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November 13, 2009

Mtg: Enabling Electronics for Smart Grid Technologies & Beyond

by @ 2:11 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

IEEE SPECTRUM Magazine — Emerging Technology Forum Series
Enabling Electronics for Smart Grid Technologies & Beyond
— November 30, 2009 ? ? — Computer History Museum, Mountain View
— 5:00 – 7:30 PM ? ? — Up to 350 attendees
The SCV Section and SPECTRUM present the first in a series of forums on today’s emerging technologies. The leading software, database, and data processing companies â?? Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP among them â?? are getting seriously interested in the business opportunities that the Smart Grid will bring. Over the next 5 to 6 years, close to 60 million smart meters will be installed in the United States. Most of the country’s electricity distributors will be giving their customers a tool that they can use to conserve energy and save money â?? and that the companies themselves can use to improve reliability, maintenance, and book-keeping. Talks: Architecture and Strategy, (Intel); plus 2-3 others representing hardware, software, energy and technology companies, with Panel discussion.
For more information and to register:

Printed Electronics USA Conference

by @ 2:10 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

Sixth Annual
Printed Electronics USA Conference
– December 1-4, 2009 ? – San Jose Convention Center
– The world’s largest and most comprehensive event on the new electronics
Printed Electronics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. Electronics can be used in places it has never been before, with new exciting form factors. This event is your information and networking hub on the topic.
Over 100 world class speakers cover components, materials and applications in the following sessions: ? – Displays ? – Zinc Oxide Transistors ? – New Developments with Organics ? – Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene ? – Metamaterials & Memristors ? – Future of Printed Electronics ? – National Photovoltaics Initiatives ? – Printed Power ? – Stretchable Electronics ? – Integrated Components ? – Paper Electronics ? – Manufacturing New Electronics … plus a two-day exhibition. ? Co-located with Photovoltaics USA — one registration includes both events. Use code “PEU9IEEE” for a 25% discount.
For more information:

Classes on Smart Grid, Solar Growth, Green Job Boom

by @ 2:09 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

Santa Clara University Graduate School of Engineering Certificate Program
Smart Grid, Solar Growth, Green Job Boom
— Multi-Part Series of half- and one-day seminars ? — Throughout the winter and spring
Gain a good understanding of the specific technology area and its latest developments as well as networking with the speaker and other industry professionals. Attend one, several, or all:
Flexible Electronics and Plastic Green Technologies, Monday, Nov 16, Dr. Geetha R. Dholakia, NASA/Ames ? ? Low Power Digital CMOS Design #1: CMOS Power Dissipation & its High-Level Remedies, Saturday, Jan 30, Dr. Santanu Dutta, Santa Clara U ? ? Low Power Digital CMOS Design #2: Tricks and Techniques to Lower Power Dissipation in CMOS Design, Saturday, Mar 6, Dr. Santanu Dutta, Santa Clara U ? ? Sustainability in Information Technology , Wednesday, Apr 21, Cullen Bash, Chandrakant Patel, Dr. Amip Shah, Dr. Ratnesh Sharma, HP
For more information, visit /, ? Use promotional code “IEEE” to save $50 per course. ? Or contact Olivia Jenq,

SJSU: Graduate Programs in Mixed Signal, Cloud Computing, Clean Tech

by @ 2:02 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

San Jose State University, College of Engineering
New Graduate Programs in Mixed Signal, Cloud Computing, Clean Tech
– Executive-style cohort learning ? – Classes held once a week at night and on weekends
– Certificate Programs ? – or, accelerated 2-year MS degree programs
Technology moves at warp speed — be sure to keep up. Master a new set of skills! SJSU has worked with industry executives from major corporations in the Bay Area to develop cohort programs aimed at high-tech working engineers. Two new programs:

  • Electrical Engineering, emphasis on Analog & Mixed Signal (Design, or Tools)
  • Software Engineering, emphasis in Cloud Computing, SOA & Virtualization
  • Engineering, emphasis in Clean Technology
    Enroll in an individual class, one of the certificate programs, or for an entire MS degree program. For more information: (under “New Cohorts”) or contact Adrienne Toh Cadotte.
  • IEEE On-Demand Webinars … free

    by @ 1:54 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

    Where can I learn about new technology and tools?
    IEEE On-Demand Webinars
    – Currently available, no cost ? – Log in and learn!
    IEEE SPECTRUM “Tech Insider” Webinars: ? – The Necessity of Life Insurance ? – Getting the Most from MATLAB & Simulink ? – Robotics & Academic Research ? – Windows Embedded: Platform for Industrial Devices ? – Physical Verification (2) ? – Powerful Data Capture Solutions ? – Unmanned Robotic Systems (about 30 in all — see
    Communications Society: ? – Wireless Access Technologies ? – Emerging Technologies in Wireless LANs ? (see

    Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS)

    by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

    56th Annual
    Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS)
    — January 25-28, 2010 ? ? ? — Doubletree Hotel, San Jose
    Transcending Traditional Reliability Approaches — From Theory to Practice
    For Professionals concerned with Product Quality and Integrity. Participate in 4 days of Tutorials, Case Studies, Panel Sessions, Paper Sessions, Automated Tools Workshop and Exhibits and go home with the vision and tools to add value to your job performance and your company’s product line.
    – 20 R&M Tutorials ? – 23 technical sessions ? – Software for R&M ? – Math Techniques ? – Management and R&M ? – Maintainability/Testability ? – Simulation Modeling ? – CAE/Concurrent Engr. ? – Screening & Failure Analysis ? – Int’l R&M Standards ? – FMECA/Fault Analysis
    Registration specials: 6 registering from the same organization get in for the price of 4. Corporate registration â?? one registration fee, one at a time, but no limit on the number of participants (good way to attend one session but not the entire Symposium). Webcasts: 7 days’ access to all presentations and PDFs of the slides.
    For full details and Advance Program:

    Conf: 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging

    by @ 1:49 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

    The Practical and Competitive Landscape on the Path to Implementation
    3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging
    – December 9-11, 2009 ? – Hyatt Regency S.F. Airport, Burlingame
    3-D integration and packaging represents a paradigm shift for the semiconductor industry, opening entirely new pathways for performance advancement and new prospects for industry growth. ? ? Focus: ? – Market Impacts and Analysis ? – End-user Perspectives ? – 3-D Integration & Packaging Technologies ? – Design Methodology and Tools ? – Manufacturing Issues and Solutions ? ? Preconference Symposium: “The Latest Views and Analysis on 3-D Integration, TSV Processing, and Reliability”, with industry experts.
    Sessions: ? – The IDM and Foundry Perspective ? – Growth Forecasts ? – Applications ? – Rethinking Design Approaches ? – The Packaging Foundry’s Vital Role ? – Wafer Handling in Manufacturing ? – Industry and Government Funded 3-D Efforts ? â?? Key Research Outcomes and Resources
    Reduced Fees through November 24th — save $100. Visit .

    Intâ??l Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis

    by @ 1:46 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

    Theme: Itâ??s All About Resolution.
    35th Intâ??l Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis
    â?? November 15-19, 2009 ? ? â?? San Jose Convention Center
    â?? Sessions: Tues-Thurs, Nov 17-19 ? ? â?? Exposition: Tues-Wed, Nov 17-18
    ISTFAâ??09 combines technical sessions, tutorials, an exhibition, and user group meetings with a focus on making the full experience a strong benefit for the attendee.
    Sessions: ? – Emerging Concepts ? – Photon Beam-based Techniques ? – Nanoprobing ? – Circuit-edit ? – Sample Preparation ? – Alternative Energy Photovoltaic FA ? – Failure Analysis Process ? – Packaging/Assembly Level FA ? – Photon Beam-based Techniques ? – Advanced Metrology and System Level FA ? – plus Panel Discussion, Poster Papers
    Plus Tutorials, six Short Courses, exhibits.? Download the Advance Brochure â?¦ ?

    Seminar: The Professional Job Hunt: Practical Ideas Using LinkedIn (and more)

    by @ 11:22 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

    WEDNESDAY December 9, 2009
    SCV PACE (Professional Activities Committee for Engineers), and Engineers in Transition Group
    Speakers: John Swan, from PACE’s “Engineers in Transition” Task Force, plus several recruiters and representatives from DBM, LinkedIn, Google
    Time: Pizza and networking at 11:30 AM; Presentations and discussions from Noon thru 2:00 PM
    Cost: no cost for current IEEE Members and Student Members; $10 for others
    Place: UC-Santa Cruz Extension, Suite 100, 2505 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara
    RSVP: through the DoubleKnot registration page

    Mtg: Motor Efficiency: Myths vs. Facts

    by @ 11:21 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

    THURSDAY November 19, 2009
    OEB Industry Applications Chapter
    Speaker: Richard L. Nailen, Consultant, IEEE Life Fellow
    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 November 18, by email to Gregg Boltz,, (925) 210-2571

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, over half of all electrical energy consumed in the United States is used by electric motors. Improving the efficiency of electric motors can save (more…)

    Mtg: Microelectronics and the Rise of High Technology

    by @ 11:19 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

    THURSDAY November 19, 2009
    SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
    Speaker: Prof. Asad Abidi, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, UCLA
    Time: Refreshments at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
    Cost: donation to help cover food costs
    Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
    RSVP: not required

    The real history of IC design is known vaguely, often only to the players and their friends.? It is not taught at schools, nor is it readily accessible.? It is almost certainly not known to (more…)

    Mtg: Biomedical Nanomagnetics: A Spin through New Possibilities

    by @ 11:18 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

    THURSDAY November 19, 2009
    SCV Magnetics Chapter
    Speaker: Prof. Kannan M. Krishnan, University of Washington, and 2009 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer
    Time: Pizza & Conversation at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
    Cost: none
    Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
    RSVP: not required

    Two of the principal challenges in biomedical nanoscience and personalized medicine are: a) the detection of disease at the earliest possible time prior to its ability to cause damage (diagnostics (more…)

    Mtg: Implementing Data Center Energy Efficiency

    by @ 11:17 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

    WEDNESDAY November 18, 2009
    SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
    Speaker: Jim Hoyt, Principal Owner of Harold Wells Associates
    Time: Dinner at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
    Cost: $25.00 IEEE members, $30.00 non-members, $10.00 Students
    Place: new location – Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
    RSVP: by email/phone to James Alvers,, (925) 463-7115

    Electrical power usage has not been a typical design criterion for data centers until recently. This has been true despite the fact that the electrical costs over the life of a data center may (more…)

    Mtg: The Development of the LATITUDE Patient Management System

    by @ 11:15 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software

    WEDNESDAY November 18, 2009
    SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
    Speaker: Ken Hoyme, Sr. Fellow â?? Systems Engineering, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Boston Scientific
    Time: Optional no-host dinner at 6:15 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
    Cost: none
    Place: Optional dinner at Nexus Cafeteria; meeting at Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School
    RSVP: not required

    Patients who have implantable cardiac therapy devices (pacemakers and defibrillators) are required to make regular visits to a cardiac device specialist to ensure that the device is working (more…)

    Mtg: Combining Motion Optimization and System ID for Robotics

    by @ 11:13 am. Filed under BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

    WEDNESDAY November 18, 2009
    SCV Control Systems Chapter
    Speaker: Ghulam Mustafa, Ph.D., Crossing Automation
    Time: Networking at 6:15 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
    Cost: none
    Place: Cogswell College, Board Room, 1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale
    RSVP: not required

    The speaker will present a novel approach that combines motion optimization and system identification via Taguchi-type design of experiments (DOE) and Monte Carlo simulation for (more…)

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