Volume 26 Issue 1 • Jan. 1989

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  • Technology '89: the main event

    Publication Year: 1989
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    The merging of reduced-instruction-set computers (RISC), parallel processing, compiler techniques, graphics and bus technologies, and custom integrated circuits into a new class of computer, variously called the graphics supercomputer, the super graphics workstation, the graphics supercomputing workstation, the 3-D super workstation, or the personal supercomputer, is discussed. The characteristics... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: minis and mainframes

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):29 - 31
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    Advances in multiprocessor architectures during 1988 are surveyed, focusing on minis and mainframes offered by various manufacturers. IBM's efforts to consolidate and bring order to its mutually incompatible intermediate computer lines: the System/36 and/38 computers at the low end and the higher performing 9370s, 4361s, and 4381s, are highlighted. Prospects for superminicomputers are discussed.&l... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: personal computers

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):31 - 34
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    Advances in personal computer technology during 1988 are highlighted. Among the developments discussed are: the IBM PS/2 Model 30 286, a successor to the PC/AT; the adoption of a bus standard by nine PC makers, an extension to IBM's old PC/AT bus, to be called the Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA): better screens and more storage for laptops; and the arrival of a graphic user interfac... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: design automation

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):34 - 37
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    Among the important developments of 1988 are the growing use of accelerators in workstations to increase the power of workstations, making them more economical, a novel midrange machine, and greater acceptance of workstations in Japan. Commercial log-synthesis products, which hit the market in 1987, have begun to be used in production environments. Mixed analog and digital chips and analog chips h... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: software

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):37 - 39
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    Software developments during 1988 are examined. Among them are: competition among various versions of Unix; the Mach operating system, in both Unix and non-Unix versions; efforts to standardize parallel Fortran; and supercompilers.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: peripherals

    Publication Year: 1989
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    Notable developments during 1988 are summarized. Among them are: the choice of an optical-disk drive over the more common magnetic Winchester drive for the NeXT Computer System; the push toward smaller, faster, denser magnetic drives; the possibility of lighter-weight laptop computers suggested by the announcement of a 2 1/2 inch, 20-Mbyte Winchester hard-disk drive; and the continuing trend towar... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: telecommunications

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):41 - 43
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    The demonstration in late 1988 of an experimental broadband ISDN (integrated-services digital network) in Japan, which conforms to the draft international standards recommended by the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) is discussed. Other 1988 developments discussed are the commercial operation of TAT-8, the first transatlantic fiber-optic cable between the US and... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: data communications

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):43 - 46
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    Advances in data communications during 1988 are highlighted. Among the notable developments are an increased use of facsimile machines, an epidemic of computer viruses, growing support for open-system network standards, and higher-performance, more cost-effective local area networks.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: solid state

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):47 - 49
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    Developments in solid-state technology during 1988 are discussed. The pace was set by memory integrated circuits, with the proliferation of flash E/sup 2/PROMs (electrically erasable programmable read-only memories) and the announcement of prototype 16 Mb dynamic RAMs (random-access memories). Analog integrated circuitry continued its mild renaissance, as methods of combining analog and digital de... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89 instrumentation

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):50 - 52
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    Developments in IEEE standards for instrumentation during 1988 are highlighted. Other areas of heightened activity last year are: automated testing, using instrument cards that plug into a personal computer; designing for VLSI testability; and microprocessors integrated onto chips.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: industrial electronics

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):53 - 55
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    Advances in industrial electronics during 1988 are examined. Significant developments included the increased use of networking in computer-integrated manufacturing; increased use of embedded 32-bit microprocessors; faster, more flexible support ICs for these microprocessors; and several large acquisitions and consolidations that changed the competitive profile of the market for industrial electron... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: power and energy

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):56 - 58
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    Significant developments during 1988 are reviewed. Growing demand for electrical power in the US is motivating the use of technologies, such as high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmissions. Significant milestones were reached in so called clean-coal combustion technology, the use of batteries for storing energy for times of peak demand, and the efficient conversion of solar energy. Concerns fo... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: Consumer electronics

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):59 - 61
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    Significant developments in consumer electronics during 1988 are highlighted. They include: FCC (Federal Communications Commission) rulings on high-definition television; the availability of television receivers with improved definition; accelerated work on active-matrix displays; brighter light-emitting diodes; the unveiling of the EIA standard home electronic bus; and an erasable CD (compact dis... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89 transportation

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):62 - 63
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    Major developments in transportation during 1988 are reviewed. Chief among them are: the selection of IBM to build air-traffic control workstations for the FAA's (Federal Aviation Administration) Advanced Automation System; legislation requiring collision-avoidance devices for aircraft; the opening of a maglev system in West Berlin; and groundbreaking for a tunnel beneath the English Channel.<&... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: aerospace and military

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):64 - 66
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    Among the notable developments during 1988, the US was back in space for the first time since the January 1986 Challenger disaster, the European Space Agency and the Soviet Union launched entirely new vehicles, and Israel became the eighth nation with launch capability. Also discussed are the official unveiling of two stealth bombers by the US Air Force, the successful testing of over-the-horizon ... View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: medical electronics

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):67 - 69
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    Advances in medical technology during 1988 are highlighted. These include: the demonstration of a SQUID (superconductive quantum interference device)-based system that can localize neural activity to within 3 mm; greatly improved implantable defibrillators; highly realistic 3-D imaging of the body; and a wealth of novel laser applications.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Technology '89: the specialities

    Publication Year: 1989
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    Three important developments during 1988 are discussed. They are: the availability of global models of cooperative security systems for use on PCs; the blending of artificial-intelligence-based heuristic search and concepts associated with optimization in operations research and automatic control; and the use of novel technologies to improve semiconductor reliability.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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