Volume 24 Issue 7 • July 1987

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  • [Front cover]

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

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c2
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  • [Advertisements]

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

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):3 - 4
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  • Contents

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

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Reflections

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):8 - 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):10 - 11
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):12 - 13
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  • Technically speaking

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • Whatever happened to direct-broadcast satellites?

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):16 - 16L
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    Television broadcasting directly from satellites to homes would not only improve picture quality, it would bring programs with stereo sound to many millions in remote areas, and provide more program diversity, at lower cost, to viewers already served by terrestrial transmitters and cable. A few years ago, experts believed that direct satellite broadcasting was imminent and that viewers around the ... View full abstract»

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  • Spin-offs

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 17
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    An electronic tracking system may make the incarceration of nonviolent offenders unnecessary — something that would please taxpayers, as well as prison officials faced with increasingly crowded facilities. View full abstract»

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  • Managing technology

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):18 - 20
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    If you find a lion that won't eat you, by all means get in the cage with him, is the advice Frank Hull offers small entrepreneurial companies contemplating strategic partnerships with large corporations. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 21
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    In the competition between Japan and the United States, I turnabout may be not only “fair play,” but also a necessity I that proves to be good for both countries. View full abstract»

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  • Evacuation planning for Lilco's Shoreham plant: Lack of an approved emergency evacuation strategy may prevent full operation of a $5 billion nuclear power plant on long Island's north shore

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):22 - 24
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    The role of the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents in fostering a demand for evacuation plans for areas surrounding nuclear reactors is discussed. The controversy over evacuation planning for the Shoreham plant is described, and the political and practical factors involved are examined. View full abstract»

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  • Math chips: How they work: Augmenting microprocessors, they speed up math operations while giving systems designers a variety of performance, cost, and integration options

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):25 - 30
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    The use of mathematics coprocessors to speed up calculations on desktop computers and workstations is discussed. The reasons why interest in speed of mathematical operations rather than in the rate of program execution has arisen are examined. The different types of coprocessors are described. The different types of coprocessors are described, and the construction from standard building blocks of ... View full abstract»

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  • The universal data connection: The integratedservices digital network will have a common communications outlet for plugging in telephones, computers, and such almost like household appliances

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):31 - 37
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    The development of a single, integrated interface for integrated services digital networks (ISDNs) is considered. The basic 2 B+D interface is described. It consists of two B channels, one for voice service and the other for data and a D channel to communicate control information. The various issues that surround the choice of interface as well as other aspects of ISDN implementation are examined. View full abstract»

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  • Computer benchmarking: Paths and pitfalls: The most popular way of rating computer performance can confuse as well as inform; avoid misunderstanding by asking just what the benchmark is measuring

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Benchmarking, running a set of well-known programs on a machine to compare its performance with that of others, is explained, and the problems involved in its use are outlined. Suggestions for avoiding the pitfalls of benchmarking are provided. The need to take into account user-friendliness is highlighted. A hierarchical approach to evaluation is described. View full abstract»

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  • Famous first jobs: Seven leading engineers tell about their first professional jobs, their reasons for choosing them, and how those choices affected their careers

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):44 - 51
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    It's a long journey from college graduation to being head of a major corporation or dean of an engineering school. But that long journey begins with just one step — the engineer's first job. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE awards: 1987 major medalists

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):52 - 53
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):54 - 55
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):56 - 58
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  • Papers are invited

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 59
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):60 - 61
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  • IEEE tables of contents for current and future publications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):62 - 69
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