IEEE Spectrum

Volume 25 Issue 10 • Oct. 1988

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  • Lilco contemplates life without Shoreham

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):20 - 23
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    The fate of Long Island Lighting Co.'s (Lilco) Shoreham nuclear power plant is discussed. The delays and overruns that beset Shoreham are briefly reviewed, chief among them being the impossibility of evacuating the area in case of an accident. The terms of a settlement under which Shoreham would be dismantled are examined. The more contentious items are the rate increases provided for Lilco in the... View full abstract»

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  • VLSI: linking design and manufacturing

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):24 - 28
    Cited by:  Papers (5)  |  Patents (3)
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    A set of computer-aided design (CAD) tools that predict the effects of various manufacturing steps along with the chip's internal dimensions is described. Called the Process Engineer's Workbench, the system predicts the chip's characteristics, their statistical distribution, and the manufacturing yield likely from any one fabrication process. The tools are even sensitive to the small random variat... View full abstract»

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  • Fractals: not just another pretty picture

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):29 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (13)
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    The reduction of imagery to a set of fractals as a way to achieve greatly improved image compression is examined. A practical system that took about 100 hours to compress a 780-by-1024-pixel image, but achieved compression ratios greater than 1000 to 1, was demonstrated. The performance of the approach and the extent of its applicability are discussed. Some military applications of fractals are br... View full abstract»

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  • New frontiers for Detroit's big three

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):32 - 34
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    An overview is given of the electronics in the 1989 models from General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Leading the developments are head-up displays, speed-dependent suspension damping, an adaptive transaxle, a user-friendly CRT display, and fast defrosting. On- and offboard diagnostic systems to aid the mechanic have been introduced by Chrysler Motors.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • The very smart card: a plastic pocket bank

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):35 - 39
    Cited by:  Patents (13)
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    Credit cards with computer chips in them, which allow users to give merchants detailed financial information without contacting central banks, are described. The SuperSmart Card is a powerful credit-card-sized computer that fits into a wallet and promises to take over many of the jobs of transaction-support systems, redistributing vast amounts of data-processing work. The card's electronics, user-... View full abstract»

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