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Issue 7 • Date July 1985

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  • Contents

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  • Forum

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  • Book reviews

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  • Reflections

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

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 17
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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): 18 - 19
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  • Spin-offs

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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 22 - 25
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  • Managing technology

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 26 - 28
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  • Spectral lines: Where are our heroes?

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 29
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    Recently U.S. News & World Report conducted a poll of young adults in the United States, asking them: ¿Who are your heroes or heroines ¿ that is, what public figures living anywhere in the world do you find personally inspiring and would you hope to be like in some way?¿ Years ago, such a poll might have yielded names like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, or Thomas Watson, but this one did... View full abstract»

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  • Thwarting the information thieves: Fear of spying through simple or sophisticated electronics has spawned an industry whose challenge is to block the illegal interception of intelligence

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    Notes that opinion is divided on the seriousness of the threat of electronic surveillance carried out by foreign governments and domestic competitors. A brief description is given of the operating principles of bugs and tapes. Attention is called to the widespread availability of equipment for intercepting communications. It is noted that, with regard to private security vendors, the quality of th... View full abstract»

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  • Power devices are in the chips: New power integrated circuits, called PICs, put both power-handling semiconductors and logic on the same IC chip; soon they may be part of every household appliance

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 42 - 51
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    The advances that will have to be made before power integrated chips, or PICs, can become a dominant force in the semiconductor field are discussed. These have to do with developing adequate isolation between high-voltage devices and low-voltage circuits; designing devices and fabrication processes that yield both high voltage and high current at an economical level; and designing high-voltage, hi... View full abstract»

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  • Computer displays: New choices, new tradeoffs: Advances on several fronts let users and designers juggle lightness, brightness, and price as well as much-sought-after flatness

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 52 - 53
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    The size and weight of the conventional CRT militate against its use in portable computers. The alternative technologies that are being developed in order to produce flat-panel displays with good resolution are discussed. It is pointed out that the competing technologies all differ from the CRT in one basic way: they rely on a matrix of individually addressable picture elements (pixels) to produce... View full abstract»

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  • From lab to lap: Liquid-crystal, electroluminescent, and plasma displays are among the major contenders for use in truly portable computers

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 53 - 59
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    A new generation of flat-screen displays are making possible a truly portable computer-one no more cumbersome that a hardcover book. Three main alternatives to the CRT display are available: liquid-crystal, electroluminescent, and plasma displays. The advantages and disadvantages of each of these designs are discussed. Attention is also given to some technical problems that will have to be solved ... View full abstract»

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  • Perfecting the picture: A guide is offered for handicapping the race for first place in flat-panel displays; none can yet match CRTs for price and performance

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 60 - 66
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    The three techniques being developed for flat-panel displays-liquid-crystal, plasma, and electroluminescent-are discussed. The underlying principles are reviewed, and the advantages and disadvantages of each approach are outlined. Special attention is given to the problem of addressing a single picture element, and the potential role of the active matrix in solving this problem in liquid-crystal d... View full abstract»

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  • The workhorse CRT: New life: This old standby is still first in monochrome text displays, and color CRTs are widely chosen for graphics

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 67 - 73
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    It is pointed out that the monochrome CRT display still has potential for improvement at only modest extra cost. The trend is toward larger screens, greater character content, and positive images-black characters on a white background, like a printed page, as opposed to the white on black that has been standard for 20 years. Because of the nature of the monochrome CRT, many improvements can be mad... View full abstract»

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  • Chip pirates: Beware the law: A new Federal statute is written to protect semiconductor chip designs; the law, however, contains ambiguities that have yet to be tested

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 74 - 80
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    To combat chip piracy and to give semiconductor companies legal recourse against copies, the US Congress passed a bill setting up the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984-the first new form of protection for intellectual property in the United States since the Lanham Act of the 1870s codified the protection of trademarks. The Chip Protection Act is important primarily because it creates intel... View full abstract»

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 81 - 83
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  • Calendar

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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 88 - 91
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1985 , Page(s): 92 - 93
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  • IEEE tables of contents

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