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October 8, 2007

Mtg: China’s IC Design Industry Status Today

by @ 5:59 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

MONDAY November 19
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Bob Pau, Cadence Design Systems
Time: Fast food & drinks at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cadence Design Systems, Building 5, 655 Seely Avenue, San Jose
RSVP: not required

The world has been flattened due to out-sourcing and off-shoring. ? China has already become the largest importer for electronic components now. ? Of the $247 billion high-tech imports in China in 2006, $130 billion were electronic components (more…)

Mtg: Efficient Techniques for MPEG-2 to H.264 Video Transcoding

by @ 5:37 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Semiconductors

MONDAY November 12
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
Speaker: Jun Xin, Xilient Inc.
Time: Fast food and drinks: 6:30 PM, Presentation: 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation toward refreshments
Place: National Semiconductor, Bldg #E, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

MPEG-2 has become the primary format for broadcast video since being developed in the early 1990’s. The new video coding standard, referred to as H.264/AVC, promises the same quality as MPEG-2 with about half the data rate. Since the H.264/AVC format has been adopted (more…)

US-SC School of Eng: Research Review Day

by @ 12:09 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, is sponsoring our Research Review Day on Friday, October 12th.
Time: 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Location: Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz; Engineering 2 Building
Fee: $50 – early bird registration (before October 5th); $75 day of event (includes parking fee, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon reception)
What: This event will highlight some of the groundbreaking research that is being pursued at the Baskin School of Engineering. The program is divided into our six focus areas in order to give you a broad view of
the exciting research that is being undertaken as we develop technology for a changing world.
For additional information, please contact:, (831) 459-4877;

Tour: PG&E 230 kV Substation Tour

by @ 12:03 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY October 18
OEB Industry Applications? Chapter
Coordinator: Davis Erwin, PG&E
Time: First tour 9 AM – 11 AM; second tour 11 AM – 1 PM
Cost: none, but limited to 15 people for each tour (no lunch)
Place: Pacific Gas & Electric Substation within SF Financial District
RSVP: by email to Diep Nguyen,

Take the rare opportunity and learn from PG&E experts as they provide a tour into the fascinating world of the high voltage electrical substation. See GIS switchgear, transformers, bus work, and protection relays (more…)

Mtg: Advances in Silicon-on-Insulator Switch Technology for Highly Integrated Cellular Front-ends

by @ 11:49 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

THURSDAY November 8
SCV Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
Speaker: Tom McKay, RFMD
Time: Refreshments and Social: 6:00 PM, Presentation: 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Bldg #9, Classroom #4, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology is shipping into several mainstream consumer markets, such as laptops and game consoles, driving down substrate manufacturing costs.? By increasing substrate resistivity, it is possible to achieve multi-watt power handling, (more…)

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