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Issue 4 • Date April 1999

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  • Software as Capitol: an economic perspective on software engineering [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 14 - 16
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  • The Golem at large: what you should know about technology [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 16 - 18
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  • Update on software engineering

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 29
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  • Bringing order to the embedded space

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 65 - 72
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  • Testing big chips becomes an internal affair

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 49 - 55
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    With the advent of the so-called system on a chip, or superchip, telling whether a complex integrated circuit is free of manufacturing flaws has become more difficult than ever before. Few believe that any automatic test equipment (ATE) machine of known architecture will be able to test tomorrow's chips as accurately or as thoroughly as yield and reliability considerations demand. It is for this this reason that different approaches to chip testing such as design for testability (DFT), automatic test pattern generation (ATPG), built-in self-test (BIST) an internal scan design are currently being developed View full abstract»

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  • Embedded DRAM technology: opportunities and challenges

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 56 - 64
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    Embedding dynamic RAMs will give system designers large amounts of high-bandwidth, high-performance memory to apply to completely new functions. Although embedding DRAM allows for a new dimension in large-scale integration, the path to success is not smooth. Redesigning at the system level is a must for exploiting the wide memory widths to obtain the performance available-merely mapping existing designs results in larger chips with lower yields in more expensive technologies. The creative designer, who innovates and redesigns, will be the winner in the new world of embedded DRAM View full abstract»

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  • Software smartens up data manipulation

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 30 - 35
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    The paper considers how software products for data acquisition, analysis, and visualization are starting to get their acts together in their latest releases. Such coordination was just a dream a few years ago. One reason for the change is that software developers no longer look at what they create as isolated products intended for a specific mission, but as components within larger enterprises View full abstract»

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  • Design tools for analog and digital ICs

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 41 - 48
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    The era of the system on a chip is well under way, bringing in its train new headaches for the IC design engineer. One reason for the difficulties is that such systems are increasingly being built up from an assembly of pre-designed components-so-called intellectual property (IP) or virtual components-which sometimes come from diverse sources. Further, a decision is often demanded very early in the design process as to which functions will be executed in hardware and which in software, after which concurrent design of both components is necessary to ensure they work together. Then, too, the shrinking dimensions of the structures that make up the chip are compelling consideration of their physical and electrical properties in much more detail than ever before. All the while, market pressures are forcing companies to design and verify application-specific ICs with millions of logic gates in less and less time View full abstract»

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  • Math on the Internet

    Publication Year: 1999 , Page(s): 36 - 40
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    Engineering math may have changed little since slide rules were traded in for computers, but math software continues to evolve, driven by the rapid progress of computers and by competition among software vendors. Perhaps the most interesting developments have been the emergence of new ways to publish documents containing math on the World Wide Web and the changes in math programs that have resulted. The paper considers how the evolving mathematical markup language plus add-ons to leading software are spurring computational sharing on the World Wide Web View full abstract»

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