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October 9, 2011

Mtg: An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams

by @ 8:14 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

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

Mtg: How Streamlined Permitting will Allow Home Solar to Scale

by @ 8:13 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY October 12, 2011
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
Speaker: Matt Eggers, Vice President-Operations, SunRun
Time: Neworking 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

In January 2011 SunRun issued a report for delivery to the Department of Energy (DOE) revealing local governments can save $1 billion over the next five years and make solar affordable for 50 percent of American homes by standardizing local (more…)

Mtg: Savvis Converged Cloud – Optimized Performance over Shared Private Network Infrastructure

by @ 8:12 am. Filed under ALL, Communications

WEDNESDAY October 12, 2011
SCV Communications Chapter
Speakers: Aditya Joglekar, Director-Cloud Business Solutions, Savvis; Omar Smith, Network Solutions Architect, Savvis
Time: Networking and food at 6:00 PM; Presentations at 6:30 PM
Cost: $5 donation accepted for food & drinks
Place: National Semiconductor Auditorium (Bldg E), 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Cloud Computing promises to deliver many benefits, including: reduced costs, operational efficiencies and economies of scale.? The cloud will drive many new business models.? But all these promises can only be kept if the network is able to deliver service guarantees (or SLAs) (more…)

Mtg: Silicon Carbide (SiC) Sensing Technology for Extreme Harsh Environments

by @ 8:10 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY October 12, 2011
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Debbie G. Senesky, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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

This presentation discusses advances in SiC manufacturing technology including growth of amorphous SiC thin films, polycrystalline SiC thin films and high-temperature metallization.? Results of fabricating micro-scale SiC sensors and operating (more…)

Mtg: Magnetism in Hybrid Nanostructures and Complex Oxides

by @ 8:09 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 increasingly found to play significant roles in controlling the (more…)

Mtg: Carbon Electronics: From Materials Synthesis to Circuit Demonstration

by @ 8:08 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 11, 2011
SCV Electron Devices, 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 engineering work that is required to harness carbon nanotube into (more…)

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

by @ 8:06 am. Filed under ALL, 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 amplifier power needed.? On the other hand, the 3-dB-beamwidth needs to (more…)

Mtg: “Womb to Tomb” — The Do’s and Don’ts of Designing Systems for Mass Production

by @ 8:05 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY October 11, 2011
Monterey Bay Subsection
Speaker: Ken Gudan, Ricoh Research Lab
Time: Networking, food at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none ($2 for parking)
Place: UC-Santa Cruz (Room 180, Engineering Bldg 2), Santa Cruz
RSVP: by email, to Marcelo Siero,

It is exciting to be privileged to work with a team to take a design from concept into mass production.? But what is it really like? What phases does the project go through?? How much time does it take?? What is expected of the engineering team?? How (more…)

Mtg: AI Techniques and Applications: Surprising Solutions That Really Work

by @ 8:04 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software

TUESDAY October 11, 2011
SCV Computer Chapter
Speaker: Jason Lohn, Associate Research Professor, ECE Dept., Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley Campus
Time: Networking, pizza at 6:30 PM; presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose
RSVP: from website

Current methods of designing and optimizing antennas by hand are time and labor intensive, limit complexity, and require significant expertise and experience.? AI search algorithms can overcome these limitations by automatically searching the (more…)

Mtg: Sustainable Transportation Systems: Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Ships

by @ 8:03 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

TUESDAY October 11, 2011
OEB Life Members (all are welcome)
Speaker: Dr. Charles J. Herget, Past President, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society
Time: Dinner and presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person, includes buffet dinner
Place: Willow Tree Restaurant, 6513 Regional St., Dublin
RSVP: no later than Noon Monday, October 10, from website

The term รข??sustainable??? applied to any activity has been used to imply the need to preserve the quality of life while not depleting natural resources for future generations or harming the environment.? Indeed, the need to attain sustainable transportation systems is (more…)

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