Log on to your computer today? Most of us couldn't do business without interactive computer capability. But without a modem for efficient data transfer, that PC or Mac on your desk would essentially be a word-processing paperweight. A noted mentor, John Bingham literally wrote the book on modems--his Theory and Practice of Modem Design is considered the major reference work by those in the industry, where he is regarded as "Mr. Modem." He invented the full-duplex modem with coherent detection in 1973 and has been at the forefront of high-speed developments ever since--culminating in the latest V.90 standard. Holder of 13 patents, Bingham has worked directly for eight companies in the Bay Area, founding two of them. Most recently with Amati Communications, now part of Texas Instruments, Bingham now consults with developers and is finishing his latest book on xDSL (expanded Digital Subscriber Line) technology that is allowing copper lines to challenge fiber optics for individual-subscriber, high-speed data transfer.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.