Vol.12 n°4 april 1987

Vol.12 n°4 april 1987

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.85 Product Preview: The Apple Macintosh II

The Mac II features a compatible, open-ended system design.

[author : Gregg Williams and Tom Thompson]

p.109 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Neighborhood Strategic Defense Initiative

Playing laser tag for real!

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.113 Build BERT, the Basic Educational Robot Trainer, Part 1

Even a child can program this talking robot built from off-the-shelf components.

[author : Karl Brown]

p.127 Programming Project: Concurrent Programming in Turbo Pascal

Adding these two new data types of Turbo Pascal gives you parallel programming ability.

[author : Mukkai S. Krishnamoorthy and Snorri Agnarsson]

p.135 The Cheetah Adapter/386

This low-cost 80386 translator board plugs into your AT's 80286.

[author : Jon Shiell]

THEME: Instruction Set Strategies

p.142 Introduction : How Much of a RISC?

The past, present, and future of reduced instruction set computers.

[author : Phillip Robinson]

p.153 The RISC/CISC Melting Pot

Classic design methods converge in the MC68030 microprocessor.

[author : Thomas L. Johnson]

p.161 The Fairchild Clipper

A microprocessor that attempts to balance the best of CISC and RISC.

[author : Mike Ackerman and Gary Baum]

p.177 Stack Machine and Compiler Design

The Novix CPU's FORTH instruction set and the design of a C compiler.

[author : Daniel L. Miller]

p.187 The WISC Concept

A proposal for a writable instruction set computer.

[author : Phil Koopman]

REVIEWS

p.201 Reviewer's Notebook

[author : Cathryn Baskin]

p.203 State of the Art in Dot-Matrix Impact Printers

BYTE reviews 53 different models.

[author : George A. Stewart and Jane Morrill Tazelaar]

p.217 An Evolutionary Quartet of AT Clones

These updates are a mixed blessing.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.223 The Apple IIGS

The latest release in the Apple II series.

[author : Philip Chien]

p.233 Text Scanners for the IBM PC

A look at OCR machines from five different companies.

[author : John McCormick]

p.241 The GCLISP 286 Developer

This LISP development environment is an improvement over GCLISP version 1.

[author : Ernest R. Tello]

p.244 Turbo Pascal Toolboxes

Two Turbo Pascal software add-ons.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.255 R:base System V

Database management for single and multiple users.

[author : Stephen Cobb]

p.257 Word Handler

Word processing for the Macintosh.

[author : Mick O 'Neil]

p.260 Lightning and Flash

Two disk-cache programs for the IBM PC.

[author : Whitney Bolton]

p.263 Review Feedback

Readers respond to previous reviews.

KERNEL

p.269 Computing at Chaos Manor: Back to Work!

The curse is lifted, and Jerry chooses the best and worst of 1986.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.289 According to Webster: A Head Full of Cotton

Bruce considers the Magic Sac for the Atari ST and the PAL expansion chassis for the Amiga.

[author : Bruce Webster]

p.301 Applications Only: Another Odd Lot

Ezra looks at four unique programs.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.311 BYTE U.K.: Distinctive Coloring

Factors to consider when implementing a color scheme.

[author : Dick Pountain]

BEST OF BIX

p.323 Amiga

p.328 Atari ST

p.332 IBM PC and Compatibles

p.341 Pascal

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Open Systems

p.9 Microbytes

p.16 Letters

p.29 What's New

p.49 Events and Clubs

p.52 Ask BYTE

p.58 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.65 Book Reviews

p.319 Chaos Manor Mail

p.388 BOMB and Coming Up in BYTE

p.389 Editorial Index by Company

p.391 Reader Service

LISTINGS

p.340 From BIX

From BYTEnet (617) 861-9764

On Disk see card after 208

In Print see card after 208