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Briefs : Information Technology
Automated Knowledge Discovery From Simulators

A computational method, SimLearn, has been devised to facilitate efficient knowledge discovery from simulators. Simulators are complex computer programs used in science and engineering to model diverse phenomena such as fluid flow, gravitational interactions, coupled mechanical systems, and nuclear,...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Battery Power Source Options for Mission-Critical Applications

Selecting power source technology for mission critical devices is crucial to ensure success. Whether it is a monitor at the bottom of the ocean, a drill system at 30,000 feet into the Earth’s crust, or hand warmers on an astronaut in Earth orbit, the cost of failure in these...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Miniature Intelligent Sensor Module

An electronic unit denoted the Miniature Intelligent Sensor Module performs sensor signal conditioning functions and local processing of sensor data. The unit includes four channels of analog input/output circuitry, a processor, volatile and nonvolatile memory, and two Ethernet communication ports, all housed...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
“Smart” Sensor Module

An assembly that contains a sensor, sensor signal conditioning circuitry, a sensor-readout analog-to-digital converter (ADC), data-storage circuitry, and a microprocessor that runs special-purpose software and communicates with one or more external computer(s) has been developed as a prototype of "smart" sensor modules...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flight Qualified Micro Sun Sensor

A prototype small, lightweight micro Sun sensor (MSS) has been flight qualified as part of the attitude- determination system of a spacecraft or for Mars surface operations. The MSS has previously been reported at a very early stage of development in NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 1 (January 2004).

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Increasing Linear Dynamic Range of a CMOS Image Sensor

A generic design and a corresponding operating sequence have been developed for increasing the linear-response dynamic range of a complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor. The design provides for linear calibrated dual-gain pixels that operate at high gain at a low signal...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Mo/Ti Diffusion Bonding for Making Thermoelectric Devices

An all-solid-state diffusion bonding process that exploits the eutectoid reaction between molybdenum and titanium has been developed for use in fabricating thermoelectric devices based on skutterudite compounds. In essence, the process is one of heating a flat piece of pure titanium in...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Photodetectors on Coronagraph Mask for Pointing Control

It has been proposed to install a symmetrical array of photodetectors about the center of the mask of a coronagraph of the type used to search for planets orbiting remote stars. The purpose of this installation is to utilize the light from a star under observation as a guide in pointing the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
High-Energy-Density, Low-Temperature Li/CFₓ Primary Cells

High-energy-density primary (nonrechargeable) electrochemical cells capable of relatively high discharge currents at temperatures as low as –40 °C have been developed through modification of the chemistry of commercial Li/CFx cells and batteries. The commercial...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Electro-Optical Modulator Bias Control Using Bipolar Pulses

An improved method has been devised for controlling the DC bias applied to an electro-optical crystal that is part of a Mach-Zehnder modulator that generates low-duty-cycle optical pulses for a pulseposition modulation (PPM) optical datacommunication system. In such a system, it is...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Mars-Approach Navigation Using In Situ Orbiters

A document discusses the continuing development of a navigation system that would enable a spacecraft to approach Mars on a trajectory precise enough to enable the spacecraft to land within 1 km of a specified location on the Martian surface. This degree of accuracy would represent an...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Cylindrical Asymmetrical Capacitors for Use in Outer Space

A report proposes that cylindrical asymmetrical capacitors (CACs) be used to generate small thrusts for precise maneuvering of spacecraft on long missions. The report notes that it has been known for decades that when high voltages are applied to CACs in air, thrusts are generated...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Embedded Security: Down to the Silicon

Embedded applications are increasingly going online. With the introduction of new embedded technologies that utilize a wide variety of communications options from Ethernet to Wi-Fi and ZigBee, there is a pressing need to secure these applications against the same problems that are inherent in any networked...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Next-Gen Networks Drive AdvancedTCA Deployments

The evolution of technology and the never-ending thirst for higher bandwidth from industries and applications are pushing the limits of existing standards. The latest processors run faster and integrate more features, thus requiring greater power, more efficient cooling design, and a larger board...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Secure Your Embedded Wireless Network

Connecting devices like medical instruments, weigh scales, printers, sensors, and other embedded devices to wireless networks allows the user to gain unprecedented freedom and mobility without the need for cumbersome cabling. Traditionally, many of these devices have been confined to a certain area, and the...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Encapsulated Video “Brick” Bolsters Video Surveillance Along Boarder

Increasingly dependent on continuous video monitoring and recording, even today's more sophisticated security surveillance systems are often plagued by reliability problems. In some ways, more complex video systems are susceptible to signal and other dependability problems...

Products : Electronics & Computers
UDE 2.0.7 and UAD2 Debug Tools for Microcontrollers

A debug tool specially tailored to support the individual features of Infineon's new scalable XC2200 microcontoller family was recently released by PLS Development Tools (San Jose, CA). Infineon used the modular components-based Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.0.7 and the Universal Access Device...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Double-Sided Press-Fit Contacts for Mezzanine Applications

ERNI Electronics (Midlothian, VA) offers a portfolio of connectors from its unshrouded header system series (STL family). The singleor double-row versions are available in many different connection lengths and termination types including press-fit, dip-solder, THR, as well as right-angle...

Products : Electronics & Computers
16-bit A/D Transient Recorder PCI Cards

Strategic Test (Woburn, MA) has released six new Transient Recorder cards in the UF2- 4700 series. Using multiple 16-bit ADC's for true simultaneous sampling, the UF2-4700 cards are available with a choice of maximum sampling rates of 100 kS/s, 250 kS/s, and 500 kS/s, and come in 8- or 16- channel...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Single-Board Computer Delivers High-Performance I/O

Mosaic Industries (Newark, CA) has released the PDQ Board™, a compact I/O-rich single board computer. The PDQ Board™ includes 1 megabyte of memory, a Motorola 68HCS12 processor, dozens of analog and digital I/O lines, and versatile serial communications links onto a 2.5"...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Lead-Free Solder Paste for Varying Manufacturing Climates

Multicore® LF600, a halide-free, no-clean Pb-free solder paste from Henkel (Düsseldorf, Germany), has been designed for humidity-resistance, making it best suited for varying manufacturing climates. Its formula allows for printing and reflow performance in regions where...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Quality Checking Software for RINEX Data

Leica Geosystems (St. Gallen, Switzerland) has introduced GNSS QC Version 1.3 (V1.3- Windows® Vista® compatible), a stand-alone software that runs alongside Leica GPS Spider or similar reference station software programs to perform automatic quality checking and reporting of the logged RINEX data....

Products : Electronics & Computers
RGB/DVI/Video Converter Boards for TFT LCDs

The new PRISMA II series of RGB/DVI/ Video Converter Boards from Apollo Display Technologies (Ronkonkoma, NY) provides a range of solutions with analog control for connecting TFT LCDs to standard graphics and video interfaces. Input signals such as analog RGB, analog video or DVI are automatically...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Automated Manufacturing Test Software for Wavesat WiMAX Chipsets

LitePoint (Sunnyvale. CA) has released the IQfact manufacturing test software for WiMAX products based on Wavesat chipsets. This turnkey software package runs on IQmax-500 R&D and IQmax-100 WiMAX manufacturing one-box test solutions.

Products : Electronics & Computers
JEDEC-Compliant Double-Data-Rate-Configurable Integrated Register Device

Inphi® (Westlake Village, CA) released the INSSTE32882, a JEDEC compliant Double Data Rate (DDR3) Configurable Integrated Register device from the Inphi ExacTik® Family of timing devices. The INSSTE32882 supports all existing DDR3- 800, DDR3-1066, and DDR3-1333...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Mini PCI Fieldbus Cards for Industrial PCs

Beckhoff Automation (Verl, Germany) has released Mini PCI fieldbus cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet and Ethernet networks. With the Mini PC cards, the newest Beckhoff Industrial PCs, including the C69xx cabinet PCs and the CP62xx or CP72xx Control Panel PCs, are equipped to integrate additional...

Application Briefs : Energy
Power Complex Protects NASA Test Equipment
Centralized Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Lee Technologies
Fairfax, VA

NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, MS, is NASA’s primary site for rocket propulsion testing. It is also home to the Applied Research and...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
G⁴-FETs as Universal and Programmable Logic Gates

An analysis of a patented generic silicon-on-insulator (SOI) electronic device called a G4-FET has revealed that the device could be designed to function as a universal and programmable logic gate. The universality and programmability could be exploited to design logic circuits...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
SMP vs. AMP: How Homogenous Is Your Embedded System?
Multiprocessing system architectures come in all shapes and sizes, so it is dangerous to make any generalizations. But perhaps there's agreement that most systems can be classified as either symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) or asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP).
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Secure Partitioning Safeguards Real-time Performance

High performance multi-core processors are providing opportunities to consolidate multiple applications into a single system. However, embedded applications often have real-time requirements that cannot be put in jeopardy by other software clamoring for the same system resources such as CPU...

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