IEEE Spectrum

Issue 9 • Sept. 1996

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): c1
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  • Newslog

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): 1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):2 - 4
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):6 - 8
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  • Handbook of Software for Engineers and Scientists [Book review]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics [Book review]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):12 - 13
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  • Recent books

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):13 - 22T6
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):16 - 80E2
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  • Washington watch

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):22T2 - 22T4
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  • Program notes

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): 23
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  • The glitz factor [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): 24
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  • Do portable electronics endanger flight? The evidence mounts

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):26 - 33
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    According to a new study, the risk that RF emissions from carry-on electronic devices will affect avionics, although not high, is still high enough to warrant tougher government regulations. The authors discuss a study by RTCA on the problems of interference caused by portable electronic devices (PEDs). The electromagnetic emissions from PEDs and their effects on avionic systems, particularly radi... View full abstract»

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  • Local-area networks go wireless

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):34 - 40
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    As standards emerge, data rates rise, and laptops seek connectivity, wireless LANs are finding a market niche as extensions to wired networks. Wireless LANs have found homes in buildings where installing wires would expose asbestos or destroy historic architecture. They have also proved valuable to companies that often relocate and want networks they can take with them. Another common use is for c... View full abstract»

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  • Tools for schools [mathematical software packages]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):41 - 45
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    The latest math packages for engineering education offer: programming through icons; collaboration over the Internet; electronic textbooks; and free courseware on the Web. Mathematical software tools can be divided into two groups: programs that chiefly perform symbolic manipulations (also called computer algebra programs for their ability to find exact solutions to analytical expressions) and pro... View full abstract»

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  • It's only growing pains ... The second annual roundtable on the state of the internet

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):46 - 55
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  • Architects of the net of nets

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):56 - 63
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    Internet creators Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf took a fledgling experiment and grew it into an alternative to mass media. View full abstract»

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  • The practical engineer

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): 65
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  • Identifying defects in deep-submicron CMOS ICs

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):66 - 71
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    With safety margins for reliability, test, failure analysis, and design verification shrinking, it would be a shame to give up the I/sub DDQ/ technique-and luckily, we may not have to. Steps can be taken to maintain its applicability as we rush deeper into the submicron regime. We will first examine why the I/sub DDQ/ test serves several interests, then describe the challenge posed by 0.35-0.07 &#... View full abstract»

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  • The DSP decision: fixed point or floating?

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):72 - 74
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    The rapid expansion of the market in applications of the digital signal processor has unloosed a flood of diverse chips. Design engineers are being inundated with altogether too much information to absorb. Still, the problem does become more manageable once it is decided whether a fixed-point or a floating point math unit should be basic to the digital signal processor (DSP) to be used. Several fa... View full abstract»

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  • Electromigration: the time bomb in deep-submicron ICs

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):75 - 78
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    Electromigration results from the movement of metal ions as current flows through power wires in integrated circuits, causing voids and hillocks in the wires. The voids increase resistance or even cause opens in the wires, while hillocks can cause shorts to adjacent wires. This paper describes how electromigration is a ticking time bomb in IC designs, which can trigger a system failure at some und... View full abstract»

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):84 - 85
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  • Web sights

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): 95
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s): 100
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