Electronics & Software

Here are innovative solutions for your biggest challenges in Electronics and Software - Power Supplies and Management, Board-Level Electronics, Components and Batteries. You’ll find applications essential to military, aviation, medical and automotive design engineering.

Briefs : Propulsion
Rocket Nozzle Side-Load Analysis Software

Lateral nozzle forces are known to cause severe structural damage during testing of any new rocket engine configuration under development. While three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD)...

Briefs : Software
Selecting a Software Programming Platform

Software development and testing comprises about half of the control system design and integration effort, so a programming platform that can ease and speed the process is vital. Such PC-based...

Products : Imaging
Product of the Month: February 2019

MakerBot, Brooklyn, NY, introduced the Method 3D printer that bridges the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing. The printer includes a circulating heated chamber, dual performance extruders,...

Briefs : Motion Control
Foot Pedal Controller

A novel foot-pedal-operated system and device were developed to control translational and rotational movement of an object in three-dimensional (3D) space. The Foot Pedal Controller system enables operators to control...

Articles : Materials
Facility Focus: Savannah River National Laboratory

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) — located in Aiken, SC — is the applied research and development laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site...

Briefs : Materials
Ultrathin, Ultralight “Nanocardboard” Recovers Shape After Bending

When choosing materials to make something, tradeoffs need to be made among properties such as thickness, stiffness, and weight. A new material called nanocardboard was...

Briefs : Aerospace
Steering-Mirror-Assisted Laser Fine Pointing

Pointing precision is a critical element of instrumentation for optical communications and ranging in space, affecting laser design, link power budgets, and SWaP. While star trackers possess...

Application Briefs : Communications
Connectors Prove Pivotal in Nanosatellite-Based Communication Network
Harwin
Farlington, Portsmouth, UK
www.harwin.com

There are certain areas of the planet that are simply too sparsely inhabited for it to be economically...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Tiny Robots Grow Bio-inspired Shapes

Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, the biological...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultrasensitive Chip-Based Sensors

An optical whispering gallery mode resonator was developed that can spin light around the circumference of a tiny sphere millions of times, creating an ultrasensitive, microchip-based sensor for multiple applications.

Briefs : Nanotechnology
Film Blocks Electromagnetic Interference

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can harm smartphones, tablets, chips, drones, wearables, aircraft, and human health. EMI is increasing with the explosive proliferation of devices that generate it. A technique was developed to produce relatively low-cost EMI-blocking composite films.

Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Embodied Logic’ Support New Monitoring Applications?

In today’s lead INSIDER story, Professor Jordan Raney said that the most interesting feature of his embodied-logic system is its ability to monitor an environment for a very long period of time, without needing a continued input of energy.

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Algorithm Can More Quickly Predict LED Materials

Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than...

White Papers : Materials
Fundamentals of Heat Transfer in Thermal Interface Gap Filler Materials

This paper focuses on the primary function of a thermal gap filler – its ability to transfer heat from one surface to another. The selection process for a gap filler can sometimes be confusing because most thermal considerations are left to the end of the design cycle when...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
When Should You Request A Custom Reflow Profile?

Solder paste composition primarily defines what reflow profile is needed for your PCB project to be successful. However, other factors such as component thermal conductivity, board thickness, and component density can make it necessary to request a custom reflow profile. Read this whitepaper from...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Selecting the Optimal Washer Solution for Assembly Applications

Washers are critical to the operation of virtually every machine or device with moving parts. They perform a variety of functions beyond securing bolts, nuts and screws, including insulating, sealing, locking and more. With what appears to be almost limitless varieties of washers...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Make the Right Choice: Know the Right Enclosure Material for Your Application

The enclosure material you select impacts the lifespan, functionality and performance of the components inside. With numerous materials available, what are the different protective advantages? In Rittal's "Selecting the Appropriate Materials for Industrial Enclosures"...

Blog : Transportation
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
David Barzilai from Karamba Security tells Tech Briefs what threats to the connected car concern him the most.
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

Well into its third decade of widespread deployment, VME adopted the new VXS gigabit serial interface, clearly representing the most significant leap in backplane data transfer rates throughout its entire history. Because VXS delivered such a dramatic improvement in embedded system...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
High-Speed Real Time Recording Systems

In today’s world of high-speed A/D converters operating in the gigahertz range, real-time signal recording has become a challenging task that requires specialized hardware and intelligent application software. When designing a real-time recorder capable of streaming sustained data to disk at rates of up...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems

FPGAs have become an increasingly important resource for software radio systems. Programmable logic technology now offers significant advantages for implementing software radio functions such as DDCs (Digital Downconverters). Over the past few years, the functions associated with DDCs have seen a...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/Ds In Real-Time Systems Handbook

To help define the meaning of “high-speed A/D” used in this handbook, we will be focusing primarily on A/D converters with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz. We will review sampling techniques, FPGA technology and we will present the latest Pentek high-speed A/D products...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Software-Defined Radio Handbook

SDR (Software-Defined Radio) has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition and signal processing.This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replace legacy analog...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Putting VPX and Open VPX to Work

Before the advent of OpenVPX, designers of embedded systems took advantage of the extreme connectivity offered by VPX (VITA 46), but were faced with a virtually unlimited number of possible implementations. Specific choices for the control and data channel assignments for each slot, the backplane connectivity,...

Blog : Software
CES 2019: Artificial Intelligence Forecasts Famine
From CES 2019: For famine relief, the World Bank is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Do You Expect Successful Cyberattacks on Today’s Connected Cars?

In today’s lead story, Stacy Janes showed optimism regarding the security of connected cars.

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Programmable Power Supply Selection Criteria for Testing High-Performance Devices

Changing scientific and industrial applications demand flexible, precise programmable power supplies. Power Supply Features and Functions Help Make Testing Flexible. When evaluating programmable power supplies, users should look for as many of the following...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Internal Short Circuit Testing Device to Improve Battery Designs

Batteries, such as lithium-ion, sold for consumer use in portable electronic devices and other applications such as electrical cars, occasionally fail in the field over time. These cells have typically passed a wide variety of safety tests such as those required by governmental...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Li-ion Cell Calorimeter

Lithium-ion batteries are an integral part of energy storage systems used in NASA's Exploration program, as well as many modern terrestrial industries. NASA Johnson wanted a better way to measure total and fractional heat response of specific types of Li-ion cells when driven into a thermal runaway condition.

Articles : Aerospace
Facility Focus: NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) has been a leader in human space exploration for more than half a century. Established in 1961 in Houston, TX as the Manned Spacecraft Center, the center...

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