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February 12, 2014

Event: Dedication of IEEE Milestone: Gary Kildall’s CP/M Microcomputer Operating System

by @ 5:55 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

FRIDAY April 25, 2014
SCV Monterey Bay Subsection
– PC revolution, history, commemoration, plaque …
Speakers: Mayor, past IEEE president, more
Time: Talks at 2:00 PM; Plaque dedication at 4:00 PM with refreshments
Cost: none
Place: City Chambers, 300 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove; then 801 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
RSVP: not required

The IEEE has joined with the Computer History Museum and organizers of AMW to schedule a commemoration of the role that Garyâ??s work played in the personal computer revolution with the dedication of an IEEE Milestone and the unveiling of the Milestone plaque following the close (more…)


Mtg: Introduction to Kanban: a Broad Usage Agile Approach

by @ 5:33 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY March 6, 2014
SCV Technology Management Chapter
– useful, many fields, Scrum, projects, services …
Speaker: Sue Shreve, Agile Coach, cPrime
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM, Mgmt Forum at 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $11 for IEEE member; $14 for non-member ($3 more at door)
Place: Ramada, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

The word “Agile” most commonly brings the Scrum process to mind. Kanban is also an Agile process, has been around longer than Scrum, and is more widely useful.  While Scrum is employed almost exclusively for managing software development, Kanban is used (more…)


Mtg: Photovoltaic Solar Power: How It Will Make a Difference

by @ 5:14 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY March 12, 2014
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– adoption, opportunities, next 10 years …
Speaker: Dr. Charlie Gay, president, Applied Solar, and chairman of the Applied Solar Council
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Palo Alto Research Center, Pake Auditorium, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: not required

What can happen over the next 10 years, as photovoltaic (PV) power costs continue to drop?  This talk will cover the range of opportunities associated with changes in energy supply in developed and developing economies.  We will briefly review the history of solar and discuss the key (more…)


Mtg: Embrace Circuit Nonlinearity to Get Transmitter Linearity and Energy Efficiency

by @ 4:53 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

THURSDAY March 13, 2014
SCV Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
– low distortion, polar-modulation, maximally efficient …
Speaker: Earl McCune, Besser Associates (IEEE-MTT Distinguished Lecturer)
Time: Networking and snacks at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Wireless communications signals have evolved greatly over the past century, from the use of Morse Code to very complicated digital modulation schemes such as wideband CDMA (WCDMA) and 3GPP Long-term evolution (LTE).  This progression challenges the design of transmitters to (more…)


Mtg: Using Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage to Improve Reliability and Lower Cost in California’s Power System

by @ 4:00 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY March 13, 2014
SF Power & Energy Chapter
– distributed, response, reliability, cost, security …
Speakers: Willem Fadrhonc, Manager, Grid Solutions, and Jim Detmers, Advisor, Stem Energy Storage
Time: Networking and light lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentations (no cost) at 12:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members; $10 for non-members (or bring your own lunch)
Place: Pacific Gas & Electric Conference Room #305, 77 Beale Street, San Francisco
RSVP: by March 11 to Sean Ely,, 415-973-7192

The addition of distributed generation to the California power system is changing the needs and challenges facing grid operators and transmission and distribution system planners. When operated in concert, behind the meter energy storage can play a role as a fast (more…)


Mtg: The WiFi Alliance

by @ 3:32 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

TUESDAY February 25, 2014
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
– development, market-building, interoperability, regulatory …
Speaker: Mick Conley, Executive Director of Engineering, WiFi Alliance
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members; $10 for non-members; IEEE Student members free
Place: NVIDIA, Building E, 2800 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to seamless connectivity. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi (more…)


Mtg: A Technical Overview of VP9: A Next-Generation Royalty-free Video Codec from Google

by @ 3:18 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software

THURSDAY February 20, 2014
SCV Bay Area Multimedia Group, with Computer Chapter
– video encoding, multimedia, compression, enhancements …
Speaker: Debargha Mukherjee, Google
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: AMD Commons Theater, 991 Stewart Dr, Sunnyvale
RSVP: not required

Google has recently finalized a next-generation open-source video codec called VP9, as part of the libvpx repository of the WebM project. Starting from the VP8 video codec released by Google in 2010 as the baseline, many enhancements and new tools were added, resulting in (more…)


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