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Issue 3 • Date March 1979

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 1
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    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):2 - 7
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 8
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 9
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):10 - 11
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):12 - 17
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors: Teacher's PET talks to logic analyzer

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):18 - 21
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    Capt. David Smyth of the U.S. Army Signal Corps has come up with an interactive program to make a logic analyzer ¿invisible¿ to students operating it. View full abstract»

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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 24
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):24 - 26
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  • Spectral lines: Motivating engineers

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 27
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    Engineers and scientists are driven by incentives that are quite different from those that motivate others-salesmen, for example. Yet engineers are hardly cast from a single mold. Maccoby categorized us as four principal types: craftsmen, company men, gamesmen, and jungle fighters.1 View full abstract»

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  • New options from big chips

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):28 - 34
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    The 16-bit 8086 microprocessor introduces to MOS digital design some speed-up techniques well-known to computer architects. Limits on the die size barred these techniques in the past, but with new MOS processes, transistor packing densities are sufficient to use them. As a result, it is possible to design significantly improved performance into the 16-bit 8086 without relying totally on the faster... View full abstract»

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  • Pascal is a `natural' [for microprocessor software programs]

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):35 - 41
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    Most programmers at Texas Instruments feel that writing in a high-level language (HLL) is one effective way to cut costs and that this is particularly true of a language like Pascal, which lends itself to top-down structuring. When our programmers compare writing in Pascal with writing in native microprocessor assembly language, they find that programmer efficiency increases by a factor of 2.5 to ... View full abstract»

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  • Solid state: 100 000+ gates on a chip: Mastering the minutia: The submicron geometries needed for VLSI have put IC makers on a new learning curve; object, to perfect feature delineation techniques

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 42
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    Established process technology and manufacturing techniques will no longer do; the 64 kbit RAM demands a quantum jump beyond them. It is a prelude to very large-scale integration (VLSI), or the placing of more than 100000 logic gates on a single chip. Primarily facing obsolescence is the present technique of photolithography as it affects feature delineation, because the wavelength of light used t... View full abstract»

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  • I. The 64-kbit RAM: A prelude to VLSI

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):42 - 45
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    The 64-kbit dynamic random-access memory may signal the end of the MOS transistor era. Established process technology and manufacturing techniques will no longer do; the new RAM demands a quantum jump beyond them. It is a prelude to very large-scale integration (VLSI), or the placing of more than 100 000 logic gates on a single chip. View full abstract»

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  • 100000+ gates on a chip: mastering the minutia. II. Needed: a `miracle slice' for VLSI fabrication

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):45 - 48
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    For pt.I see ibid., vol.16, no.3, p.42 (1979). To achieve VLSI means micron and submicron design rules. It means large chips containing perhaps 100000 to 500000 gates, and it means perhaps processing power of a million instructions per second on a single chip. Clearly further ground must be broken in materials, patterning, processing, layout, design and testing, as well as architecture. Requiremen... View full abstract»

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  • Power sources: Superbatteries: A progress report: Developers are banking on new materials to drive batteries into a competitive position vis-a-vis oil, gas, and gasoline

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):49 - 56
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    Developers of superbatteries of the future are aiming at a substantial increase in energy density-up to four times the energy per unit weight of the well-established, rugged, and reliable lead-acid battery. And the improvement is to be accompanied by reduced costs, while the lead-acid's long life and efficiency are retained. The energy density in present batteries limits the range of electric vehi... View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: No ill winds for New Mexico utility: Under test in one municipality's power system, an experimental machine supplies up to 15 percent of community needs

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):57 - 61
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    Discusses a large wind generator which joined the electric utility system in the town of Clayton, NM, and while much remains to be studied, already it is clear: the results are encouraging. Linked to the town's present system of seven diesel generators, the revolving wind blades can supply 200 kW of output power, nearly 15 percent of Clayton's total power load during off-peak periods. This result ... View full abstract»

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  • Research and development: The President's R&D budget: Basic is up, applied is not: President Carter asks for more real dollars for basic research, but holds the line in other categories

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):62 - 64
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    The research and development budget that President Carter has proposed for fiscal 1980 calls for a ¿real¿ increase ¿ 4 to 5 percent ¿ in Federal outlays for basic research, while spending for applied and developmental research would be maintained at approximately the rate of inflation. View full abstract»

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  • Education: Equipment shortfall in EE labs: Undergraduate schools for the most part have substandard, obsolete equipment and it's in short supply, too

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):65 - 69
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    Indicates that electronics engineer undergraduate schools for the most part have substandard, obsolete equipment and in short supply. View full abstract»

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  • Professional concerns: Employment guidelines revisited: A look at the guidelines' second edition; it has been accepted by employers and employees alike

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):70 - 73
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    Six months after its revision and republication, the ¿Guidelines to Professional Employment for Engineers and Scientists¿ ¿ a document first published and endorsed by IEEE and 27 other professional societies on Jan. 1, 1973 ¿ has apparently won quiet acceptance by employees and employers alike. This climate of acceptance was predicted in the foreword to the new edition, which was published Aug... View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):74 - 75
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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):76 - 79
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):80 - 83
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