Volume 25 Issue 2 • Feb. 1988

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  • Ways to verify the US-Soviet arms pact

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):30 - 34
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    The significance of the treaty between the US and the USSR, which bans intermediate-range nuclear forces, is discussed and possible pitfalls are examined. The technologies needed for effective on-site inspection are described. The problems posed by Soviets visiting sensitive US installations and the destruction of weaponry are considered.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • The beauty of 'almost standard' VLSI

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):35 - 40
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (1)
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    The authors discuss the advantages of semistandard VLSI, which lets a designer choose the chip for its standard features and then have the expert chip maker add special characteristics. They compare them with two other kinds of application-specific IC (ASIC), custom and semicustom VLSI chips. They describe four different ways to utilize semistandard chips and the benefit and drawbacks of each. The... View full abstract»

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  • Optical disks become erasable

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):41 - 45
    Cited by:  Papers (8)  |  Patents (10)
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    The characteristics of advantages of magneto-optical storage are discussed. The way in which such disks are written, read, and erased is described. The use of optical disks for image processing is examined. Also considered are the materials that made the technology practical; expected improvements in data rates; the lagging development of drives; and the anticipated increase in capacity.<&... View full abstract»

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  • Electronic banking goes to market

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):46 - 49
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (17)
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    Online transaction systems, already menacing automatic teller machines, are bringing a cashless society closer by infiltrating stores, restaurants and gas stations. POS debit systems enable people to acquire cash at any of these outlets. These POS systems connect three businesses: the retailer, a switching company through which the transaction is routed, and the bank. Retailers are buying, install... View full abstract»

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  • Self-developers: why the new engineers work

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):50 - 53
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    The values of a new generation of engineering professionals for whom the main work goal is self-development are examined. The social factors that have generated this type of professional are considered, and ways to understand and motivate them, and their likely performance as managers, are discussed.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Gordon Bell calls for a US research network

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):54 - 57
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    The author argues that existing US computer networks not only lag well behind the growing needs of the research community, but also are too fragmented to develop unaided into a single, coherent nationwide system. He examines the roots of the situation, as well as the developments triggered by the rise in computing speed. He explains why a research network is unlikely to evolve spontaneously from e... View full abstract»

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