The lousy economy has slowed the advent of many technologies, particularly optoelectronics and embedded passive components, according to the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative. NEMI (www.nemi.org) has revised its Road Map outward, saying that technology growth has been pushed out, but not significantly altered. Portable products remain hot, and they help drive the need for embedded passives and system-in-package techniques. Optoelectronics will see acceptance primarily in new SONET equipment, with autos and homes still seen as a long-term growth opportunity.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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