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Issue 5 • Date May 1992

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  • ICs going on a 3-V diet

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):22 - 25
    Cited by:  Papers (7)  |  Patents (15)
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    The factors motivating the transition, presently underway, from 5-V to 3-V power supplies for integrated circuits are examined. Such a change would favorably impact the size, weight, and battery life of battery-operated equipment, as well as reduce power consumption and alleviate heat problems in workstations and computers. Standardization issues are considered, and the timing of the transition an... View full abstract»

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  • ASIC testing upgraded

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):26 - 29
    Cited by:  Papers (13)  |  Patents (1)
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    Nontraditional test methods being developed in response to the demand for quality parts in short development times are described. The need for a complete economic model that includes the time-to-market and quality costs associated with testing along with the usual test pattern generation and test hardware costs is discussed. The limitations of current approaches are identified, and three new metho... View full abstract»

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  • CCDing in the dark (thermal imaging sensors)

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):30 - 34
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    A new generation of thermal imaging sensors based on charge-coupled devices (CCDs) is described, and their use in night vision systems is discussed. The advantages of custom analog CCD technology over the earlier digital approach and its noise performance are examined. Some military night vision systems are described.<> View full abstract»

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  • Unclogging distributed computing

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):36 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (2)
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    The need for an efficient, flexible, secure, yet cost-effective multivendor distributed computing environment is discussed. A comprehensive effort toward this goal, the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) software, is described. Developed by an industry-supported R&D organization with more than 330 members worldwide, the DCE focuses on four problems that require technical solutions: the divers... View full abstract»

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  • Elizabeth Laverick

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):40 - 42
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    Elizabeth Laverick's 34-year career in avionics and administration is profiled. After studying physics and radio, she worked in industry, gradually moving into management. Laverick has also been active in the IEE and Britain's Women's Engineering Society, and actively works to improve the lot of women in engineering.<> View full abstract»

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  • Jan. 28, 1958: A laser is born

    Publication Year: 1992
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    The work of Arthur L. Schawlow, one of the laser's inventors, is described. The use of a diffraction grating for mode selectivity is discussed, and the steps that lead to the ruby laser are examined.<> View full abstract»

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  • Surviving hell and high water (electronic equipment design)

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):44 - 47
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    How to arrest corrosion and clean off contaminants after equipment is exposed to fire or flooding is described. Designing electronic equipment that sustains minimum flooding or fire damage is addressed.<> View full abstract»

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  • Nokia's rising star flickers (manufacturing firm)

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):48 - 51
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    The problems being encountered by Nokia Corp., a company that grew from a small pulp mill on the Tammerkoski River about 160 km north of Helsinki into one of Finland's major industrial firms, with manufacturing businesses in rubber, paper, and cable, are discussed. These include the social disruption that its employees suffered during the divestment of its old businesses and because of management ... View full abstract»

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