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Issue 1 • Date Feb. 1994

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  • Understanding MIDI. The key to creating and conducting the music to your own MTV video

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 10 - 11
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    The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) specifies the standard hardware and data format that allow devices to communicate with one another. Developed by researchers in Japan, MIDI Specification 1.0 made its debut in 1983. Soon afterwards, Roland introduced the MPU-401 (MIDI Processor Unit model 401), which gave PC users the power of MIDI. By providing an affordable way to interconnect musical devices, MIDI opened the door to the music world for computer users.<> View full abstract»

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  • Data flow. Opening the door to better ways of working in parallel

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 12 - 14
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    The authors begin by setting the scene as to what data flow computing is. They go on to discuss data flow languages and give a graphical data flow program example.<> View full abstract»

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  • Field programmable gate arrays. A cheaper way of customizing product prototypes

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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    Advances in VLSI technology have brought very complex digital systems onto a very small area of silicon. However, the design cycle times associated with the conventional VLSI designs have called for a technology that will support very rapid system prototyping. Also, the non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs associated with existing VLSI technologies are very high. An ideal design style should support rapid prototyping at almost no or very nominal NRE costs. FPGA is an attempt in this direction. FPGAs have a potential for matching both speed and density of mask programmed gate arrays (MPGAs). It is expected that more and more digital designs will be built on FPGAs, and FPGA based designs will outnumber the MPGA based designs in the near future. The author begins by discussing the nature of FPGAs and their architecture (with design tools). The author goes on to discuss custom computing.<> View full abstract»

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  • Virtual instrumentation. When a tool isn't really a tool but is

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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    A virtual instrument (VI) is an instrument whose general function and capabilities are determined by software. The reasons for having the VI concept are discussed as are the advantages of VIs. The author concludes by considering VI products and their future.<> View full abstract»

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  • A genetic case study. Engineering biotechnologies for practical application to livestock will speed technology transfer to breeding companies

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 22 - 25
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    Animal improvement first became organized during the 18th and 19th centuries through the efforts of individual enthusiasts culminating in the formation of Breed Societies. In the first half of the 20th century, Mendelian theory was combined with new developments in statistics to produce the science of Quantitative Genetics, the field of genetics dealing with the inheritance of quantitative characters influenced by many genes. This produced the theoretical framework for modern day breeding.<> View full abstract»

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  • Sea Moss Microship. High-tech adventures on the open seas

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 26 - 31
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    The Microship extends the design principles of BEHEMOTH which defined very loosely is a human/solar powered mobile workstation designed to render physical location irrelevant. The new project is an aquatic version of this, significantly updated to represent the capabilities of 1993-1995 technology. The author begins by discussing the layout and mechanical aspects of the yacht Microship. He goes on to discuss the computer systems in the yacht and communications. Power generation and management are then briefly discussed as are audio/visual components and safety/survival systems.<> View full abstract»

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  • Charting the microwaves waters. A short overview in table form for quick and easy referencing

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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    The author presents tables of microwave frequencies, solid state devices and their applications, linear beam tubes (O-type), crossed field tubes (M-type), and applications of microwave electron tube devices.<> View full abstract»

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  • Multimedia-where things stand currently

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 6 - 9
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    Multimedia is the combination of text, graphics, audio, animation, and full-motion video. To realize a multimedia platform, traditional magnetic disks and simple graphics cards and displays are not enough. Compact disk drives must be used for storage and super VGA adapters are needed for the graphics. The paper explains the hardware requirements of a multimedia computer system and describes some of the first multimedia products that have come to market. Each of the hardware subsystems has been used before, separately, but the integration of these systems is a much more complicated task View full abstract»

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