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January 30, 2014

Mtg: Applications and Advantages of Continuously Welded Corrugated Cable

by @ 4:23 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY March 20, 2014
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
– hazardous locations, advantages, code articles, installation
Speaker: George R. Matto, The Okonite Company
Time: Networking/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 March 17 by contacting Michael Nakamura, or telephone (925) 330-6595

Continuously Welded and Corrugated Armored Cable classified by UL as metal-clad MC hazardous locations (HL) are being specified and used in all types of industrial, commercial and utility installations.  MC cable is used to supply (more…)


Mtg: Measuring Dielectric Constant with a Microstrip Ring Resonator

by @ 3:58 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

THURSDAY February 13, 2014
SCV Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
– solder mask, loss, technique …
Speaker: Jeff Philips, TCI
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Thereâ??s no point in modeling RF and microwave circuitry without an accurate microstrip substrate definition and specifically without an accurate dielectric constant.  Historically, thereâ??s been some confusion about the dielectric constant of (more…)


Mtg: Value Innovation: The Mindset of an Agile Engineer

by @ 12:43 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY February 6, 2014
SCV Technology Management Chapter
– value drivers, less is best, practical tools …
Speaker: Pat Reed, Agile Consultant and Adjunct Professor, iHoriz and UC Berkeley
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Member $11; non-Member $14
Place: Ramada, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

As the pace of organizational change and complexity accelerates, itâ??s critical that we find a way to move out of the â??Do More with Lessâ? mindset and build our competitive edge at truly doing less to create more time and space for (more…)


Mtg: Broadband Access Over Copper at Speeds Greater than 100 Mbps

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY February 12, 2014
SCV Communications Chapter
– 2 talks: chipsets, VDSL, algorithms, advances …
Speakers: Kevin Fisher, VP of Advanced DSL Technology, Ikanos; and Mehdi Mohseni, Director of Systems Engineering, ASSIA
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Silicon solutions for next-generation broadband access over copper.  The first talk will refer to advances in chipset design that enable broadband speeds of over 100 Mbps.  It will be shown that Vectoring technology enables (more…)


Mtg: History of the Magnetics and Control of Actuators in Disk Drives

by @ 10:16 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

TUESDAY February 18, 2014
SCV Magnetics Chapter
– position and velocity feedback, torque factor, inertia …
Speaker: Dr. Art Wagner, consultant
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:45 PM; Presentations at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required

In computer systems, an important data storage medium, beginning in the 1950s until today, is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD).  Using magnetic heads, the HDD reads and writes data on magnetic surfaces of spinning disks.  A disk drive actuator positions the magnetic heads on data using a combination of position and velocity feedback control.  An engineer configures an actuator from magnets, steel, a coil, bearings, and head arms.  The presentation centers on the progression of actuator configurations.  The talk pays attention to parameters important for control, such as the force factor or torque factor, mass or inertia, and coil resistance.  In this presentation, we discuss configuration evolution from typical early actuators to configurations prevalent in todayâ??s actuators and control.  We answer the question: what has changed, what is the same?


Mtg: The History of Robots

by @ 10:07 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY March 24, 2014
SCV Life Members
– non-technical review, assembly, medical, entertainment, science fiction
Speaker: Dave Grossman, IEEE Fellow, IBM (retired)
Time: Networking/social at 6:00 PM; Dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Member $25; Non-Member $27
Place: Michael’s at Shoreline, Mountain View
RSVP: from website

An irreverent non-technical review of the history of surprisingly animate machines from ancient Egypt to current times.  Areas include teleoperators for hazardous environments, assembly systems, medical applications, entertainment and (more…)


Seminar: The Electrical Code of the Future

by @ 9:30 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

FRIDAY February 28, 2014
SF Industry Applications Chapter
– 1-day seminar: lighting, controls, commissioning, testing …
Speakers: Eric Leber, Cree Lighting; Ron France, Leviton; Halley Fitzpatrick, Arup; and Rick Miller, RNM Engineering
Time: Regisration & Continental breakfast at 7:30 AM; Presentations 8:30 AM – 4:40 PM
Cost: $250
Place: Hilton, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton
RSVP: from website

Full-day seminar; see flyer for details.


Mtg: Fuses for Supplementary Protection: Safety Versus Reliability

by @ 9:13 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY February 18, 2014
SCV Reliability Chapter, with Product Safety Engineering Chapter
– working when they fail, failure modes …
Speakers: John McBain and Jim Krepelka, Agilent Technologies
Time: Networking and snacks at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Aristotle Room, Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Fuses for Supplementary Protection: Safety Versus Reliability is a topic that should not exist!  After all, we want both safety and reliability, not one or the other.  Product safety and reliability both focus on how (more…)


IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)

by @ 9:00 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
— February 9-13, 2014     — San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
— 30 Sessions, 10 Tutorials     — Plenary talks, Panels, Forums
Sessions: – Low-Power Wireless  – Mobile SoCs   – Sensors, MEMS, Displays   – Advanced Embedded Memory   – Digital PLLs   – Analog Techniques   – Energy Harvesting   – Biomedical Systems   – Next-Generation Systems   – and more     Sunday Tutorials: – 3D Power & Contactless Coupling – Transceiver Filtering – Power-Optimized Processors – Vmin Constraints & Optimization – ADC Perpheral Circuits – Charge-Pump Converters … plus 5 more.
Save, through January 10th.   For information and to register:


Mtg: How to Grow Stronger through Rapid Changes in Technology

by @ 8:58 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY February 6, 2014
SCV Women in Engineering Chapter
– leadership, communication, connections, performance, Executive Coaching …
Speakers: Roxsana Hadjizadeh, Co-founder of IEEE-WIE-SCV, and New Product Program Manager, Cisco Systems; and Ingrid Gavshon, Executive Leadership Coach
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Stanford Univ (room TBD)
RSVP: from website, or by email to Susan Delafuente,

In order for women to become authentic leaders in the rapidly changing world of technology today, they need the ability to communicate effectively, to make meaningful connections and to identify a course (more…)


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