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November 29, 2010

Mtg: Kick Your Skills Up a Notch â?? Project Risk Management

by @ 7:27 pm. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY December 2, 2010
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: Tim Bombosch, Astoria Software
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM; Forum at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $10 for IEEE members; $13 for others
Place: RAMADA Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ieee-scv-tmc.org

We have all experienced the painful feeling in our gut when something has gone wrong, something we should and could have anticipated, something that might have been avoided if (more…)

Mtg: Low Cost, Small Footprint Die Stacking and Interconnect for 3D Package Integration

by @ 2:33 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY March 9, 2011
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Marc Robinson, Vice President & CTO, Vertical Circuits Inc.
Time: Networking and buffet dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: $20; $10 for fulltime students and currently unemployed; $5 more at door
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd (Fwy 101 at Montague Expressway), Santa Clara
RSVP: from website, by March 7
Web: www.cpmt.org/scv

By now, most of us have read about the promise of TSV (through silicon via) and the myriad of applications, mostly portable and low power, that are expected to benefit from 3D TSV solutions.? While (more…)

Mtg: Impact of Packaging on Photovoltaic Panel Performance and Reliability

by @ 2:22 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY February 9, 2011
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Chris Ling, Staff Product Test Engineer, Renewable Energy Test Center
Time: Networking and buffet dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: $20; $10 for fulltime students and currently unemployed; $5 more at door
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd (Fwy 101 at Montague Expressway), Santa Clara
RSVP: from website, by Feb 7
Web: www.cpmt.org/scv

This talk presents an overview of PV industry packaging technologies and methodologies and their failure modes covering a broad range of PV products.? It summarizes PV packagingâ??s (more…)

Mtg: Introduction to Non-Foster Networks

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY December 9, 2010
SCV Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
Speaker: Steve Stearns, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Time: Refreshments and Social Hour at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, Main Building, Aristotle Room, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.mtt-scv.org

This technical discussion will provide an introduction to the benefits, difficulties, and constraints of non foster circuits.? Steve will explore what is known theoretically and what non-foster (more…)

Mtg: EMC/EMI Issues in Biomedical Research

by @ 1:37 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY December 14, 2010
SCV Product Safety Engineering, with Electromagnetic Compatibility
Speaker: Dr. Ji Chen, University of Houston
Time: Networking and pizza at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: IEEE Members and Students $5. Non-Members $10
Place: Applied Materials: Bowers Cafe, 3090 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pses

The interactions between electromagnetic signals and biomedical systems lead to safety considerations for medical devices and patients.? In this talk, we will present some recent investigations on (more…)

Mtg: BioNanoElectronics: The State of the Art and Near-Term Future

by @ 12:39 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY January 18, 2011
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
Speaker: Mark Bunger, Director of Research, Lux Research
Time: Networking/light lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM Noon
Cost: IEEE Members and Students $5. Non-Members $10
Place: National Semiconductor Bldg E-1 CMA Room. 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ieee.org/nano

Recent strides in multiple disciplines have enabled the precise engineering of polymers, biomolecules, and electronics, and the integration of the three.? In applications like diagnostics, medical (more…)

Mtg: Thermo-Elastic Stability of Carbon Nano-Tubes Embedded in Low-Modulus Elastic Media

by @ 12:28 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY December 14, 2010
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Ephraim Suhir, UC Santa Cruz
Time: Networking/light lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM Noon
Cost: IEEE Members and Students $5. Non-Members $10
Place: National Semiconductor Bldg E-1 CMA Room. 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ieee.org/nano

Carbon nano-tubes (CNTs) are often embedded into low-modulus media (matrices), when employed in thermal management devices (TMDs) as thermal interface materials (TIMs), if there is an (more…)

Mtg: Combined Heat and Light Solar Conversion via Photon-Enhanced Thermionic Emission

by @ 12:10 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays
 

WEDNESDAY December 8, 2010
SCV PhotoVoltaics Chapter
Speaker: Nick Melosh, Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University
Time: Networking at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Palo Alto Research Center (G.E. Pake Auditorium), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: not required
Web: www.svpvs.org

Solar conversion is usually divided into two classes: quantum-based conversion, such as photovoltaics (PV), and thermal conversion, such as solar dishes and power towers.? Because these two processes operate at very different temperatures, they have remained separated.? While traditional fossil fuel power conversion technology can enjoy the benefits of a combined cycle approach to reach greater than 50% conversion efficiencies, this has not been possible for solar technology.? An ideal combination would be to first absorb sunlight in a PV panel which could operate at very high temperature, and use the waste heat from this process to drive a thermal engine.? However, due to PV physics they cannot operate at the high temperatures necessary for thermal systems.? Here we describe a new physical mechanism that combines both photon and thermal energy sources, and can operate at high temperatures (200-1000ºC).? This new mechanism, called photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE), uses similar materials as traditional solar cells, yet the mechanism is fundamentally different.? Theoretical estimates of the PETE process show it can be more efficient than a single junction solar cell, yet its true importance is that it could work in tandem with a thermal engine.? Estimated efficiencies of combined cycles reach over 50%, though are still quite a ways from being demonstrated.? We will show the first proof-of-concept results from the PETE process showing the mechanism is valid, and discuss what the current obstacles to obtaining high efficiency are.

Webinar: Capability vs Complexity: Building Smarter Products

by @ 11:37 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY December 9, 2010
SPECTRUM Magazine
Speakers: Dominic Tavassoli, Program Director, IBM; Dave West, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: through the website
Web: spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/1730877

Delivering the right products at the right time can provide a powerful boost to a manufacturerâ??s bottom line.? However, this is easier said than done, due to the ever increasing complexity (more…)

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