Topic Archive: Electronic & Communications Applications

  • Jan. '06
    Copper and Nanotechnology
    According to experts in the field, nanotechnology will have an impact on the global economy of more than $1 trillion within a decade...While the role copper will finally play in nanotechnology is yet to be determined, the metal is already filling a number of notable applications. In addition, there are a number of recent technical developments that indicate promise for expansion of copper's role in nanotechnology.
  • Oct. '05
    Copper Speeds Commerce, Saves Money in RFID Antennas
    Rapidly advancing technologies ensure a role for copper in future RFID (RF identification) systems.
  • Feb. '04
    Copper - Something New Under the Sun?
    Copper, its many compounds and alloys are continually being researched, and new developments surface daily. But where do you find out what's new? Scientific journals, sure, but some of the richest sources are the many patents published worldwide. Fortunately, almost all patents are now available online. Here's how to access them.
  • Apr. '02
    Power Quality in Your "Electronic" Home
    Proliferation of sensitive devices makes good electrical power a must-have. We're using more electricity in our homes every year, but we're also using electricity in ways that didn't even exist 20 years ago. Whether in new homes or old, electrical wiring systems must take these new uses into account.
  • Sep. '01
    Die-Cast Copper Motor Rotors Heading for Success
    A look a the on-going research designed to take advantage of copper's high conductivity in such a way as to enable the creation of ultrahigh-efficiency electric motors being conducted by an industry-government consortium of which the Copper Development Association (CDA) is a member.
  • Aug. '01
    Introduction to Copper: Applications
    This article is intended as an introduction to copper, describing the many ways in which the metal is so useful. The article also touches on copper's invaluable contribution to the health of plants, animals and mankind.
  • Jun. '01
    Phosphor Bronze: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
    Just when you think a material has been developed as fully as possible, someone comes along and proves you wrong.
  • Jun. '01
    Copper at the Cutting Edge: The Copper Vapor Laser
    Although the copper vapor laser (CVL) has been known for more than 15 years, it is a relative new-comer to the family of engineering lasers. Already the natural choice for precision micromachining, it has just gotten better.
  • Nov. '99
    High Tech House Runs on Copper
    How new solar cells based on a complex alloy of copper, indium, selenium, gallium and sulfur allow high-tech house to run even during local power failure.
  • Feb. '99
    New Life for Old Boards
    Review of how Hewlett-Packard and Micro Metallics Corp. (Micromet), a San  Jose-based computer recycling company and wholly-owned subsidiary of  Noranda Inc., of Canada, are creating an afterlife for discarded computer  products.
  • Dec. '98
    Alloy 171 for Electronic Interconnects
    Copper-based materials, with its combination of inherent excellent conductivity, formability and spring characteristics make them strategic materials to the connector industry.
  • Dec. '98
    Q & A With Hans-Erhard Reiter of the ADSL Forum
    ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) is a technology that enables ordinary voice-grade copper telephone wires to also carry high-speed data traffic. Q&A covers ADSL Forum and technology.
  • Jul. '98
    xDSL Technology & The Internet (Part II)
    A discussion by Marc J. Zionts, CEO, Westell, Inc. on xDSL, a technology which enables ordinary voice-grade copper telephone wires to carry high-speed data traffic as well as telephone calls, thus obviating the need for expensive system upgrades. Includes press release information on telephone company local loop equipment technologies company.
  • Jul. '98
    xDSL Deployment
    Where xDSL technologies are currently being used.
  • May. '98
    The Evolution of Telephone Cable
    In 1877 Thomas Doolittle developed the process for hard drawn copper wire in the Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut. He had soft, annealed copper wire drawn through a series of dies in order to increase its tensile strength. The hard drawn copper wire was strong enough for overhead wires and copper took over the telephone wire market.
  • Apr. '98
    Category 5: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go Next?
    All cables are not created equal. A look at the advances in cabling technology.
  • Apr. '98
    Home Automation Comes of Age: The Future Has Finally Arrived!
    Faster computers, more bandwidth and other innovations in the PC are leading  to the advent of the truly automatic home. Today's version typically supports  interactive voice, data, video, and multimedia, with access to high-performance  cabling and interconnection to telephone, cable TV, digital satellite, cellular  telephone, and utility telemetry services.
  • Apr. '98
    xDSL Technology and The Internet (Part I)
    A look at xDSL, which enables ordinary voice-grade copper telephone wires to carry high-speed data traffic as well as telephone calls, thus obviating the need for expensive system upgrades.
  • Apr. '98
    Communications Wiring For Today's Homes
    New houses and other residential structures are starting to be wired with the cable used for computer networking, called Category 5 (Cat 5) cable, which has the ability to handle tremendous amounts of data and allows many devices to operate over the same cable. New copper based cabling coming onto the applications and should be sufficient to residential data needs for the foreseeable future.
  • Apr. '98
    Adjusting to Dramatic Changes Occurring in the Interconnect Market - What’s Next for the World of Interconnects?
    Text of presentation by Ken Fleck covering effects of financial situation in various nations on the interconnect market worldwide.
  • Nov. '97
    Big Blue Goes Copper
    IBM's adoption of the CMOS (Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor)  manufacturing process in order to take advantage of copper's superior electrical  and thermal conductivity.