Latest Briefs & News

Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Coming Soon - Will Comfort-Adjusting Clothing Catch On?

Researchers from the University of Maryland have created a fabric that automatically regulates the amount of heat passing through. The engineered yarn expands and collapses based on temperature and humidity, cooling and warming a wearer as needed. What do you think?

Upcoming Webinars : Materials
Coming Soon - Lightweighting with Composites and Plastics

The automotive and aerospace industries, in particular, are increasingly looking for innovations that reduce weight, resulting in greater fuel efficiency. From car bumpers to airplane interiors, composites and plastics are being used more commonly for functional components that are...

Upcoming Webinars : Materials
Coming Soon - Material Solutions for e-Mobility

Long-term growth projections for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are fueling research in electronic and battery technology with the aim of improving safety, extending lifespan, enhancing performance, and lowering cost. These challenging and sometimes conflicting...

Upcoming Webinars : Software
Coming Soon - The Future of Modeling is Here

Ever since the first days of space flight, mathematical modeling that simulates processes, devices, and other physical phenomena has become an integral part of the research and development of engineering designs. However, it has also been restricted to engineers who are experts in the physics being...

Upcoming Webinars : Photonics/Optics
Coming Soon - Freeform Optics Design for Illumination Applications

Freeform optical elements give designers new and exciting degrees of freedom when it comes to designing optics for illumination applications. These same freeform elements can also add a new layer of complexity to the design process due to added degrees of freedom. This...

Upcoming Webinars : Imaging
Coming Soon - Infrared Imaging Technology

Infrared imaging works by detecting electromagnetic radiation emitted from or reflected off the target material in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. It’s used in a variety of applications from scientific to military to industrial. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs...

Upcoming Webinars : Energy
Coming Soon - Cooling Strategies for High-Power Electronics Cabinets

Electronics are tightly packaged into sealed enclosures in a variety of different applications, both industrial and military. From control cabinets in dusty factories, to cabinets aboard submarines, the combination of total power and environmentally sealed designs create a...

Upcoming Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Coming Soon - A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing

This 30-minute Webinar examines how to optimize your design through part geometry, surface finish, secondary operations, and other considerations.

Upcoming Webinars : Photonics/Optics
Coming Soon - NASA Discusses Advances in Photonics for Space and Commercial Applications

NASA is working with U.S. industry and academia to develop photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for use in sensors, analog RF applications, and computing and free space communications. PICs provide reduced size, weight, and power that is critical for...

Upcoming Webinars : Robotics, Automation & Control
Coming Soon - Impact of Autonomous and Electric Vehicles in New Product Development

Product design in autonomous and electric vehicles requires a product architecture of systems, subsystems, hardware, and software, as well as requirements management and the "Engineering V." Electronics, hardware, and software in the product also necessitate new...

Upcoming Webinars : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Coming Soon - Autonomous Vehicles Sensors: How to Ensure They Work Well and Stay Clean

The sensors found on self-driving vehicles and advanced driving assistance systems are the eyes that see in place of the driver, so exceptional performance in every situation is absolutely critical. That includes unpredictable weather situations, such as rain,...

Upcoming Webinars : Automotive
Coming Soon - Connectivity Solutions for Robust Data Transmission in Future Vehicle Wiring Systems

The evolution of autonomous driving vehicles will result in fundamental changes in requirements for automotive architectures. Recently discussed approaches show a trend toward centralization of computation power on one side and the need for...

On-Demand Webinars : Automotive
Automotive Glazing: Past, Present, and Future

The design and use of materials for automotive glazing have changed. This 60-minute Webinar explores the backdrop of dynamic design trends and performance requirements over the 100+ years that automobiles have been in existence. It looks at the early days in the auto industry and what the word...

On-Demand Webinars : Sensors/Data Acquisition
SOSA and Its Impact on OpenVPX

The new Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) being spearheaded by the Air Force, Army, and Navy seeks to develop standards and architectures that provide uniformity, interoperability, and open architectures while simultaneously driving down procurement and operational costs for new C4ISR platforms.

Question of the Week : Energy
Do You See Potential with Electrokinetic Power?

Scientists from Caltech and Northwestern University have found a way to generate electricity by combining saltwater with one of life's more undesirable compounds: rust.

Question of the Week : Software
Have You Used Machine Learning in Your Design Efforts?

A team from the University of Pittsburgh recently used machine-learning to create a butterfly-inspired, self-healing glass. Models from the San Francisco-based software company SigOpt helped engineers determine ideal characteristics for the material.