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DARPA PIPES developing integrated optical transceiver capabilities into multi-chip modules for high throughput parallel processing

Silicon photonics offers a potential breakthrough in optical interconnections that provide bandwidth and power performance, to remove communication bottlenecks within integrated circuit chips that incorporate over a billion transistors, and between integrated circuits in single boards that provide multi-teraflop (1012) computing capacity.   That trend is optical interconnection of components, …

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Rapid MEMS growth driven by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, autonomous cars, fitness and healthcare wearables, and military applications

Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) is the integration of mechanical elements (levers, springs, deformable membranes, vibrating structures, etc.), sensors, actuators, and electronics (resistors, capacitors, inductors, etc.) on a common silicon substrate through microfabrication technology. MEMS devices are today considered as one among the most promising technologies of this century, capable to revolutionize the …

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DARPA’s HI-MEMS (Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) created cyborg insects for military micro air vehicles missions

In 2006 the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) asked America’s scientists to submit “innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-cyborgs.” The Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (HI-MEMS) program, also known as the cybug program, was a proposal from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to encourage the …

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Russia has Edge in Electronic Warfare, develops Nation wide electronic warfare system for missile defence

Russia is using sophisticated electronic warfare systems in the  the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region.   In Ukraine, Russia’s extensive electronic warfare activities use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground systems to conduct electromagnetic reconnaissance and jamming against satellite, cellular and radio communication systems along with GPS spoofing and …

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Metamaterial based Antennas for wireless and space communications, GPS, satellites, airplanes and missile seekers

Researchers are always looking for new materials with novel properties. A metamaterial is a kind of artificial synthetic composite material with a specific structure, which exhibits properties not found in natural materials. They are formed by assembling multiple elements made from composite materials such as plastics or metals. Metamaterials have received …

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Molecular electronics for Next generation signal processing, data storage, and communication devices

As the complexity and volume of global digital data grows, so too does the need for more capable and compact means of processing and storing data. Data storage and processing is central to Department of Defense (DoD) activities across areas including platform design and optimization, sensing, mission planning and logistics, and healthcare. While …

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Photon spintronics or spin properties of light or could enable integrated electronic, optoelectronic and magnetoelectronic devices

Spin electronics (also called spintronics, magnetoelectronics or magnetronics) is “A branch of physics concerned with the storage and transfer of information by means of electron spins in addition to electron charge as in conventional electronics.” Spin-based electronics focuses on devices whose functionality is based primarily on the spin degree of …

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