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Issue 8 • Date Aug. 1993

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  • Jobs at risk

    Publication Year: 1993 , Page(s): 18 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    The impact on employment of engineers as jobs are cut by high-technology companies around the world is examined. The situation in the US, Germany, the UK, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and India is discussed. The effects of automation, of moving jobs where labor is cheaper, and of the end of the cold war are considered. Some survival strategies for engineers are discussed.<> View full abstract»

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  • Putting data on a diet

    Publication Year: 1993 , Page(s): 36 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (1)
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    The use of data compression to reduce bandwidth and reduce storage requirements is discussed. The merits of lossless versus lossy compression techniques, the latter offering far greater compression ratios, are considered. The limits of lossless compression are discussed, and a simple method for lossless compression, runlength encoding, is described, as are the more sophisticated Huffman codes, ari... View full abstract»

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  • Mixing signals and voltages on chip

    Publication Year: 1993 , Page(s): 40 - 43
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (2)
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    The advent of silicon chips that operate at 3 V and combine both analog and digital circuitry is discussed, and the engineering issues associated with 3 V mixed signal design are examined. The use of mixed-signal circuitry in communications applications such as the Ethernet interface analog macrocell is considered. Mixed signal simulation and testing are discussed.<> View full abstract»

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  • Competitive intelligence

    Publication Year: 1993 , Page(s): 44 - 46
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    The way in which the Japanese use worldwide information gathering to outstrip their western competitors in the technology marketplace is described. The introduction of the 1M DRAM by Toshiba and of superior videotape by several Japanese companies are cited as examples of clever use of technological intelligence. Japanese skill at reverse engineering and their dominant position in consumer electron... View full abstract»

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  • The law on reverse engineering

    Publication Year: 1993 , Page(s): 47 - 48
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    The local impact of the law suit against Advanced Micro Devices Inc. that was won by Brooktree Corp. in establishing just where copying ends and reverse engineering begins, and how to prove the difference, is discussed. In particular, to stay within the bounds of the chip protection act, the chip copier must prove some innovation was added, and must produce a paper trail.<> View full abstract»

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