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Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Government policy The U.S. government hopes to build more fabs and expand its R&D efforts in the United States. To help enable those efforts, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has introduced the new bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. This combines Schumer’s Endless Frontier Act and other bipartisan competitiveness bills. It includes $52 billion in emergency supplem... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 4


Measuring Moon dust The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and others have developed a new way to study and measure moon dust. Using an X-ray nano computed tomography (XCT) technique, researchers measured the 3D shapes of lunar particles as small as 400nm in length. The goal is to find out how these shapes impact the optical scattering characteristics of lunar dust on the... » read more

Greetings From Mars


Hello Mars. Congratulations to the amazing engineers and scientists at NASA and Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) for a successful touchdown on the Mars Jezero Crater. In July 2020, NASA launched the Perseverance rover mission, which sought to find signs of habitable conditions, search for biosignatures, and collect samples for future Mars-sample-return missions and human expeditions. Seven months l... » read more

IC Materials For Extreme Conditions


The number of materials being researched for chips used in extreme environments, such as landing on the planet Venus, is growing. While GaN has captured much of the attention for power conversion circuits, it's just one of several applications for semiconductors in extreme environments. The high voltage, high temperature, and caustic atmospheres found in many industrial and aerospace environ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Feb. 23


Space crystals Northrop Grumman recently launch its Cygnus spacecraft into space, sending thousands of pounds of critical supplies and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch, which took place from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, will deliver a diversity of experiments to the ISS National Laboratory. In one experiment, Redwire’s sixth in-space man... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Aerospace The NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover, which landed safely on Mars this week, has some new autonomous systems. The landing craft flew autonomously to find a good landing spot. When on the ground, the rover can drive in an autonomous traverse mode. Also autonomous is the small helicopter, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, being tested on Mars. The helicopter can fly up to 90 seconds autonom... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Jan. 19


X-ray imaging with AI The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has demonstrated the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the process of reconstructing images from coherent X-ray scattering data. Argonne’s technology, called PtychoNN, combines an X-ray imaging technique called ptychography with a neural network. This in turn enables researchers to decode X... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Security Synopsys’ Cybersecurity Research Center disclosed that its research resulted in three Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVE) advisories on wireless router chipsets that have partial authentication bypass vulnerabilities. The vulnerability lets an attacker send an unencrypted data frame through a WPA2-protected WLAN, which will may respond with an encrypted data frame that the atta... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — data center, edge, IoT Codasip and Metrics Design Automation announced they have integrated Metrics’ SystemVerilog RTL Simulation Platform within Codasip’s SweRV Core Support Package, version, and it will be accessible on the cloud. Aldec’s TySOM Embedded Development Kits have qualified for Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Greengrass. TySOM is a family of Xilinx Z... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 2


EUV lithography in outer space The U.S. space program made history on May 31, 2020, when NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time a commercial spacecraft has delivered astronauts to the ISS. The ISS serves as a research lab for companies, government agencies and universiti... » read more

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