Volume 18 Issue 12 • Dec. 1981

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    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

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  • Calendar

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  • Forum

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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 12
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):12 - 13
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  • Scanning the Institute

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  • Coming in Spectrum

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 16
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  • Whatever happened to molecular electronics?

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):17 - 19
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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):20 - 22
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  • Spectral lines: IEEE examines its heritage

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 23
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    Just two years from now the IEEE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. If we intend to have a cake, it will have to be a big one, and the time to start bringing together the ingredients is now. View full abstract»

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  • Communications: Fiber-optic transducers: Sensing and control systems based on fiber-optic conversion of input variables into modulated light signals are in development

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):24 - 29
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    All fiber-optic transducers employ at least one light source for injecting a continuous signal into the fiber, a light detector for receiving the signal after the light has been modulated by a sensor, and electronics for converting the detected signal into a useful output. The two basic types of fiber-optic sensors are those in which the measured parameter causes a change in the transmission prope... View full abstract»

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  • More hardware means less software

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):30 - 37
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    Recent trends in the semiconductor industry indicate that very large-scale integration (VLSI) will offer microprocessor designers two conflicting approaches to designing future systems: (1) They can continue the mainstream trend, where VLSI is used to build increasingly complex microprocessors-and where greater complexity is exhibited as more hardware to do functions previously done by software al... View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics: Shrinking products pose problems: Small, well-designed audio and video units capture the buyer's fancy but challenge human-factors engineers

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):38 - 41
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    Consumer electronics companies are advertising a television set that is `smaller than a paperback book', video recorders `light enough to sit on eggs', and typewriters only slightly larger `than an eyeglass case'. Electronics equipment for the typical office and home is getting smaller. The problems faced by the manufacturer in producing these and similar small-scale products as well as those face... View full abstract»

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  • Power semiconductors: Switching lots of watts at high speeds: State-of-the-art development yields solid-state devices capable of handling over 10 million watts

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):42 - 48
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    Considers the developments in power electronics placing particular emphasis on power MOSFETs, their properties, design and application advantages over other similar devices. The vertical channel junction field effect transistor, (JFET) is also briefly described and its applications pointed out. View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: Demand-side load management: The rising cost of peak-demand power means that utilities must encourage customers to manage power usage

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):49 - 52
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    As electricity cost increases, more and more utilities are extending their activities into once-forbidden territory: the customer's side of the meter. In order to increase efficiency and hold the line on costs, they are controlling, directly and indirectly, when and how the electric energy is used-shifting from a supply-side-only viewpoint to demand-side technologies. They are including the custom... View full abstract»

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  • Risk assessment: Choosing and managing technology-induced risk: How much risk should we choose to live with? How should we assess and manage the risks we face?

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):53 - 60
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    For pt.I see ibid., vol.18, no.11, p.58 (1981). This is the second of two articles on risk assessment. In the first, the author developed a framework for thinking about risk. In this framework, two processes-exposures and effects, at left in figure-act upon natural processes and human activities to produce some effect or change. The other two processes-perception and evaluation-act upon this chang... View full abstract»

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  • Computers: From Eniac to Univac: As inventors, Eckert and Mauchly were clear successes, but as entrepreneurs they had some difficult times

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):61 - 69
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    Considers the work of the inventors Eckert and Manchly after the second world war and the various problems that they faced, first in the development of Eriac, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer and then in the development of the more advanced Univac. View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):70 - 71
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  • Meeting previews

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):72 - 79
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  • New product applications: 50-MHz oscilloscopes have 2-mV sensitivity, 10-nsldlvlslon sweep, and dual time-base versions

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):80 - 81
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  • Book reviews

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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):86 - 97
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