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Issue 11 • Nov. 1982

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    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):1 - 3
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    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 3
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    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):4 - 7
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):8 - 11
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):12 - 13
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  • Reflections

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 16
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 17
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    Pilots landing at major airports use the instrument landing system (ILS) to guide them onto the runway in bad weather. Many small airports, however, do not have ILS. Pilots must determine from observation whether their approach is high or low, and in bad weather visibility may be limited. View full abstract»

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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 18
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 20
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):20 - 22
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  • Spectral lines: Computer and math anxiety

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 23
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    The debate about the relative mathematical ability of males and females goes on. The experts are not of one mind as to whether there exists a biologically induced difference. The evidence of such a difference seems scarce or nonexistent. On the other hand, there is little disagreement that there are environmental factors that cause women as a group to perform less well in mathematics than do males... View full abstract»

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  • Spaceborne imaging radars probe `in depth'

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):24 - 29
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    Discusses spaceborne radar sensors which allow all-weather, day or night high-resolution imaging of the earth's land and ocean surfaces. The newest of these systems is the synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) which can penetrate dry sands covering desert regions revealing ancient topography buried meters beneath the surface. A comparison of airborne and space radar techniques is given. The Seasat SAR an... View full abstract»

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  • Automotive electronics: Drivers get more options in 1983: Car makers embrace electronics in an all-out drive to improve performance, handling, fuel economy, riding quality, driver aids, and entertainment

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):30 - 36
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    Discusses the use of electronics by some car makers to improve performance, handling, fuel economy, driver aids and entertainment. The Ford Motor Co., for example, is introducing its fourth-generation control system, the EEC-IV, which handles nearly 1 million commands per second with its two Intel microcircuits, an 8061 microprocessor and an 8361 ROM. Microprocessors are also controlling car suspe... View full abstract»

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  • Computers: Computer-aided engineering: Terminals that simulate, test, and debug logic designs promise to change radically the way designers do their jobs

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):37 - 41
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    The development of computer-aided engineering (CAE) is discussed. Engineering work stations now available on the market provide tools to: simulate circuits that have been drawn, draw circuit designs on a screen by means of a graphics tablet, keep track of different stages of a design so that several designers working on different modules will all be using the proper version of each module, and int... View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Connecting renewable power sources into the system: Windmills, fuel cells, and photovoltaics may serve existing grids, but first many technical, legal, and economic issues must be addressed

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):42 - 45
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    These alternative power sources, known as distributed storage and generation sources (DSG) consist of an energy converter to transform sun, wind, or chemical energy into electricity, a power conditioner to convert DC to AC, relays, breakers and fuses for equipment protection and personnel safety, and appropriate load-metering equipment for billing customers. Some of the technological problems of i... View full abstract»

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  • Air traffic control: Automating U.S. air lanes: A review: The Federal Aviation Administration's new 20-year plan to modernize air traffic control faces rough weather

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):46 - 51
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    Discusses the Federal Aviation Administration plan to modernize and eventually automate the US air traffic control system over the next 20 years. The plan calls for replacing IBM 9020 computers with more powerful systems, automating ground-air communications systems and replacing very high- and ultrahigh-frequency instrument landing systems with microwave landing systems. After 1990, all critical ... View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics: Americanizing videotex: Even as U.S. companies prepare to enter the videotex marketplace, what the consumer wants is not yet clear

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):52 - 57
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    Discusses the development of videotex in the USA. The US companies have to finances videotex ventures almost completely on their own, and each has a different concept of what the technology should look like. The most controversial standards problem has been how to transmit and create text and graphics on the screen. The British, French and Canadians each invented their own approach, which they hav... View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):58 - 59
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):60 - 63
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  • New product applications: Controller supports up to eight array processors, each transferring at the maximum 3-megabyte-per-second rate

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):64 - 69
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    The DPS-2400 controller increases the capabilities of array processors. It interfaces with a PDP or VAX computer and functions as the central node of a computational and data-flow subsystem that integrates array processors, mass memory, and peripheral storage devices. Its control, memory, and data-transfer resources keep multiple attached processors operating at full capacity. View full abstract»

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  • Meeting previews

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):70 - 73
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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):74 - 89
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