Volume 12 Issue 1 • Jan. 1975

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

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  • Contents

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  • Meetings

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  • News from Washington

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  • Energy report

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  • Calendar

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  • Focal points: A review of current developments

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):22 - 24
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  • Inside IEEE

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):25 - 29
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    Arthur P. Stern has been elected President of the Institute for 1975, succeeding John J. Guarrera. Another result of the recent IEEE election was the selection of Joseph K. Dillard for the post of Executive Vice President. Both will serve for one year. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):30 - 34
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  • Spectral lines: Hawthorne revisited

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s): 35
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    Dealing with people is a lot different from dealing with things. We know this, of course, but often forget it in our daily battles with the project, the equipment, our colleagues, and the boss, tending to see them all as equally intractable. Accustomed to unprecedented progress in the application of technology, we are often dismayed at the seemingly glacial pace of progress in the organizations to... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral report: Technology '75

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):36 - 37
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    Scarcely a year goes by without worries that “overriding events” will hinder worthy new applications of technology. The year 1974 was no exception, nor, evidently, will be 1975, with rising concerns over the world economy, inflation, unemployment, fuel shortages, etc. Nevertheless, developments proceed, if not always at the pace their advocates desire. This special issue is a distillation of evalu... View full abstract»

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  • Computer systems: Hardware/software: LSI is filling the gaps between microcomputers, minis, and large machines

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):38 - 43
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    Large-scale integrated circuits — in the form of microprocessors, semiconductor memories, and logic arrays — continued, during 1974, to pace the changes in the computer industry. View full abstract»

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  • Communications and microwave: Fiber optics, solid state, and digital techniques boost transmission efficiency

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):43 - 48
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    Inspired by growing demand while contained by the limits of bandwidth, physical plant, and esthetics, the telecommunications industry made important progress in 1974 toward providing increased traffic density and improved message-handling capability. Significant advances were made in the promising art of fiber optic communications; improved electronic systems became available for branch exchanges ... View full abstract»

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  • Circuit/system building blocks: CCDs, I2L, and magnetic bubble devices get smaller and more powerful

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):49 - 53
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    Progress continued unabated during 1974 in device and component technologies. The push to make ICs faster and denser accelerated the development of: • I2L (integrated injection logic) devices, with the density of MOS (metal oxide silicon) and the speed of bipolar ICs View full abstract»

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  • Power/energy: A year of struggle: Seeking efficiency gains, the industry pushes both new and “new/old” technologies

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):54 - 58
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    In terms of plant expansion, licensing, and the construction of much-needed facilities to keep pace with the increasing demand for power, 1974 was hardly a banner year for the power industry. Tight money, high interest rates, and fuel costs were primarily responsible for putting the damper on both fuel and nuclear expansion programs. Added to all that, the consumer really decided to conserve on el... View full abstract»

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  • Technology and the public: Interface topics: Energy, banking, data banks, public safety, business ethics, and trust-busting

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):58 - 65
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    A mixed bag of seeds was emptied across the sociotechnical landscape during 1974. View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics: For tomorrow's buyer: New home videos, auto diagnostics, and refinements in calculators

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):65 - 69
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    The ongoing economic downturn has spelled reduced profits and even losses for manufacturers of consumer electronics. The resulting shakeout has been characterized by big operations assimilating smaller ones, and more than a few troubled businesses folding their tents permanently. A period of retrenchment with minimized expenditures for research and development has set in. What innovation remains i... View full abstract»

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  • Technology in health care: Prosthetics, ultrasonic diagnostics, and computer-read ECGs move into clinical use

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):70 - 73
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    The path from initial concept of medical devices or systems to commercial availability is strewn with nonproducts — ones for which high hopes were held — that never made it to the finish line. Even those that do, often consume an agonizingly long time in the process. Recently, however, many significant biomedical engineering achievements have become available commercially — or will be available sh... View full abstract»

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  • Industrial electronics: Controllers get smarter, thyristors make inroads, hardware/software goes standard

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):74 - 79
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    More automation and computer hierarchical and direct control in manufacturing and testing mark the present and the near future in industrial electronics. The energy crunch is being felt, both directly and indirectly. Energy-conserving testing systems for automobiles are being devised and programmable controllers are being applied in industrial processes to increase efficiency and economy. Power se... View full abstract»

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  • Transportation progress: A banner year in the art of people moving saw California's BART go transbay

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):80 - 83
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    Increasing speeds and more comprehensive automatic control of systems operation marked progress in rail transportation during 1974. In the United Kingdom, five-hour express service was inaugurated on the newly completed all-electric London-Glasgow British Railways run. Very-high-speed vehicles racked up thousands of kilometers in test runs on the French National Railroads. And in Sao Paolo, Brazil... View full abstract»

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  • Military and aerospace: Space shuttle holds top priority at NASA; inflation-crippled military seeks $-efficient defense

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):83 - 89
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    Despite a record-breaking $82.7 billion Congressional appropriation for defense in fiscal year (FY) 1975, U.S. Department of Defense officials are so squeezed by inflation and fixed obligations that they are looking forward to a lean year. On the other hand, research and development areas seemed to face a somewhat brighter budget future, but it is feared that here too inflation will erase some of ... View full abstract»

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  • Instruments and test equipment: Simplicity and sophistication are bywords as portables shrink and systems instrumentation grows

    Publication Year: 1975, Page(s):90 - 94
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    1973 trends like increasing computational power at eroding prices continued through 1974 despite runaway inflation in the rest of the world economy. Advances in digital- and analog-IC technologies, as well as in discrete and hybrid components, were primarily responsible. And one of the principal advances involved the microprocessor, introduced in laboratory instruments during 1973 and gathering mo... View full abstract»

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