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May 7, 2012

Webinar: The Online Car: How Will Cars Change Once They’re Permanently Connected to the Internet?

by @ 6:32 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY May 10, 2012
Speaker: Robert Acker, GM and Vice President, Aha by Harman
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Cost: none
Place: On the Internet
RSVP: from website

Increasingly, cars can connect to cellular networks, but the next step is broadband Internet access.? What innovations in safety, efficiency, and infotainment will result, and how will it affect auto design?? This (more…)

Mtg: Mobile Patent Wars

by @ 6:31 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY May 9, 2012
SCV Communications
Speakers: Colleen Chien, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University Law Faculty; Alex Rogers, Senior VP & Legal Counsel, Qualcomm; Suzanne Michel, Senior Patent Counsel, Google; Paul Roeder, Vice President & Legal Counsel, HP; Tom Lavelle, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Rambus; Jonathan Wells, AJIS Consulting
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:00 PM, Presentations at 6:30 PM
Cost: $5 donation is requested for refreshments
Place: Texas Instruments Building E, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Patent experts and representatives from various companies in the mobile space will discuss the impact of ever increasing patent litigation, including so-called “mobile patent wars”, involving convergence (more…)

Mtg: Increasing CPV Market Penetration through Efficiency-scalable Multijunction Solar Cell Technology

by @ 6:29 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY May 9, 2012
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
Speaker: Vijit Sabnis, Vice President Technology, Co-Founder, Solar Junction
Time: Networking 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: from website

Increasing the efficiency and energy yield of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems is critical to ensure that this technology can compete against tracked PV and other energy sources to deliver the lowest cost of (more…)

Mtg: ITRS and iNEMI Roadmaps: Changes in Packaging Materials and Architectures for 2012

by @ 6:28 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY May 9, 2012
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Bill Bottoms, Chair, Technical Working Group for Packaging and Package Substrates, iNEMI (International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative)
Time: Buffet dinner at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: $20 if reserved by May 7; $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

The primary objective of technology roadmaps has been to define in advance the difficult challenges or roadblocks that could limit or stop progress in the future. Topics that are changing rapidly and pose (more…)

Webinar: Managing Software Project “Technical Debt”

by @ 6:27 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY May 9, 2012
Computer Society
Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO and Chief Software Engineer, Construx Software
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website

รข??Technical Debt??? refers to delayed technical work that is incurred when technical short cuts are taken, usually in pursuit of calendar-driven software schedules. Just like financial debt, some technical (more…)

Mtg: Next-Generation Photovoltaics

by @ 6:26 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

TUESDAY May 8, 2012
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
Speaker: Professor Sue A. Carter, Physics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Mtg: Dipoles for Dummies (and the rest of us)

by @ 6:25 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY May 8, 2012
SCV Elecromagnetic Compatability Chapter
Speaker: Henry W. Ott, Henry Ott Consultants
Time: Networking/light dinner at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: fee for the dinner (on site)
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

An understanding of basic antenna theory is helpful for all engineers, especially those involved in EMC.? After all, if a product radiates (or is susceptible to RF energy) it is an antenna, even if you prefer to call it (more…)

Mtg: Architecting Android Apps

by @ 6:24 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

MONDAY May 7, 2012
SCV Computer Chapter
Speaker: Marko Gargenta, Founder of and renowned Andriod expert
Time: Networking/Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose
RSVP: from website

Android brings to the table a whole new set of building blocks.? Each has its own unique properties.? Building an app is mashing them together in a unique way.? Often, there are multiple approaches to seemingly the (more…)

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