Weekly Tech Roundup | Oct 4, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: technology manager top picks October 2019

Fall is here. And unfortunately, it’s unrecognizable. It brought with it a heatwave that hammered central and eastern states and an early snowfall that coated the Northern Rockies.

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But that’s not all. Our expert technology managers are also always evaluating new federal technology. This week’s tech roundup is October’s top technology picks that have been identified as hot opportunities for your business, no matter where in the world that happens to be.

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UUV buoy

Navy scientists have developed a cost-effective, remotely-controlled, unmanned underwater vehicle that can transform into a buoy.

Most standard buoys need to be transported on other vessels to be deployed. This time-consuming, personnel-heavy process can be costly. The Navy's combined unmanned vehicle and buoy device allows for relatively inexpensive deployments, recoveries, and repositioning.

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Suspended diamond air bridge in semiconductor material

Navy scientists have improved the thermal management for optoelectronic devices, such as field-effect and high electron mobility transistors.

Past methods to implement thermal management by depositing diamond on electronic devices led to an additional capacitive coupling between the gate and the drain resulting in a loss of gain at high frequencies.

The Navy's method suspends diamond air bridges between the source and the gate, and between the gate and the drain, which removes waste heat.

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High-performance resins and polymers from vanillin

Navy scientists invented a way to convert vanillin to bis(cyanate) ester monomers to produce high-performance resins and related polymers.

Fossil fuel-based resins and polymers are subject to global market fluctuations and availability. There is a growing need for domestically sourced composite resins that come from sustainable and renewable sources.

Until now, making high-performance composite resins from renewable resources (bio-aromatics) in an efficient and cost-effective manner has been limited. Vanillin is a naturally occurring organic molecule that is widely available from biomass waste and lignin.

Get the full details on the Navy's new class of resins:

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Zero power startup switch

Navy scientists have developed a more efficient, power-conserving energy harvesting system that gates the power converter from the battery.

For wireless and distributed sensor systems, vibrational energy harvesting provides a way to extend the operational lifetime beyond what a chemical battery alone can provide. By converting mechanical vibrations from a pump, vehicle, or structural frame into electrical energy, vibrational energy harvesting can be used to either supplement or replace chemical batteries.

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Cable fairing for reduced hydrodynamic vibration and drag

A Navy scientist invented a chevron ribbon fairing that reduces hydrodynamic drag on marine cables towed by a vessel.

While the chevron ribbon fairing design is most effective when its vertex angle is twice the cable’s towing angle to the flow, it can be designed to accommodate a wide variety of tow angles. The chevron fairing (like normal ribbon fairings) can be made from a variety of pliable materials.

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