Electronic Design

Reader Polls/Flashback

READER POLLSHALL OF FAME
This page will appear in every issue as part of our year-long celebration of Electronic Design's 50th anniversary. It is here we will print the results of your responses to our Web-site polls, publish our new Flashback column, and keep you apprised of developments regarding our Engineering Hall Of Fame.

You can go to our Web site (www.elecdesign.com) and take the current poll anytime. Even after polling has closed for a question or issue, you will be able to see the results of how other readers voted. We will be asking fun questions about leisure activities, automobiles, movies, and television, as well as more serious questions about careers, companies, and design issues.

Some questions will come and go, while others will remain open through June. These are the ones we have selected to include in our October Anniversary Special Issue. Polling on your choices for the 50 top milestone events and our first inductees for the Engineering Hall Of Fame fall into this category. The voting will close after June to allow ample time for the editors to compile and prepare the results.

Electronic Design's Engineering Hall Of Fame will be a virtual institution you can visit through our Web-site portal. The grand-opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony will be in October, when the first 50 honorees will be officially inducted—a member for every year Electronic Design has existed. We begin nominating candidates with this issue (see page 28) and will continue to do so, along with you, for the first months of the year.

To start off the nominations, the editors have selected a group of unusual, top-notch achievers. We picked individuals whose contributions are extraordinary, yet you may not have read a lot about them. We thought you would enjoy discovering their importance to the profession.

Of course, we will be proposing such obvious likely inductees as Jack Kilby, Gordon Moore, William Shockley, Bill Hewlett, Dave Packard, Howard Vollum, and others. We figured you probably have read quite a bit about them and would prefer a fresh view to launch the nominations.

We believe you will applaud our choices.

FLASHBACK > 10 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 9, 1992
Starting its 40th anniversary year, Electronic Design's annual Technology Forecast theme was "Building On Today's Foundations." The Editorial noted, "This year we return to fundamentals with a report on the enabling technologies that will lead to future advances in product performance." One of those technologies was optoelectronics:

"Although copper-wire networks have made impressive strides in communications technology, the genre's technology of the future is clearly fiber-optic networks. In addition to its inherent advantages of wider bandwidth, lower losses, and immunity to electromagnetic interference, optical-fiber media has the potential to offer unlimited network capacity." (Technology Forecast, p. 73)

FLASHBACK > 25 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 4, 1977
"Minicomputers are becoming less expensive and more powerful so quickly that groups of them are being combined into powerful networks.

Standards for intercomputer communications are being developed, and agreement between the computer makers and common carriers is near.

The trend is toward distributed processing, where a group of minis takes over processing functions originally handled by one powerful processor.

Central processors and memories are getting cheaper because high-performance ICs, particularly 4-k memory chips, are being filtered into more products. And, more powerful software-controlling minicomputer operation is being developed to support the hardware." (Forecast '77, p. 46)

FLASHBACK > 40 YEARS AGO

JANUARY 4, 1962
The space race was big news, and a Special Report, "Design '62," took note: "Indeed, space will undoubtedly dominate electronics this year and for years to come.... Communications is the keynote of our satellite and space effort in 1962. By the end of this year, four different communications satellites are expected to be in orbit." But challenges remained: "The problems general to satellite design are clearly posed in the communications satellites now under development." Cited examples included materials, power supplies, reliability, temperature control, attitude control, and economics. (Design '62, p. 31)

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