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...

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....

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...

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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...

Detecting concealed small weapons carried by people has received significant interest from law enforcement agencies as well as the military, most frequently for...

Induction motors often are the preferred choice among industrial motors due to the modern power electronics that improve their speed control. Vitally...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Extensive research has been done on carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNTFETs), which may revolutionize electronics. Single-walled carbon nano-tubes (SWNTs) act...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Real-Time Avionics Operating System

The ThreadX® real-time operating systems from Express Logic (San Diego, CA) have been integrated into Avidyne Corporations' DFC90 attitude-based digital flight control systems in Cirrus SR20 and SR22...

Products: Electronics & Computers
CompactPC® Multicore Board

Kontron (Poway, CA) has introduced the CP308 3U CompactPCI® multicore board with the CP308-MEDIA extension card, featuring the new HD digital display interface standard DisplayPort. It includes S/P-DIF-Out audio...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Microcontroller Tool Suite

LDRA (San Bruno, CA) has announced the integration of its LDRA tool suite and Microchip Technology’s MPLAB PIC18, PIC24, and dsPIC32/33 tool chains. Microchip’s PIC18, PIC24, and dsPIC32/33 families are 8- and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Burnsville, MN) now offers a BGA socket for 0.5mm pitch 51 pin BGA. The SG-BGA-7154 socket is designed for 4mm × 4mm × 0.8 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with less than 1 dB of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Protocol Analyzer Mid-Bus Probe

Anew mid-bus probe for the Summit™ T3-16 Protocol Analyzer from LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) can be connected to systems that utilize the Intel® mid-bus probe footprint specification. The probe uses a...

Products: Electronics & Computers
On-Chip Debug Solutions

Macraigor Systems (Brookline Village, MA) has ported their on-chip debug technology (OCDemon), GNU tools suite, and Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo platform to the ARM Cortex-A8 processor. The Cortex-A8 is ARM’s first...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Lightweight Spreader for SBCs

Advanced Digital Logic (San Diego, CA) has introduced the ADL945PC-LTSPREADER, a lightweight spreader for the ADL945PC family of single board computers. The ADL945PC-LTSPREADER is designed for any application...

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