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 : Energy
Novel Dielectric Ceramic by Spark Plasma Sintering

Researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a new dielectric material based on barium titanate nanopowder processed via spark plasma sintering (SPS). The rapid and...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags

Ordinary WiFi can easily detect weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools, and other public venues using a low-cost suspicious...

Briefs : Communications
Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch

Emergency situations such as trying to escape heavy smoke from fire could leave the sense of touch as the only way to find an exit. Rather than trying to look at a smartphone screen, a...

Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping

GPS signals do not penetrate very deeply or at all in water, soil, or building walls, and therefore can’t be used by submarines or in underground activities such as surveying mines. GPS also...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
System Enables Direct Data Transmission Between Underwater and Airborne Devices

Today, underwater sensors cannot share data with those on land, as both use different wireless signals that only work in their respective mediums. Radio signals that travel through air die very rapidly in water. Acoustic signals, or sonar, sent by underwater devices...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Passive RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities

Researchers at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed the RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities technology that allows a RFID tag to direct a RFID reader beam signal back in the direction of arrival. This technology requires no added power to provide telemetry...

Briefs : Aerospace
The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a hybrid telescope antenna system — Teletenna — to deliver high-data-rate communication over great distances. Teletenna has...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Thermoplastic Material Selection for Injection Molding

There are more than 85,000 commercial options for plastic materials listed in materials databases. Needless to say, narrowing down that extensive list of materials can sometimes seem like a formidable task. Protolabs comprehensive white paper provides a highly technical observation of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
New Product: TRACO POWER’s TIB 80-EX Power Supplies
The power supplies are designed for harsh environments and hazardous locations.
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Direct Drive Linear Motors – Overview and Selection Process

While linear motors are not a new technology, advances in the recent past have made this drive type ideal for high precision motion control solutions. Growing popularity and usage in applications requiring precision motion control have reduced the cost of technology and made linear...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Introducing Grayhill's Newest CANbus Products

Grayhill's Generation 2 MMI Controllers and CANbus keypads inherited highlights of the legacy products while featuring new benefits in meeting ever-changing market demands. These devices are well suited for ISO 13849 Safety Rated Vehicles. Both the new 3J and 3K can perform self-diagnostics include...

Blog : Data Acquisition
Energy Monitor Helps Coast Guard Find Faulty Electrics on Board
The MIT system can monitor the behavior of electronic devices within a building, a factory – and even a 270-foot Coast Guard cutter.
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Specifying Electronic Switches for Commercial Vehicles: 4 Key Considerations

Thinking about making a move to multiplexing in the electrical design of your next commercial vehicle? This new Carling Technologies white paper can help you quickly home in on important points of consideration. For example, there’s one fundamental, core issue that...

White Papers : Automotive
Understanding Aeration

Aeration may seem friendly in a cup of coffee or soda, but it's deadly for powertrain components. All forms of aeration (air bubbles, foam and dissolved air) are harmful, especially in the context of hydraulic and lubricating systems. Aeration is not a new phenomenon, but is a growing threat. Engine downsizing, higher...

White Papers : FDA/Regulatory
Your Guide to Document Control

Document control is one of the most important quality processes to get right. It ensures documents are updated and revision-controlled, allowing you to effectively route them for review, approval and distribution.

White Papers : Automotive
Hermetic Feedthroughs Block Moisture in Tomorrow's Automotive Electronics

Electronics failures can bring critical automotive functions to a sudden halt. Experts specializing in electronics failure analysis can list a host of reasons for various malfunctions, but one of the most common causes is simple moisture. Because water and electronics do...

White Papers : Test & Measurement
Navigating Hard Case Protective Packaging Standards

When designing a reusable packaging solution it is important to consider how the container will both protect the contents and hold up after repeated use. There are multiple design and testing standards to address these considerations, such as MIL-STD 810, IP67, and ASTM D4169, to name a few....

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
PCB Assembly for Smarties

Our For Smarties series concludes with the fun part—PCB assembly. It is time to stuff the bare board with components and put it to work.

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
How Unique Cable and Connector Solutions are Taking 3D Printing to New Levels

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is decades old but the industry today is quite challenging. 3D printing enables rapid prototyping, quick-turn designs, and the ability to quickly scale in industrial, consumer, and high-risk markets. The industry enables what was...

On-Demand Webinars : Electronics & Computers
Pumped Two Phase Cooling- The Solution for High Heat Dissipation and More

The demand for more functionality in smaller footprints is growing across the product spectrum. To address the more challenging thermal management requirements resulting from this trend, packaging engineers are beginning to turn to Pumped Two Phase (P2P) cooling solutions....

Blog : Energy
High-Speed Jet Mixer Efficiently Turns Algae into Fuel
A new technology may lead to a more mainstream use of algal biofuels.
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will Carbon Fibers Find a New Place in Vehicles?

In a Tech Briefs article last week, Virginia Tech professor Greg Liu spoke about his team’s newly developed porous carbon fibers, and how the material may someday change how vehicles are built and powered.

Blog : Electronics & Computers
Readers Select 2018 Products of the Year
See which three products won our 2018 Readers' Choice contest.
Blog : Medical
Calling All Innovators: 'Create the Future' Contest is Open for Entries
Your design idea could win you $20,000.
INSIDER : Power
Converting Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity with New 2-D Materials

Devices that convert AC electromagnetic waves into DC electricity are known as “rectennas.” MIT Researchers have demonstrated a new kind of rectenna, that uses a flexible...

INSIDER : Power
Red Phosphorus Barrier Keeps Batteries Safe

Researchers at Rice University have made test cells for lithium metal batteries with a coat of red phosphorus on the separator that keeps the anode and cathode electrodes apart. The phosphorus acts...

INSIDER : Nanotechnology
Expanding the Use of Silicon in Batteries — By Preventing Electrodes from Expanding

Researchers from Drexel University say that adding MXene to silicon anodes could extend the life of Li-ion batteries by as much as five times. It’s able...

White Papers : RF & Microwave Electronics
Development Tactics and Techniques for Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders

This paper describes the engineering considerations and design techniques used to develop a small form factor rugged recorder that can handle the extremely high data rates associated with very wide bandwidth RF signal recording. It is intended to provide engineers with...

On-Demand Webinars : Software
Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are fundamentally driven by multiphysics phenomena, and as such, they require a modeling approach where the relevant physical phenomena are included and coupled. Join Dr. James Ransley from Veryst Engineering for a demonstration of how to use multiphysics modeling for these...

White Papers : Communications
Know Your Antenna, Trust Your System

Mistakes in antenna calibration can cause undesired loss for connected devices. Get tips to ensure an accurate antenna in our new eBook. We can help you ensure the ongoing performance of your antennas—from radios to radar, and in EMI/EMC testing.

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