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September 23, 2012

Mtg: MHL: Mobile High-Definition Link

by @ 1:39 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

TUESDAY September 25, 2012
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
Speaker: Chandlee Harrell, Sr. Director, System Architecture & Technology, Silicon Image, Inc.
Time: Networking/pizza at 6:30 PM; presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: pay at door: IEEE members – $5; non-members – $10; IEEE Student members – free
Place: NVIDIA, Building E, 2800 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Todayâ??s â??Post PC Era??? means smartphones and tablets are increasingly being used for gaming, watching videos, productivity applications and more. The advanced hardware and software integrated into the latest mobile (more…)

Mtg: IEC 61010-1 3rd Edition: Major Changes from 2nd Edition

by @ 1:38 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY September 25, 2012
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
Speaker: Jeff Eirich, Staff Engineer, Underwriters Laboratory
Time: Networking/dinner at 5:15 PM; presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: No-host
Place: on the Web, and at Honba Sushi, 2587 North 1st St., San Jose
RSVP: not required

In June 2010, the IEC published the Third Edition of IEC 61010-1, Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and Lab Use, Part 1 â?? General Requirements.? This discussion will review the major changes from (more…)

Mtg: The Art and Science of Packaging High-Coupling Photonics Devices and Modules

by @ 1:36 pm. Filed under ALL, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY September 25, 2012
SCV Photonics, with Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology
Speaker: Prof. Wood-Hi Cheng, National Sun Yat-sen University and IEEE Distinguished Speaker
Time: Optional dinner at 6:00 PM; presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: Dinner $25
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road (near US101 at Montegue Expressway exit), Santa Clara
RSVP: required for dinner, from website

Webinar: Power Converter Controller Design for Smart Grid Power Electronics

by @ 1:36 pm. Filed under Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

TUESDAY September 25, 2012
Speaker: Brian MacCleery, Product Manager for Clean Energy Technology, National Instruments
Time: Webinar at 11:00 AM PDT
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website

September 21, 2012

Workshop: IEEE-SCV Soft Error Rate (SER)

by @ 1:15 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

THURSDAY October 25, 2012
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, with Electron Devices and Reliability
Subject: 4th
Speakers: Nelson Tam, Marvell; Robin Gardiner, Matheson Gas; Bharat Bhuva, Vanderbilt University; Jeff Wilkinson, Medtronic; Brendan McNally, XIA; Mike Gordon, IBM; Shah Jahinuzzaman, Intel; Brett Clark, Honeywell; Yi-Pin Fang, TSMC; Sang H. Baeg, Hanyang University
Time: Registration, equipment demo and light lunch at 11:00 AM; Presentations from 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Live on the internet, or at Cisco Systems, Building 15, 3750 Cisco Way, San Jose
RSVP: from website

The 4th annual IEEE Santa Clara Valley SER Workshop provides a unique forum for component manufacturers, assembly houses, and electronic system manufacturers to exchange innovative ideas and recent results on the measurement, (more…)

September 20, 2012

Mtg: Pad Cratering, Lead Free and Density Challenges Facing Electronics Packaging

by @ 2:15 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY October 10, 2012
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter
Speaker: Chris Hunrath, Integral Technology
Time: Optional dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: $20 for dinner ($10 for students, unemployed); no cost for presentation
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

High-density electronics continues to increase demands on Printed Circuit board materials and constructions.? Added to that, the use of lead-free solder at higher assembly temperatures can impart latent mechanical stresses and at (more…)

ARM TechCon Conference and Expo

by @ 10:14 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

ARM TechCon Conference and Expo
– Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2012 ? – Santa Clara Convention Center
Brings together ARM architecture experts and the largest contingency of ARM-Connected Community Partners. ? Includes Chip Design Day and Software & Systems Design Days. ? ? Sessions: – The Fundamentals of ARM ? – Android/Open Source ? – Compute Platforms ? – Developing/Debugging ? – Low-Power Design ? – Microcontroller & Programmable Platforms ? – Multimedia Processing: Graphics, Audio, Video ? – Networking & Connectivity ? – Safety & Security ? – SoC Design & Verification ? – Software Optimization on ARM-Powered Systems ? … and more.
A free Exhibition-Only pass includes access to the exhibits, keynotes, special industry training sessions, and special events. Save 20% with promo code “GRID“. ? ? Visit the website:

International Test Conference – Test Week

by @ 10:04 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

IEEE Computer Society – TEST WEEK:
International Test Conference
– Nov. 4-9, 2012 ? – Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim ? – Discounts thru Oct. 5th
ITC is the world’s premier conference dedicated to the electronic test of devices, boards and systems – the complete cycle from design, verification, test, diagnosis, failure analysis and back to process and design improvement.
20 Sessions including ? – Microprocessor and SOC Test ? – Jitter and Phase Noise ? – Debug and Validation ? – Understanding Statistics of Defects and Variation ? – Advances in ATPG ? – Better Yield at Less Cost ? – Scan Compression ? – Analog/RF Test Optimization and Calibration ? – 3D/TSV ? – Board and System-level Test ? – Aging Diagnostics and Redundancy Applications ? – Reliability ? – Posters
12 All-day Tutorials, 3 Workshops, 2 Test Clinics, 6 Panels; world-class exhibits, Keynote and Invited speakers. ? More information:

September 19, 2012

Mtg: Novel Thermal Interface Materials for 3D Chip Stacks

by @ 4:09 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY October 16, 2012
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
Speaker: Srilakshmi Lingamneni, Ph.D Candidate, Stanford Nanoheat Laboratory, Stanford University
Time: 12:00 PM Noon
Cost: IEEE Members: $5; Non-IEEE Members: $10 (Light lunch of pizza and drinks provided)
Place: TI Auditorium E-1, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

This talk will present an overview of the broad spectrum of research work being carried out at the Stanford Nanoheat Laboratory, the state of the art thermal characterization tools at our lab and the novel mechanical characterization tools that are (more…)

Mtg: Applications of Extreme Value Theory to Signal Processing

by @ 11:41 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design

FRIDAY October 26, 2012
SCV Computational Intelligence, with Signal Processing, Circuits & Systems, Robotics & Automation Chapters
Speaker: Dr. Adam Rowell, Stanford University
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Packard 101, Stanford University, 350 Serra Mall, Stanford
RSVP: from website

Extreme value theory (EVT) is the study of the statistics of the extreme outliers in a random process. It is especially useful for estimating probabilities of an extreme event when little or no past data has been recorded at a similar level. Canonical (more…)

Seminar – Nanovation: From Science to Startups

by @ 11:09 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering

SATURDAY October 27, 2012
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
Speakers: Carol Mimura, UC-Berkeley; Mark Bunger, LUX Research; Shadi A. Dayeh, UC-SD & Los Alamos National Lab; Jessica Koehne, NASA Ames Research Center; Zvi Or-Bach, MonolothICTM 3D & Zeno Semiconductor; Zachary Smith, UC-Davis Medical Center; Robert Walters, Integrated Plasmonics Corp; Ben Wang, Svaya Nanotechnologies; Eli Yablonovitch, UC-Berkeley
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members: $50; Non-members: $75; students: free (includes light breakfast and lunch)
Place: Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, University Drive, Berkeley
RSVP: from website

Since its conceptualization by Dr. Richard Feynman, Nanotechnology has come a long way in its development and the Nanotechnology Age is the likely successor of the Information Age.? Its penetration in electronics, medicine, textiles (more…)

September 17, 2012

Seminar: High-Impact Interpersonal Communications: How to Communicate with Anyone, Anywhere – and Get More Results with Everyone, Everywhere

by @ 7:19 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

SATURDAY September 22, 2012
SCV Grads of the Last Decade (GOLD) Chapter
Instructor: Stuart Friedman, Global Context
Time: Registration at 8:30 AM; seminar from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members $30; non-members $40 by September 8th (Save more — bring a friend!)
Place: Qualcomm, 3165 Kifer Rd, Santa Clara
RSVP: required, from website

Possessing strong Interpersonal communication skills in todayâ??s business environment is every bit as important as your technical abilities.? Join SCV GOLD for a 4 hour seminar, you will learn to have more effective conversations with everyone you encounter, and (more…)

Mtg: Combining Power System SCADA and PMCS Software into One Solution: A Hybrid Approach

by @ 7:18 am. Filed under Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY September 20, 2012
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speakers: Rick Hofstetter and Luke Dalske, Schneider Electric
Time: Social/Networking at 5:30 PM; presentation at 6:15 PM; dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation continues at 8:00 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE members, $30 for non-members, $15 for student and retired members
Place: Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
RSVP: by September 17 to Michael Nakamura, or (510) 287-2066

As technology has evolved, the definitions of power system SCADA software and power monitoring software (PMCS) have become less distinct.? In fact, many of the features of each solution overlap with the other.? This presentation will provide an overview of (more…)

Webinar: Unifying SW Requirements and Design with a Simplified Requirements Analysis Workflow

by @ 7:17 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY September 20, 2012
Computer Society
Speaker: Paul Urban, IBM
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (PDT)
Cost: none
Place: on the Internet
RSVP: from website

Change is inevitable. The success or failure of product and system development often hinges on the ability to respond quickly to customer, business or market requirements changes. Learn how utilizing a new workflow provided by the Rational Solution for (more…)

Mtg: Control of the Disk Drive Actuator – 1980 and Today

by @ 7:15 am. Filed under Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY September 19, 2012
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speakers: Art Wagner and Dick Oswald
Time: networking/snacks at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Intersil Corp., Building 3/Stanford Room, 1001 Murphy Ranch Road, Milpitas
RSVP: from website

In computer systems, an important data storage medium, beginning in the 1950s until today 2012, is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Using magnetic heads, the HDD reads and writes data on magnetic surfaces of spinning disks. A control system positions the (more…)

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