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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,, 510-267-0441

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


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
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, , 415-973-9473


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,, 415.551.4894

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,


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

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…)

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