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May 10, 2008

Mtg: Location-Based Technologies and Services: When Location Becomes a Utility; Because Life Moves

by @ 8:02 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors


SCV Communications Chapter
Speakers: Dave Reid, SiRF Technology Inc., and Jon Metzler, Rosum Corp.
Time: Refreshments/networking at 6:00 PM, Presentations at 6:30 PM, Panel at 7:50 PM
Cost: none
Place: Crowne Plaza SFO Airport, Burlingame (with IEEE SECON Conference)
RSVP: not required

2007 was the year when â??GPS??? became a household word like Kleenex or Xerox. Location determination capability is on its way to becoming â??table stakes???, i.e., a basic feature that is part of mobile devices, (more…)

Class: Technician-Level Amateur Radio License Class

by @ 7:45 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

K6SA and West Valley College
Instructors: from the Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
Time: 8:00 AM â?? 4:00 PM Training Class; 4:00 PM â?? 5:00 PM Exam
Cost: $14
Place: West Valley College, Applied Arts and Sciences Room 37 (AAS-37), Saratoga
RSVP: use the Form on the website; limited to first 35 people

This is an accelerated class designed to provide you with the knowledge to pass the Technician Class amateur radio license exam at the end of the day. Upon successful completion (more…)

Mtg: An 802.11n 2×2 MIMO Radio in 0.13um CMOS (and) A Bluetooth v2.1 radio in 0.13um CMOS

by @ 7:42 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speakers: Dave Weber and Sotirios Limotyrakis, Atheros Communications, Inc
Time: Refreshments at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: small donation for food
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


Talk #1 â?? An 802.11n-draft-compliant 2×2 2-stream MIMO radio SoC incorporates two dual-band RF transceivers, analog baseband filters, data converters, digital PHY and MAC, and a PCI Express interface. (more…)

Tour: the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Labs

by @ 7:41 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

OEB Magnetics Chapter
Host: Dr. Peter Fischer, Center for X-ray Optics, Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Time: Snacks and drinks at 6:00 PM, chapter officer elections, planning for 2008, with optional tour following
Cost: none
Place: Conference room in Bldg 6 (6-2202), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley
RSVP: Please respond by email with name, company, to Peter Fischer, so that we can prepare LBNL badges in advance for you

Mtg: Extending the Concept of Femtocells to the Outdoor Enterprise

by @ 7:39 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

SCV Communications Chapter
Speaker: Francis daCosta, MeshDynamics
Time: Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Conference Room, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


Mesh nodes supporting SIP registries can provide VOIP communication infrastructure in scenarios where traditional forms of wireless communication either do not exist or provide inadequate coverage. Scenarios include underground mining, (more…)

Mtg: Next-Generation Packaging for Servers and Supercomputers – High Performance Modules on Copper Substrates

by @ 7:37 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Peter Salmon, VP, Salmon Technologies, LLC
Time: Seated dinner at 6:30 PM, Presentation (no cost) at 7:30 PM
Cost: $25 for dinner
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, near Lawrence Expy), Sunnyvale
RSVP: by email to Janis Karklins,


A concept for a high-performance module using build-up layers on copper is presented. ? Copper provides mechanical support, an electrical backplane, good thermal conductivity, and is impervious to water. (more…)

Mtg: Root Cause Analysis

by @ 7:35 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

SF Power & Energy (PES) Chapter
Speaker: Mr. Walter R. Bak, Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent (Failure Analysis Associates)
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM (includes light lunch)
Cost: Free for IEEE members, $5 for non-members
Place: Pacific Gas & Electric Office, 77 Beale St. Room 305, San Francisco
RSVP: by email by May 7 to Davis Erwin,, 510-874-2674

Root cause analysis provides an effective technique for identifying the causes of significant problems, for defining actions to prevent recurrence of these events, and to drive continuous improvement within an organization. The technique is applicable (more…)

Mtg:Academic and Industrial Research: Using the Internet and IEEE’s XPLORE Database

by @ 7:32 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

OEB DeVry University Student Chapter
Speaker: Paul Wesling, CPMT Society Distinguished Lecturer & SF Bay Area Council Communications Director
Time: Social/Pizza at 4:00 PM; Presentation at 4:30 PM, Q&A at 5:30 PM
Cost: $5 donation for pizza (free, for students)
Place: DeVry University Room 101, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont
RSVP: not required; for additional information: Mostafa Mortezaie, (510) 574-1132

IEEE is the largest publisher of electrotechnology literature in the world, and most results in our fields are extensively reported there.? After a brief overview of IEEE’s journals in computing, communications, packaging and other technical areas, the presentation will demonstrate methods (more…)

Mtg:Measuring Structural Resonances

by @ 7:31 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Doug Smith, Consultant
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


Measuring structural resonances in equipment can be a valuable aid to EMC troubleshooting. This talk builds on the original method of Scott Roleson of HP to today’s frequencies as well as a few new methods. (more…)

Mtg: Content-Adaptive Efficient Resource Allocation for Packet-Based Video Transmission

by @ 7:30 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

SCV Signal Processing Chapter
Speaker: Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northwestern University, and Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer
Time: Fast food and drinks at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for refreshments
Place: National Semiconductor, north end of Building E, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required


Supporting video communication over lossy channels such as wireless networks and the Internet is a challenging task due to the stringent quality of service (QoS) required by video applications and the many channel impairments. ? Two important QoS characteristics (more…)

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