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Issue 2 • Date Feb. 1998

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  • Books

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Software Reviews

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 16
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  • Technically Speaking

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 17
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  • EE's tools and toys

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):67 - 68
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  • Thirty years ago

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):68t2 - 68t5
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  • Web Sights

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s): 81
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  • In virtual fashion

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):18 - 25
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    Computer graphics and virtual reality are being combined to enable clothes-shoppers to serve as their own clothes models for garments that are digitally fitted and converted into unique 2D patterns. Everything off the rack in effect becomes custom tailoring, choice of fabric and all. The author describes how the virtual reality mannequin is developed from digital images of the body. The virtual de... View full abstract»

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  • The practical engineer [IC design, power reduction]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):54 - 60
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    The need of popular portable electronics for long battery life is placing power reduction at the top of every IC design engineer's to-do list. A new breed of design automation tools is helping them scrimp on power at every step of the VLSI design process. The automation tools can be differentiated, to a first order, by the level of abstraction on which they operate. Lowest of all are the transisto... View full abstract»

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  • Firewalls fend off invasions from the Net

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):26 - 34
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    Whether a computer is in a corporation, government agency, university, small business, or at home, if it is linked to a network, hackers are a risk. The first line of defense against them is a firewall, provided it is set up correctly. Firewall technology is a set of mechanisms that collectively enforce a security policy on communication traffic entering or leaving a guarded network domain. The se... View full abstract»

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  • The practical engineer [heat sinks design]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):61 - 66
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    Beset by time-to-market pressures, designers often neglect the thermal requirements of their products and then have to resort to costly after-the-fact fixes. From the standpoint of the system as a whole, thermal management or thermal design has to take all of the components and the operating environment as well into account. The author discusses early and effective steps to take for managing therm... View full abstract»

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  • Recycling batteries

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):35 - 42
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    Hundreds of millions of large and billions of small batteries are used up annually in the service of all manner of electronic devices. Until recently, the tons of toxic materials in these batteries would wind up in the garbage, but the systematic collection and recycling of spent batteries is growing. Effective recycling involves changes at all stages of battery life, starting with production. Man... View full abstract»

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  • The ideal light source for datanets

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):43 - 53
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    The appetite for ever increasing computing power and interconnection bandwidth could be sated by vertical-cavity, surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) for optical data communication. Made inexpensively using IC processing techniques, they can be diced in planar or linear arrays, such as in the wavelength-division multiplexer. The author discusses the essentials of semiconductor light sources, epitaxial... View full abstract»

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