Computer Systems Technology Forecast.

by Rein Turn


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A forecast of hardware characteristics of computer systems of the 1980s, both ground-based and (in particular) aerospace systems. It is expected that steady advances in the manufacture of large-scale integrated (LSI) logic circuit and memory arrays will lead to at least one order of magnitude improvement in performance characteristics of processors and memories, and will permit similar improvements in size, weight, reliability, and cost. The present advances in the LSI technology are driven largely by the competitive commercial markets. The market for extremely reliable, ruggedized LSI devices for aerospace and other military applications is much smaller and, correspondingly, their development must be supported by the user agencies. (For presentation at the 11th Annual AIAA Meeting, February 1975, Washington, D.C.) 29 pp. Ref.

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