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September 13, 2012

Mtg: The Future of US Solar Photovoltaic Technology

by @ 12:32 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Optics/Displays

THURSDAY September 27, 2012
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Tonio Buonassisi, MIT
Time: Dinner at 6:00 AM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $35 IEEE members, $45 non members
Place: PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: from website

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry continues to grow, despite intense international competition and recent margin compression. Can innovation in technology and manufacturing allow American companies to compete and ultimately thrive in this huge but (more…)

Mtg: MHL: Mobile High-Definition Link

by @ 10:10 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, 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

Today’s “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 (more…)

Seminar: Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

by @ 9:56 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

FRIDAY November 16, 2012
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speakers: over 25 speakers, moderators, and panelists
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (includes lunch)
Cost: $40 for IEEE members, $60 for in-house counsel, $125 for non-members
Place: Locatelli Activity Center, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Normally an academic-oriented conference would debate the merits of software patents.? This conference is different.? Rather than having another debate, this conference will use a (more…)

Mtg: Life Cycles for Portfolio and Program Management

by @ 8:53 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY October 4, 2012
SCV Technology Management Chapter, with Computer Chapter
Speaker: John Patton, PMP, President, CEO, Cadence Management Corporation
Time: Food & Networking at 6:00 PM; Presentation 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: Cadence Design Systems, Building 10 (auditorium), 2655 Seely Avenue, San Jose
RSVP: from website

Life Cycles for Portfolio and Program Management Taking on a new scale of computer project?? Integrating new products or operations into your business?? Get a better compass before you embark.? This (more…)

Webinar: Power Converter Controller Design for Smart Grid Power Electronics

by @ 8:35 am. Filed under ALL, 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

Just say no to trial and error when designing your next smart grid power converter or flexible AC transmission control system. Learn how to fool proof your design cycle by applying appropriate (more…)

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

by @ 8:23 am. 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 รข?? General Requirements.? This (more…)

Mtg: Transformer Failure Due to Circuit Breaker Induced Switching Transients

by @ 7:39 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY November 15, 2012
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speakers: Dave Shipp and Thomas Dionise, Eaton Corp
Time: No-host social 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 November 12 to Michael Nakamura, or telephone (925) 330-6595

Switching transients associated with circuit breakers have been observed for many years.? Recently this phenomenon has been attributed to a significant number of transformer failures involving primary (more…)

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

by @ 7:18 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

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 (more…)

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