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Issue 3 • Aug/Sep 2001

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  • Keeping the noise down in confined spaces

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):29 - 32
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    Active noise control (ANC) grabbed the research community's attention during the last half of the 20th Century; however, technological and computational limitations prevented any ANC algorithms from widespread use. Such is no longer the case. In this paper, the author describes how advances in computer and digital signal processing technology along with the relatively low cost of such hardware hav... View full abstract»

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  • Nyquist-rate digital-to-analog converter architectures

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):24 - 28
    Cited by:  Papers (8)  |  Patents (1)
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    This article covers two popular types of Nyquist-rate digital-to-analog converters (DACs): the flash DAC and the serial DAC. Flash DACs perform their conversion in a single clock cycle and are typically designed to operate at high-speeds. Serial DACs convert the digital signal to an analog signal one bit at a time. Serial DACs trade the hardware complexity of a flash DAC for longer conversion time... View full abstract»

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  • Low-power design and architecture

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):18 - 22
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    For application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) designers, power is becoming more of a constraint: the increasing power consumption decreases reliability and increases costs associated with packaging and cooling devices. In this article, the authors review some design techniques for low-power systems View full abstract»

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  • The PE license: certifying competence [professional engineering]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Since 1934, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has been stressing the importance for engineers to become licensed as a way of ensuring a minimal level of competency. After passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam (upon successful completion of an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET)), an engineer, now know... View full abstract»

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  • The PhD process

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):6 - 10
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    The PhD program is completely different to the bachelors or masters degree programs. You are free to decide your coursework, your dissertation topic, your advisory committee, and you even have the freedom to crash and burn. In fact, many students get most of the way through and never finish. The term you often hear is "I have completed all but my dissertation." One of the reasons for the high numb... View full abstract»

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  • Fingerprinting for security

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):33 - 38
    Cited by:  Papers (12)
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    The authors describe how the biometric fingerprint scanning technology implemented in such scanners on the market today is adequate for the current tasks; but, for biometrics to become more widely accepted and implemented, improvement is necessary. They argue that fingerprint scanners need to be able to produce useful results under a wide range of situations. Scanning technology will remain a hot ... View full abstract»

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  • Mastering the masters while working

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):11 - 13
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    As the need for graduate degrees increases, so do the options for getting one. There are ways to complete a graduate degree with minimal impact on current lifestyle. The author outlines the options available day, night and weekend classes. The author then outlines how to determine which would be the best option for an individual. The author gives advice on how to save time by tying in something fr... View full abstract»

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  • Are required courses meeting industry demands?

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):39 - 40
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    In electrical engineering, the undergraduate curriculum is well defined but the course layout can cause students to lack the skills industry expects of interns and new full time employees. With their specific expectations, industry influences the choices that students make concerning internships, co-ops or even entering the workforce before finishing school. Does the university course layout enhan... View full abstract»

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  • Letting go [job layoffs, job hunting]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):41 - 42
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    The author discusses staff layoffs. The overall job situation in the USA is outlined. The author then gives advice on job hunting following a layoff. Signals to head that show that a company is likely to lay off staff are also discussed View full abstract»

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