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Issue 12 • 2003

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  • Taking the twinkle out of starlight

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):22 - 29
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    The article discusses the technology called adaptive optics used in improving telescopes, enabling astronomers to capture clear, sharp images of the galaxies, stars, and planets that populate the universe. The technique brings together the latest in computers, materials science, electronic detectors, and digital control in a system that warps and bends a mirror in the telescope to counteract, in r... View full abstract»

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  • Go reconfigure [programmable logic in handheld devices]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):36 - 40
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    The article discusses why only programmable handheld devices can do the job of any 10 different gizmos. The development of a chameleon-like handheld device is also described. The programmable logic device (PLD), a semiconductor containing a personalization memory and logic elements, can make it possible to have a pocket-electronics device consolidated with a number of features including adaptabili... View full abstract»

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  • A better bipolar transistor for wireless ICs

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):20 - 21
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    As the world unwires, the market for wireless communication chips has begun to soar. Now, a breakthrough by IBM researchers promises to unleash a new generation of low power wireless communication ICs by solving a problem that has plagued semiconductor specialists for years. The problem revolves around the so-called mixed signal chips, which contains both ordinary field-effect transistors and bipo... View full abstract»

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  • 5 Commandments [technology laws and rules of thumb]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):30 - 35
    Cited by:  Papers (11)  |  Patents (1)
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    There are sublime, silly, real and true laws, and folksy rules of thumb laws that have come up from mathematical observations, pithy pronouncements, and even a few enduring self-fulfilling prophecies about technology. The article discusses how some laws have fared in time. These laws include: Moore's Law - the number of transistors on a chip doubles annually; Rock's Law - the cost of semiconductor... View full abstract»

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  • Machine chameleon [handheld devices]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):41 - 46
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    This paper presents the development of a multimedia platform that users can not only upgrade, but also reconfigure into a PDA, an MP3 player, a game console, or a cellphone. With one handheld device, then, you could surf the Web, transfer documents, listen to music, watch a movie, play a game, or make a phone call, switching modes as the mood strikes. Project Gecko is a three-year research effort ... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines: The Wright Stuff

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 11
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  • Problems Persist With U.S. Visas

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):12 - 14
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  • SiLK Slips

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • Extreme Solar Storm Strikes Earth

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):15 - 16
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  • Morpheus Falling?

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • Websights: David and Goliath Versus Another David

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 47
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  • Careers: The Wandering Gadgeteer

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):50 - 52
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  • Technically Speaking: Blah, Blah, Blog

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 60
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):8 - 10
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  • Tools & Toys: Never Out of Touch

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 49
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