IEEE Spectrum

Issue 1 • Jan. 1994

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  • The disappearing space crunch [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1994
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  • The media event /spl lsqb/virtual reality/spl rsqb/

    Publication Year: 1994
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    The author describes how virtual reality/spl minus/and its ability to immerse users in interactive three-dimensional worlds/spl minus/was presented as amazing and miraculous, both a salvation and a danger by the media in the USA. He describes how one effect of the media attention has been a broadening of the definition of virtual reality. Initially used only for systems with helmet displays and co... View full abstract»

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  • Telecommunications

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):22 - 25
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    The author presents a technological overview of the telecommunications field covering the topics of: European telecommunication authorities privatisation; mobile communications in Asia; fibre optic amplifiers; and cable TV integration with wireless technology.<> View full abstract»

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  • Data communications

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):26 - 29
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    The author describes how events in the consumer market and the business world have recently shaped (and for the next few years will continue to shape) this area far more than technological breakthroughs. The need for real-time delivery of much higher volumes of data to meet the video and audio requirements of coming multimedia applications has driven developments in data speed and in that new real... View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):30 - 34
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    The author gives a technological overview of the field of consumer electronics. Topics covered include: HDTV; smart TV decoders; digital satellite broadcasting; and personal digital assistants.<> View full abstract»

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  • PCs and workstations

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):35 - 37
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    The long-anticipated union of PCs and workstations began in earnest in 1993, ushering in another era in computing. Each group ceded the central processor slot to the latest chips based on reduced-instruction-set computing (RISC): Alpha, MIPS, PA-RISC, PowerPC, and microSparc. Complex-instruction-set computing (CISC), meanwhile, is not dead, certainly not in notebook computers and microcontroller-b... View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):38 - 41
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    This business is being altered by two factors: object-oriented programming techniques, and client-server technologies. Neither is exactly new, but they have finally reached the stage of development where they are prepared to enter full-scale deployment. While both are sometimes confused with markets, they are in fact valid programming techniques. Now they are being widely accepted after some years... View full abstract»

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  • Application software

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):42 - 45
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    Companies that deal in application software for electrical engineers found their territory expanding during the past year. The availability of highly capable hardware, as well as the introduction of the operating system, Windows NT, opened up the market to many new platforms. In addition, users are demanding software that can cope with new tasks. Everywhere, vendors say, one of the principal press... View full abstract»

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  • Large computers

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):46 - 49
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    Every computer company in the world agrees that parallel processing is the future, especially at the high end. They all have parallel machines, or plans for parallel machines, or alliances that would lead to parallel machines. The IBM and Cray machines are briefly discussed as are other developments in this field.<> View full abstract»

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  • Solid state

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):50 - 53
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    Competition among semiconductor manufacturers has intensified, quickening the pace of technological development. In the drive to capture market share, companies are turning out new generations of products with dizzying speed. Subhalf-micrometer lithographic feature sizes in commercial products have pegged new lows, while 275 MHz processing speeds have reached new highs. With feature sizes progress... View full abstract»

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  • Test and measurement

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):54 - 57
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    The author describes how the test and measurement industry today is at a watershed. Although the communications test market remains strong, the military-aerospace sector is in retreat, and the computer marketplace is laboring under tremendous economic pressure. For their part, providers of hardware and software for automated calibration are taking advantage of the upcoming requirement that manufac... View full abstract»

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  • Power and energy

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):58 - 61
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    The author gives an overview of the worldwide electricity supply industry. Subjects covered include: energy policy ineffectuality rules; new FERC regulations in the USA; Clean Air Act standard implementation experiences; and the severe electricity shortfall problems in Asia.<> View full abstract»

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  • Transportation

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):62 - 65
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    Progress in transportation technologies during 1993 is described by the author. Topics covered include flywheel battery technology for smart car and road systems; aircraft navigation by satellite; high-speed rail initiatives; and US harbour approach remapping.<> View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace and military

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):66 - 69
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    The author presents an overview of aerospace and military technology developments in 1993. He describes how the industry is still reeling from defense and aerospace cutbacks as well as from several space failures. Bright spots were the success of the DC-X demonstration vehicle and the joining of the US and Russian space station programs.<> View full abstract»

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  • Medical electronics

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):70 - 73
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    The author describes developments in medical electronics during 1993. Subjects outlined include: wireless data communication networks for home care; 3D simulation aids for surgeons; robot doctors; and breast cancer diagnosis improvements.<> View full abstract»

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  • Analysis and forecast issue: technology 1994

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):20 - 21
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    No matter what the field, the theme underlying much technical development last year and this is almost an oxymoron: an intertwining of competitiveness and compatibility. While companies want their high-tech products to edge out the competition, they are realistic enough to realize that this is the age of multivendor systems. Thus, to ensure their own survival, they are designing hardware and softw... View full abstract»

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