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IEEE Spectrum

Issue 3 • March 1982

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 3
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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):4 - 7
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):8 - 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):10 - 17
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  • Reflections

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):20 - 23
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):24 - 25
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    With a compact microprocessorcontrolled unit, the household cook who also holds an outside job wlli soonbe able to start the evening roast while driving home. Such remote cooking will be possible when the Kitchen Controller from West Bend Co., West Bend, Wis., reachesretail stores. View full abstract»

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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 26
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):26 - 27
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 28
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):28 - 30
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  • Spectral lines: Shortage or underutilization?

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 31
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    In this column last month we touched upon the problem of underutilization of engineering personnel, suggesting, among other things, that it is at least partly the responsibility of the engineer to help design his or her own job. Specifically, we said that many engineers feel they are being used as technicians, and we suggested there's no better place to begin shifting the interface than at the int... View full abstract»

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  • Computers: Beyond the supercomputer: NASA is developing ultrafast machines to process satellite data that would choke a mere supercomputer

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):32 - 37
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    Describes how NASA in the USA is developing ultrafast machines to process satellite data that will be up to 1000 times faster than current fast computers to deal with the radar or television pictures that satellites will be capable of broadcasting in the late 1980s. View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics: Video disks: Three choices: Three incompatible approaches to video recording for playback are compared

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):38 - 42
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    Compares three commercial video disc systems, two of which are available and one of which is still under development. The three systems are incompatible. They are: an optical pick-up system (Laser Vision), a capacitance electronic disc (CED), and a video high-density disc system (VHD) to be introduced later in 1982. View full abstract»

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  • Computer software: Software design: Breaking the bottleneck: A visionary approach is recommended in place of the piecemeal policy now in effect

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):43 - 50
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    Discusses the manpower cost of programming new information systems which is caused by the labour intensive nature of current software design methods and suggests an approach capable of breaking this bottleneck. View full abstract»

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  • Military: Laser weapons: A variety of targets might be neutralized by laser beams, but only if weapons employing them can be utilized with great finesse

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):51 - 55
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    Discusses laser beam weapons and what they might be used for. Physical properties are also discussed. Looks at indirect mechanical damage, direct thermal damage, ionisation damage, and thermomechanical damage. View full abstract»

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  • Communications: Greater message capacity for satellites: Techniques such as the use of new frequencies, digital encoding, and bandwidth compression will increase mission efficiency

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):56 - 64
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    Discusses future trends in satellite communication techniques. Extensive reuse of existing frequencies and widespread application of signal processing techniques for more efficient use of each bandwidth unit are emphasised. Much larger spacecraft with on-board signal processing are predicted. View full abstract»

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  • The clinch river breeder

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):65 - 68
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    Discusses the future of the Clinch River breeder reactor project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the USA. View full abstract»

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  • Education: cracks in the ivory tower: academics are beginning to flee a deteriorating campus environment for jobs in industry - a trend threatening the u.s. technological base

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):69 - 73
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    Call him John Smith. It's not his real name, but that's not important. What is important is his story, which is true. View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):74 - 75
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  • Meeting previews

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):76 - 79
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  • New product applications: Wavefonn recorder samples input signals at rates to 20 MHz and stores 10-bit codes in up to 16-kiloword memory

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):80 - 81
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):82 - 83
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