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Content posted in December 2018
Silicon yields phased-arrays for optics, not just RF
Analog Angle  
12/23/2018   3 comments
Silicon is a viable substrate for functions such as optical waveguides; a building block of interesting applications such as optical phased-arrays and lenless cameras.
Up close and personal with the Shuttle Independence
Steve Taranovich  
12/20/2018   Post a comment
While in Houston recently, I visited the Space Center Houston and toured the 80-ton shuttle replica Independence, mounted atop the historic and original NASA 905 159-ton shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA), which was the first of the SCAs.
A Sampling of Radiation Test Facilities
Jonathan Harris  
12/20/2018   4 comments
Facilities for radiation testing at facilities that are located in the United States
Multimodal Sensing Solves the Water-Drop "Plink" Mystery
Analog Angle  
12/20/2018   2 comments
Even the seemingly innocuous dripping of water can lead to some interesting and often counterintuitive scientific insight, if you have the right sensors to capture the critical data.
It's a Wonderful Wi-Fi
Brent Dietz  
12/19/2018   Post a comment
What if Wi-Fi had never been born?
5G: Where is it and where is it going?
Martin Rowe  
12/19/2018   1 comment
Despite the oncoming hype, 5G has a considerable way to go given that deployment is just beginning. We still need much of systems to get into full production. Then, businesses and consumers will have to buy the products.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 9
Busy Blogger  
12/18/2018   1 comment
This blog series is focused on the wealth of possibilities offered by an interaction between the car’s driver and the smart car powered by means of smart electronic systems that are able to detect the physiological status of the driver and take preventive and corrective actions as well to preserve the safety and the comfort of the occupants of the e-car.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 8
Busy Blogger  
12/18/2018   Post a comment
The future of the smart car may include a smart seat able to sense the physiological conditions of the driver and acting to keep the driver and the occupants safe, assisted by a smart system empowered by electronic sensors and a smart interactive electronic system.
Simple Circuit Measures Relative Intensity of Two Light Sources
Steve Taranovich  
12/18/2018   2 comments
Can I measure the difference between two light sources with an instrumentation amplifier?
Water harvesting from air: Electronics technology extracting water from air.
Busy Blogger  
12/17/2018   Post a comment
The future development of the Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) solution for the integration and enhancement of supercapacitors may lead to developing an innovative solution to obtain water from air.
Apollo 8 Christmas in Space
Steve Taranovich  
12/15/2018   5 comments
NASA Orion Launch, Descent, and Launch abort simulator
Steve Taranovich  
12/9/2018   1 comment
I checked another item off my ‘Bucket list’ last week. NASA enabled me up to ‘fly’ the Mars Orion simulator!
Overcoming common challenges driving an amplifier with a photodiode
Signal Chain Basics  
12/7/2018   1 comment
A transimpedance amplifier (TIA), which takes the current from a photodiode and converts it into a usable voltage with low output impedance, can provide effective gain for a photodiode signal.
The current drive current sense circuit
Jerry Steele  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The op amp-based current sensing circuit described here is not new, it has been around for some time, but with very little discussion of the circuit itself. Somewhere along the line it was informally given the name: "Current Drive" circuit, so we'll call it that for now.
Battery-free power for wireless switches
Troy Davis  
12/2/2018   Post a comment
EnOcean has enabled millions of wireless light switches that do not contain batteries and has now introduced the “Battery-free by EnOcean” seal to highlight the self-powered switches’ benefits at a glance.
Worthy of redesign: NYPD Body Cam device and battery design jeopardized personal safety
Danny Rockett  
12/1/2018   Post a comment
In October, a New York City Police Department officer on Staten Island wore a body camera that unexpectedly began smoking and caught on fire.

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