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IEEE Spectrum

Volume 24 Issue 3 • March 1987

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c1
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  • [Front inside cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c2
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 3
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • The footsteps of giants [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):8 - 11
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):12 - 15
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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Whatever happened to analog computers?

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 18
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    Though digital computers have been increasingly dominant throughout the past 30 years, it has seemed there would always be a place for analog computers. Their real-time processing capability was indispensable 20 years ago for the simulation of various systems, particularly in the military and aerospace fields. It seemed inconceivable that the analog computer's skills could ever be approached, let ... View full abstract»

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  • Spin-offs

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 19
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  • Managing technology

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):20 - 22
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    Attempts at participative management often fail because traditional, authoritarian-minded managers won't change their ways. Recognizing that participation demands new styles of management, K. Kim Fisher decided to look into how successful participative managers behave (Human Resource Management, Fall 1986, pp. 459–479). View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines: A system gone awry

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 23
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    The Challenger accident was not the first time the US. space agency had suffered a setback and in retrospect had been found wanting. View full abstract»

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  • Weather outlook: Acid rain or shine? Engineers, scientists, and government officials together seem able to do little to stop the ravages of airborne industrial pollution

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):24 - 29
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    The combination of political, technological, and scientific factors that impede action to prevent acid rain are examined. It is argued that opposition from legislators in coal-using and/or -producing states, the lack of effective but reasonably priced technology, and the need for better understanding of acid rain's effects have stymied efforts to protect both the natural and man-made environments.... View full abstract»

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  • Optical interconnects replace hardwire: Light promises to relieve bottlenecks in electric interconnections from cabinet to cabinet, board to board, IC to IC — and even within chips

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):30 - 35
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    The limitations of electrical connectors as the geometries of very large-scale integrated (VLSI) chips grow smaller and denser, is discussed. The use instead of optical interconnects which offer the combination of large bandwidth and large fanout needed by real-time systems with high throughput when exchanging signals among components in both numeric and symbolic applications, is examined. The ben... View full abstract»

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  • Programs help spot hot spots: Computerized thermal analysis enhances the reliability of electronic products by identifying potential thermal problems at a point where designers can easily fix them

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):36 - 43
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    The use of computerized thermal analysis to enhance the reliability of electronic products by identifying potential thermal problems at a point where designers can easily fix them is discussed. The reasons why thermal stress causes electronic components to fail are examined. The development of electronic and electrooptic equipment for designing and evaluating systems and the use of computer-aided ... View full abstract»

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  • Volts and amps are not what they used to be: Nor are several other common units of measurement, now that technology can link them to natural constants and provide portable standards of unprecedented accuracy

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):44 - 49
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    The development of portable standards of unprecedented accuracy is discussed. The difficulty of establishing internationally accepted definitions of such units as volt, ohm, and ampere is examined. Standardization of the volt and ohm and the improved accuracy of time standards are also considered. View full abstract»

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  • Desktop publishing: What it can and cannot do: An evolutionary outgrowth of word processing, the low-cost alternative to typesetting services has decided limitations in many applications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):50 - 52
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    The author asserts that desktop publishing produces newsletters, reports, proposals, and other such material with satisfactory print quality. However, because of the resolution of most printers, it is not suitable for printing high-quality documents unless some degree of control and some of the time and money to be saved are forfeited by turning to typesetting machines and conventional techniques ... View full abstract»

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):53 - 54
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 55
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 56
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):57 - 72
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  • IEEE tables of contents for current and future publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):73 - 75
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  • Scanning the institute

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 76
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 76
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