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Small Memories

Author : José Saramago
ISBN : 9780547541549
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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José Saramago was eighteen months old when he moved from the village of Azinhaga with his father and mother to live in Lisbon. But he would return to the village throughout his childhood and adolescence to stay with his maternal grandparents, illiterate peasants in the eyes of the outside world, but a fount of knowledge, affection, and authority to young José. Shifting back and forth between childhood and his teenage years, between Azinhaga and Lisbon, this is a mosaic of memories, a simply told, affecting look back into the author’s boyhood: the tragic death of his older brother at the age of four; his mother pawning the family’s blankets every spring and buying them back in time for winter; his beloved grandparents bringing the weaker piglets into their bed on cold nights; and Saramago’s early encounters with literature, from teaching himself to read by deciphering articles in the daily newspaper, to poring over an entertaining dialogue in a Portuguese-French conversation guide, not realizing that he was in fact reading a play by Molière. Written with Saramago’s characteristic wit and honesty, Small Memories traces the formation of an artist fascinated by words and stories from an early age and who emerged, against all odds, as one of the world’s most respected writers.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Memories Of A Small Town Cop

Author : G. Douglas Ward
ISBN : 9781462073481
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Author G. Douglas Ward was sworn in as a police officer in the small North Carolina town of Tarboro at the age of twenty-one. He was about to embark on a ten-year career that he would never forget. In this collection of memoirs, he shares his recollections about adventures that will leave you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh, and make you think. Join him as he recalls • what it was like growing up as the son of a deputy sheriff; • what it meant to go through basic and on-the-job training; • what could happen when dealing with drunken individuals; • what it feels like to lose a best friend. Being a police officer in a small town that never grows means something, especially when your grandfather is a preacher and your father is one of the most well-known people in town. In Memories of a Small-Town Cop, you'll discover what it means to protect and serve a close-knit community.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Electrical Engineering Handbook

Author : Wai Kai Chen
ISBN : 0080477488
Genre : Technology & Engineering
File Size : 60.52 MB
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The Electrical Engineer's Handbook is an invaluable reference source for all practicing electrical engineers and students. Encompassing 79 chapters, this book is intended to enlighten and refresh knowledge of the practicing engineer or to help educate engineering students. This text will most likely be the engineer’s first choice in looking for a solution; extensive, complete references to other sources are provided throughout. No other book has the breadth and depth of coverage available here. This is a must-have for all practitioners and students! The Electrical Engineer's Handbook provides the most up-to-date information in: Circuits and Networks, Electric Power Systems, Electronics, Computer-Aided Design and Optimization, VLSI Systems, Signal Processing, Digital Systems and Computer Engineering, Digital Communication and Communication Networks, Electromagnetics and Control and Systems. About the Editor-in-Chief... Wai-Kai Chen is Professor and Head Emeritus of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has extensive experience in education and industry and is very active professionally in the fields of circuits and systems. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Series I and II, President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers. He is the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal, the Education Award, and the Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, and the Third Millennium Medal from the IEEE. Professor Chen is a fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. * 77 chapters encompass the entire field of electrical engineering. * THOUSANDS of valuable figures, tables, formulas, and definitions. * Extensive bibliographic references.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Embedded System Design

Author : Peter Marwedel
ISBN : 9400702574
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Until the late 1980s, information processing was associated with large mainframe computers and huge tape drives. During the 1990s, this trend shifted toward information processing with personal computers, or PCs. The trend toward miniaturization continues and in the future the majority of information processing systems will be small mobile computers, many of which will be embedded into larger products and interfaced to the physical environment. Hence, these kinds of systems are called embedded systems. Embedded systems together with their physical environment are called cyber-physical systems. Examples include systems such as transportation and fabrication equipment. It is expected that the total market volume of embedded systems will be significantly larger than that of traditional information processing systems such as PCs and mainframes. Embedded systems share a number of common characteristics. For example, they must be dependable, efficient, meet real-time constraints and require customized user interfaces (instead of generic keyboard and mouse interfaces). Therefore, it makes sense to consider common principles of embedded system design. Embedded System Design starts with an introduction into the area and a survey of specification models and languages for embedded and cyber-physical systems. It provides a brief overview of hardware devices used for such systems and presents the essentials of system software for embedded systems, like real-time operating systems. The book also discusses evaluation and validation techniques for embedded systems. Furthermore, the book presents an overview of techniques for mapping applications to execution platforms. Due to the importance of resource efficiency, the book also contains a selected set of optimization techniques for embedded systems, including special compilation techniques. The book closes with a brief survey on testing. Embedded System Design can be used as a text book for courses on embedded systems and as a source which provides pointers to relevant material in the area for PhD students and teachers. It assumes a basic knowledge of information processing hardware and software. Courseware related to this book is available at
Category: Technology & Engineering

Ferroelectric Random Access Memories

Author : Hiroshi Ishiwara
ISBN : 3540407189
Genre : Science
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In fabrication of FeRAMs, various academic and technological backgrounds are necessary, which include ferroelectric materials, thin film formation, device physics, circuit design, and so on.This book covers from fundamentals to applications of ferroelectric random access memories (FeRAMs). The book consists of 5 parts; (1) ferroelectric thin films, (2) deposition and characterization methods, (3) fabrication process and circuit design, (4) advanced-type memories, and (5) applications and future prospects, and each part is further devided in several chapters. Because of the wide range of the discussed topics, each chapter in this book was written by one of the best authors knowing the specific topic very well. Thus, this is a good introduction book of FeRAM for graduate students and new comers to this field, as well as it helps specialists to understand FeRAMs more deeply.
Category: Science

Memory Allocation Problems In Embedded Systems

Author : Maria Soto
ISBN : 9781118577660
Genre : Computers
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Embedded systems are everywhere in contemporary life and aresupposed to make our lives more comfortable. In industry, embeddedsystems are used to manage and control complex systems (e.g.nuclear power plants, telecommunications and flight control) andthey are also taking an important place in our daily activities(e.g. smartphones, security alarms and traffic lights). In the design of embedded systems, memory allocation and dataassignment are among the main challenges that electronic designershave to face. In fact, they impact heavily on the main cost metrics(power consumption, performance and area) in electronic devices.Thus designers of embedded systems have to pay careful attention inorder to minimize memory requirements, thus improving memorythroughput and limiting the power consumption by the system’smemory. Electronic designers attempt to minimize memoryrequirements with the aim of lowering the overall systemcosts. A state of the art of optimization techniques for memory managementand data assignment is presented in this book.
Category: Computers

Memory Design Techniques For Low Energy Embedded Systems

Author : Alberto Macii
ISBN : 0792376900
Genre : Technology & Engineering
File Size : 85.42 MB
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Memory Design Techniques for Low Energy Embedded Systems centers one of the most outstanding problems in chip design for embedded application. It guides the reader through different memory organizations and technologies and it reviews the most successful strategies for optimizing them in the power and performance plane.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Integrated Circuit And System Design Power And Timing Modeling Optimization And Simulation

Author : Vassilis Paliouras
ISBN : 9783540290131
Genre : Computers
File Size : 75.65 MB
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Power and Timing Optimization and Simulation, PATMOS 2005, held in Leuven, Belgium in September 2005. The 74 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on low-power processors, code optimization for low-power, high-level design, telecommunications and signal processing, low-power circuits, system-on-chip design, busses and interconnections, modeling, design automation, low-power techniques, memory and register files, applications, digital circuits, and analog and physical design.
Category: Computers

Small Animal Spect Imaging

Author : Matthew A. Kupinski
ISBN : 038725143X
Genre : Medical
File Size : 71.27 MB
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Small-Animal SPECT Imaging is an edited work derived from the first workshop on Small-Animal SPECT Imaging held January 14-16, 2004 at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA. The overall goal of the meeting and therefore this volume is to promote information exchange and collaboration between the research groups developing systems for small-animal applications. Topics include the biomedical significance of small-animal imaging, an overview of detector technologies including scintillation cameras and semi-conductor arrays, imager design and data acquisition systems, animal handling and anesthesia issues, objective assessment of image quality, and system modeling and reconstruction algorithms.
Category: Medical

Working Through Memory

Author : Ofelia Ferrán
ISBN : 0838756581
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Working Through Memory studies various constructions of memory in contemporary Spanish literature, evoking different aspects of a past of repression, from both the civil war and the Franco regime. Ferran analyzes narrative texts published between the 1960s and 1990s that present memory and the recuperation of a traumatic past as their main theme. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical approaches to the study of memory, this book examines how each text presents a meta-narrative reflection of the very process of memory production, of how it is written and rewritten, recounted or repressed, transmitted or forgotten. Drawing particularly on trauma theory, Ferran argues that the analyzed texts provide effective models for what Freud called "working through" memory. This process is shown to be effective as it unsettles dominant historical discourses in the present, allowing for the pain and suffering of the victims of a traumatic past to emerge through various forms of narrative disruption and fragmentation.
Category: Literary Criticism