Volume 24 Issue 12 • Dec. 1987

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  • [Front cover]

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

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  • [Advertisements]

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

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 3
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):6 - 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):10 - 11
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  • Speakout: Missing the big view

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 12
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    In the debate over competitiveness, the United States is missing the big picture. The country must come to understand the immense magnitude and quality of the rebuilding necessary to restore the U.S. position in the international economy. View full abstract»

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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):13 - 15
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  • Faults & failures

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 16
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    When operators of a machine for treating cancer patients complained that data entry was too laborious, the manufacturer responded with software changes to make the product more user friendly. But that modification years later contributed to the death of one patient at the East Texas Cancer Center in Tyler, and severely injured another. View full abstract»

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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):17 - 19
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  • Innovations: Patents, processes, and products

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):20 - 21
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    Some high-power solid-state amplifiers for advanced communications systems generate heat at anywhere from 50 to 350 watts per square inch, more than enough to boil water. Getting rid of the heat fast, so that the component doesn't burn out, can be a major design challenge. Furthermore, dissipation that lowers the operating temperature doubles the component's reliability and lifetime for each 10°C ... View full abstract»

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  • Program notes: Software topics

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):22 - 25
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  • Video: Programs and technology

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):26 - 28
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    Two integrated circuits for television and videocassette-recorder tuners reduce not only system-design time but also conversion noise on the tuners, according to their maker, Philips International BV, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines: An electronic nation

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 29
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    Singapore is an independent island-republic with 2.5 million inhabitants, whose economy is strongly dependent on electronics, computers, and automation. It has had some difficulty finding enough nationals to handle the current and anticipated expansion in the light electronic-assembly tasks that are the lifeblood of its economic expansion. Singapore's major trading partners are the United States, ... View full abstract»

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  • How computers helped stampede the stock market: Many analysts blame automated program trading for the worldwide plunge — But the machines only did what they were told

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):30 - 33
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    The use of computers in stock exchanges and brokerage houses is examined, and program trading is explained. Various computer systems in use are briefly described. The factors that led to the plunge in stock prices on October 19, 1987 are identified. View full abstract»

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  • Semiconductors go to Korea: Capitalizing on licensing agreements with U.S. manufacturers, Korean electronics companies are working their way into the global marketplace

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):34 - 39
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    The role played by US manufacturers in South Korea's entrance into the global semiconductor market is discussed. Technology transfer through joint ventures, licensing, and other kinds of agreements is examined. The difficulties encountered by the major South Korean companies, both individually and as a group, are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Cache memory design: An evolving art: Designers are looking to line size, degree of associativity, and virtual addresses as important parameters in speeding up the operation

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):40 - 45
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    The role of cache memories and the factors that decide the success of a particular design are examined. The operation of a cache memory is described. The specification of cache parameters is considered. Also discussed are the size of a cache, cache hierarchies, fetching and replacing, cache organization, updating the main memory, the use of two caches rather than one, virtual-address caches, and c... View full abstract»

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  • She incites revolutions with chips and networks: From chip designs by college students to intelligent computers for the military, Lynn Conway has pioneered some hot technology programs — And she's at it again!

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):46 - 52
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    The first skirmishes of the next revolution in information technology are being fought, and Lynn Conway is once again in the vanguard. View full abstract»

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  • Detroit '88: Driver-friendly innovations: Car handling, riding comfort, and safety improve with systems that act automatically rather than wait for driver input

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):53 - 57
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    Electronic systems that improve car handling, riding comfort, and safety are discussed. These include suspension systems that adjust to driving conditions; air bags; a driver information system that tells the driver when to change the oil, calculates instantaneous and average figures for fuel economy and fuel range, distance to destination, estimated time of arrival, the elapsed time, and average ... View full abstract»

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  • Toward better computer science: Dependent on software, the United States needs a national policy on computer-science research: The scientists need more time and money for research, teaching, and leadership

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):58 - 60
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    The authors call for a national policy in the US on computer science research. They argue that computer scientists need more time and money for research, teaching, and leadership. The benefits of coordinated research and the consequences of computer failure are illustrated. View full abstract»

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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):61 - 62
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):63 - 64
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  • Calendar: Meetings □ conferences and conventions

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):65 - 82
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):83 - 84
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