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November 30, 2007

Mtg: “TV 2.0” – Digital TV in the Networked Home

by @ 8:12 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY December 4
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
Speaker: Paolo Siccardo, President, Digital Keystone
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members, and $10 for non-members
Place: Hewlett Packard Oak Room, 19447 Pruneridge Avenue (Building 48), Cupertino
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/ce

 

Paolo Siccardo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Keystone, a world leader in digital entertainment solutions that bridge the personal computer, consumer electronics and content industries. Paolo Siccardo has over 20 years of experience (more…)

Mtg: Technical Management in Silicon Valley (Topical discussions; election of officers)

by @ 7:58 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY December 13
SCV Engineering Management Chapter
Time: 7:30 AM (no-host breakfast)
Cost: no cost
Place: DENNY’S, 311 S. Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale
RSVP: not needed
Web: www.ieee-scv-ems.org

Our objective, during this informal breakfast, is to network on technical management vs. leadership — where this discipline is going and what is available education-wise; have a discussion about what topics members would like for future local meetings;? (more…)

November 28, 2007

Mtg: Secondary Unit Substation Transformers

by @ 3:55 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY January 22
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Daniel Bumblauskas, ABB Inc.
Time: Social at 5:30 PM, Presentation at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $20 for dinner
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Jack Lin, jlin@sfwater.org to reserve and be entered in drawing
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0801-sf-ias.pdf

 

Our speaker will discuss the application of liquid and dry-type secondary unit substation transformers. He will compare the advantages and disadvantages of both types. ? He will also describe various types of transformers (more…)

Mtg: Radiated and Conducted Emission Debug Techniques

by @ 7:34 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY December 11
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Keith Hardin, Lexmark International, Inc.
Time: Social at 5:30 PM; presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.scvemc.org

Radiated and conducted emissions contain spectral and time domain information that can be very helpful in determining the sources of the emissions and possible countermeasures for information technology products. This presentation will discuss a number of methods (more…)

November 26, 2007

Editorial: Upgrading My Computer Harware

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

Itâ??s amazing how much computer performance can be bought at the â??modest end??? of the curve, for those willing to do some assembly!

I certainly wasnâ??t going to get up at 4 AM to shop the â??Black Friday??? sales, but I wasnâ??t above heading to Frys later in the day. I was shopping for the â??pieces??? for a new, moderate-speed PC. (more…)

Now Posted: December GRID Magazine

by @ 10:36 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

Find out about all of IEEE’s upcoming SF Bay Area chapter meetings, and more! The December issue of the 23-page GRID.pdf is now available for download:
www.e-grid.net/docs/grid0712.pdf (1 MB).
It has quick-linked information (more…)

November 24, 2007

Mtg: Nanowires and Nanolasers: How Small can a Laser be?

by @ 11:24 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY December 13
SCV Lasers and Electro Optics Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Cun-Zheng Ning, Arizona State University, and LEOS Distinguished Lecturer
Time: Networking and Food: 7:00 PM, Presentation: 8:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: by email to ieeescvleos-rsvp2007@yahoo.com
Web:
www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/leos

 

The pursuit of nanotechnology in general and miniaturization of electronic devices in particular have seriously challenged the optoelectronics community to develop ever smaller lasers and optoelectronic devices compatible with the trend in microelectronics. Vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers measured a few microns were once the smallest lasers. ? (more…)

November 23, 2007

Mtg: Selection and Applications Of Power Factor Correction Equipment for Industrial and Large Commercial Facilities

by @ 9:16 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY November 29
OEB Power Engineering Chapter
Speaker: B. Ben Banerjee, Power Quality Product & Application Engineer, Square D Company
Time: Presentation at 6:00 PM, with snacks and refreshments
Cost: none
Place: Square D Company 6160 Stoneridge Mall Road #200, Pleasanton
RSVP: with Diep Nguyen, Diep@ieee.org, 510-267-0441
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0711-oeb-pes.pdf

The vast majority of the total load connected to todayâ??s industrial and commercial distribution systems is inductive in nature and generally has a poor operating power factor.? If properly selected and installed, Power Factor Correction Equipment including Capacitors (PFCCs) provides an economical and practical means (more…)

Mtg: Switch Safety – It’s a Snap! (Or is it?) – and election of 2008 officers

by @ 9:15 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY November 27
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
Speaker: Ian McDonald, Underwriters Laboratories
Time: Dinner at 5:45 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none for presentation
Place: Optional dinner at El Torito Mexican Restaurant, 2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara; Presentation at Applied Materials, Bowers Cafe, 3090 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pses

 

One of the most basic electrical components is the switch.? All it has to do is open and close, right?? What could be so difficult or interesting about that?? When you realize that everything from computers to circuit breakers depends on (more…)

Mtg: Solar Energy Technologies: Emphasis on Concentrating Photovoltaic Technologies

by @ 9:14 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays
 

TUESDAY November 27
SF Power Engineering
Subject:?
Speaker: Kevin Fine, Director of Product Development, GreenVolts
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Cost: $5 for non-members, free for IEEE members
Place: California PUC Building, Golden Gate Room, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
RSVP: required for lunch count, to Ben Williams, bewilliams@ieee.org , 415-973-9473
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0711-sf-pes.pdf

 

Itâ??s an exciting time for solar energy.? A confluence of events â?? technological developments, financing opportunities, political and consumer openness, climate concerns, and the rise in price of other fuel sources â?? makes solar energy particularly attractive (more…)

Mtg: Digital Paralleling & System Design: System Topologies, Design Considerations

by @ 9:13 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY November 27
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: George L. Williams, Cummins Power Generation
Time: Social at 5:30 PM, Presentation at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $20
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: To qualify for drawing, preregister with Jack Lin, jlin@sfwater.org, 415.551.4894
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0711-sf-ias.pdf

Our speaker will review paralleling basics for gensets, such as, but not limited to, load sharing, synchronization, and genset protection issues.? He will then compare the conventional hardware requirements for paralleling (more…)

Mtg: Flexible/Printable Electronics / Organic LED (OLED) Display Technology

by @ 9:11 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY January 16
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speakers: Dr. Chuck Bauer, TechLead Corporation; and Johann Trujillo, DuPont Displays
Time: Optional dinner at 6:30 PM, Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $25 for dinner, no cost for presentation
Place: Ramada, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, between Lawrence Expressway and Great America Parkway), Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email with Janis Karklins, karklins@ieee.org
Web: www.cpmt.org/scv

 

Flexible/Printable Electronics:

The printed electronics market comprises next-generation light, power and circuitry products, including flexible displays, plastic solar cells and organic RFID tags.? Special inks enable the formation of active electrical layers — the key drivers for printed electronics.? (more…)

Mtg: Wireless Standards: A History and Perspective / CNSV Annual Meeting

by @ 8:54 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY December 11
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Bruce Himebauch, Atheros Communications
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Silicon Valley Technical Institute, 1762 Technology Dr., Suite 227, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: www.CaliforniaConsultants.org

Most commercial wireless networking products conform to the 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n standards, collectively known as Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi). Wi-Fi has been accepted in businesses, schools, government and homes as an alternative to wired LANs. The 802,11 standards have similarities to (more…)

November 15, 2007

Mtg: Patterned Nanomagnetic Bits and Devices for Higher Areal Density

by @ 9:06 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY February 12
SCV Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Bruce D. Terris, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and 2008 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer
Time: Cookies & Conversation at 7:30 PM, Presentation at 8:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: WDC (formerly Komag), 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag

As conventional magnetic recording technology extends to ever higher areal density, it is possible the often predicted, and constantly increasing, density limit will be reached. ? This limit will likely be in the range of (more…)

Mtg: The Spin on Electronics! Spin-valves and Magnetic Tunneling Junctions

by @ 9:05 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY January 29
SCV Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Stuart Parkin, IBM Almaden Research Center, and 2008 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer
Time: Cookies & Conversation at 7:30 PM, Presentation at 8:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: WDC (formerly Komag), 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag

Today, nearly all microelectronic devices are based on storing or flowing the electronâ??s charge. ? The electron also possesses a quantum mechanical property termed “spin”, that gives rise to magnetism. Electrical current is comprised of “spin-up” and “spin-down” electrons, which behave as largely independent spin currents.? (more…)

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