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CONFERENCE REPORT: Microprocessors in Automation and Communications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131358D
Original Publication Date: 1978-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
Document File: 11 page(s) / 42K

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Software Patent Institute

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Ware Myers: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

British debate role of microprocessor As befits the mother of the democracies, debate on the role the microprocessor is to play in Great Britain is vigorous. Even the Prime Minister, James Callaghan, has j oined the fray, telling the Labour Party conference at Blackpool that the microprocessor exemplifies the kind of technological change Britain must accommodate in the l9S0's. It was this point also that Philip A.B. Hughes, chairman of London's Logica Ltd., addressed in his keynote speech to the 221 delegates to the Conference on Microprocessors in Automation and Communications at the University of Kent, near Canterbury, England. The conference was sponsored by the British Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers, with the IEEE as one of four additional cosponsors. Does it matter, Hughes asked, whether Britain has an indigenous microprocessor design and manufacturing capability? His answer was both no and yes. The real importance of microprocessors and microelectronics ";lies in their future application, not in the manufacture of the hardware components that go into them.";' Hughes believes that it is possible for Britain to tap the opportunities of this technology by relying on the US or Japan for chips.

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CONFERENCE REPORT: Microprocessors in Automation and Communications

Ware Myers

Computer Staff

British debate role of microprocessor

As befits the mother of the democracies, debate on the role the microprocessor is to play in Great Britain is vigorous. Even the Prime Minister, James Callaghan, has j oined the fray, telling the Labour Party conference at Blackpool that the microprocessor exemplifies the kind of technological change Britain must accommodate in the l9S0's.

It was this point also that Philip A.B. Hughes, chairman of London's Logica Ltd., addressed in his keynote speech to the 221 delegates to the Conference on Microprocessors in Automation and Communications at the University of Kent, near Canterbury, England. The conference was sponsored by the British Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers, with the IEEE as one of four additional cosponsors.

Does it matter, Hughes asked, whether Britain has an indigenous microprocessor design and manufacturing capability? His answer was both no and yes. The real importance of microprocessors and microelectronics "lies in their future application, not in the manufacture of the hardware components that go into them."' Hughes believes that it is possible for Britain to tap the opportunities of this technology by relying on the US or Japan for chips.

On the affirmative side, however, he saw British manufacture as an "outstanding prospect in its own right." While some claim that it is too late for Britain to enter this field, Hughes argued that microelectronics is not "just a passing phase, but rather the very early stages of a long and immensely important technological development."

   (Image Omitted: Conference chairman M. S. Birkin welcomed the delegates, saying the conference was intended to make them aware of the potential of micro processors to solve problems that had hitherto been either too complex or too expensive for previous technology. Practicing what he preached, Birkin's own organization, the British Rail Technical Center, presented papers on the applications of microprocessors to train operation.)

(Image Omitted: Scarcely a day goes by on which the British press does not devote at least one article to microprocessors, Philip A. B. Hughes told more than 200 delegates at the IERE Conference on Microprocessors in Automation and Communications at the University of Kent. Moreover, "the Prime Minister has on more than one occasion given his personal weight to the importance of the issues involved." Hughes is chairman of Logica Ltd.)

US and Japan lead.

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