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March 27, 2014

Mtg: The Impact of Frugal Innovation on Emerging Markets through Social Enterprises

by @ 7:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY May 1, 2014
SCV Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT)
– frugal lab, tools, development …
Speaker: Prof. Radha Basu, Director of the Frugal Innovation Lab, School of Engineering, Santa Clara University
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: none
Place: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website


Mtg: MEMS Wars: A New Hope

by @ 7:36 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY April 30, 2014
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– from pariah, custom-built, credibility, surge …
Speaker: Dr. Kurt Petersen, Palios Inc.
Time: Pizza and networking at 7:15 PM: Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $5 donation for pizza
Place: Qualcomm Cafe, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

The history of MEMS has been incredibly â??bumpyâ?. During the 70â??s and 80â??s, when the MEMS market was only 1% of the semiconductor market, MEMS was somewhat of a pariah in the semiconductor industry.  Most MEMS wafers (more…)


Mtg: MEMS in SEMI: The Role of a Global Industry Association in Advancing the MEMS Industry

by @ 7:22 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY May 28, 2014
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– collaboration, supply chains, statistics, special projects …
Speaker: Bettina Weiss, SEMI
Time: Pizza and networking at 7:15 PM: Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $5 donation for pizza
Place: Qualcomm Cafe, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

This presentation provides an overview of SEMIâ??s initiatives, activities and events in the MEMS sector worldwide, with specific focus on standardization efforts and collaboration with other industry bodies, in the context of (more…)


March 26, 2014

Tour of Richmond Field Station UC Berkeley/Toyota Hydrogen Fueling Facility

by @ 7:21 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY May 21, 2014
OEB Life Members Chapter
– delivery, pre-cooling, storage, dispensing, safety …
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Lipman, Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC-Berkeley
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: UC Berkeley, Richmond Field Station, Richmond
RSVP: from website

This tour will feature a 700-bar hydrogen fueling facility that supports hydrogen fuel cell vehicle research at UC Berkeley.  The station was constructed in late 2010 through early 2011 and became operational in May 2011 as the first 700-bar hydrogen (more…)


Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium

by @ 4:37 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, NanoEngineering

WEDNESDAY May 21, 2014
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
– 1-day, markets, incentives, on-site, technology …
Speakers: JB Straubel, CTO, Tesla Motors; Craig Horne, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, EnerVault Corp; Janice Lin, Managing Partner, StrateGen Consulting LLC and Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA); and more
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM (includes lunch)
Cost: $50 for IEEE members (use code energy_partner), $90 for non-members; $20 for students
Place: Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View
RSVP: from website

The symposium engages key stakeholders in the energy storage marketplace around the latest developments, challenges and opportunities for customer-side storage, and how Silicon Valley is advancing innovation and uptake in this critical emerging market.  Held annually since 2010, the symposium features presentations from national and state-level experts, high-profile solution providers, on-site energy storage customers and utility interests.
In particular, we examine local projects, initiatives, and offerings that are taking the energy storage industry forward.  This yearâ??s symposium is presented in association with Joint Ventureâ??s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) initiative, a public/private collaboration focused on building the â??smart energyâ?? network of the future in Silicon Valley.  (more, on website)


Mtg: Point of Care CD4 Testing and the BD FACSPresto

by @ 3:50 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY April 16, 2014
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
– cell counts, single drop, HIV testing …
Speaker: Dr. Scott Bornheimer, BD Biosciences
Time: Optional dinner at Stanford Hospital Cafeteria, 6:15 PM (no host, no reservations); Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none for talk
Place: Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford
RSVP: not required

The BD FACSPrestoâ?¢ Near-Patient CD4 Counter* measures absolute CD4+ cell counts, %CD4, and total hemoglobin (Hb) from a single drop of fingerstick or venipuncture blood for staging and monitoring HIV patients.  This system requires minimal training to (more…)


Mtg: The Cloud Meets Bluetooth Smart

by @ 10:29 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

TUESDAY April 22, 2014
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
– Low Energy, RESTful APIs, sensors, effectors …
Speaker: Joe Decuir, chairman of the Bluetooth Internet Working Group; Distinguished Lecturer for Consumer Electronics Society
Time: Pizza + Drinks, Networking at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Place: NVIDIA, Building E, 2800 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Bluetooth Low Energy, aka Bluetooth Smart, can wirelessly connect sensors that run on coin cells or scavenged power for years.  That makes Bluetooth Smart attractive for implementing the “Internet of Things”.  The (more…)


Mtg: Reflecting on the Kepler Mission and TESS, NASA’s Next Exoplanet Mission to Find Earth’s Closest Cousins

by @ 10:01 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY April 23, 2014
OEB Signal Processing
– survey, science results, habitable …
Speaker: Dr. Jon Jenkins, NASA Ames Research Center
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: none; snacks/drinks served
Place: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore Valley Open Campus (off Greenville Road), Livermore
RSVP: from website; Walk-ins also welcome

Kepler vaulted into the heavens on March 7, 2009, initiating NASAâ??s search for Earth-size planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the habitable zone, where liquid water could exist on a rocky planetary surface. In the 4 years since Kepler began science (more…)


March 24, 2014

Mtg: 3D Gesture Recognition: A 512×424 CMOS 3D Time-of-Flight Image Sensor with Photo-Demodulation; Ultrasonic 3D Rangefinder on a Chip

by @ 4:12 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

MONDAY April 21, 2014
SCV Circuits and Systems Chapter, with Solid State Circuits
– signal path, frames, range error; MEMS, ASIC …
Speakers: Dr. Cyrus Bamji, Microsoft Corp.; Dr. Richard Przybyla, Chirp Microsystems
Time: Networking/Light Dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: $2 donation accepted for food
Place: QualComm, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

In the first talk, the pixel and signal path of a 512Ã?424-pixel ToF image sensor is presented.  Consecutive frames with different modulation frequencies are combined, which enables a range error of less than 1% over ranges from 0.8 to 4.2m.  Modulation (more…)


Mtg: Bayesian Methods for Sparse Signal Recovery

by @ 3:37 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications

WEDNESDAY May 21, 2014
OEB Signal Processing Chapter
– compressive sensing, signal recovery, re-weighted methods …
Speaker: Bhaskar D. Rao, University of California at San Diego, SPS Distinguished Lecturer
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $20 for IEEE members; $25 for non-members
Place: Zephyr Grill, 1736 First St., Livermore
RSVP: from website

Compressive sensing (CS) as an approach for data acquisition has recently received much attention. In CS, the signal recovery problem from the observed data requires the solution of a sparse vector from an underdetermined system of equations.  The underlying (more…)


2014 Signal and Image Sciences Workshop

by @ 3:29 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software

WEDNESDAY May 21, 2014
OEB Signal Processing Chapter
– 1-day: video processing, machine learning, pattern analysis …
Speakers: Dr. Pietro Perona, Caltech; and others
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: none (includes lunch) – requires identification (Driver’s license, passport, etc) for admission to the venue
Place: Livermore Valley Open Campus, HPC Innovation Ctr., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore
RSVP: from website


Mtg: System Level On-Chip ESD Protection

by @ 2:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

THURSDAY April 15, 2014
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
– high current, parasitics, waveforms, latchup, tests …
Speaker: Dr. Vladislav Vashchenko, Maxim Integrated Corp.
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

A significant paradigm shift in systems and analog IC design has been initiated by new market demands over last decade.  Integration of emerging technologies, increases in data rate, rapid evolution of portable and mobile devices, lower power consumption and (more…)


Mtg: Information Flow in Wireless Networks: Similarity to Water in Pipes

by @ 9:51 am. Filed under ALL, Communications

WEDNESDAY April 23, 2014
SCV Information Theory Chapter
– modeling, max-flow, min-cut, compress-and-forward …
Speaker: Adnan Raja, Ph.D., Fastback Networks
Time: Food and drinks at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: none; free parking after 4 PM
Place: Room 202, Packard Bldg, Stanford University, Stanford
RSVP: not required

A wired network is modeled as a flow network, which is a directed graph where each edge has a capacity and the flow on each edge cannot exceed the capacity.  This is similar to a commodity network, like traffic in a road system or fluid in pipes. The very (more…)


March 23, 2014

Mtg: Non-Foster Circuits for Antenna Applications: Theory and Design

by @ 4:38 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

THURSDAY April 17, 2014
SCV Antennas and Propagation, with Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
– negative-Z, stability, loading, matching, praticality …
Speaker: Steve Stearns, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Time: Food and beverages at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Non-Foster networks are active networks that use negative capacitors and negative inductors in addition to traditional passive lumped elements.  Interest in non-Foster networks has been growing during the past decade for applications such as (more…)


Mtg: A New OS Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT)

by @ 3:46 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software

TUESDAY May 6, 2014
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
– enablers, constraints, RTOS, connectivity-driven …
Speaker: Steve Jordan, Paqet Systems Corp.
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

This talk will identify some of the current technology enablers for the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as some of the remaining software obstacles required to allow pervasive connection of IoT devices to the Internet.  Edge devices for the IoT are (more…)


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