Volume 40 Issue 2 • Feb. 2003

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  • Top 10 techno-cool cars

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):30 - 35
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (8)
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    In IEEE Spectrum's list of top technocars, we preferred ideas expressed in a unique exemplar, preferably a vehicle from the current or the upcoming model year. We looked for significant jumps in performance, convenience, or comfort, rather than the incremental improvements that, chained together, account for most automotive progress over the long haul. We favored bold technologies, knowing full we... View full abstract»

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  • Fast films [IC interconnect insulation]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):36 - 40
    Cited by:  Papers (8)  |  Patents (1)
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    The crux of the problem is the tiny metal wires that weave the transistors on today's chips into integrated circuits. In the most advanced ICs, transistors switch up to 10 billion times a second, and their metal interconnects can barely keep up. While interconnect delay times are stretching out, transistor switching is getting faster, sending more signals down slow lines. However, the industry thi... View full abstract»

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  • The audio frontier [computer audio engineers' retreat]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):42 - 47
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    Hardware and software engineers who work in the Wild West of computer audio gather annually at a Texas ranch to tackle their collective challenges, spend the nights in jam sessions, and commune with the emus. This paper describes the seventh annual Project Bar-B-Q, an offbeat and influential three-day retreat for leaders in the field of audio engineering. Their aim is to improve computer audio, an... View full abstract»

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  • First a broken jaw, now a beautiful partnership

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 11
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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  • Leaking capacitors muck up motherboards

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):16 - 17
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    Aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a low equivalent series resistance (ESR) are high-capacitance components that generally serve to smooth out the power supply to chips. Throughout 2002, they have been breaking open and failing in certain desktop PCs. So far, the only motherboard maker to admit to the problem is ABIT Computer Corp. (Taipei), and the only major PC maker to acknowledge being affe... View full abstract»

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  • Europe's semiconductor makers are back in the game

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):18 - 19
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    European chipmakers have bounced back after being declared nearly dead almost two decades ago - and despite one of the worst downturns in the global semiconductor industry. Three of the world's top 10 chipmakers are now European, compared with just one a decade ago, according to IC Insights Inc., a market research group (Scottsdale, Ariz.). The French-Italian venture STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva)... View full abstract»

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  • Coming soon: Terabit hard disk drives

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):19 - 20
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  • One-party rule returns to United States

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):22 - 24
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  • Bush country cleans up its energy act

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):26 - 29
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  • Russia gives International Space Station a lift

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):28 - 29
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    Lobbyists in Moscow convinced the Russian Duma (parliament) to provide a shot in the arm to the country's manned space program. In a last-minute move to preserve its nation's role in the worlds largest space venture, the Duma unanimously approved a US $50 million increase in funding for the cash-strapped industry that provides critical hardware and services for the International Space Station. Bes... View full abstract»

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  • Prey [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 48
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  • More air for Wi-Fi?

    Publication Year: 2003
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    Discusses possible interference aspects to Wi-Fi and how they can be solved. The concept of interference temperature is mentioned. View full abstract»

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  • Is this the executive's gameboy?

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 54
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    Nintendo's newest handheld GameBoy ditches the just-a-toy look in favor of a clamshell design that an adult player might use in public without embarrassment. The GameBoy Advance SP has the appearance of a smallish DVD player, and, except for its shape and a couple of extras, has the same features as the GameBoy Advance, introduced in June 2001. View full abstract»

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  • It's a mod, mod world [computer games, copyrighted material modification]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):56 - 57
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    For computer game developers, encouraging users to modify copyrighted material is good for business. By permitting players to modify copyright-protected contents of a game, developers are garnering loyalty from their consumers-and ultimately profits. When fans get "under the hood," they become vested as co-creators and help to extend the products' shelf life. That's because the US $10 billion game... View full abstract»

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  • Mightier math

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):58 - 59
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  • Mind the gap [age gap problems between employees]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):60 - 61
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    Although differences between the generations in the workplace are often brushed off as harmless or even humorous, the misunderstandings at times lead to conflict, disgruntlement, and worse. Over time, misunderstandings and miscommunications can accumulate and grow into real rifts. Ultimately, aggrieved professionals may leave their company altogether. Several companies are beginning to recognize t... View full abstract»

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  • Google this

    Publication Year: 2003
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    This paper discusses how the the word Google referring to the search engine, has been turned into a verb, and how certain activities are now referred to using this verb. The article also discusses the word modders, a cross between hot rodders and modify, referring to people who modify their computers. View full abstract»

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  • For spacious skies: [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):49 - 50
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