Byte Magazine Vol.11 n°1 january 1986

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.82 INTRODUCTION

p.84 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: THE ATARI 520ST

The company's latest venture is a competitive 68000 system.

[author : Jon R. Edwards. Phillip Robinson. and Brenda McLaughlin]

p.104 CIARCIA'S CIRCUIT CELLAR: BUILD AN ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER

Steve returns to this topic with a state-of-the-art converter.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.120 PRODUCT PREVIEW: Q&A

This software package combines word processing and file management with a full macro facility and an effective natural-language interface.

[author : Jon R. Edwards]

p.130 PROGRAMMING PROJECT: A SIMPL COMPILER. PART 2: PROCEDURES AND FUNCTIONS

Procedures and functions are useful but can be difficult to compile.

[author : Jonathan Amsterdam]

p.145 CREATING REUSABLE MODULES

You can lower programming costs and increase reliability with the strategy described.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.153 PROGRAMMING INSIGHT: EASY 3-D GRAPHICS

Develop three-dimensional graphics on the IBM Personal Computer, the Macintosh, and the Apple II family.

[author : Henning Mittelbach]

THEMES

p.158 INTRODUCTION

p.161 MACHINE VISION

[author : Phil Dunbar]

Despite various obstacles, vision-system hardware continues to develop.

p.177 ROBOTIC TACTILE SENSING

For robots to achieve widespread use, they must be equipped with sophisticated sensory capabilities

[author : Kirk E. Pennywitt]

p.203 MULTIPLE ROBOTIC MANIPULATORS

Coordinating two robots isn't as easy as it sounds.

[author : J. Scott Hawker, R.N . Nagel, Richard Roberts, and Nicholas G. Odrey]

p.223 AUTONOMOUS ROBOT NAVIGATION

[author : Charles Jorgensen, William Hamel, and Charles Weisbin]

Three robotics researchers discuss the art of teaching robots to look before they leap.

p.237 AI IN COMPUTER VISION

A simple system demonstrates the role artificial intelligence may play in advanced computer-vision systems.

[author : John L. Cuadrado and Clara Y. Cuadrado]

p.263 AUTOMATION IN ORGANIC SYNTHESIS

If automation is to come to organic chemistry, it must be flexible enough to allow facile reconfigurations.

[author : Gary W. Kramer and Philip L. Fuchs]

REVIEWS

p.288 INTRODUCTION

p.291 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

[author : Glenn Hartwig]

p.293 CANON'S A-200

It's compatible with IBM's PC, and it has room to grow.

[author : Peter V. Callarnaras]

p.301 COLOR Fox

Scottsdale Systems soups up a Sanyo.

[author : John D. Unger]

p.307 Eco-C88 C COMPILER

An inexpensive package for MS-DOS machines.

[author : David D. Clark]

p.319 INSIDE THE SIDER

A hard disk for the Apple II+ and IIe.

[author : Douglas E. Hall]

p.327 ADVANTAGE! FOR THE AT

One way to add memory and I/0 ports.

[author : TJ Byers]

p.331 ENABLE

Integrated software for IBM PCs.

[author : Steve King]

p.344 REVIEW FEEDBACK

Readers respond to previous reviews.

KERNEL

p.346 INTRODUCTION

p.349 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR: ONE MINOR PROBLEM

Hey. what's one minor problem? Tune in and find out.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.366 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

Jerry's readers write. and he replies.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.371 ACCORDING TO WEBSTER: BENCHMARKING

Finding himself settled in Utah. Bruce talks about benchmarks and makes some predictions.

[author : Bruce Webster]

p.381 BYTE JAPAN: FAVORING KANJI

Bill reports on the NEC computers. a Japanese version of the Macintosh, and the new Fujitsu lap-size portable.

[author : William M. Raike]

p.387 BYTE U.K.: THE ACORN RISC MACHINE

Our U.K. correspondent reports on a commercial RISC processor.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.397 MATHEMATICAL RECREATIONS: EUCLID'S ALGORITHM

Learn how to convert repeating decimals to fractions.

[author : Robert T. Kurosaka]

p.403 CIRCUIT CELLAR FEEDBACK

Steve answers project-related queries from readers.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

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p.6 EDITORIAL: A THREAT TO FUTURE SOFTWARE

p.9 MICROBYTES

p.14 LETTERS

p.33 FIXES AND UPDATES

p.37, 408 WHAT'S NEW

p.44 ASK BYTE

p.54 CLUBS AND NEWSLETTERS

p.57 BOOK REVIEWS

p.78 EVENT QUEUE

p.404 NEW SERVICES

p.461 UNCLASSIFIED ADS

p.462 BYTE's ONGOING MONITOR BOX. BOMB RESULTS

p.463 READER SERVICE