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August 17, 2013

Mtg: Circuits and Systems for Wearable and Implantable Medical Devices

by @ 4:24 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

MONDAY September 16, 2013
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Wouter A. Serdijn, CAS Distinguished Lecturer, Head Biomedical Electronics Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Time: Networking/light dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 requested for food
Place: QualComm, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

In the design process of wearable and implantable medical devices (IMDs), such as hearing instruments, pacemakers, cochlear implants and neurostimulators, the tradeoff between performance and power consumption is a delicate balancing act.  In this (more…)

Mtg: Many Uncertainties About Climate Change

by @ 4:22 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY September 16, 2013
OEB and SCV Life Members Chapters
Speaker: Donald Anthrop, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University
Time: Networking/buffet dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members: $25; Non-members: $27
Place: Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
RSVP: from website by September 13th

In May 2013, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured atop the Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii reached 399.5 parts per million (ppm).  This compares with concentrations of about 370ppm measured in 2001 and 356ppm in 1990.  However, global mean temperature has not tracked the atmospheric CO2 concentration particularly well.  Since the beginning of the 20th century, global mean temperature has increased by about 0.8oC.  However, since about 2001, global mean temperature has remained essentially unchanged while atmospheric concentrations increased from 370ppm to 400ppm.  This would suggest that factors in addition to CO2 are affecting climate.
Despite the fact that the Obama Administration’s energy regulations have already had very serious unintended consequences, in July the President announced his intention to implement new regulations to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power generating plants.  The administration claims the new regulations will reduce US CO2 emissions by 17% between 2005 and 2020.  EIA was already projecting a reduction of 545 million metric tons (mt) over this time period due to improved energy efficiency and increased use of natural gas.  The new regulations will further reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 464 million mt.  This reduction represents 1.3% of world CO2 emissions in 2020.  More significantly, emissions from China alone are expected to increase by 464 million mt in just the next year.  This illustrates the futility of efforts by the US government to reduce CO2 emissions in the US as long as there are no constraints on emissions in developing countries.

Mtg: Google’s Project Loon

by @ 4:03 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY September 11, 2013
SCV Communications Chapter
Speakers: Sam Leffler and Sameera S. Ponda, Google
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for food
Place: TI Conference Center Auditorium, 1 Semiconductor Way, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather.  They are carried around the Earth by winds and they can be controlled by rising or descending to an altitude with winds moving in the desired direction.  People connect to the (more…)

Mtg: Simulating Beyond a Billion Degrees of Freedom

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY October 16, 2013
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Elliot English, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Time: Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: International Technological University, 355 W. San Fernando St., San Jose
RSVP: not required

Over the last few years, the computational power available to both researchers and industry has increased at a rapid pace with the introduction of supercomputer type clusters with more than a million cores and a petabyte of memory.  However, this increase has not been met with (more…)

Mtg: The Supreme Court Weighs in On Gene Patents – and Implications for Software and Business Methods

by @ 3:22 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

TUESDAY September 18, 2013
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Jim Fox, Patent Attorney
Time: Optional dinner at 6:15 PM at Hospital Cafeteria; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford
RSVP: not required

The recent Supreme Court decisions defining what sorts of things or actions are patentable — and what are not patentable — will be discussed.  These decisions were based on biotech and pharmacological inventions, and discussed not only what materials may be patentable, but also (more…)

August 14, 2013

Mtg: My Journey from Engineering to Management

by @ 9:47 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY September 5, 2013
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Steve Hwang, Vice President, Technology and Product Development, Seagate Technology
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM; Management Forum at 6:30 PM; dinner at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $11 IEEE member; $14 non-member through Sept. 4th
Place: RAMADA Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

By providing audience with his exciting personal experiences and insights on advancing from an immigrant engineering student to a senior manager at a major technology company,  Dr. Steve Hwang has become one of the most sought after leadership, management and (more…)

Mtg: Revolutionary Server Management: Managing Platform Development for the Future

by @ 9:31 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

TUESDAY September 10, 2013
SCV Computer Chapter
Speaker: Sachin Desai, Riverbed Technology
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

With advances in Cloud Computing, and Virtualization, the art of server appliance management has shifted.  Managers and developers both need to adjust to the new paradigm.  Technologies such as Open Stack allow innovation and the competitive edge required in the markets of the (more…)

Workshop: Distributed Generation Interconnection

by @ 9:14 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY October 17, 2013
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $250 per attendee (discounted to $225 per attendee if three or more attending from one company)
Place: Hilton, 7050 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton
RSVP: from website

As distributed generation (DG) applications continue to grow, so does the importance of knowing how to navigate the interconnection process with the local electric utility.  The interconnection process applies across all industries including PV, Wind, Biomass (wastewater), Hydro, Geothermal, (more…)

Half-day: Power Electronics: Below the Silicon Limit

by @ 8:55 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

FRIDAY September 6, 2013
SCV Electron Devices Chapter seminar
Speakers: Deva Pattanayak, Senior Director, Vishay Siliconix; Dan Kinzer, CTO, Fairchild; Alex Lidow, CEO, EPC; Dave Anderson, Chief Technologist and GM, Kilby Labs Silicon Valley, Johan Strydom, Applications Engineering, EPC
Time: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $30 for IEEE members, $60 for non-members ($15 for student members, $30 for student non-members)
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Power electronics is re-emerging as an important and innovative area.  This is due to the increasing importance of electricity in our lives, and the need to use it more efficiently.  The old paradigm involved large inductors and capacitors, slow silicon devices, and a (more…)

Mtg: Title 24 2014 Changes with Lighting Control Developments

by @ 8:40 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY October 22, 2013
SF Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Brian Friedel, LEED AP, National Sales Manager, Wattstopper
Time: Networking at 5:30 PM, Presentation at 6:00 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 for members (at the door); $10 for first 5 reserved IEEE Student Members
Place: Sinbadâ??s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Brandon Yee,, 510-220-4486

Review of the new Title 24 requirements for lighting controls in commercial buildings.  Presentation will include changes in the code regarding dimming, daylighting, plug load controls and commissioning of (more…)

August 8, 2013

Mtg: Low-CTE Organic Interposer Technology for 2.5D Packaging

by @ 5:55 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

THURSDAY September 26, 2013
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology
Speaker: Tomoyuki Yamada, Kyocera America Inc.
Time: Buffet lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:15 PM
Cost: $15; $5 for full-time students and unemployed ($5 more at door)
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

In recent years, a 2.5D package has been developed to accommodate high-speed data processing and miniaturization in microelectronics. In the industry, most of the development work has been implemented with silicon interposer technology, which was (more…)

August 7, 2013

Mtg: Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur: 30 Years of Photonic Start-ups in Academia and Industry

by @ 7:51 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY September 17, 2013
SCV Photonics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Simon Poole, New Business Ventures, Finisar Australia
Time: Networking and Pizza Dinner at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Intel Auditorium, Building SC-12, 3600 Juliette Lane, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Every company â?? even the largest household names such as Google or Apple or even IBM â?? begins life as a start-up. Drawing on experience gained from Dr. Pooleâ??s extensive start-up history, this presentation will look at how some of the (more…)

August 3, 2013

Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects

by @ 9:30 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

Hot Interconnects: Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects
— August 21-23, 2013     — Cisco Headquarters, San Jose
Half-Day Tutorials: – Accelerating Big Data with Hadoop and Memcached Using High Performance Interconnects   – Openstack & SDN   – The Role of Optical Interconnects in Data-center Networking   – Flow and Congestion Controls for Multitenant Datacenters.   Keynotes from Insieme Networks, UC-San Diego, Cisco, U-Washington, plus sessions.
Earlybird Deadline is August 10th!   For more information, visit

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