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September 30, 2011

Printed Electronics USA Conference

by @ 3:56 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

Eigth Annual Printed Electronics USA Conference
– November 29 – December 2, 2011 ? – Santa Clara 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.
Over 100 world-class speakers cover components, materials and applications in the following areas: ? – ? – CdTe Solar Cells ? – Thin/Flexible Batteries ? – Conformal/Flexible Displays ? – E-readers ? – Digital Printing ? – Conductive Materials ? – Graphene Carbon Nanotubes ? – Organic Photovoltaics ? – Dye-sensitized Solar Cells ? – National Solar Incentives ? – Market analysis & forecasts … ? plus 10 Master Classes on Nov. 29, Dec. 2 ? – Investment Summit ? Co-located with Photovoltaics USA — one registration includes both events. Use code “IEEE25” for a 25% discount.
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Int’l Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis

by @ 3:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

North America’s largest trade show of FA-related equipment and services
37th Int’l Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis
— November 13-17, 2011 ? ? — San Jose Convention Center
— Sessions: Tues-Thurs, Nov 15-17 ? ? — Exposition: Tues-Wed, Nov 15-16
Theme: “Finding the Invisible Defect.” ? ISTFA’11 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: ? – Packaging- and Assembly-Level FA ? – Defect Characterization & Metrology ? – FA Process/Case Histories ? – Sample Preparation ? – Alternative Energy ? – Photon-Based Techniques ? – Board and System Level FA ? – EMS, Discretes and Optoelectronic Device FA ? – and more, plus Panel Discussion, Poster Papers.
Also Tutorials, Short Courses, exhibits. ? Register by October 7 â?? Save up to $125.
Registration now open … ?

Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems

by @ 3:44 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

Sponsored by NSF
Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems
– November 3-4, 2011 ? – Banatao Auditorium, UC-Berkeley
Speakers from: IBM, ASIT, SuVolta, EPFL, UC-Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, U-Illinois, NC State, Tohoku Univ, and more.
Topical Areas: ? – Low voltage tunneling FETs ? – Energy efficient spintronic logic ? – Low voltage nanomechanical logic ? – Energy efficient memory and storage devices ? – Energy efficient chip scale interconnects ? – Low voltage CMOS circuits and architectures
$200, through Oct. 7th; register early:

September 29, 2011

Workshop: Soft Error Rate (SER) Workshop

by @ 9:02 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

THURSDAY October 27, 2011
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter, with Electron Devices and Reliability Chapters
Speakers: (to be posted)
Time: Registration and light lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentations froom 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: none. Can attend on-site (limit of 40 people) or on the live webcast
Place: Cisco Systems, Inc., 285 West Tasman Drive, San Jose
RSVP: from website

Tentative Titles:
– â??Flip Chip Packaging Materials: Alpha Characterization and Challengesâ??
– â??Soft Error Effects of Designs Programmed on FPGAsâ??
– â??Alpha Emission (more…)

September 28, 2011

Mtg: Magnetism in Hybrid Nanostructures and Complex Oxides

by @ 11:36 am. Filed under ALL, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY October 12, 2011
OEB Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Hariharan Srikanth, Professor of Physics, University of South Florida
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab, bldg 6-2202, Berkeley
RSVP: By Oct 8 by email with name, company, to Kate Jenkins,

Magnetic nanostructures are considered basic building blocks in spintronics and high-density data storage applications.? Surface and configurational effects in oxide nanoparticle assemblies have been (more…)

Mtg: Magnetic Materials in Sustainable Energy

by @ 10:32 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY November 9, 2011
OEB Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Oliver Gutfleisch, IFW Dresden, and Visiting professor, Imperial College London
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab, bldg 6-2202, Berkeley
RSVP: By Nov 6 by email with name, company, to Kate Jenkins,

A new energy paradigm, consisting of greater reliance on renewable energy sources and increased concern for energy efficiency in the total energy lifecycle, has accelerated research in energy-related technologies.? Due to (more…)

Mtg: Evolution of Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Media and Upcoming Challenges

by @ 10:11 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY October 25, 2011
SCV Magnetics Chapter
Speaker: Gerardo Bertero, Ph.D, Western Digital Corp.
Time: Networking and cookies at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required

Since the 2005 commercial introduction of perpendicular magnetic recording in hard disk drives, the recording areal density has increased by a factor of 5 and it is likely to reach a factor of 10 on current technology extension (more…)

Mtg: An Autonomous Implantable System with Locomotion

by @ 9:53 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY October 19, 2011
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Daniel Pivonka, Center for Circuit and System Solutions, Stanford University
Time: Optional dinner at 6:15 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Optional dinner at Stanford Hospital Cafeteria (no host, no reservations); Meeting at Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School
RSVP: not required

Fully autonomous implantable systems with locomotion can revolutionize medical technology, and include applications ranging from diagnostics to minimally invasive surgery.? However, the extreme power (more…)

Mtg: Carbon Electronics: From Materials Synthesis to Circuit Demonstration

by @ 8:19 am. Filed under ALL, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 11, 2011
SCV Electron Devices Chapter, with Nanotechnology Chapter
Speaker: Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong, Center for Integrated Systems and Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Time: Networking/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

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the first publication of the carbon nanotube transistor.? While there have been significant accomplishments in fundamental understanding and discovery, the (more…)

September 27, 2011

Mtg: Semiconductor Industry Update and Outlook, Including Equipment, LEDs, PV

by @ 8:03 pm. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY November 9, 2011
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Dan Tracy, Senior Director, Industry Research & Statistics, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
Time: Optional buffet dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation (no charge) at 6:45 PM
Cost: $20 per person; $10 for fulltime students and currently unemployed engineers; $5 more at the door
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd (Fwy 101 at Montague Expressway), Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Expectations for 2011 began with modest growth forecasts, generally in the range of 5% to 10% growth for semiconductor revenues.? By the third quarter, however, the industry began to (more…)

Mtg: An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams

by @ 6:27 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

SATURDAY October 15, 2011
SCV Section
Panel: Bob Dobkin, Co-founder and CTO of Linear Technology; Steve
Young, Founder and CTO, Bam Labs Inc; Steve Pietkiewicz, VP of Power
Management Products, Linear Technology; Bob Reay, VP of Mixed Signal
Products, Linear Technology; Greg Kovacs, Prof., Stanford University,
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Time: Reception at 6:00 PM; Presentations/Panel at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
RSVP: from website

The world around us is a symphony of vibrations. From temperature, light, sound and a host of other physical quantities, we live in a world of continuously varying signals. Capturing (more…)

Mtg: Antennas for Radiated Immunity Measurements: A Never-Ending Story

by @ 6:12 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY October 11, 2011
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Hans-Peter Bauer, Rohde & Schwarz USA
Time: Networking/light dinner at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: Light Dinner and beverages will be served for a fee. Coffee, tea, and snacks are served free of charge.
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Choosing the ‘right’ antenna for radiated immunity measurements can be quite challenging, especially above 1 GHz.? On the one hand, a high-gain antenna is desired to reduce the (more…)

Mtg: The NASA Ames Vertical Motion Simulator: A Facility Engineered for Realism

by @ 5:48 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY October 19, 2011
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speaker: Bimal Aponso, Chief of the Aerospace Simulation Research and Development Branch (SimLabs), NASA Ames Research Center
Time: Networking, pizza at 6:30 PM; Presentation 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cogswell Polytechnical College, Room #172, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale
RSVP: not required

The presentation give an overview of the Vertical Motion Simulator at NASA Ames Research Center.? It will provide a brief history, cover design and development of, as well as the various multi-disciplinary contributions made by (more…)

Mtg: LIFE: Fusion Energy Soon Enough To Make A Difference

by @ 2:43 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

MONDAY November 7, 2011
OEB and SCV Chapters, Life Members
Speaker: Dr. Edward Moses, Director, National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person, includes buffet dinner
Place: Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
RSVP: By November 4, from the website; meeting space is limited

LIFE (Laser Inertial Fusion Energy) is an advanced energy concept under development at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.? Based on physics and technology developed for the National Ignition Facility, a LIFE power (more…)

Mtg: Global Energy Issues for Today

by @ 11:45 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

MONDAY November 7, 2011
OEB and SCV Chapters, Life Members
Speaker: Dr. Ed Moses, Lawrence Livermore Lab
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: TBD
Place: Michaels @ Shoreline, Mountain View
RSVP: from the website

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