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.

Researchers at the University of Houston report that they have designed and produced a smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand capable of assessing vital diagnostic...

White Papers: Communications
The Value and Necessity of External Surge Protection in PoE Applications

PoE network engineers should deploy high-quality external surge protection devices (SPDs) to help ensure safe, secure network operation, reduce downtime, minimize site...

A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Controller Helps Robots Avoid Collisions

MIT startup Realtime Robotics invented a solution that gives robots the ability to quickly adjust their path to avoid objects as they move to a target. The Realtime controller can be connected to...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Combining Customizable High-Speed Interfaces with FPGA Coprocessing

Built for harsh environments, high performance, and sensitive budgets, the new FPGA-based XMC meets VITA 47 rugged specs and offers custom or pre-configured high-speed...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Precision Landing Without a Pilot

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
What Is This RISC-V Thing, Anyway?

Are you considering leveraging the cost-saving benefits of RISC-V in your next design? The RISC-V processor architecture is revolutionizing the business model for deployment of architectures in the embedded systems marketplace. While the processor design is maturing rapidly, the RISC-V software...

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Introduction to Visualizer for VHDL Users

Testing and methodology with complex silicon require powerful but simple-to-use debug solutions. The Visualizer Debug Environment provides a common solution for simulation, emulation, and other engines, including Verilog, VHDL, UVM, SystemC, C/C++, Assertions, and Coverage.

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Calibre nmLVS-Recon Early Circuit Verification Helps Reduce Time to Market

This Webinar explains how to speed up early design analysis while reducing overall design closure time. It also discusses why early verification is necessary in today’s market and why you should use it to focus on the errors most likely to slow down your process...

White Papers: Medical
Choosing the Right Medical Power Supply

Because modern medical equipment heavily leverages advances in the computing and electronics fields, it is increasingly critical to select the right power supply to meet functional and regulatory...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will 'Biomorphic' Batteries Support a Future of Tiny Robots?

A Tech Briefs TV video highlighted a rechargeable zinc battery from the University of Michigan that integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy. The “biomorphic” battery, according to researchers, could provide 72x more energy for robots.

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) developed a novel, integrated approach to track energy-transporting ions within an ultra-thin...

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that asymmetric stresses within electrodes used in certain wearable electronic devices provides an important clue as to how to...

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have created next-generation solar modules with high efficiency and good...

Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robotic Insect Survives Being Flattened by a Flyswatter
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
Application Briefs: Internet of Things
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Choosing the right battery will save trouble and expense in the long run.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Power Electronics - September 2020

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
This neurostimulator could deliver fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breathable Electronics for Wearable Technologies
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Applications include high-speed communications, networking, and sensing.
Flat-panel technology could transform antennas, wireless, and cellphone communications.
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Hermetically Sealed Semiconductors
A new encapsulation technique protects electronic properties of sensitive materials.
Pop-up miniature electronics based on the Japanese art of kirigami can be repeatedly compressed.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Materials

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Accelerating Pre-Silicon Software Development with Next-Gen...

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