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Issue 6 • Date 18 Nov 1999

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  • Blumlein and the birth of stereo [biography]

    Page(s): 269 - 273
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    Despite a tragically early end to his career in a wartime air crash, Alan Blumlein remains one of the great engineers of the 20th Century. Among his many achievements was the pioneering work on stereo sound carried out in the 1930s which, as the author describes in this extract from a new biography published by the IEE, was to have a major impact on the development of the recording industry almost 30 years later View full abstract»

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  • The Mathematical Book: 4th Edition

    Page(s): 252
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  • On track for compliance [railways, EMC]

    Page(s): 260 - 262
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    Railways provide a good example of the importance of achieving compatibility between electrical and electronic systems. It is all too apparent that interference from traction power equipment may affect signalling systems with potentially dire consequences. So in the UIC, EMC is one of the requirements to be included in the safety case for the introduction of new rolling stock, locomotives or track maintenance vehicles. The author discusses the key EMC problem of the multi-functional role of the rails and then discusses the way in which the railway EMC standards and compliance issues work in practice. The examples of the class 57 locomotive, the Plasser+Theurer Flashbutt welder, track maintenance vehicles, and electric multiple units, are discussed View full abstract»

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  • Prosperity from technology

    Page(s): 252
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  • Testing comes in from the cold [EMC anechoiuc chambers]

    Page(s): 265 - 267
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    The author describes how small, fully anechoic chambers can be constructed at a fraction of the cost of traditional EMC facilities, and still provide an acceptable route to full-compliance testing for most equipment View full abstract»

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  • Mobilising the Net

    Page(s): 241 - 245
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    Bringing the Internet and mobile communications together, as service providers and manufacturers are now doing, will create a new mass medium for communication, interaction and transaction along with a high-volume industry supplying the associated infrastructure. A combination of technologies is creating a direct evolutionary path from today's low-bandwidth mobile connections and limited text messaging to full scale Internet access via mobile networks. Bandwidths of up to 2 Mbit/s, available through UMTS, will allow the most demanding of today's Internet applications to be carried out using portable devices. Some of the applications of this combined technology, the portable devices and the media processors are described in this paper View full abstract»

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  • Communicating knowledge in the real world

    Page(s): 253 - 255
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    The author describes the issues that he believes should be at the forefront of IEE members' minds as the IEE enters a new millennium. The emphasis is on the importance of knowledge and its growth. He discusses the INSPEC database, the IEE's Continuing Professional Development programme which is based on the identification and dissemination of information and knowledge in both established and emerging technologies. The author stresses the importance of communicating the knowledge gained to others View full abstract»

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  • SLIMming down the EMC Directive

    Page(s): 257 - 259
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    Brussels decided to submit the EMC Directive to the Simpler Legislation in the Internal Market (SLIM) process, a procedure which is being applied across a range of Euro-legislation. The first phase of SLIM was a review of the Directive by a panel comprising five legislators, including one from the UK Department of Trade and Industry, plus five experts drawn from European industry. An initial report published in September 1998 was finally adopted by DGIII in January 1999 with 20 recommendations. This was followed in February by a meeting of all the member states that determined a draft policy for a SLIM Working Party to follow. The most significant conclusion reached by the panel was the need to proceed with a revision of the Directive, work which should be completed by May 2000. After a subsequent approval and consultation process lasting around two years and involving the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and Member States, a revised Directive will become European legislation which all 15 EU Member States will be required to incorporate into their national legislation within two years of its publication in the Official Journal scheduled for Autumn 2002 View full abstract»

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