IEEE Spectrum

Issue 13 • Dec. 1988

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  • Bell break-up plus five: mixed reviews

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):26 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The consequences of the divestiture of AT&T in 1984 are examined. The new AT&T, freed to enter the computer industry, has not come close to rivaling IBM in commercial markets, although it is starting to do well in government contracts. The local operating companies, still run as regulated monopolies, have been far more profitable than free-market competitors. Research has expanded but is more focu... View full abstract»

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  • User-programmable gate arrays

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):32 - 35
    Cited by:  Papers (13)  |  Patents (4)
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    A very flexible gate array that speeds the job of designing, updating, or varying the logic circuitry that turns standard microprocessor and memory ICs into computers and peripheral equipment is examined. The gates on this kind of IC are interconnected under software control, and downloaded into local memory cells from a program written by the user, which can alter it almost at will. The array is ... View full abstract»

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  • Sarnoff Labs: 'still crazy' but coping

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):36 - 39
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    The donation of RCA's David Sarnoff Research Laboratory to SRI International, following GE's acquisition of RCA, is described. Sarnoff's role as a contract research laboratory and its restructuring into three divisions-consumer electronics and information sciences, manufacturing and materials, and solid state-is discussed. Some of the projects of each division are highlighted. The challenge of mar... View full abstract»

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  • For the record: Kilby and the IC

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):40 - 41
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    The records that Jack Kilby, developer of the monolithic integrated circuit, kept of his progress 30 years ago are examined. His was a demonstration of the first working semiconductor integrated circuit, a phase-shift oscillator. This showed that the IC concept was applicable to linear circuits.<> View full abstract»

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  • All aboard for solid state (train control system)

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):42 - 45
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    Advanced train control systems (ATCSs), which will allow dispatching, track switching, and even braking of trains by operators at remote sites, are discussed. The history and development of the concept are traced, and the architecture of ATCSs is described. Present and planned testing of various systems is discussed. The problems posed by writing software to connect the numerous ATCS systems are e... View full abstract»

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  • Post-quake lessons for power utilities

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):46 - 48
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    The damage done to utility facilities during major earthquakes in southern California is described, and the data and lessons they provide are examined. The primary step has been to build a database that can be used to predict what to expect from an earthquake, i.e., what degree of shaking might be expected at a specific location and how much an earthquake of a specified magnitude will damage facil... View full abstract»

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