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Issue 10 • Date Oct. 1986

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):1 - 2
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    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 3
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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):6 - 9
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):10 - 16
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  • Speakout

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):17 - 19
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):20 - 23
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  • Innovations

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 24
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  • Program notes [reports of new computer programs]

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 25
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  • Video

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):26 - 28
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  • Spectral lines: Our expansive past and explosive future

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 29
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    Preparing oneself to practice the profession of electrical engineering is somewhat like trying to take a drink from a firehose. The torrent (read ¿information¿) comes too fast and under high pressure. And after the student is finished drinking, the gusher continues. View full abstract»

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  • Quebec hydro: La Grande tour: Three powerhouses, 200 dikes, and a vast flooded area near James Bay, Que., produce more electricity than any other hydroelectric complex in North America

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):30 - 36
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    The objectives, development, and operation of the La Grade hydroelectric power plant are discussed. Three powerhouses, 200 dikes, and a vast flooded area near James Bay, Quebec, Canada, produce more electricity than any other hydroelectric complex in North America. The existing and future plans for the plant are examined, and its impact on the region is discussed. The control system for the plant,... View full abstract»

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  • Electroluminescence catches the public eye: Rugged, readable, and compact, electroluminescent technology is breaking the price barrier: Designers are now using it in middle-range products

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):37 - 42
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    The development of durable, high-visibility, thin-film electroluminescent displays (EL) for microcomputers is outlined. It is noted that these displays are being used increasingly as their price is coming down. The ruggedness of EL displays, their advantages and disadvantages, and their size are discussed. The reasons for the lack of full color and gray shades are examined. Interfacing an EL displ... View full abstract»

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  • Software `doctor' prescribes remedies

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):43 - 48
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    Knowledge-based trouble-shooting systems for fault diagnosis in a variety of situations are discussed. The basic principles of these expert systems are briefly outlined. Two existing systems are examined: General Electric (GE) Corporation's CATS (computer-aided trouble-shooting system), designed to improve the maintenance of diesel locomotives; and Westinghouse Electric Company's rule-based system... View full abstract»

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  • A framework for computer design: Instead of starting off with a microprocessor, equipment designers must now select from among the many available bus standards before choosing hardware and software

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):49 - 54
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    The selection of a bus is considered in the context of overall computer system design. Existing bus standards are briefly examined, and the factors to be taken into account in bus selection are considered. The three major bus families on the market are described. View full abstract»

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  • The lure of molecular computing: While marketable products seem decades away, researchers are crystallizing theories and devices that will give biological organisms the power to compute

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):55 - 60
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    The basic principles of molecular computing are described and two approaches are outlined: the biological, which seeks to duplicate the powerful information processing capabilities of biological systems; and the digital, which seeks to create a molecular electronics that would lead to a smaller, faster, less-expensive digital computer with increased memory density. The problem of exploiting geomet... View full abstract»

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  • Making your PC behave like another

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):61 - 67
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    The emulation of one personal computer (PC) by another is considered. The meaning of the term `emulation' is examined, and current approaches are described. A table of specifications for selected personal-computer emulators is included, and innovative products that are emerging are described. The underlying approach to emulation is examined, and the problems involved in splitting functions between... View full abstract»

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  • Detroit's 1987 models: New electronic inroads: Suspensions are the latest conquest in the trend toward total electronic control of all major automotive subsystems

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):68 - 73
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    New and updated electronic controls for automobiles are described. The discussion covers engine controls, electric speedometers, low-tire-pressure warnings, analog instruments, and various miscellaneous features. View full abstract»

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):74 - 77
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):78 - 82
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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):83 - 85
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):86 - 87
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s):88 - 97
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1986, Page(s): 98
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