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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 1998

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  • Breakthroughs Will Leave Their Mark On Many Key Technologies

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):19 - 22
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  • Solid state [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):23 - 28
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    Even as lithography further miniaturizes IC features, other advances are finessing device designs and the means of fabrication. Revisionist microprocessor architectures herald greater efficiency of instruction execution. Multilevel memory cells are doubling the storage density of flash chips. This year will see IC performance enhanced by the first implementations of copper interconnects. Beyond co... View full abstract»

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  • Communications [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):29 - 36
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    The communications industry is rampaging ahead and metamorphosing so rapidly as to defy comprehension. Wireless technology is all over the place-from globe-spanning satellite systems to local-area networks. The Internet, and above all the World Wide Web, race ahead exponentially, burdening the circuit-switched public voice telephone network and stirring a hunger for faster public data networks. Tw... View full abstract»

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  • Industrial electronics [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):73 - 78
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    Competitive pressures to produce more while spending less are pushing industrial electronics and factory automation to the forefront of technological change. A few important trends and challenges are noticeable. Robot applications are starting to penetrate such nontraditional areas as the service and entertainment industries. Advances in such fields as adaptive control are opening up new possibili... View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace and military [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):90 - 94
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    While the unmanned landing on Mars and the perils of the Russian Mir space station held center stage in 1997, other space projects, designed with cost-cutting intent, moved toward launch this year or next. Facing similar budget challenges-though, unlike NASA, showing no sign as yet of meeting them-the U.S. Navy began work on radical new warship designs for the 21st century and military and commerc... View full abstract»

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  • Staying Employed In Interesting Times (Book Review)

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 8
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  • To Yourself Be True (Book Review)

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):8 - 11
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  • The world according to Power Point [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 17
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  • Medical electronics [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):62 - 66
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    In silicon systems and in the carbon-based human body, “circuit” design is intimately linked with proper signal timing. When the body's electrical circuitry malfunctions, the consequences can range from tremors to paralysis; when the heart's electrical timing is off, the consequences can include strokes, heart attacks, and even death. Last year a number of devices passed major hurdles ... View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):57 - 61
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    The consumer electronics industry is wary of a format war, like the one between the Betamax and VHS formats in the late 1970s, which slowed acceptance of the new videocassette-recorder technology and eventually stuck buyers of the losing format with expensive doorstops. Ever since, large consortia of consumer electronics companies have toiled hard to develop industry standards whenever new technol... View full abstract»

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  • Power and energy [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):67 - 72
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    Worldwide, as the power generation and electricity delivery industries are transformed by converging interests with gas and telecommunications, many emergent energy companies are seeking to present themselves as environmentally conscious. One stratagem is to offer a “green” energy package-that is, a deal permitting consumers to earmark a portion of their payments for renewable energy s... View full abstract»

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  • Transportation [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):84 - 89
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    The safety debate has taken a new twist in both the aviation and the rail industries. High-profile aviation disasters and freight train wrecks have prompted demands for another great leap forward in safety. In both industries, new technology is playing a key role. And in the automotive field, public health will be the ultimate beneficiary if electric or hybrid electric vehicles start coming into w... View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):48 - 51
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    The paper argues that 1998 is the year to reject concepts previously chosen as the basis for implementing high-visibility projects and to postpone projects so that resources can be reallocated to address Year 2000 problems. Systems to store and manipulate data will be based on complex, multi-tiered client-server solutions instead of the simpler two-tiered architecture. Some work originally planned... View full abstract»

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  • Software tools [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):52 - 56
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    The most exciting and rapidly developing tools in modern society are not mechanical implements for doing physical work but software (particularly for personal computers) and communications (particularly as related to the Internet). Much of this ferment flows from the rapidly growing memory capacity and speed of computers-enhancements that permit them to run ever-larger programs. For many users, th... View full abstract»

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  • The Internet [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):37 - 42
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    The paper discusses the growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web, particularly throughout 1997. This commercial popularity has created a schism between the consumer community and those who use the Net for mission-critical operations, especially in engineering. The gulf is so wide that the move toward alternative Internets: in-house intranets, extranets tying in customers and suppliers, and ev... View full abstract»

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  • Computers [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):43 - 47
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    In many ways, 1998 is seen as a crossroads year for the computer industry. Several extremely important issues must be decided, in design centers, meeting halls, and even courtrooms, before the direction that information technology will take can be seen with any confidence. The present is filled with uncertainty and, as always, the future is grounded in the present. The paper discusses topics such ... View full abstract»

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  • Test & measurement [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):79 - 83
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    The need for development groups and researchers to push the limits of electrical measuring is more a thing of the past than the future. If improved performance pure and simple is not what users of test and measurement equipment need most, what is? “Cheaper! Better! Faster!” That's the mantra now. Test equipment marketers report that their customers are saying the same thing. Only a few... View full abstract»

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  • Basic science [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):100 - 103
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    The smaller they make their devices, the closer electronics engineers come to entering the world of quantum mechanics, that wonderland where the rules of physics differ drastically from those of the macroscopic world people experience with their senses. In one example, physicists and engineers are creating so-called quantum dots and are investigating how to use them in new forms of electronics. Th... View full abstract»

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  • The environment [Technology 1998 analysis and forecast]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):95 - 99
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    Advances by top-tier chip-makers in 300-mm wafer technology are picking up in speed. As technology, competition, and customer demands for ICs keep on growing and the cost of new 300-mm wafer fabrication facilities reaches US $2 billion to $3 billion, concern about environmental impact is counting for much more in business success. Use of 300-mm technology will push industry to exploit resources su... View full abstract»

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