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Issue 3 • March 1985

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):1 - 3
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    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 3
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    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):6 - 13
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  • Reflections

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):16 - 22
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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 26
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    This column is intended as a commentary on the current commotions in the English language, with particular emphasis on the usages of our own technical community. Because few who care about the language are neutral, it will probably be seen as a laudable effort, badly misinformed, stunningly correct, dead wrong, essential, or trivia! Comments, commendations, and condemnations will be accepted. Read... View full abstract»

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  • Whatever happened to

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):27 - 29
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  • Spin-offs

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):30 - 33
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):34 - 36
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  • Spectral lines: What we print

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 37
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    Among the characteristics of the best-read Spectrum articles are, not surprisingly, the following: they are interesting, informative, instructive, and useful. But beyond that, they tend to answer certain questions: How does it work? How is it used? How much does it cost? How can it fail? How does it hook together? In each case, ¿it¿ may refer to materials, components, subsystems, or systems. And... View full abstract»

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  • Simulating `the right stuff' [military simulators]

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):38 - 47
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    It is reported that simulator makers face a twofold challenge: to continue to increase the realism of the trainers while holding down costs. The newest simulators used in military training programs include cockpits for flight training; portable desktop videodiscs for practicing command, maintenance, and routine operations on land, at sea, and in the air; microcomputer-driven war games that teach t... View full abstract»

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  • Design case history: the Commodore 64

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):48 - 58
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    The design and development of the Commodore 64 64-kilobyte home computer are chronicled. An account is given of the steps taken in developing the sound chip and the graphics chip. Despite complaints about quality control and the industry's slowest disk drive, the Commodore 64 has been an unparalleled success, pushing a number of its competitors out of the market. The designers of the Commodore 64 ... View full abstract»

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  • Pulsed power packs a punch: Lasers, electromagnetic launchers, and fusion reactors require enormous, instantaneous pulses of power not available from the utilities' mains

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):59 - 67
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    For many applications, power must be derived in short, huge bursts. To deliver this pulsed power, energy must be collected at low power, stored, and then released almost instantaneously. The author details the linking of capacitors and inductors and explains how the pulse is created. Attention is given to a specialized variant of pulse generation whereby capacitors and inductors make use of explos... View full abstract»

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  • Fiber-optic system tradeoffs: With the choice of short-wavelength and long-wavelength technologies available, the designer can tailor a fiber-optic system to specific applications

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):68 - 75
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    A wide variety of components for fiber-optic systems is now available: transmitters, fibers, and receivers for operation at short wavelengths (less than 1 micrometer) or long wavelengths (more than 1 micrometer). Each of these components has its own advantages and disadvantages and its own set of tradeoffs in any particular application. The author describes several of these components and explains... View full abstract»

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  • Looking ahead with confidence: Cases of technological forecasts that failed are well known, yet careful use of forecasting techniques can help avoid misdirected R&D

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):76 - 81
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    The author maintains that enough data have been gathered to ensure that the proper use of forecasting methods will lead to reasonably accurate research and development (R and D) planning even if some initial errors are made. To plan an R and D project, two questions must be answered. These are: what types of technology are needed, and when will they be developed? Two types of forecasting, each wit... View full abstract»

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  • Lasers cut a swath in surgical and medical applications: Their early promise is being fulfilled, particularly for the surgeon, while research hints at usefulness in nonsurgical cancer therapy

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):82 - 87
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    The use of lasers in various surgical applications is described. Laser heating of tissue is used for two distinct surgical functions: cutting, as with a scalpel, and photocoagulation. Photocoagulation heats tissue to varying degrees, generally stopping short of total eradication. Basic accessories to laser surgery such as: a delivery system to direct and focus the laser radiation, an operating mic... View full abstract»

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):90 - 91
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):92 - 95
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):96 - 97
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):98 - 100
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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):101 - 113
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 114
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):114 - 116
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