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October 9, 2009

Mtg: Nehalem-EX: A 45nm, 8-core Enterprise Processor

by @ 10:05 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY October 15, 2009
SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
Speaker: Stefan Rusu, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel’s Enterprise Microprocessor Group
Time: Refreshments at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/ssc

This talk describes a 2.3B transistor, 8-core, 16-thread 64-bit Xeon® EX processor with an on-die 24MB shared L3 cache.? The processor is implemented in a 45nm, 9-metal high-K metal gate process.? (more…)

Mtg: Intel’s Vision for the Future of Wireless Communications

by @ 10:04 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY October 14, 2009
SCV Communications Chapter
Speaker: Siavash Alamouti, CTO, Intel’s Mobile Wireless Group
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Conference Room, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/comsoc

Siavash Alamouti, CTO, Intel’s Mobile Wireless Group, will share his vision for wireless communications in the future and describe various ongoing research projects in wireless communications at (more…)

Mtg: Wider Applications for 3D Accelerometer MEMS: Sensing, Gaming, Therapy

by @ 10:02 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY October 14, 2009
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, with Control Systems Chapters?
Speakers: Ed Brachocki, Kionix; Richard Smith and Susan Feighery, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care
Time: Optional dinner at 6:30 PM; Three presentations at 7:15 PM
Cost: $25 if reserved by Oct. 10; $30 at door (no cost for presentations)
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd (Fwy 101 at Montague Expressway), Santa Clara
RSVP: via the DoubleKnot registration page, from website
Web: www.cpmt.org/scv

Brachocki: Advances in inertial sensor integration — through embedded solutions, embedded intelligence and integrated sensing — are driving new motion-based products and applications. Two of these applications, Gaming and Healthcare, are merging to create submarkets for products and services in both industries. This talk will explore how one leading accelerometer company has expanded their offerings to include gaming content as part of a solutions approach to this growing market, and we will look at two healthcare companies, one big and one small, who are using motion and gaming technologies to offer healthcare solutions to customers and patients alike. Advances in inertial sensor integration — through embedded solutions, embedded intelligence and integrated sensing — are driving new motion-based products and applications (see figure). Two of these applications, Gaming and Healthcare, are merging to create submarkets for products and services in both industries. This talk will explore how one leading accelerometer company has expanded their offerings to include gaming content as part of a solutions approach to this growing market, and we will look at two healthcare companies, one big and one small, who are using motion and gaming technologies to offer healthcare solutions to customers and patients alike.

Smith and Feighery:? Aimed primarily at video game fans, the Nintendo Wii gaming system has taken on a different and evolving therapeutic role.? Today, the Wii has become a fun part of the rehabilitation process and a form of “therapy” for veterans and returning service members at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) Polytrauma program.? The Polytrauma Unit, which cares for severely injured servicemembers with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other serious and often life-threatening injuries, has introduced the Wii system during Recreation Therapy treatment sessions.
Polytrauma refers to the complex patterns of injury commonly seen in personnel injured during Iraq and Afghanistan deployments.? Polytrauma typically results from blast injury caused by improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades.? The combination of high-pressure waves, explosive fragments, and falling debris produce multiple injuries, including brain injury, amputations, burns, wounds, fractures, blindness and hearing loss.
The magnitude of these injuries and the circumstances in which they occur can cause additional psychological stress to patients and their families.? Consequently, their care requires a full complement of medical, surgical, rehabilitation and mental health personnel and services.? From a recreation therapist perspective, the emphasis and treatment goal of using the Wii may include increasing the patient’s hand-eye coordination, improving balance, strength and movement, and overall safety in their environment.? The activities are something patients enjoy and benefit from and continue using when they go home.? From the patient perspective, it’s all about “having fun.”? While bowling, a patient mentioned that he never knew “therapy” could be such fun.? It helps patients get back into communicating and socializing with their families, friends and comrades in other locations.? The virtual togetherness is a great way to help them in their recovery and rehabilitation process.
The inpatient Polytrauma program currently has three recreational therapists, who meet with patients during individual and groups sessions.? “Using the Wii system and gaming can enhance part of the treatment session.? Arm movements during boxing and recreation therapy sessions can also address issues brought up in other areas, such as physical therapy.? Much of the responsibility for the transitional outpatient Recreation Therapy programs is in the hands of Susan Feighery, Lead Recreational Therapist.? The program’s work involves applying current technology to meet the clinical needs of recently wounded combat service personnel.? For example, the program uses the Wii Brain Academy game to increase cognition, memory, and mathematical and visual scanning skills with head-injured patients.? In addition, the Wii Sports program allows patients, families and friends to compete athletically, while the recreation therapist measures and monitors the physical recovery process.
The recently released Wii Fitness program teaches other mind/body fitness skills through innovative activities, such as yoga and hula hoop contests.? Additionally, all Wii programs, when clinically utilized, can address specific patient deficits via interventions involving behavioral, social, physical and cognitive applications, which can then be directly transferred to the patients’ home environment when they return to their local communities.? There is a huge learning curve, but tools such as Wii and the XBox360 make treatment sessions enjoyable for both patients and clinicians.? Using gaming technologies is breaking new clinical grounds, new treatment strategies are developed.

Mtg: Detection of Information Flow and Anonymous Networking

by @ 9:59 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software
 

MONDAY October 12, 2009
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Lang Tong, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, and SPS Distinguished Lecturer
Time: Fast Food & drinks at 6:30 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation recommended
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/sps

In a wireless network, transmission activities can be easily monitored using simple devices.? Given the record of transmissions from a set of nodes, one may be able to assertain whether (more…)

IEEE Senior Member Grade Elevation Night

by @ 9:57 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

MONDAY October 12, 2009
SCV Section
Organizer: John Berg, Section Advancement Chair
Time: Light refreshments served; drop in anytime from 6:15 PM thru 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cogswell College, Executive Board Room, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale
RSVP: At ieee-scv-seniormember-fall2009.eventbrite.com; fill out the Application and bring 4 copies
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0910-scv-seniormember.pdf

Mtg: Magnetic Devices for EMC, SI, and Other Things

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

THURSDAY November 12, 2009
SCV Elecromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Orin Laney, Independent Consultant
Time: Networking & 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.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/emc

Coils, chokes, inductors, transformers, baluns, and beads are workhorse components for EMC and SI work.? ? Many see them as little black boxes that can magically solve certain problems, though (more…)

Mtg: A New More Reliable Solution for Cooling Tower Drives

by @ 9:21 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power
 

THURSDAY October 22, 2009
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Mike Caruso, Strategic Account Executive, Baldor Electric
Time: No-host social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation continues at 8:00 PM
Cost: $20 for IEEE members; $25 for non-members
Place: Marie Callender’s Restaurant – The Garden Room; 2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord
RSVP: by Oct 21 through Gregg Boltz, gboltz@brwncald.com, (925) 210-2571
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0910-oeb-ias.pdf

Cooling towers are used in many process applications in industry.? Reliability of these towers is crucial.? In many cases, redundant towers are installed to ensure a process will not have to (more…)

Mtg: Low-Frequency and High-Frequency Noise in Bipolar Transistors

by @ 8:56 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY October 13, 2009
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
Speaker: J. Prasad, DSM Solutions
Time: Pizza at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E1, Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/eds

LF noise is very important for analog and mixed signal circuits. The low frequency noise also affects the high frequency performance of oscillators, VCOs and mixers by generating phase noise. In (more…)

Mtg: Digital Compensation of Dynamic Acquisition Errors at the Front-End of High-Performance A/D Converters

by @ 8:41 am. Filed under Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

MONDAY November 9, 2009
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
Speaker: Parastoo Nikaeen, NetLogic Microsystem Inc.
Time: Fast Food & drinks 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: National Semiconductor; Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/sps/

In A/D converter applications such as wireless base stations, IF sub-sampling is an attractive method for minimizing component count and system cost.? By applying this method, one (more…)

Mtg: Data Center Power Monitoring and SCADA

by @ 8:13 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power
 

WEDNESDAY October 21, 2009
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Rick Hofstetter, PowerLogic Business Development Specialist, Schneider Electric
Time: Dinner 6:00 PM, Presentation 7:00PM
Cost: $25.00 IEEE members, $30.00 non-members, $10.00 Students
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: By email to : James Alvers, james.alvers@us.schneider-electric.com – (925) 463-7115
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pes_ias

There is an explosion of digital content!? Record keeping, Video & Graphics, Media, R&D, VOIP, Applications as a Service etc. have made data centers more critical then ever to how we live.? With (more…)

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