A Tutorial on Satellite Graphics Systems

@article{Foley1976ATO,
  title={A Tutorial on Satellite Graphics Systems},
  author={James D. Foley},
  journal={Computer},
  year={1976},
  volume={9},
  pages={14-21}
}
  • J. Foley
  • Published 1 August 1976
  • Computer Science
  • Computer
Satellite graphics terminals, which include a micro or minicomputer to perform interactive processing, present a number of advantages–not the least of which are accessibility and responsiveness. This paper describes two basic types of satellites and outlines techniques for best exploiting their capabilities. 

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