IEEE Spectrum

Volume 27 Issue 2 • Feb. 1990

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  • Applications '90: PCs and workstations

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):24 - 27
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    Significant developments during 1989 are described. Among them are: the introduction of several RISC (reduced-instruction-set computer) workstations at personal-computer (PC) prices; the arrival in 1989 of personal computers built around Intel's 80486 processor; a multiprocessing PC that competes head on with minicomputers; a variety of PC systems built around Intel's 16-MHz 386SX processor, an 80... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: peripherals

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):28 - 30
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    Advances in computer peripherals during 1989 are reviewed. Storage peripherals gained density, packing more information into smaller sizes with quicker retrieval. Perpendicular recording appeared in commercial products for the first time. An expanding range of storage types (including floppy diskettes, magnetic hard-disk drives, write-once and erasable optical disks, and magnetic tape) in a variet... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: telecommunications

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):31 - 33
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    Significant and ongoing developments during 1989 are summarized. Satellites are moving into an era of multiple beams and high-gain spot beams, supplementing global communications coverage and permitting the use of very small antennas. Commercial ISDN services have begun. Cellular radio systems around the world are testing digital systems to replace their analog FM equipment. Cordless telephones ar... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: design tools

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):34 - 36
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    Developments in design tools over the past year are examined. Progress was more incremental than in the past, consisting of refinement rather than innovation. Logic synthesis gained acceptance, while behavioral-level synthesis moved a step closer to reality. Testability became a design parameter, hardware accelerators got even faster, and work continued on developing frameworks that will allow one... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: instrumentation

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):37 - 38
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    Important developments in instrumentation during 1989 are described. A proposed design-for-testability standard embracing the boundary-scan technique was approved by voters in an IEEE letter ballot last August. The advent of smart sensors has led to the notion of universal instruments, standard boxes that can measure a variety of parameters when the appropriate sensors are plugged in. More than 40... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: consumer electronics

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):39 - 41
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    Significant developments during 1989 are reviewed. In television, testing of a number of high-definition television (HDTV) systems began, work on ghost cancellers continued, and new entries intensified competition in large-screen displays. Videodisc players started to make a comeback, and still video cameras for consumers were introduced. The long-delayed marketing of digital audio tape (DAT) reco... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: industrial electronics

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):42 - 43
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    Advances in industrial electronics during 1989 are described. These include: the use of X-ray scanning-beam laminography to check solder joints on printed-circuit boards; pressure microsensors based on changing resonance frequency by applied force; emergence of the service industry as a market for robots; a computerized facility that allows rapid acquisitions of manufactured parts; and increased u... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: Soviet optoelectronics

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):44 - 45
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    Significant developments during 1989 are reviewed. The use of fiber optics to increase telecommunication capacity in the USSR is growing. In the area of lasers, a Soviet-Austrian venture is marketing Soviet lasers; the Soviets are testing hundreds of laser materials; and an excimer laser that excises bronchial blockages has been developed. Also noteworthy is that the USSR offers the world's greate... View full abstract»

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  • Applications '90: the specialities (electrical engineering advances)

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):46 - 47
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    Significant advances in some of the more specialized branches of electrical engineering are sampled. Especially noteworthy are progress in unmanned vehicles for exploring ocean depths; the building of a prototype, six-legged rover named Amber (for Autonomous Mobile Exploration Robot) and its testing on a full-scale, Mars-like terrain; an array of probes that speeds testing of complex antennas; and... View full abstract»

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