Volume 22 Issue 4 • April 1985

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    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):1 - 3
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    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 3
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    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):6 - 13
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Speakout

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):17 - 19
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Continuum

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • Innovations

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):24 - 25
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  • Video

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 26
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  • Program notes [reports of new computer programs]

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):27 - 30
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  • Spectral lines: Just for the fun of it

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 31
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    There ought to be some fun to every occupation - whether it be night-desk clerking or posting accounts. Our own profession should be brimming with opportunities for enjoyment. Didn't we follow it because it offered unlimited challenges to be creative, innovative, inventive - solving problems for the benefit of ourselves, our organizations, and sometimes even humanity? View full abstract»

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  • Realism in synthetic speech: Synthesized speech may be intelligible, but it often sounds artificial; researchers are solving that problem

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):32 - 37
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    A table is presented giving representative commercial text-to-speech conversion systems, and one of these, the Prose 2000, is described in detail. Research being carried out to solve the problem of natural pronunciation is surveyed. It is noted that the storage requirements can be reduced by using general rules for pronunciation of morphs, instead of a morph dictionary. The problems that must be o... View full abstract»

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  • Gutting chip-testing costs: Designing VLSI circuits for testability is the most efficient way to reduce the relative costs of assuring high chip reliability

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):38 - 45
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    Testing now accounts for 10% of the total cost of manufacturing a 1-kb random-access-memory chip. For a 64K RAM chip, the figure rises to 40%. New techniques, however, promise to hold down costs by tackling the circuit-testing problem in the design stage. The new methods include computer programs that assess during design how easily a circuit can be tested, scan-design techniques for testing seque... View full abstract»

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  • Computers that are `never' down [fault-tolerant computers]

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):46 - 54
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    A new approach to fault-tolerant computer design-systems based on multiple microprocessors-is winning followers. This new approach is contrasted with the systems produced by Tandem Computers Inc., which are based on CPUs made up of MIS and LSI circuits. The architecture of the multiple microprocessor approach is described, with a distinction made between tightly coupled and loosely coupled archite... View full abstract»

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  • Probing beneath the sea: Sending vessels into environments too harsh for humans poses challenges in communications, artificial intelligence, and power-supply technology

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):55 - 64
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    The improvements being sought in communications, artificial intelligence, and power-supply technology for submersible vehicles is described. Some of the tasks being performed by tethered and untethered remotely operated vehicles in the offshore oil industry are described. After discussing the drawbacks that the use of an umbilical cord entails, attention is given to the research being done on a pu... View full abstract»

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  • Robots do the dirty work: Some walk, some roll as they go about their tedious, hazardous chores in nuclear-power plants

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):65 - 73
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    The tasks that robots can perform in the hazardous environments of a nuclear power plant are considered. A distinction is made between mobile robots that perform physical work (end effectors and work drones) and those that perform surveillance tasks. The capabilities of the surveillance robot Surveyor, manufactured by Automation Technology, are described. The tasks that have been performed by the ... View full abstract»

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  • Introducing the `entrepreneur' [product management]

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):74 - 79
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    A few corporations are realizing that innovation comes more easily to small organizations and they are beginning to foster their own intracompany entrepreneurs, or `entrepreneurs'. Entrepreneurs get ideas for products. They take responsibility for the implementation of a product, put together a development team, and oversee the enterprise until it becomes a successful business within the parent co... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE awards: 1985 major medalists

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):80 - 81
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):82 - 85
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):86 - 90
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s): 91
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):92 - 93
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  • IEEE tables of contents

    Publication Year: 1985, Page(s):94 - 102
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