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January 1, 2014

Mtg: Shields and Shielding

by @ 3:34 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

THURSDAY January 16, 2014
SCV Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
– RF containment, theoretical models, braided, solid …
Speaker: Orin Laney, Independent Consultant
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Every RF system depends on shields and ground planes for RF containment, to provide proper constant impedance transmission lines, and to keep signals separated and signal integrity high. While seemingly simple, there is more subtlety to their operation than (more…)


Mtg: The TransBay Power Cable

by @ 3:04 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY January 15, 2014
SF Power & Energy Chapter
– reliable transmission, energy imports, inception, operation …
Speaker: Jacob Bonogofsky, Associate Engineer, Trans Bay Cable LLC
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM; includes light lunch
Cost: none, for IEEE Members; $5 for non-members
Place: Golden Gate Room, California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
RSVP: by email to Charles Mee, 415-703-1147

San Francisco has long faced challenges in building and sustaining a reliable transmission network. Located at the end of a peninsula in a seismically active area, the City has relied almost solely on energy imports from the South Bay. Due to the desire for (more…)


Mtg: Microgrid Small-Power Systems

by @ 2:50 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY January 28, 2014
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
– definition, application, technical development, challenges …
Speaker: Dr. Yazhou (Joel) Liu, Principal Engineer and Engineering Manager, Schneider Electric
Time: Networking and social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM; Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 ($10 for Student Members)
Place: Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: from website

A microgrid is a small power system composed of one or more distributed energy resources which can be operated independently from the power grid.  The concept was introduced in late 1990s.  With the new development of distributed (more…)


Mtg: Emergence of the Trillion Sensors Movement

by @ 8:08 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY January 22, 2014
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– global problems, start-ups, designs, T-Apps …
Speaker: Janusz Bryzek, VP Development, MEMS and Sensing Solutions, Fairchild Semiconductor Inc.; MEMS pioneer and entrepreneur
Time: Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: none
Place: Qualcomm Cafe @ Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Abundance  movement is forecasting elimination of major global problems (such as hunger, lack of medical care, clean water, energy) in one generation, or 20 to 30 years.  This movement is expected to require (among others) 45 trillion sensors, many not yet developed. (more…)


Mtg: Terabit Optical Systems

by @ 7:53 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

MONDAY January 27, 2014
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter
– short & long haul, architecture, design choices …
Speaker: Dr. The Linh Nguyen, Finisar Corporation
Time: Networking and light dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation for food
Place: QualComm, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Optical transmission and interconnects have become the preferred choice for any distances from ultra long haul of >2000 km in the telecom applications to short reaches of 100m in the datacom applications. In a few years as bandwidth requirement increases optics will be (more…)


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