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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Single-Event Latchup Protection of Integrated Circuits

Many commercially available advanced-technology CMOS and bipolar integrated circuits are susceptible to single-event latchup (SEL) effects caused by heavy ions or protons from cosmic rays or...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Inverse Rectennas for Two-Way Wireless Power Transmission

The term "inverse rectenna" may seem like an oxymoron at first glance. However, preliminary experiments have demonstrated that a rectenna of suitable design can be made to operate in an...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Plasma Window Technology for Propagating Particle Beams and Radiation from Vacuum to Atmosphere

Plasma windows can separate vacuum and atmosphere, or regions of high and low vacuums, in a way which facilitates transmission of various particle...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Bounceless Switch/Monostable Multivibrator

A circuit has been designed to debounce a mechanical switch, which is used to activate a digital circuit. Contacts tend to make and break connections several times until the switch contacts settle out....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Impedance-Based Cable Tester

The figure illustrates the major functional blocks of an impedance-based cable-testing apparatus that can locate an open or short circuit in a cable. There is no need to disconnect the cable from all other equipment in...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Transmitting Data Signals via Fiber-Optic Power Lines

Data signals can be transmitted via the same optical fibers that are used to transmit power from base stations to remote stations containing sensors and associated circuitry. [A prototype...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Photoelectrochromic "Smart" Windows and Displays

Electrochromic devices change color and light transmissivity upon application of an electric charge. As such they should prove valuable as "smart" windows that can reduce air-conditioning costs by...

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