Cover: Computers in the 1980s: Trends in Hardware Technology.

Computers in the 1980s: Trends in Hardware Technology.

Published 1974

by Rein Turn

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A technological forecast of computer hardware trends in the 1975 to 1990 time period. Projected are the improvements in switching speed, power consumption, and cost and physical size of bipolar and metal-oxide semiconductor logic circuits. Based on these, the computing speed of processors for several computer architectures are forecast--uniprocessors, pipeline processors, array processors, associative array processors, and for command-control, multiprocessors. The storage capacity and access time improvements are projected for semiconductor random-access memories, and summarized for other solid-state memory component technologies. The paper concludes with a discussion of innovations in computer system design and use which become feasible due to the expected hardware developments. 19 pp. Ref.

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