Posted: September 2, 1999
Riverside Hall, the high-tech home of engineers and computer experts at California State University, Sacramento, celebrates its 10th anniversary next week by introducing a system making "anywhere-anytime" access to the Internet possible.
Essentially, the whole building has been turned into a wireless computer network. Now operating on the first two floors, the system will eventually allow anyone in Riverside Hall's classrooms, hallways or out-of-the-way corners with a laptop to connect to the Internet without plugging into the wall.
It is the first CSUS building with such capability.
The improvements continue the building's tradition of innovation. Already, it is stocked with hundreds of computer workstations, all housed in some of the most advanced computer labs in Northern California.
One lab, for example, features nearly every software package for building integrated circuits, the technological marvels found in everything from toasters to IMAX movie theaters. While some universities boast packages from one or two companies, the lab features complete professional packages from six - Cadence, Synopsys, Altera, Xilinx, Cypress and AMD. The software would be worth millions of dollars on the open market. Another lab, fully sponsored by Intel, has 45 workstations and other advanced technology, all being constantly updated as better systems become available.
In fact, the facilities inside Riverside Hall are one reason that U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the University's engineering program 26th nationally among programs that focus on undergraduate education.
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