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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 1995

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  • Solid state [1995 technological forecast]

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):35 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    The coming years see solid-state technology falling deeper under the spell of the expanding multimedia market. This development has already conjured up Mensa-level microprocessors, complex image-processing and graphics circuits, and memories with capacity and bandwidth enough to satisfy the microprocessors' craving for bits and to digest data for visual displays. Portability has its own set of dem... View full abstract»

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  • Specialties [solar wings, oil spill avoidance, on-line patents]

    Publication Year: 1995
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    The author briefly describes the development of the solar wing, a solar powered prototype aircraft named Pathfinder. The author also describes a navigation system to help ships avoid oil-spills and other obstacles. The author also briefly describes access to patents using on-line methods View full abstract»

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  • Power and energy

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):56 - 59
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    The author examines the development of nuclear power throughout the world, commencing with proposals for California, USA. Evidence that nuclear power remains viable in Asia include Japan Atomic Power Co.'s announcement of plans for a 1300 MW reactor in Tokai, Ibaraki prefecture, where the country's 28-year-old first reactor is still in service. In November, Chinese officials agreed in principle to... View full abstract»

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  • Telecommunications

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):30 - 34
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    The author discusses advances and changes in: Internet; multichannel optical fibre networks using erbium-doped fibre amplifiers and wavelength division multiplexing; HDTV; digital radio; satellites for mobile voice telephony; the auction of wireless telephony licences; and unlicensed personal communication systems View full abstract»

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  • Medical electronics

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):80 - 83
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    The following topics are discussed: the coming to life of the first digital human; saving of time and money by virtual lung examinations; laser applications to prostate problems; heart beats modeled on a supercomputer View full abstract»

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  • Data communications

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):26 - 29
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    The envisioned National Information Infrastructure (NII)-sometimes called the information superhighway, or the Infobahn-has sown the seed for numerous public and private consortia. Some of these consortia are briefly mentioned. The backbone protocols OSI and TCP/IP and how to bridge the gap between them are then discussed. The author then discussed the bearer technology for broadband services whic... View full abstract»

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  • Industrial electronics

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):84 - 86
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    The computerisation and networking of the factory spread farther and deeper in 1994, as did the use of power semiconductors. Calls for greater architectural commonality came from users of control systems, among others. At the interface with the assembly line, vision systems are growing more powerful. A crucial development in industrial computers is the shift to the architecture of the peripheral c... View full abstract»

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  • Test and measurement

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):52 - 55
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    The author discusses the latest developments in test and measurement technology including: IDDQ testing, its benefits and disadvantages; pay-per-use testers in which a button is inserted in a fully configured system and programmed with test credits which must be purchased in advance; digital oscilloscopes; and Hewlett Packard's entry into the VXIplug and play Systems Alliance View full abstract»

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  • The environment [energy/resource conservation]

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):60 - 61
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    Environmental concerns, impinging on all aspects of electronics and electrical engineering, have been transformed from an afterthought or a reaction to government legislation to an integral part of the design process. Many companies are developing databases that help design engineers make environmentally benign choices of one process over another. Significant numbers of new products are being desi... View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):40 - 43
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    The author discusses the latest trends and developments in interactive television, digital satellite TV, HDTV, and personal digital assistants. The views of the industry on each of these technologies is discussed View full abstract»

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  • Transportation

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):71 - 75
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    The author describes technological developments in 1994 in the transportation sector. Topics covered include: new electronic systems that warn of maritime dangers and potential collisions; the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel, a British-French joint venture, which began operations after more than 12 years of planning and construction; how high-speed rail legislation bogged down in the US Congress result... View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace and military

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):76 - 79
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    The author discusses the latest developments in the aerospace industry. These include: the new Boeing 777 jetliner, the preparation of new launch vehicles in Japan and Europe (H-2 and Ariane-5 respectively), the merger of Martin Marietta and Lockheed, the first flight of Eurofighter 2000, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organisation's Clementine probe to the Moon View full abstract»

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  • Application software

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):66 - 70
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    In this discussion of mathematics application software the following topics are discussed: data acquisition; mathematics software packages; engineering analysis tools; user interfaces; and virtual reality View full abstract»

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  • Large computers

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):48 - 51
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    Provides an overview of the mainframe computer industry including: Hewlett Packard, the RISC community, IBM and Intel CISC. In the highest-performance segment of the market, a radical realignment already visible in 1993 kept going as vector supercomputers lost more ground to alternative architectures ranging from massively parallel processors (MPPs) to RISC-based SMP systems View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):62 - 65
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    In this overview of the software engineering industry the following topics are discussed: client server systems; object oriented programming and C++; programming toolkits with application frameworks; and visual programming languages View full abstract»

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  • Small computers

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):44 - 47
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    In round terms and round figures, 16 million personal computers will be sold in the United States in 1995 and a further 34 million worldwide. Workstation sales will add a million units more. The author considers how some of the new and emerging technologies could generate steep function improvements and upheavals in the PC and workstation industries. Interaction and increasing overlap with other i... View full abstract»

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