Volume 39 Issue 3 • March 2002

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  • Games soldiers play

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):32 - 37
    Cited by:  Papers (14)
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    Computer games and virtual reality are radically altering the way the military prepares for war. Over the last three decades, sophisticated computer modeling and graphics, faster processor speeds, and advances in artificial intelligence have gone into building simulation technology that can create a reality that stops just short of war. In turn, the use of simulators has helped bring about a sea c... View full abstract»

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  • Crossroads for mixed-signal chips

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):38 - 43
    Cited by:  Papers (14)  |  Patents (6)
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    The last decade saw a surge in the number of small IC design houses, so-called fabless enterprises, that provide systems manufacturers with application-specific ICs (ASICs). More recently, shrinking circuit features and rising transistor density have spawned the system on a chip (SoC), in which most or all of the circuitry required for, say, a cellphone fits on a single IC. Today, these SoCs often... View full abstract»

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  • Welcome to the (almost) digital hospital

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):44 - 49
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    The author reports on the (almost) digital hospital in the cardiology ward at the brand new Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. It is a medical ideal where everyday operations and record-keeping are carried out and maintained almost exclusively with computers. At the heart of this ambitious model is the electronic patient record. The idea behind it is to make all of a patient's medical re... View full abstract»

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  • The secret art of chip graffiti

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):50 - 55
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    Chip designers have often etched whimsical imagery onto their creations, but as automated tools improved and design cycles shrank, so did companies' tolerance for the improvised extras. This article looks at the history of chip graffiti, its evolution with IC design techniques and scaling, and chip art's decreasing prevalence due to increased production pressures and sophisticated design automatio... View full abstract»

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  • Can you patent an industry standard?

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):14 - 15
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    We live in an age of industry standards. Particularly in the various fields of electronics, standards developed by volunteers are becoming so numerous and so detailed that it's difficult even to be aware of them all, at least outside one's own engineering specialty. In this paper, the author examines whether one can patent an industry standard. He concludes that one can, but that the licensing pro... View full abstract»

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  • Star-crossed orbits: inside the U.S. - Russian space alliance [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):57 - 58
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  • What went wrong at Ricochet?

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):60 - 61
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    Ricochet, which offered mobile wireless Internet access at 128 kb/s, had its plug pulled in August 2001 after its owner, Metricom Inc., in San Jose, Calif., spent a US $1.1 billion investment pool building and upgrading the service in 21 U.S. metropolitan areas at a furious pace. The author discusses whether the high-speed mobile access service was ahead of its time, or merely ahead of its marketi... View full abstract»

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  • It's all in your head [industrial property]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):65 - 68
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    In this paper, the author details how understanding your intellectual property rights could help you protect your ideas and save you a lifetime of legal hassles. View full abstract»

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  • Engineering entertainment

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):69 - 70
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    This paper describes how electrical engineers with the skill to handle interactive TV and integrated media are in high demand. It describes how entertainment industry work has more to do with traditional engineering and computer programming than with, say, computer graphics or multimedia. A knowledge of network management, TCP/IP protocols, and servers, switchers, and routers comes in handy. Famil... View full abstract»

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  • Who runs the internet? [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 80
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