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January 31, 2009

Workshop: FPGAs for Digital Signal Processing Applications

by @ 3:25 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

SATURDAY February 7, 2009
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
Speakers: Dr. Xiaoshu Qian, Intel; Prof. Tokunbo Ogunfunmi, Santa Clara U; Dr. Chris Dick, Xilinx; Prof. Chang Choo, SJSU; Dr. Jim Hwang, Xilinx
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $70 for IEEE members, $80 for non-members, $30 for students (includes workshop proceedings, light breakfast, and lunch)
Place: Bannan Engineering Laboratories, Santa Clara University
RSVP: on the website

Topics at a glance

(1) Why and when to use DSPs, FPGAs and ASICs
Speaker: Dr. Xiaoshu Qian, Intel Corporation
(2) FPGA Architectures for H.264 Video Processing
Speaker: Prof. Tokunbo Ogunfunmi, Santa Clara University
(3) FPGAs: Re-inventing the Signal Processor and MIMO-OFDM Applications
Speaker: Dr. Chris Dick, Xilinx Corporation
(4) FPGA-Based Embedded Wideband Audio Codec System
Speaker: Prof. Chang Choo, San Jose State University
(5) A Platform-Based Approach to Realizing High-Performance DSP Subsystems in FPGAs
Speaker: Dr. Jim Hwang, Xilinx Corporation

Mtg: First GOLD Chapter & Welcome Meeting of 2009

by @ 3:23 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering

THURSDAY February 5, 2009
SF GOLD (Grads of the Last Decade) Chapter
Event: an opportunity to network with fellow IEEE members and engineers, grab a bite and drink, and meet the officers
Time: 6:15 PM
Cost: none (except for your food/drink)
Place: “The Holding Company” 2 Embarcadero Center Promenade Level, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Frank Oppong,

Happy new year!? Please join IEEE SF GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) for our first meeting of the year.? It will be an opportunity to network with fellow IEEE members, engineers and local (more…)

Mtg: Manager in the Middle, plus Guided Networking

by @ 3:22 pm. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY February 5, 2009
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: ArLyne Diamond, Ph.D., Professional and Organizational Development
Time: Guided Networking at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: Cost: $25 (IEEE member), $30 (non member); Cash or check at the door; +$5 without reservation
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: through Website

Decisions and demands come from above, and the manager is the one responsible for seeing to it that staff deliver the products in a quality and timely manner.? On the other hand, we are living in an age (more…)

Mtg: Hazardous Substance Detection for Electronic Materials using Laser Induced

by @ 3:20 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 3, 2009
SCV Lasers and Electro Optics Chapter, with Product Safety Engineering Chapter
Subject: Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)
Speaker: Dr. Rick Russo, Applied Spectra, Inc.
Time: Networking/Pizza Social 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: see web link for EventBrite

With recent adoption of RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) initiative by many Asian and European countries, electronic product manufacturers and their component suppliers are banned from using (more…)

January 30, 2009

Mtg: Best of RAMS — the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium

by @ 9:44 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY February 25, 2009
SCV Reliability Chapter
Speakers: Chapter members who attended
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: HP Oak Room, 19447 Pruneridge Avenue (Building 48), Cupertino
RSVP: not required

The 55th Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) was held in Fort Worth on January 26-29, 2009. For those of you that couldn’t attend, we will bring the symposium to you (except for the Texas accents). This evening (more…)

January 29, 2009

Mtg: High Performance, Low Power I/O for Chip-to-chip Communications

by @ 2:21 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY March 11, 2009
SCV Components, Packaging & Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Sellathamby, Vice President, Scanimetrics
Time: Optional dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $25 if reserved by March 9; $30 at door (no cost for presentation)
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd (Fwy 101 at Montague Expressway), Santa Clara
RSVP: via the DoubleKnot registration page, from website

The continued demand for smaller microchips and better performance has created a crisis in interconnectivity between chips â?? input/output (I/O) data throughput is a bottleneck in high-speed chip-to-chip (more…)

January 27, 2009

Mtg: 2008 ITRS Update – Overview and Highlights

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 10, 2009
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
Speaker: Alan K. Allen, Intel Corp./SEMATECH
Time: Social/food at 6:00 PM, Presentatoin at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Corp. Building E-1 – Auditorium CMA, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

A review will be presented of the 2008 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) Update which was completed in December, 2008.? In particular, the messages presented (more…)

Mtg: Nonlinear Optical Crystals for Use in Consumer Laser Projection Displays

by @ 9:26 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY April 7, 2009
SCV Lasers and Electro Optics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Dieter Jundt, Crystal Technology, Inc.
Time: Networking/Pizza Social 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: use web link for EventBrite

RGB laser displays offer several advantages over currently available display types.? The color gamut is larger than in CRT, LED or Plasma systems, offering more vibrant colors.? (more…)

Mtg: Specifying Standby Generator Sets, the “Big 3” Questions: Emissions â?? Enclosures – Fuel Tanks

by @ 9:06 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY March 24, 2009
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Armen Kludjian, Peterson Power Systems
Time: Social at 5:30 PM, Presentation at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 (At the door); $10 for student members
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Frank Sylvester,, 415.558.4591

Our March speaker will discuss the following topics:
1)? ? ? EPA/CARB Certification, required by BAAQMD, ATCM, BACT, Tier 2-3-4, SCR Systems (more…)

January 26, 2009

Conf: Int’l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design

by @ 10:31 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design
— March 16-18, 2009 ? ? — DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose
— 6 Tutorials ? — Sessions (140 papers) ? — Keynotes ? — Exhibits
Leading Design for Quality and Manufacturability
Technical Sessions: ? – Aging-Aware Design ? – Robust Circuits, Library & Modeling ? – Emerging Technologies ? – Noise and Variation Tolerance ? – PProcess Variation ? – System and Interface Validation ? – Co-design Applications for IC Packaging ? – Memory Design Solutions ? – Clock and Noise ? – Low-Voltage Design ? – Timing Analysis and Floor Planning ? – Variation-Tolerant Design ? – System Power and Reliability â?¦ and more
Full-day Tutorials: ? — Low-Power Variation-Tolerant Logic Circuits ? — Low power SRAM and FinFet Design for Nano-Scale Era ? — The Promise of Phase-Change Memory ? — Statistical Techniques for Analog Circuits ? — 3-D CAD Design/Technology ? — Multi-coring: Pros and cons
Full information and registration:

Conf: Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling and Management Symposium and Exposition

by @ 10:30 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

Semiconductor Thermal Measurement, Modeling and Management Symposium and Exposition
— March 15-19, 2009 ? ? — Fairmont Hotel, San Jose
— 4 Short Courses ? — 12 Sessions ? — Keynotes ? — Exhibitor Workshops
The symposium fosters the exchange of knowledge between practitioners and leading experts from industry and academia from around the world on thermal design and characterization of electronic components and systems.
Sessions: ? — Thermal Market and Technology Drivers for the Future ? — Two Phase Cooling ? — Test Methods ? — Modeling and Simulation ? — Fans and Pumps ? — Microchannel Cooling ? — Die Level Cooling ? — Standardization ? — Package Level Cooling ? — Thermal Interface Materials ? — Innovative Cooling ? — Posters
Short Courses: “
Engineering Analysis Methods Using Spreadsheets”, “Thermal Management from an Industrial Point of View, “Compact Thermal Models for Microelectronics Cooling“, “Spreadsheet-Based Thermal Analysis
Complimentary admission to exhibits, reception.
Full Advance Program and registration:

Conference: CMOS Emerging Technologies Workshop

by @ 10:24 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

CMOS Emerging Technologies Workshop
– February 18-20, 2009, ? – RimRock Resort, Banff, AB, Canada
– “Research & Business Opportunities Ahead”
Sessions/Papers: (selected – see full Program on website)
Bioelectronics: – Making CMOS Work with Bacteria – Analog Wavelet Filters for Biomedical Signal Characterization ? Wireless: – Very Short Reach Wireless Technologies – RF and mm-wave CMOS PAs – Mobile-TV: Emerging Tech. ? Design Techniques: – Design Challenges in 32nm – Ultra Low Voltage Design – µprocessor I/O Scaling Challenges ? Nanotechnology: – Nanoelelecronic Circuits – Biologically Inspired Computing – Printed Nanowire Arrays
For more information and to register:

DesignCon 2009 — The BRIGHTEST Minds in Electronic Design

by @ 10:23 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

Presented by the International Engineering Consortium
DesignCon 2009 — The BRIGHTEST Minds in Electronic Design
— February 2-5, 2009 ? — Santa Clara Convention Center ? — 350 speakers ? — 100’s of design tools and solutions
— IP Summit (Featured Program) ? — Business Forum Panel ? — 125 paper presentations, tutorials, technical panels, keynotes, sessions
DesignCon brings together leading engineers and organizations presenting EDA tools, test and measurement equipment, PCBs and related technologies, semiconductor components and IP, interconnect technologies, and more.
Tutorials on: Suppressing Noise Coupling, Signal Integrity, Power Management Techniques, Design Reuse Methodology, Gigabit Channel Characterization, High-Speed I/Os, Grounding Concepts (and more)
Conference Tracks: – Chip-Level System Design ? – Functional Verification ? – IP Reuse ? – System Co-Design ? – PCB Technology ? – Parallel Interface Design ? – Multi-Gigabit Serial Interconnects ? – High-Speed Jitter & Noise ? – Power Integrity ? – EMC ? – Business and Engineering Impacts ? (and more)
For Advance Program and registration information:

Mtg: Solar Power – Scaling Up

by @ 10:22 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

FRIDAY January 30, 2009
SCV Education Chapter
Speaker: Eric Wesoff, Senior Analyst, Greentech Media
Time: Pizza at 11:30 AM, Presentation at Noon
Cost: $3-$5 at the door, for food
Place: Synopsys (Bldg 2, “Shannon” Room), 455 N. Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale
RSVP: see web link

Despite the economic downturn, the solar power market continues to grow at a phenomenal pace.? This growth has drawn the attention of policy makers, Fortune 50 firms, investors, (more…)

Mtg: “Charlie(Card) on the M(B)TA” — Redux

by @ 10:21 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY January 28, 2009
SCV Computer Chapter
Speaker: Jennifer Granick, Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Time: Food and Refreshment at 7:00 PM, Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: IEEE & MITCNC members – $20 (enter discount code IEEEMTA09); non-members – $25
Place: Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, 390 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto
RSVP: required, from the website

In honor of the tragic Charlie, the MBTA (the renamed MTA in the song by the Kingston Trio) called its electronic fare card the â??CharlieCard.???? Fast forward to 2008 when three MIT (more…)

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