in replacement for C. The main benefits...

Briefs : Software
APT Web Tool

Project planning data collected by the Analysis, Planning, and Tracking (APT) system during the planning cycle previously was available to users via an email request to a data administrator who would pull data from the database, format as requested, and respond via email. Access to the data was limited by the availability of the...

Articles : Motion Control
Comparison Between Wave Soldering and Reflow Soldering
Comparison Between Wave Soldering and Reflow Soldering

As contemporary electronics embrace light weight, increasing efficiency, and high speed, each link of the manufacturing process also conforms to this philosophy, including printed...

Comparison Between Wave Soldering and Reflow Soldering
Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: November 2017

WinSystems, Arlington, TX, released the PPC65B series IP65-rated panel PC in a thin, fanless design with an operating temperature range from -20 to +70 °C. The panel PC offers a rugged design for extreme environments and industrial IoT applications. The PCs accommodate panel and VESA mounting configurations;...

News : Electronics & Computers
Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Electron Raceway in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley,...