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Internet Interfaces and Interactive TV Are Hot, Windows Is Not


Internet graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and interactive TV are the hottest innovations in electronic engineering according to an exclusive survey published this week by CMP's Electronic Engineering Times . In the newspaper's annual Salary and Opinion Survey's What's Hot, What's Not list, 79% of respondents marked Internet GUIs as a technology to watch, while 80% said the same about interactive TV.

Furthermore, the survey revealed that 53% of engineers feel the Windows interface is "mature," and an another 7% say it is "fading."

"The strong showing of Internet GUIs in our survey of trendsetters in the electronic engineering community is a direct reflection of the tremendous impact the World Wide Web has had on this industry," said Robert Bellinger, Editor, Salary and Opinion Survey. "These sentiments will pave the way for innovative technologies from Microsoft, Netscape, and others, that will add new browser-like functionality to the ubiquitous Windows interface," Bellinger said.

The other technologies that made the EE Times "What's Hot" list include wireless communications (90%), multimedia (79%), HDTV (74%), optical disks (64%), networks (64%), and artificial intelligence (61%). A handful of technologies, some once thought to be hot, that made electronic engineers' "What's Not" list include RISC processors (67%), and fuzzy logic (47%).

The What's Hot, What's Not list is one portion of the publication's annual Salary and Opinion Survey. Results were tabulated from 891 total responses out of 3,200 surveys that were mailed to U.S. readers of EE Times in June. The complete results of the study can be found on EE Times Online.


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