New technologies in power supplies and management, board-level electronics, electronics and computers, and battery systems provide wide-ranging applications essential to military, aviation, medical, and automotive.

A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
This electronic skin can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health data.
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
Have you heard of "Thubber?"
A carbon nanotube heat shield can better protect extremely fast aircraft.
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
Vitrek introduces the PA920 Series ultra-high-accuracy power analyzer.

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

Question of the Week: Automotive
Will ‘Unbreakable Batteries’ Find a Place in Electronics and Vehicles?

Increasingly, lithium-ion batteries are supporting portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage.

White Papers: Defense
Achieving Reliability to Match Capability

Partial Reconfiguration allows FPGAs to dynamically change modules without disrupting other parts of the design. This white paper describes the special considerations throughout the design process...

Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate...

A wireless, wearable monitor built with stretchable electronics could allow comfortable, long-term health monitoring of adults, babies, and small children without concern for...

New ceramics expand on ways to more efficiently use heat radiation.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method for producing atomically thin semiconducting crystals that could one day enable more...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

As lithium-ion battery production doubles, more viable energy storage solutions are needed.

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a calorimeter that is able to measure the total heat generated when specific types of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are...

Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.

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