Volume 39 Issue 8 • Aug. 2002

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  • Linking with light [high-speed optical interconnects]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):32 - 36
    Cited by:  Papers (53)  |  Patents (11)
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    Having proven their worth in long-distance communications, photons will soon take over inside the computer. So some researchers say that, within just a few years, many of the copper connections in computers will yield to high-speed optical interconnects, in which photons, rather than electrons, will pass signals from board to board, or chip to chip, or even from one part of a chip to another. The ... View full abstract»

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  • Wise drives [hard disk drive]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):37 - 41
    Cited by:  Papers (5)  |  Patents (4)
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    Considers how smarter disk drives could herald speedier data mining, tighten computer security, and improve data storage reliability, but only if drive and computer makers and software designers can agree on new interface standards. View full abstract»

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  • The wizardry of Id [video games]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):42 - 47
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The author takes a look at some of the technology that helped make the video games industry as big as Hollywood. Through its technologically innovative games, Id Software has had a huge influence on everyday computing, from the high-speed, high-color, and high-resolution graphics cards common in today's PCs to the marshalling of an army of on-line game programmers and players who have helped shape... View full abstract»

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  • UCITA: a disaster in progress

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):13 - 15
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    Software companies are pushing draconian legislation that would abolish century-old doctrines protecting the rights of users of intellectual property. The author argues that by treating a transaction for software as a license rather than a sale, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act would cost us all dearly. UCITA makes enforceable almost any term that the vendor puts into a license co... View full abstract»

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  • Cellphones, radars, and health

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):15 - 16
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    Exposure standards for electromagnetic radiation do not adequately address current realities. These standards are based on conclusions drawn from many experiments in the decades after World War II. Few of those studies, however, were designed to study low-level, localized biological effects not linked to heat. But electromagnetic theory and decades of experiments clearly indicate that the electrom... View full abstract»

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  • Worldcom and Vivendi reeling from communications crash

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):18 - 19
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    Within a few days, turmoil engulfed two giants of telecommunications and media: Paris-based Vivendi Universal SA and Clinton, Miss-based WorldCom Inc. Each, in its own way, fell victim to the failure of the communications sector to keep growing at the breakneck speeds still expected two years ago. Ironically, there is nothing wrong with either WorldCom or Vivendi that debt (and hype) reduction-ins... View full abstract»

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  • Random access at double the speed

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):20 - 21
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Unveiled at the IEEE's Symposium on VLSI Circuits, a novel dynamic memory architecture challenges static memory. View full abstract»

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  • Paintable liquid-crystal displays

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):28 - 29
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    A new technology may make LCDs as ubiquitous as printed paper. View full abstract»

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  • The brain as user interface [remotely guided rats]

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Neuroscientists have used a wireless receiver and electrodes implanted in a rat's brain to steer the rodent anywhere they want it to go. Suppose you want to guide a small robotic system through collapsed buildings to search for survivors. In pure robotics, this is a tough job. But remotely guided rats carrying wireless video cameras fit the bill nicely. The brain implant enables a trained rat to b... View full abstract»

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  • Patent absurdity

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):48 - 49
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    A growing chorus of critics in the popular press has chastised software developers, Web-application designers, and gene-patenting biotechnologists, among others, for securing patent rights that-it is said-subvert the system. The patent office has been cracking down. The most notable reforms affecting bad patents are statutory changes. View full abstract»

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  • China dawn: the story of a technology and business revolution [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Freely Available from IEEE
  • Web radio: time to sign off?

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Higher-than-expected royalty rates will force US webcasters to close up shop. The first bad news for Web radio came in February 2002 with a ruling from a copyright arbitration royalty panel (CARP). The panel was set up by the US Copyright Office to satisfy a 1998 law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Its report, which called for even more ruinous rates, was set aside on 21 May by the head of ... View full abstract»

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  • Africa becomes electric

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):54 - 56
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    Sten Bergman is helping African villagers, far from the grid, get cheap and efficient power. As the Swedish Development Agency's representative to the World Bank's Africa Rural and Renewable Energy Initiative, Bergman is charged with helping set "a new template for rural electrification in Africa." That means scouting out low-cost energy technologies to match local needs, as well as explaining tho... View full abstract»

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  • Getting the message

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):56 - 57
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    Signals intelligence is a highly specialized and highly secret realm - and one where EEs are in high demand. View full abstract»

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  • Robots stand on own two feet

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):24 - 25
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (1)
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    Honda, Sony and Fujitsu are selling the first strolling humanoids. Honda's 120-cm-high Asimo is the tallest robot to amble admirably - not only on level ground, but up and down stairs and along slopes as well. To meet the challenge more easily, the latest robots scale things down: Fujitstu's new Humanoid for Open Architecture Platform (HOAP-1) is just 48 cm tall, while Sony's vaudevillian SDR-4X, ... View full abstract»

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  • New global standard set for metro networks

    Publication Year: 2002
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    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has removed a barrier to better short-haul optical communication networks in urban centers with the approval of a new standard. Officially known as ITU-T Recommendation G.694.2, the new standard specifies a set of wavelengths for use in what are known as coarse wavelength-division multiplexing (CWDM) systems. Unlike dense wavelength-division multiple... View full abstract»

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  • Enron: The tale less trumpeted [management]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):25 - 28
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    There are at least two stories of Enron Corp. First is the business story: Houston-based energy giant takes a big (and mysterious) charge, raising questions about its accounting. Its lenders yank their lines of credit, the company collapses, and the massive problem of reorganizing its tangled and far-flung affairs begins. Then there's the scandal. This is a complex and still unfolding story, reple... View full abstract»

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  • Paperboy: confessions of a future engineer [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002
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  • Too many chiefs

    Publication Year: 2002
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