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IEEE Spectrum

Issue 1 • Jan. 2001

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  • Philosophy For A Networked World [Books]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):127 - 128
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  • Communications triage [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 162
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  • Unhooking medicine [wireless networking]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):107 - 108, 110
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    In summer 2000, the FCC allocated 14 MHz for the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service, or WMTS. The new service is broken into three bands: 608-6I4, 1395-1400, and 1429-1432 MHz. The old bands will become increasingly troublesome to use in medicine. The ruling is forcing medical device firms to come up with fixes for their old devices and new technologies for the next generation of wireless telemetr... View full abstract»

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  • The new chips on the block [network processors]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):66 - 68
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    The author describes how rapidly expanding network applications and soaring performance requirements need flexible microprocessor solutions that are powerful enough to handle ever-growing data traffic View full abstract»

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  • Networked Living

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 101
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  • Simulating networks

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):74 - 76
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    The author describes how simulation tools, and the relatively recent class of hybrid simulation tools in particular, are just the ticket for those faced with designing a network from scratch or keeping one operating in the face of ever-increasing traffic. It is the most cost-effective way to predict how the myriad of PCs, servers, printers, routers, hubs and switches, as well as all the applicatio... View full abstract»

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  • Elements of a well-oiled machine

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 65
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  • Service takes over in the networked world

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):102 - 106
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    The home entertainment industry's attention is now turning to the opportunities for a host of new services delivered through networked devices. Because of digital networks, the boundary between the manufacturing and service industries are being eliminated. No longer will devices sit in the living room, with, at best, one-way contact to the outside world. In fact, consumers may soon think first abo... View full abstract»

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  • Winging it [Free Flight, air traffic control]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):97 - 99
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    The FAA believes that the solution to delayed flights is beginning to shape up. The agency is optimistic that its modernization plan and efforts to implement a program called Free Flight will go a long way toward solving the problem. Simply put, Free Flight opens the skies to air traffic, removing many of the enforced air routes that planes were required to follow. The program calls for air traffi... View full abstract»

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  • The Web as weapon [cyber warfare]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):118 - 121
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    As tensions in the Middle East erupted into vicious street fighting at the end of 2000, a different sort of pitched battle was being waged behind the scenes. With all the fervor of their comrades in arms, computer-savvy patriots on both sides managed to infiltrate or disable enemy Web servers. The prospect of cyber warfare, or information warfare, is a deadly serious matter in military circles. Th... View full abstract»

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  • Large jobs for little devices [microelectromechanical systems]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):72 - 73
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    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) may become key components of radio frequency devices, particularly in the mobile marketplace. In filters, they may lower radio size and power consumption while increasing sensitivity. In switches, they could herald the construction of cheaper, electronically steerable antennas for radar and communications applications. MEMS are electromechanical devices with t... View full abstract»

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  • An Energy Crunch Worsens

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 79
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  • Gridlocks And Stopgaps

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 89
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  • Nanotechnology: what will it mean?

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):19 - 21
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    Nanotechnology will make us healthy and wealthy though not necessarily wise. In a few decades, this emerging manufacturing technology will let us inexpensively arrange atoms and molecules in most of the ways permitted by physical laws. It will let us make supercomputers that fit on the head of a pin and fleets of medical nanorobots smaller than a human cell able to eliminate cancer, infections, cl... View full abstract»

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  • Super nets for supercomputers

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):116 - 118
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    Supercomputers to date have been accessible to only a few fortunate specialists. But a new era will use high-speed data networks to link the huge beasts to more and more researchers' desktops, and just as important, to link individual supercomputers together. These new networks, or grids, are needed to grapple with incredible volumes of data and in turn promise better and cheaper science. With gri... View full abstract»

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  • The 21st Century Engineer

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):17 - 19
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  • No longer in denial [network security]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):59 - 61
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    The world was made rudely aware of the battle between hackers and Internet system security administration when public access to the sites of Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, and other dot-coms was cut off by a new method of attack called distributed denial of service (DDoS), in February 2000. To block the sites, one or more hackers sneaked into the computers of several unsuspecting users connected to the Net... View full abstract»

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  • Fuel cells for the long haul, batteries for the spurts [electric vehicles]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):95 - 97
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    Until only a few years ago, when environmentalists, automakers, and other concerned parties spoke about low-emissions vehicles, they were almost always referring to electric vehicles (EVs)-cars, trucks, and buses powered by batteries of one kind or another. Today, having so far failed in their quest for a battery that could make EVs practical, they are looking more and more to hybrid electric vehi... View full abstract»

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  • Forecasting traffic flow

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):90 - 91
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    Predicting what traffic would be like along a particular route an hour into the future is the ambition motivating the design of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). ITS is an infrastructure being developed-along highways and city streets, and in cars and trucks-that can use information about traffic to speed up travel and make it safer. Several research groups have begun generating reliable i... View full abstract»

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  • Harmonizing data, setting standards [genomics, information sets]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):111 - 112
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    With a working copy of the human genome in hand, the hard task of making sense of the terabytes of data has begun. One way of doing that job is by comparing gene sequences with other types of biological information, including protein sequences and structures or genes identified or expressed in other creatures. The trouble is that this other information is held in hundreds of databases out in resea... View full abstract»

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  • RF bridges to the network [RF IC design]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):69 - 71
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    Chips that dwell at the boundary between the electronics and the transmission medium and run at network speeds are growing in importance, and so are the tools that design them. In this paper, RF IC design tools and their developers are examined by the author View full abstract»

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  • Network test starts in the lab

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):77 - 78
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    The myriad elements of a multi-gigabit-speed optical-fiber network must be tested long before the network itself is field tested. By the time a component hits the field, it should only require a final functional test in the buyer's network. It should have gone through multiple simulations while in design, and several rounds of lab tests while in prototype stages, to ensure that it reliably handles... View full abstract»

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  • Networking assets [distributed generation]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):84 - 86, 88
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    ABB's move from the business of building large power plants is a striking vote of confidence in the concept of distributed generation. The idea is that by relying on dispersed small-scale generators, combined with other distributed resources such as flywheel storage devices and sophisticated control equipment, utilities can avoid costly investments in large, often polluting central plants. They ca... View full abstract»

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  • Welcome to the always-on world

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):10 - 13
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    With the growth of new information and communications technologies, each human relationship is becoming a continual presence. You can exchange a dozen brief cell phone conversations with your spouse every day. You can keep track of your money through on-line banking. Your computer-mediated work activities can always be visible to your co-workers. This is a tremendous shift in human relationships: ... View full abstract»

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  • Optical nets brace for even heavier traffic

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):44 - 46
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    Thanks to that Internet, backbone traffic has been increasing at a compound annual growth rate of more than 100 percent for several years. The owners of the backbone infrastructure, which is almost entirely fiber-based, are therefore eagerly embracing technologies that add to the capacity of fiber-optic systems without adding mountains of new optical cable. Having sufficient backbone capacity does... View full abstract»

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