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April 19, 2008

Seminar: Nanotech: Driver for Electronics, Photonics, Energy, and Bio-Med

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IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council
Nanotech: Driver for Electronics, Photonics, Energy, and Bio-Med [more]
— Tuesday May 20, 2008, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
— National Semiconductor, Santa Clara
Keynote: Dr. Paolo Gargini, Director of Technology Strategy, Intel Corp.
Lunch Speaker: “Nano-Photonic Silicon Circuits as a Commercial Technology,” Professor Eli Yablonovitch, Department of EE & CS, UC-Berkeley
Sessions: Nanodevice Materials and Processes below 32nm; Photonics; Alternative Energy and Storage; Nano and Bio Sensors
Panel Session: “Nanotechnology: Show Me the Money”
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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

by @ 8:32 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

33rd IEEE ? Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
— May 11-16, 2008 ? ? — Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego
— Tutorials, Sessions, Exhibits
The Photovoltaic Specialists Conference presents groundbreaking research papers on all aspects of PV-relevant materials, devices, systems and applications.
Tutorials: ? – Nanostructures in Photovoltaics ? – Silicon Solar Cell Technology ? – Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells ? – High-Concentration Photovoltaics: Cells, Optics, and Systems ? – Materials, Defects, and Characterization Methods for Photovoltaics
Sessions: (partial listing) ? – Space Photovoltaic Devices ? – Materials and Theory ? – TCOs and Contacts ? – Inorganic Nanostructures ? – III-V Cells and Characterization ? – Silicon Solar Cells ? – CPV Technology ? – Concentrator Technology ? – CdTe and CIGS Deposition ? – Contacts and Novel Concepts ? – Innovations in PV ? – Modules and Manufacturing ? – Optical Enhancement in Amorphous and Thin Film Si ? – Standards and Codes ? – PV Modules ? – Devices and Defects
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The IES Industry Forum

by @ 8:31 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
The IES Industry Forum
— June 5-6, 2008 ? ? — Santa Clara Marriott
— IEEE members: $120; Non-members: $150 (thru May 22)
The technical expansion in industrial electronics and the internet has stimulated business, including ventures, market interest as well as technical research around the world. We are gathering representatives from market analysis and technical research as well as industry to examine these directions and where they might go. Presenters include senior executives, venture capitalists, market analysts and engineering leaders to present their perspectives on different related technologies.
Keynote Speakers from Intel, Samsung, ARRIS Technology, iSuppli
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Conference: Frontiers in Biomedical Devices

by @ 8:30 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering

3rd Annual ASME ? Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
— June 18-20, 2008 ? ? — Hyatt Regency, Irvine
— Sessions, Keynotes, Exhibits
This conference and exhibition brings together leading authorities in the commercial and academic arenas of advanced bioengineering for devices and sensors.
Keynote Speakers from UC-San Diego Medical Center, UC-Irvine and Medtronic — plus tours of Medtronic and Baxter
Session Tracks: ? – Imaging & Anatomic Interaction ? – Simulation & Modeling ? – Device Testing ? – Device Design & Development ? – Device Technology & Innovation ? – Bio-Sensors & Diagnostics ? – Therapeutic Devices ? – Clinical & Regulatory
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45th IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)

by @ 8:28 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

45th IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
— June 8-13, 2008 ? ? — Anaheim Convention Center
— nearly 60 technical sessions ? ? — 250 Exhibitors
— 14 Workshops ? ? — 6 Tutorials
DAC is the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for EDA and silicon solutions. Learn more about system-level design, embedded systems, multicore, low power, physical design and manufacturing, new and emerging technologies, verification and test, and more. Special Wireless themed events; Management Day; topical Pavilion Panels.
Register by May 19 for only $450 (IEEE members). Make plans today!
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Conference on System-of-Systems Engineering (SoSE)

by @ 8:25 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

IEEE International
Conference on System-of-Systems Engineering (SoSE)
— June 2-4, 2008 ? ? — Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey
— Keynotes, Exhibits ? ? — Sessions, interactions
— Theme: SoSE in service of Energy and Security
A world-class forum for all aspects of systems engineering, human-machine systems and emerging cybernetics, with their vast ramifications in fields such as control, computing, communications, information technology and applications to manufacturing, defense, national and homeland security, aerospace, aeronautics, energy, and the environment.
Workshop: SoS and SoSE in service of Security, Energy and Environment
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Summer Academy Sessions – for Jr, Sr High Students

by @ 8:24 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

Tech Academy of Silicon Valley
— 6th thru 11th grade students — SJ, Santa Clara, Morgan Hill, Fremont
— Choice of 3-week sessions, AM or PM — Each with a technology focus
– improves students’ understanding of engineering and technology
– supports continued participation in math and science
– emphasis on teamwork, innovative problem solving
– Experienced teachers with support from industry professionals
Registration now open for summer 2008.
More information:
Download the Summer Academy Flyer

WOW! That’s Engineering – High School Girls-only Event

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Society of Women Engineers
Speakers: hear first-hand about the fascinating things smart women like you are doing as engineers; exciting and challenging hands-on activities; plus “parent track”
Time: 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: free
Place: National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San Jose
RSVP: required; online at

Mtg: Sustainable Information Technology Ecosystem: Optimizing Datacenter Power and Cooling

by @ 8:21 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Chandrakant D. Patel, HP Fellow and Director, Sustainable IT Ecosystem Laboratory, Hewlett Packard Laboratories
Time: Register at 11:30 AM, lunch at 11:45 AM, Presentation at 12:15 PM
Cost: $15 if reserved by April 21; $20 at door
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 near Lawrence Expy), Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to Ed Aoki,


Economics and sustainability drive the need to manage available energy as a key resource in devising todayâ??s information technology services accessed by billions of users and availed from thousands of data centers. ? The overwhelming â??burdened??? cost of delivery (more…)

Mtg: H.264 Video Encoding Quality Optimizations

by @ 8:20 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

TUESDAY April 22
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
Speaker: Guy Cote, Mobilygen
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members, and $10 for non-members
Place: HP Oak Room, Bldg 48 (Hwy 280 at Wolfe Rd), Cupertino
RSVP: not required

State of the art video codecs such as MPEG-4 AVC/ITU-T H.264 have reached a very high level of sophistication, and when designing a video encoder, there are many encoder parameters to control. A systematic framework (more…)

Mtg: The Integration of Automation and Safety â?? Safety PLCs

by @ 8:18 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY April 22
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
Speaker: John Hunt, Siemens
Time: Optional dinner, 5:45 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none for presentation
Place: dinner El Torito Mexican Restaurant, 2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara; talk at Applied Materials, Bowers Café, 3090 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Safety standards traditionally have separated equipment function and safety, trusting hardware and mechanical safety features over software and electronic measures. Technical advances in automation (more…)

Mtg: Surge Protection Design

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TUESDAY April 22
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Chris Martin, Thomas & Betts Power Solutions
Time: Social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 ($10 for student members)
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Jack Lin,, 415.551.4894

Surge protection design has evolved extensively over the past 30 years. ? Our speaker will provide an update on the surge protection industry and will expand on the safety standard, UL1449.? (more…)

Mtg: Implementation of a Third Generation 16-Core 32-Thread Chip-Multithreading SPARC Processor

by @ 8:15 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

MONDAY April 21
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Georgios K. Konstadinidis, SUN Microsystems
Time: Fast food and 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

This third-generation Chip-Multithreading (CMT) SPARC processor consists of 16-cores with shared memory architecture and supports a total of 32 main Threads plus 32 Scout Threads. ? It is targeted for high-performance servers, and is optimized for both single- and multi-threaded applications. ? The 396mm2 chip, is fabricated in a 11M 65nm CMOS process and operates at a nominal frequency of 2.3GHz, consuming a maximum power of 250W at 1.2V. ? This presentation provides (more…)

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