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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 1978

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s): 1
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s): 1
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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):2 - 7
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  • Conference calendar

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):8 - 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):10 - 13
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):16 - 16B
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s): 17
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s): 18
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):19 - 22
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  • Spectral lines

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s): 23
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    The notation above is a graphic, if cryptic, reminder that with this issue of Spectrum, as well as of all other IEEE publications containing bylined material, the new U.S. copyright law takes effect. Thus, you will find a variation of the above notation at the bottom of the first page of each feature article in this issue. The code permits libraries to make copies of such articles beyond the limit... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '78

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):24 - 25
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    In mid-1977, when the project that culminated in this special issue first really began, skeptics found it difficult to believe that many significant new developments and applications involving electrotechnology could be unearthed. Yet by the time Spectrum editors had pored through the contributions of scores of industry consultants and numerous members of IEEE's Groups and Societies, it was clear ... View full abstract»

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  • Computers: Consolidating gains: Solid-state progress is tempered by design maturation

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):26 - 30
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    The slowing and maturing trend in computer technology that became evident during 1976 was even more pronounced in the following year. Computer-aided design and software engineering made significant progress, and fault-tolerant techniques continued to advance toward their goal of ultrareliable systems. The major story in memory systems appears to be that traditional technologies such as cores, tape... View full abstract»

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  • Communications and microwave technology: Optical fibers compete with premium coax; digital radio reaches cost effectiveness

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):31 - 35
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    The author reviews technological trends in 1977. He highlights the competitiveness of optical fibers with premium coax, and the attainment of cost-effectiveness by digital radio. View full abstract»

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  • Solid-state devices: Memories and microprocessors benefit from large-scale integration advances

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):36 - 40
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    Memories and microprocessors are singled out as having benefited from large-scale integration advances in 1977. View full abstract»

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  • Instrumentation: Emphasis on field: Microprocessor-based systems spawn built-in test gear

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):41 - 44
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    Discusses the need for more effective instruments to handle increasingly complex microprocessor-based data-processing equipment in the field. Manufacturers of equipment are under constant pressure to offer more serviceable products, because higher service costs are taking bigger bites out of profit margins for both manufacturers and users. As a result, instrument makers are churning out an array o... View full abstract»

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  • Electronics to boost productivity: Computer technology spurs automation, energy cuts

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):45 - 48
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    Manufacturers are turning increasingly to electrical/electronics technologies for more efficient use of resources and higher productivity. Computers of all types are being employed for better plant and production-line management. Examples are cited. View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy progress report: A pastiche of developments promises near and long-term applications

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):49 - 53
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    The world's most northerly generating station is operating in the Arctic; in warmer climbs, large turbine-generators and reversible generator/motors intended for pumped storage are on line. Other developments include improved relays and switchgear, new materials that show promise for better insulators and surge arresters, and a dry cooling technique that could ease the constraints on siting of new... View full abstract»

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  • Consumers as programmers: TV networks are upstaged by VCRs and video games; turnkey personal computers plunge in price

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):54 - 58
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    Although the large-scale introduction of video cassettes made 1977 a special year for consumer electronics, other technical accomplishments almost as impressive include production of fully assembled personal computing systems; development of self-contained electronic games and more advanced video games; 40-channel citizens' band radios that have started doing some thinking for themselves; programm... View full abstract»

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  • Transportation: Electronics galore: Microprocessors broaden impact onland, sea, and air transport

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):59 - 62
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    The use of electronics is leading to many improvements in ground, air, and marine transportation. In both hardware and software areas, important steps are being taken to upgrade service, increase safety, cut costs, conserve energy, and reduce pollution. View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace and military: Voyager begins planets rendezvous; improved night vision for the foot soldier

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):63 - 67
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    Electronics, and particularly solid-state circuitry, have provided the springboard from which military and aerospace systems, large and small, have been advancing on a broad front. Examples are cited. View full abstract»

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  • Electronics in medicine: Diagnostic imaging advances; microprocessors aid laser systems, prostheses

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):68 - 72
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    Amid universal concern over ever-increasing health-care costs and growing concern over technology's effect on those costs, biomedical engineering continues to make significant progress. Techniques for various diagnostic imaging modalities are still in the limelight. Important gains have been made in applying microprocessors to medical instruments, in laser applications in medicine, and in devices ... View full abstract»

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  • Technology and society: While politicians struggle with communications and energy policy, GE `engineers¿¿ the perfect tomato

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):73 - 78
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    The heat generated at the interface between technology and society is by now expected. Less expected, but encouraging, are those moments when the sociotechnical interface produces light. Two of the ¿¿hottest¿¿ topics are energy and communications. In the United States, for example, there has been a continuing ¿¿battle of the advocates¿¿: in energy, among those pushing nuclear, those fighting it, t... View full abstract»

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  • Guide to authors

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):79 - 81
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1978, Page(s):82 - 85
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