Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF/Microwave Device Tester

The SMART^E™ 5300 general-purpose test environment from Aeroflex (Plainview, NY) is a high-speed system for testing RF and microwave devices. The DC to 40 GHz system can test, monitor, and control any device...

Electro Standards Laboratories (Cranston, RI) offers three configurations of high-speed ruggedized interface converters. Available as encased, board-only, or DIN rail-mounted, the fiber-to-USB interface converters are...

ITT Interconnect Solutions (Santa Ana, CA) offers the APD Series plastic circular connectors for use in wheeled armored vehicles. The connectors are lightweight, easy to assemble, and offer the additional security...

Perfect Switch, LLC (San Diego, CA) has introduced the POWER-GATE line of high-current solid-state DC relays, low-voltage disconnects, and battery isolators. The switches can be configured for various applications to...

The MT3A testing string pot for high-acceleration test applications in potentially wet environments is available from Celesco Transducer Products (Chatsworth, CA). The string pot is available in 3, 9, 15, and 30" stroke...

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the IMP3A, a 3U CompactPCI single-board computer featuring dual-core QorIQ™ processor technology from Freescale™. The IMP3A combines the processor with a...

PT (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) offers the MPR2000 radar and sensor data recording/playback system that enables integrators to expand their existing air traffic control recording systems and build IP-based...

Precision Glass & Optics (Santa Ana, CA) offers thin-film coatings, commercial optics, and precision optics for military and defense applications, including plano optical components from prisms to windows, beamsplitters,...

Mil-Con (Wood Dale, IL) offers a new series of battery connectors and audio connectors. The battery connectors are available in traditional plug/socket contact styles, as well as in circular contact designs....

OPCO Laboratory (Fitchburg, MA) provides a proprietary replication process that reproduces complex optics. It transfers the profile of a precision optical surface from a master, creating an exact duplicate on a variety of...

X-Scan Imaging Corp. (San Jose, CA) has introduced the XH8800 Series line-scan camera for imaging high-energy x-ray and gamma-ray scanning applications. The camera images large, dense objects such as metal casting and steel...

Articles: Aerospace
Alternative Energy and Propulsion Power for Today's U.S. Military

The U.S. military has the most sophisticated weapons systems in the world, but they are fueled and mechanically powered by old technologies. Given the mission of the U.S. military, it is without question the largest oil-using organization of its kind in the world. More than half...

Articles: Aerospace
Choosing Your RF Design Environment Flow

You can’t build a house without blueprints. So why do so many RF design flows try to build a board without a schematic? Most often, this crude process comes about due to lack of availability of RF design tools. But the wireless industry is the new cool kid on the block. As a result, electronic design...

RFM Catchall: RF & Microwave Electronics
Antenna Design Considerations

With the advent of prolific wireless communications applications, system designers are in a position to consider the placement and performance of an antenna system. The first step in establishing antenna requirements is to determine the desired communication range and terminal characteristics of the radio system...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Through-the-Wall Small Weapon Detection Based on Polarimetric Radar Techniques

Detecting concealed small weapons carried by people has received significant interest from law enforcement agencies as well as the military, most frequently for application in controlling checkpoints (in airports, border crossings, public spaces, etc.). Imaging...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Designing a Sensorless Torque Estimator for Direct Torque Control of an Induction Motor

Induction motors often are the preferred choice among industrial motors due to the modern power electronics that improve their speed control. Vitally important for the speed control of a motor is the accurate estimation of the magnetic flux and the...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A Bistable Microelectronic Circuit for Sensing an Extremely Low Electric Field

Bistable systems are prevalently found in many sensor systems. It is well established that a well-designed coupling scheme, together with an appropriate choice of initial conditions, can induce oscillations (i.e. periodic switching between stable fixed points) in...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Fiber-Optic Seismic Sensor for Unattended Ground Sensing

Seismic military sensors are required to be robust, reliable, compact, and easy to install and operate to be effective in the battlefield environment. Three types of sensor technologies were addressed that provide improved design and novel signal processing techniques: (a) a wavelength...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Reflected Signal Analysis

Forensic characterization of a wireless device is useful in many applications. An example of this is in the testing of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 15 devices that must adhere to strict guidelines with regard to RF interference; one reason being problems with Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) carried...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Threshold Voltage Tuning of Metal-Gate MOSFETs Using an Excimer Laser

This work presents a localized method for tuning the threshold voltages (Vt) of multilayer metal-gate metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) devices with a spatial area theoretically limited by the wavelength of the laser beam. This technique...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Development of GaN-Based Nanostructure Photon Emitters

Gallium nitride (GaN)-based wide bandgap semiconductors are very important material systems for fabrication of photon emitters in a wide range of wavelengths. In particular, the light emitters in ultraviolet (UV), blue, and green wavelengths have been developed and demonstrated in recent...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Solution Deposition Methods for Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistors

Extensive research has been done on carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNTFETs), which may revolutionize electronics. Single-walled carbon nano-tubes (SWNTs) act as the channel between the source and the drain of the transistor device. CNTFETs can have very high...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micro-Propulsion Devices Made of Low-Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics

In the satellite industry, the trend is towards decreasing the size of satellites and clustering of small satellites. Technological advancements in microelectronics have made it more economical to launch a cluster of satellites with a single vehicle rather than the traditional...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Analysis of Clustering Tools for Moving Target Indication

Current and future forces operating in urban environments need the capability to detect slow-moving personnel inside buildings. To accomplish this, a time-domain approach was developed that uses a low-frequency, ultra-wideband (UWB) radar with a transmit pulse capable of penetrating...

Tech Transfer Reports: Materials
Polymer Coating Material Limits Computer Damage Caused by Vibrations

Cornerstone Research Group (Dayton, OH) has developed an organic, polymer-based material that can be directly applied to any circuit board — as well as other metal- and plastic-based objects — to protect against vibrations.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Source Code Analysis Tool

AdaCore (New York, NY) has released CodePeer, a source code analysis tool that detects run-time and logic errors in Ada programs. Serving as an efficient code reviewer, CodePeer identifies constructs that are...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Fanless Industrial Panel PC

The IPPC-8151S from Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) is a 15" XGA TFT LCD fanless industrial panel PC that features an Intel Celeron®M 1GHz CPU. It includes a tapered and food-safe rubber seal between the bezel and...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Designing and Implementing COM Express Modules

Computer-on-Module Express (COM Express) has become a widely accepted way to implement embedded computing solutions in a very compact form factor. The main principle of the COM Express standard is to implement the processor and memory on a small module (basic module size for the type 2 specification...

Products: Electronics & Computers
CompactDAQ Chassis

National Instruments (Austin, TX) has introduced the NI cDAQ-9174 four-slot and cDAQ-9178 eight-slot NI CompactDAQ chassis, suitable for mixed-signal data acquisition systems. The 9174 offers a smaller footprint and can...

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