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December 11, 2011

Annual Holiday Event for the Whole Family: The Future of Gesture Recognition

by @ 4:34 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

THURSDAY December 15, 2011
SCV Photonics Chapter
Speaker: Sinclair Vass, Senior Director of Marketing and Business Operations, JDSU
Time: Networking and holiday dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $8.38 for adults; kids free
Place: National Semiconductor (TI) Auditorium (Bldg E), 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Our annual “family holiday lecture” will address “gesture recognition” — the ability for systems to recognize body movements and interpret them as “commands”.? We’ll have examples of gesture recognition systems for (more…)

Mtg: Silicon Valley Power’s Smart Grid Network & Free WiFi in Santa Clara

by @ 4:33 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY December 14, 2011
SCV Communications
Speakers: Larry Owens, Customer Services and Marketing, Silicon Valley Power; Narashima Chari, co-founder and CTO, Tropos Networks
Time: Networking and food at 6:00 PM; Presentations at 6:30 PM, followed by panel
Cost: $5 payment to cover food and drink
Place: National Semiconductor (TI) Auditorium (Bldg E), 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

1. Fiber enables Santa ClaraĆ¢??s “Smart” Wireless WAN. Silicon Valley Power (SVP) currently owns and operates a 57-mile, four-ring, 144 fiber backbone that not only connects SCADA and substations for higher reliability, but (more…)

Mtg: Developments in Low-Temperature MEMS Manufacturing

by @ 4:32 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY December 14, 2011
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Jiyoung Chang, Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering, UC-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

Commercialization of MEMS packaging has become a major manufacturing issue. This talk will cover several processes developed for low-temperature MEMS packaging.? The key development in low-temperature solder (more…)

Mtg: Narrowband and Broadband Discrimination with a Spectrum Analyzer or EMI Receiver

by @ 4:31 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

TUESDAY December 13, 2011
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speaker: Werner Schaefer, Schaefer Associates
Time: Networking/light dinner at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Spectrum analyzers and scanning receivers are widely used in EMI laboratories today.? Their use for measuring both narrowband and broadband signals requires specific understanding of certain instrument and signal (more…)

Mtg: Consulting in the Field-Robotics Age

by @ 4:30 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

MONDAY December 12, 2011
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: David Wyland, Neato Robotics, Inc.
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required; note change from regular meeting evening

Great engineering consulting opportunities are opening up in field robotics. Like factory robots, these are pick-and-place machines that move things around.? Unlike factory robots, they move things around in (more…)

IEEE Radio and Wireless Week

by @ 2:56 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

MTTS, ComSoc, APS and EMBS
IEEE Radio and Wireless Week
— January 15-18, 2012 ? ? — Santa Clara Marriott
32 sessions, posters, 4 workshops, panels and an exhibition; at the intersection between radio systems and wireless technology; creating a unique forum for engineers to discuss hardware design and system performance of state-of-the-art wireless systems and their end-use applications.
Plenary and DL talks: ? – On Scaling Wireless Capacity ? – Microwave Near-field Imaging of Human Tissue: Hopes, Challenges, Outlook ? – Autonomous Aero-Visual and Sensor Based Inspection Network for Power Grid and Asset Monitoring ? – A Look At Some Of The Principles Of Wireless Communication From A Maxwellian Viewpoint ? – Advanced Doherty Power Amplifiers ? … and a no-cost Sunday evening session on Spectrum Sharing and Frequency Reuse
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