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High-Value Ceramic Capacitors: They Stink, and You Can't Get Them Anyway

There are widespread shortages of electronics parts at the moment, especially passives.  Quoted factory lead times are 40 weeks or thereabouts, and since the industry is capacity-limited, it isn't clear that the situation is going to get better any time soon, so everybody's starting to panic.   Given all this churn I've been spending an unconscionable amount of time lately finding suitable replacements for out-of-stock parts. 

Touch Panel Displays: Low-Cost Optical Front End

In cooperation with Flatfrog Laboratories AB, Lund, Sweden. This one was interesting mostly due to the requirement for high and stable performance at an absolute rock-bottom cost.

Plasmonic Nano-Antennas for Thermal Infrared Pixels

This was a seedling design study for a DARPA program that never got funded. It leveraged POEMS and my antenna-coupled tunnel junction devices, adding a couple of novel wrinkles: metal-insulator-metal varactors and parametric readout using a 10 GHz pump frequency. Hopefully there will be a chance to revisit this, because it was potentially a pretty sweet solution.

Long-range IR transceiver

For a large Far Eastern consumer electronics manufacturer to use in virtual reality games. A greatly improved transimpedance amplifier got them a factor of 10 in range (30 m vs. 3 m) for about the same amount of power.

Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Optical Communications Link

Photon Budget and Optical Data Receiver
This one was a somewhat similar application for the Navy.