IEEE Spectrum

Volume 25 Issue 9 • Sept. 1988

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  • The world of silicon: it's dog eat dog [semiconductor industry]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):30 - 39
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (1)
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    Competition in the semiconductor industry is discussed, focusing on the changes that have taken place in the wake of the 1985 worldwide sales slump. This report is based on two pane discussions and conversations with industry veterans around the world. The following conclusions emerged: manufacturing skills the world over have reached parity; the costs of production equipment, facilities, and rese... View full abstract»

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  • Software tools speed circuit board design

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):40 - 44
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    The growing complexity of printed-circuit boards (PCBs) and the concomitant need for computer-aided design (CAD) systems are examined. The features required of CAD systems and how they are used are described. The need for a standard translation mechanism to let the products of one hardware or software supplier substitute directly for those of another is noted. Future trends are identified.<<... View full abstract»

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  • You are there ... and in control (digital interactive video)

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):45 - 50
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (3)
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    Digital interactive video is based on compressing the data before it is processed and stored, which reduces the data rate so much that personal computers (PCs) can handle it, bringing digital interactive video within the reach of today's small businesses and tomorrow's ordinary consumers. Potential applications are indicated, and the process of compressing sound and image data is discussed, focusi... View full abstract»

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  • Working hot: life at 765 kV

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):54 - 56
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    Techniques for working on live transmission lines, which avoids taking the lines out of service, are described. Union opposition and the need for safety standards for such work are discussed. The use of hot sticks, insulated poles that work a little like the grabbers with which grocery store clerks pull packages from shelves, as an alternative is briefly considered.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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