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.

Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Vote for Tech Briefs Product of the Year 2020
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
SpaceCube 2.0 Flight Card Mechanical System
Applications include mechanical aerospace manufacturing and thermal structure manufacturing.
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

We review three of your power-supply choices.
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nanoscale Thermal Switches
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.
Automatic recirculation valves offer efficiency for critical pump protection in power or oil and gas applications.
White Papers: Design
Highly Engineered Optical Films for Mobile Electronics and Display Systems

This downloadable article from Boyd & 3M covers optical films that have been engineered to augment display performance and enable integrated displays for mobile...

A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.

Researchers in the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center at Penn State University are searching for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles. They...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

For the first time, the winners of the Create the Future Design Contest will be announced live! Join us for this special one-hour presentation as we honor our 2020 Grand Prize...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Paper-Based Keypads Catch On?

The “5 Ws” feature of our November issue of Tech Briefs highlights a paper-based keypad being developed at Purdue University.

The soil microbial fuel cells produce energy to filter enough water for a person’s daily needs, with potential to increase scale.
White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Industry Secrets to PCB Thermal Management

Keeping electronics at a reasonable temperature is not magic, although it may feel like it at times if you are not very familiar with the rules and situations.

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Medical Robotics - November 2020

From the operating room to the assembly line, robots are changing the medical industry. Check out the latest advances and amazing applications in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method Turns Fruit Peels into New Batteries
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
5 Ws of the Paper-Based Keypad
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Smart, Self-Powered Knee Implants
These implants can provide doctors with regular activity updates and are powered by the patient’s movement.
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
A new class of medical instruments uses flexible electronics to improve patient outcomes in minimally invasive surgeries.
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
VR/AR devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma.

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