1979 – HP Journal Index

January 1979 v.30 n.1

Cover: Model 5315A Universal Counter

A Low-Cost, Microprocessor-Based 100-MHz Universal Counter. A special integrated-circuit counter chip works with the microprocessor to give this reciprocal-taking counter a range of capabilities formerly found only at a much higher price. Flexible input amplifiers, a novel battery pack, and low radiated emissions are other features, by Karl M. Blankenship, Michael J. Ward, Lewis W. Masters, pg 2-11. 5315A, 5314A.

Lowest-Cost HP Universal Counter Developed using LSI and Manufacturing Innovations, by Michael D. Wilson, David M. George, pg 8-9

[Authors:] David M. George, Michael [Mike] D. Wilson, pg 9

[Authors:] Lewis [Lew] W. Masters, Karl M. Blankenship, Michael [Mike] J. Ward, pg 10

A High-Performance Bipolar LSI Counter Chip using EFL and I2L Circuits. This state-of-the-art multiple-register counter chip contains all of the circuits needed for a 100-MHz universal counter except for the display, input amplifiers, power supply and controller (microprocessor), by William D. Jackson, Bosco W. Wong, pg 12-17. MRC, multiple-register counter.

Emitter Function Logic, by Bosco W. Wong, pg 15. EFL.

[Authors:] Bosco W. Wong, William [Bill] D. Jackson, pg 17

A Synthesized Signal Source with Function Generator Capabilities. This fully programmable signal source spans 13 decades in frequency (1mHz to 21 MHz) with synthesizer accuracy, and produces sine waves, square waves, triangles, and ramps with synthesizer stability and swept-frequency convenience, by Stanley E. Froseth, Dan D. Danielson, pg 18-26. 3325A.

[Authors:] Stanley [Stan] L. Froseth, Dan D. Danielson, pg 26

Viewpoints: Paul Baird on Electronic Equipment Reliability, pg 27-28

[Author:] Paul Baird, pg 28

February 1979 v.30 n.2

Cover: Model 7225A Plotter

A High-Quality Digital X-Y Plotter Designed for Reliability, Flexibility and Low Cost. A new linear step motor design cuts costs and improves reliability without sacrificing line quality. Microprocessors and plug-in personality modules provide the flexibility, by Terry R. Cobb, John A. Fenoglio, Bessie W. C. Chin, pg 2-7. 7225A.

[Author:] Terry R. Cobb, pg 6

[Authors:] John A. Fenoglio, Bessie W. C. Chin, pg 7

Linear Step Motor Design Provides High Plotter Performance at Low Cost, by Robert L. Ciardella, Lung-Wen Tsai, pg 7-14

Developing a Low-Cost Electrostatic Chart-Hold Table, by Alec J. Babiarz, pg 10-11

[Author:] Alec J. Babiarz, pg 11

[Authors:] Robert [Bob] L. Ciardella, Lung-Wen Tsai, pg 13

Simple, Efficient Electronics for a Low-Cost X-Y Plotter, by Peter Chu, William G. Royce, pg 14-18. 7225A.

[Authors:] Peter Chu, William [Bill] G. Royce, pg 18

A Closed-Loop System for Smoothing and Matching Step Motor Responses, by Philip P. Maiorca, Norman H. MacNeil, pg 18-23

[Authors:] Philip [Phil] P. Maiorca, Norman [Norm] H. MacNeil, pg 23

Multi-Frequency LCR Meters Test Components under Realistic Conditions. Covering frequency ranges of 100 Hz to 100 kHz and 10 kHz to 10 MHz, these two new automatic LCR meters each provide up to twelve test signal frequencies, continuously variable test signal levels, and a wide choice of displayed parameters, by Kohichi Maeda, Yoh Narimatsu, pg 24-32. 4274A, 4275A.

[Authors:] Kohichi Maeda, Yoh Narimatsu, pg 31

Appendix: Effects of Test Leads and Test Fixtures on Measurement Accuracy, pg 31

March 1979 v.30 n.3

Cover: Two well-devised board test systems and their very effective software

Circuit-Board Testing: Cost-Effective Production Test and Troubleshooting. Two new printed-circuit-board test systems find faults in complicated circuit boards quickly and efficiently to help speed production throughput, by Peter S. Stone, John F. McDermid, pg 2-8. DTS-70, 9571A, 3060A.

[Authors:] Peter [Pete] S. Stone, John E. McDermid, pg 8

Rapid Digital Fault Isolation with FASTRACE, by William A. Groves, pg 8-13

[Author:] William [Bill] A. Groves, pg 13

Software Simulator Speeds Digital Board Test Generation, by Kenneth P. Parker, pg 13-18. DTS-70.

Virtual Memory for TESTAID and FASTRACE, by Douglas L. Baskins, pg 17-18

[Author:] Douglas [Doug] L. Baskins, pg 18

[Author:] Kenneth [Ken] P. Parker, pg 19

Analog In-Circuit Component Measurements: Problems and Solutions, by David T. Crook, pg 19-22

[Author:] David [Dave] T. Crook, pg 22

User-Oriented Software for an Automatic Circuit-Board Tester, by Ed O. Schlotzhauer, pg 22-27. 3060A.

Testing the Tester, by Roland H. Burger, John J. Ketchum, James M. Brown, Scott E. Woodward, pg 26

[Author:] Ed O. Schlotzhauer, pg 27

Hardware Design of an Automatic Circuit Board Tester, by Kamran Firooz, Brian M. Wood, David T. Crook, Roland H. Burger, Francis F. Fiedler, pg 27-32. 3060A.

Board Testing with Signature Analysis, by Kamran Firooz, pg 31

[Authors:] Brian M. Wood, Roland H. Burger, Francis L. Fiedler, Kamran Firooz, pg 32

April 1979 v.30 n.4

Cover: HP 250 Small-Business Computer

A Human-Engineered Small-Business Computer. This entry level, low-cost system offers the first-time user a self-contained computing facility with full data base management capability, by A. Peter Hamilton, pg 3-5. HP 250.

Human-Engineering the Small-Business Computer. How to design a computer so it doesn’t seem forbidding to the uninitiated operator, by Barry Mathis, pg 4-5

[Authors:] Barry Mathis, A. Peter [Pete] Hamilton, pg 5

Cost-Effective Electronics for the Small-Business Computer. The emphasis is on maximum performance for the price, along with reliability and safety, by V. DeLloy Forbes, Gerald L. Meyer, pg 6-14. HP 250.

HP 250 Input/Output System. The system has to be smart enough to power-up and run with minimum operator assistance, by Dennis L. Peery, pg 11-12

[Authors:] V. DeLloy Forbes, Gerald [Gerry] L. Meyer, pg 14

HP 250 BASIC: A Friendly, Interactive, Powerful System Language. All the standard features of HP Business BASIC plus an interactive CRT, by Dennis L. Peery, pg 14-19

[Author:] Dennis L. Peery, pg 19

Low-Cost Data Base Management. It’s similar to IMAGE/3000, with enhancements for a flexible-disc-based system, by Michael V. Hetrick, pg 19-25. IMAGE/250.

[Author:] Michael [Mike] V. Hetrick, pg 25

Applications Software for the Small-Business Computer. Packages for order management and materials management are available. Financial management is under development, by Loyd V. Nelson, Scott W. Y. Wang, pg 25-28. HP 250, OM/250.

[Authors:] Scott W. Y. Wang, Loyd F. Nelson, pg 28

Capacitance and Conductance Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy Using HP-IB Instruments and a Desktop Computer. A low-cost system of standard components is a useful engineering tool for checking new semiconductor processes and devices during their development, by Leonard Forbes, Ulrich Kaempf, pg 29-32. 4271B.

[Authors:] Ulrich Kaempf, Leonard [Len] Forbes, pg 32

May 1979 v.30 n.5

Cover: Model 8160A Pulse Generator and the Model 9835A/B Desktop Computer (also known as System 35 of the 9800 Series)

A Precision, Programmable Pulse Generator. This 50-MHz instrument shortens setup times either on the bench or in automatic systems by generating pulses so accurately there is no need to interrupt a test to monitor the pulse waveform and make corrections, by Peter Aue, Werner Huttemann, Lutz Kristen, pg 3-10. 8160A.

[Authors:] Lutz Kristen, Werner Huttemann, Peter Aue, pg 10

Extending Possibilities in Desktop Computing. This midrange computer’s large memory capacity, two languages (enhanced BASIC and assembly language), low radiated interference, and powerful input/output facilities suit it especially well for computation, control, and data acquisition applications, by Sandy L. Chumbley, pg 11-13. 9835A/B.

[Author:] Sandy L. Chumbley, pg 12

Processor Enhancements Expand Memory. A new NMOS LSI chip and larger memory chips extend memory capacity, by Damon R. Ujvarosy, Dyke T. Shaffer, pg 13-15. 9835A/B.

[Authors:] Damon R. Ujvarosy, Dyke T. Shaffer, pg 15

Designing to Meet Electromagnetic Interference Requirements. Eliminating electromagnetic pollution is assuming increasing importance around the world, by John C. Becker, pg 16-17

[Author:] John C. Becker, pg 17

Assembly Programming Capability in a Desktop Computer. Although efficient, assembly languages aren’t usually easy to use but this one is, by Robert M. Hallissy, pg 18-20. 9835A/B.

[Author:] Robert [Bob] M. Hallissy, pg 20

June 1979 v.30 n.6

Cover: HP 300 Computer

A Business Computer for the 1980s. A totally new business-oriented design based on HP’s silicon-on-sapphire integrated circuit technology, this new system packs a vast amount of processing power into a surprisingly small package, by George R. Clark, pg 3-6. HP 300.

[Author:] George R. Clark, pg 5

The Integrated Display System and Terminal Access Method. The HP 300 handles up to 16 application terminals simultaneously. Its own display can act like several mini-displays at once, by James R. Groff, Eric P. L. Ha, pg 6-9

Nowait Input/Output, pg 9

[Authors:] James [Jim] R. Groff, Eric P. L. Ha, pg 9

Reducing the Cost of Program Development. It’s a compiler-based system, so run-time efficiency is high, but it has many of the conveniences of an interpreter-based system, by Frederick W. Clegg, pg 9-15. HP 300.

[Author:] Frederick [Fred] W. Clegg, pg 15

Managing Data: HP 300 Files and Data Bases. Choose one of seven different file structures or the IMAGE data base management system, by James R. Groff, Phillip N. Taylor, Alan T. Pare, pg 16-19

[Authors:] Philip [Phil] N. Taylor, Alan T. Pare, pg 19

An Easy-to-Use Report Generation Language. Templates on the screen take the place of RPG coding sheets, by Tu-Ting Cheng, Wendy Peikes, pg 20-23. Report Program Generator.

[Authors:] Wendy Peikes, Tu-Ting Cheng, pg 23

HP 300 Business BASIC. It’s specially designed as a versatile business applications language, by May Y. Kovalick, pg 23-26

[Author:] May Y. Kovalick, pg 26

Innovative Package Design Enhances HP 300 Effectiveness. Monocoque construction is the starting point and even the shipping container is novel, by David A. Horine, pg 26-30

A Novel Shipping Container, pg 28. HP 300.

[Author:] David [Dave] A. Horine, pg 30

World-Wide Regulatory Compliance, by Ronald E. Morgan, pg 30. HP 300.

July 1979 v.30 n.7

Cover: HP 300 Computer

Cost-Effective Hardware for a Compact Integrated Business Computer. CMOS/SOS technology helps reduce an eight-board processor to only two boards. Advanced architecture supports the features the user sees, by Arndt B. Bergh, Kenyon C. Y. Mei, pg 3-8. HP 300.

[Authors:] Arndt [Arne] B. Bergh, Kenyon C. Y. Mei, pg 8

A Computer Input/Output System Based on the HP Interface Bus. It’s designed to make it easy to add, delete and communicate with peripheral devices, by W. Gordon Matheson, pg 9-13. HP 300.

A Small, Low-Cost 12-Megabyte Fixed Disc Drive. A new Winchester-type disc was designed to meet the mass memory needs of the HP 300, by Richard L. Smith, pg 11. HP 300.

[Author:] Richard [Rich] L. Smith, pg 11

[Author:] W. Gordon Matheson, pg 12

An Innovative Programming and Operating Console. Windows and softkeys add new facets to the classical concept of interactive programming, by Alfred F. Knoll, Norman D. Marschke, pg 13-17. HP 300.

[Authors:] Alfred [Al] F. Knoll, Norman [Norm] D. Marschke, pg 16

AMIGO/300: A Friendly Operating System. An improved man/machine interface sometimes called friendliness, requires an advanced operating system, by Ralph L. Carpenter, pg 17-24. HP 300.

Configuring and Launching the AMIGO/300 System. System generation and startup are easier than they used to be, by James C. McCullough, Donald M. Wise, pg 20-21. HP 300.

[Authors:] James [Jim] C. McCullough, Donald [Don] M. Wise, pg 21

[Author:] Ralph L. Carpenter, pg 24

A Multiple-Output Switching Power Supply for Computer Applications. Designed for computer mainframes, this OEM power supply is an economical solution for the HP 300’s power requirements, by Thane Kriegel, Dilip A. Amin, pg 25-28. 63312F.

[Authors:] Dilip A. Amin, Thane [Tim] Kriegel, pg 28

August 1979 v.30 n.8

Cover: 8566A Microwave Spectrum Analyzer

New Performance Standards in Microwave Spectrum Analysis. Low-level microwave signals not previously identifiable with spectrum analyzers can be measured up to 22 GHz with the aid of this new analyzer’s low phase noise, 10-Hz bandwidth, and high sensitivity, by Siegfried H. Linkwitz, pg 3-7. 8566A.

[Author:] Siegfried H. Linkwitz, pg 7

Broadband Input Mixers for a Microwave Spectrum Analyzer. Inputs from 100 Hz to 22 GHz required new developments in front-end design, by John C. Lamy, Frank K. David, pg 8-13. 8566A.

Precision Assembly of a YIG-Tuned Mixer, by Lee Olmstead, pg 10-11

[Authors:] John C. Lamy, Frank K. David, pg 13

A Synthesized Microwave Local Oscillator with Continuous-Sweep Capability. 10-Hz resolution at 22 GHz requires synthesizer stability in the local oscillator but it also has to sweep smoothly, by Stephen T. Sparks, Kenneth L. Lange, Larry R. Martin, pg 13-19. 8566A.

Some Microprocessor Contributions to Spectrum Analyzer Performance, by Michael S. Marzalek, pg 15

A Precision Discriminator with a Controllable Slope, by Stephen T. Sparks, pg 17-18


[Authors:] Stephen [Steve] T. Sparks, Larry R. Martin, Kenneth [Ken] L. Lange, Michael [Mike] S. Marzalek, pg 19

A Digital Pattern Generator for Functional Testing of Bus-Oriented Digital Systems. Simple interfacing enables this flexible pattern generator to drive digital buses or other multichannel logic systems for functional testing with long digital sequences, by Gunter Riebesell, Bernd Moravek, Ulrich Hubner, pg 20-25. 8170A.

[Authors:] Ulrich Hubner, Bernd Moravek, Gunter Riebesell, pg 24

An HP-IB Extender for Distributed Instrument Systems. This instrument eliminates the 20-metre distance restriction for HP-IB systems, enabling local and remote groups of instruments to operate together, usually with no extra programming. Modems or twin-pair cable provide the communications medium, by David H. Guest, pg 26-32. 37201A.

A Comprehensive Approach to Automatic Troubleshooting, by Peter Roubaud, pg 29

Applying the 37201A HP-IB Extender, by Simon Murray, pg 31

[Author:] David H. Guest, pg 32

September 1979 v.30 n.9

Cover: HP 3000 Computer System – the Series 33

SOS Technology Yields Low-Cost HP 3000 Computer System. The new Series 33 is software compatible with the Series II and Series III, HP’s most powerful computer system. Thanks to silicon-on-sapphire technology, its cost is surprisingly low for HP 3000 performance, by Richard C. Edwards, pg 3-8

Adapting the Multiprogramming Executive to a New Hardware Environment. The new low-cost SOS hardware runs the same operating system and application programs as other HP 3000s, by Claude Robinson, Jr., pg 7-8

[Author:] Claude [Chuck] Robinson, Jr., pg 7

[Author:] Richard [Rich] C. Edwards, pg 8

A Friendly, Easy-to-Service Computer. The quiet, desk-like HP 3000 Series 33 fits easily into the office environment, by Manmohan Kohli, Yas Matsui, pg 9-12

[Authors:] Manmohan [ Manny] Kohli, Yas Matsui, pg 12

A Remote Computer Troubleshooting Facility. Problems can be investigated before a service person is sent to the site, by David L. Nelson, pg 13-16. HP 3000 Series 33.

Philosophy of HP 3000 Series 33 Diagnostics. A combination of self tests, the remote facility, and off-line diagnostics reduce down time, by James H. Holl, pg 15-16

[Author:] James [Jim] H. Holl, pg 15

[Author:] David [Dave] L. Nelson, pg 16

Controlling Electromagnetic Interference Generated by a Computer System. The HP 3000 Series 33 meets worldwide regulator agency requirements, by Daniel T. Y. Wong, pg 17-19

[Author:] Daniel [Danny] T. Y. Wong, pg 19

Automated Pulmonary Function Measurements. Controlled by a “friendly” desktop computer, a completely integrated pulmonary lab automatically makes ventilation, distribution, and diffusion measurements, calculates results, compares them to predicted normals, and prints reports including labeled graphs, by John L. Fanton, Maurice R. Blais, pg 20-24. 47804A/S.

Assuring Proper Pulmonary Test Procedures, pg 21

The Need for Pulmonary Function Measurements, pg 23

[Authors:] John L. Fanton, Maurice R. Blais, pg 24

Triggered X-Y Oscilloscope Displays. Using the trigger circuits to turn on the CRT beam only during the time interval of interest provides timing information and also eliminates unimportant detail from Lissajous patterns traced on an oscilloscope, by P. Guy Howard, pg 25-28. 1741A.

Capturing Randomly Occurring Oscilloscope Traces, pg 27

[Author:] P. Guy Howard, pg 28

October 1979 v.30 n.10

Cover: Model 5036A Microprocessor Lab

Microprocessor Lab Teaches Operation and Troubleshooting. This entry level course for home study or the classroom includes a microcomputer in a briefcase and a 20-lesson textbook, by Barry Bronson, Michael Slater, pg 3-8. 5036A.

[Authors:] Barry Bronson, Michael Slater, pg 8

An Economical Network Analyzer for the 4-to-1300-MHz Range. This compact, moderately-priced instrument has a built-in sweeping source and a two-channel receiver that enables simultaneous swept measurements of magnitude ratio and phase angle as well as measurements of absolute power and reflection coefficient, by James R. Zellers, pg 9-17. 8754A.

[Author:] James [Jim] R. Zellers, pg 17

Expanding Logic Analyzer Capabilities by Means of the HP-IB. Augmenting the power of a logic state/timing analyzer with a desktop computer gives automated testing capability along with display in user-definable assembly language, by Robert G. Wickliff, Jr., Richard A. Nygoard, Jr., pg 18-22. 1610A, 1615A.

[Authors:] Richard [Rick] A. Nygaard, Jr., Robert [Bob] G. Wickliff, Jr., pg 22

A Serial Data Analyzer for Locating Faults in Decentralized Digital Systems. Interfaced to the RS-232C (V.24) data communications bus, this instrument can monitor data traffic on the bus to help identify an operational problem. It can then assume an active role and substitute for the CPU, a terminal, a peripheral, or a modem to help isolate the problem, by Robert E. Erdmann, Jr., pg 23-28. 1640A.

[Author:] Robert [Bob] E. Erdmann, Jr., pg 27

November 1979 v.30 n.11

Cover: Model 8901A Modulation Analyzer

Precise, Convenient Analysis of Modulated Signals. This new modulation analyzer measures a signal’s frequency, power and modulation components with unprecedented accuracy in many measurements. It adds up to a new concept in RF analyzers, by Allen P. Edwards, pg 3-18. 8901A.

Frequency Range? Which One? pg 5

IF Filters for the 8901A Modulation Analyzer. They are designed for minimum distortion of the modulation being measured, by Andrew H. Naegeli, pg 10-11

[Author:] Andrew [Andy] H. Naegeli, pg 11

A New Type of FM Demodulator. It’s inherently linear, yet doesn’t have a significant noise mechanism, by Russell B. Riley, pg 13

[Author:] Russell [Russ] B. Riley, pg 13

[Author:] Allen P. Edwards, pg 18

Modulation Analyzer Applications. Examples of formerly difficult problems that the modulation analyzer solves easily, by Allen P. Edwards, pg 19-21. 8901A.

Assuring Accuracy in Modulation Measurements. The modulation analyzer is so accurate that new modulation standards had to be built to calibrate it, by Leslie E. Brubaker, pg 22-26

[Author:] Leslie [Les] E. Brubaker, pg 26

Interactive Modulation Analyzer Control. A microcomputer makes complicated decisions so the users doesn’t have to, by Paul J. Lingane, pg 26-29

[Author:] Paul J. Lingane, pg 29

Special Signal Source Tests Modulation Analyzer. If it’s more accurate than any signal generator, how do you test it?, by Leslie E. Brubaker, pg 30-32. 8901A, 11715A.

December 1979 v.30 n.12

Cover: New 12050A Fiber Optic HP-IB Link

High-Speed Fiber Optic Link Provides Reliable Real-Time HP-IB Extension. Remote instruments and peripherals can now communicate on the HP Interface Bus with a computer/controller up to 100 metres away. This new fiber optic link is fast and has exceptional immunity to severe industrial environments, by Robert B. Grady, pg 3-9. 12050A.

A Ready-to-Use Fiber Optic Link for Data Communications. The fiber optic part of the new HP-IB extender is a standard HP product, by Delon C. Hanson, pg 5-6

[Author:] Delon [Del] C. Hanson, pg 5

[Author:] Robert [Bob] B. Grady, pg 9

A Picoammeter with Built-in, Synchronized Voltage Sources. This new digital picoammeter makes measurements of small current with a resolution of 10-15 amperes, and it provides programmable voltage steps and measurement delays for automatic I-V measurements on semiconductors, insulation materials, capacitors, printed-circuit boards, and other components, by Hitoshi Noguchi, pg 10-19. 4140A.

Index: Volume 30 January 1979 through December 1979. PART 1: Chronological Index, pg 15-16. PART 2: Subject Index, pg 16-17. PART 3: Model Number Index, pg 18. PART 4: Author Index, pg 18.

[Author:] Hitoshi Noguchi, pg 19

Personal Calculator Has Key to Solve Any Equation f(x)=0. The HP-34C is the first handheld calculator to have a built-in numerical equation solver. That’s why one of its keys is labeled SOLVE, by William Kahan, pg 20-26

Why Is Equation Solving Provably Impossible? Pg 23

[Author:] William M. Kahan, pg 26

Viewpoints: Don Loughry on ANSI/IEEE Standard 488 and the HP Interface Bus, pg 27-28. HP-IB.

[Author:] Don Loughry, pg 28

Four Color Plotters Enhanced for Unattended Operation. A new automatic paper advance contributes to user convenience by advancing, cutting and stacking plots in selectable sizes, by Randy A. Coverstone, Majid Azmoon, Richard M. Kemplin, pg 29-32. 9872S, 7221S, 7220S.

[Authors:] Richard [Dick] M. Kemplin, Majid [Maj] Azmoon, Randy A. Coverstone, pg 32