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April 19, 2014

CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications Conference

by @ 4:53 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

Fundamental Science, Innovations, Applications & Technology
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications  
— June 8-13, 2014     — San Jose Convention Center
— 18 Short Courses     — 1500+ presentations
Special Symposium Monday, June 9th, 6:30pm honoring the achievements of a founding father of quantum electronics, James P. Gordon — several Nobel Laureates and luminaries provide personal recollections about their work with Jim — included with Complimentary Exhibits Pass, as well as Exhibit Hall with over 300 participating companies and programs.   Short Courses:   – Foundations of Nonlinear Optics   – Nano Photonics: Physics and Techniques   – MetaMaterials   – Cavity Optomechanics   – Silicon Photonic Devices and Applications   – Transformational Optics   … and many more.   Save through May 12; More information and Advance Program:


April 10, 2014

IEEE Women in Engineering Int’l Leadership Conference

by @ 5:25 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

Developing Inspirational Women Who Change the World
IEEE Women in Engineering Int’l Leadership Conference
— May 1-3, 2014   — Thursday evening thru Saturday afternoon
— Westin Market Street, SF   — Thursday STEM event hosted by Square
Tracks on – Empowerment (skills to help women advance in their careers)   – Engagement (hands-on skills development workshops)   – Inspiration (presentations/skills to inspire women to achieve their goals)   – Enjoyment (work/life balance, reducing stress, enjoying life)   Presenters from Tesla Motors, TCS Digital, Walmart Stores, Northrop Grumman, Ericsson, Stanford, PARC, Intuit, Microsoft, Broadcom, Adobe and many others, featuring Founders, CEOs, Presidents, VPs, Senior Engineers — women like YOU!   Save $79, through April 15th with code WIE20DISCOUNT. Full details:


April 5, 2014

IEEE Int’l Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS)

by @ 4:57 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

IEEE Electron Devices, Reliability Societies
IEEE Int’l Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS)
— June 1-5, 2014   — Hilton Waikoloa Village, HI
— Keynote, 28 Tutorials, Exhibits     — Over 150 papers
The premiere conference for engineers and scientists in the area of microelectronics reliability, covering semiconductor devices, ICs, and microelectronic assemblies through physics of failure and the application environment.   The IRPS tutorials program offers 28 outstanding instructional talks by leading experts. There are four topical tracks: FEOL Reliability, BEOL/Power Reliability, Circuit/Component Reliability, and Systems Reliability. Great for first-time attendees as well as veterans.   Vendor exhibits and equipment demonstrations.
Register before May 16, for best rates. For more information:


April 4, 2014

Mtg: Production & Post-Production Video Compression Standards: Delivering Awesome Images for Television & Digital Cinema

by @ 8:52 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY May 14, 2014
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
– image quality, ease of editing, workflows …
Speaker: Edward Reuss
Time: Networking and light dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: Donation accepted for food
Place: AMD, 1 AMD Place, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

Video compression standards for production and post-production have different requirements than compression standards for consumer applications.  Consumer compression standards, such as H.264 and (more…)


Mtg: Spin-Caloritronics and Spin-Transfer-Torque Switching in Magnetic Nanostructures

by @ 8:21 am. Filed under ALL, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY April 22, 2014
SCV Magnetics Chapter
– thermal effects, tunneling, bias voltage …
Speaker: Dr. Guenter Reiss, Universitaet Bielefeld, Germany
Time: Networking and Pizza at 6:345 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required

Spin-electronics and -caloritronics are rapidly developing research fields and many new phenomena such as magnetically perpendicular tunnel junctions (P-MTJs), the Spin-Seebeck-Effect (SSE, and the Tunneling-Magneto-Seebeck-Effect (TMS, have been observed. Because thermal effects are very important for the Spin-Transfer-Torque (STT) switching of MTJs, this talk will link results on thermally induced currents and voltages in ferromagnets and MTJs with STT-switching of CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB P-MTJs.
As an introduction to the field of spin-caloritronics, we first present results on the Longitudinal SSE of semi-conductive nickel ferrites. In this material, the competing Anomalous Nernst Effect (ANE) can be strongly influenced by changing the conductivity of the ferromagnet and thus a direct comparison of LSSE and ANE becomes possible.
The second part will discuss the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) and the tunneling magneto-Seebeck effect (TMS) detected on magnetic tunnel junctions. We present results on the TMS obtained by two heating methods, discuss time-resolved experiments and the influence of an uncertainty of input parameters such as temperature profiles on the effect. In addition, we demonstrate that an applied bias voltage strongly changes the observed TMS and discuss the results on the base of the electrodeâ??s band-structures. For P-MTJs with ultrathin CoFeB electrodes and MgO barriers with thickness down to 4 monolayers, we discuss the STT-switching mechanisms and demonstrate, that extremely low switching currents for classical Spin-Transfer-Torque switching down to around 2.104A/cm² are possible by controlling the P-MTJâ??s temperature. In relation with the thermally driven spin currents, the possibility to achieve sizeable thermally driven STT will be evaluated.


April 3, 2014

Webinar: Transforming the New Corporate Perimeter: Protecting Data Beyond the Firewall in the Mobile World

by @ 3:47 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY April 24, 2014
Computer Society
– enterprise, BYOD, risk, challenges …
Speaker: Indus Khaitan, Product Manager, Oracle Mobile Security
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Cost: none
Place: on the Internet
RSVP: from website

As enterprises increase their usage of mobile devices, there is a fundamental question of “Where is the perimeter moving to, and how best to secure?” Corporate data now spans outside into service provider frameworks accessible from mobile device (more…)


April 1, 2014

Mtg: The History of Wired LAN Competition

by @ 4:08 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY April 28, 2014
SCV Technology History Committee
– panel: Token Ring, FDDI, Ethernet …
Speakers: Geoff Thompson (GraCaSI S.A.), IEEE 802.3 WG chair; Joe Skorupa (Gartner), “Route 128” companies; Tom Slykhouse (SurveyMonkey), FDDI; Dan Pitt (Open Networking Foundation), Token Ring
Time: Snacks and drinks at 6:00 PM; Talks/panel at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Keypoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

These days it is Ethernet everywhere.  Most of the other competing LAN technologies have faded away.  Looking back from this point in time, it may look like Ethernet was the inevitable winner.  That wasn’t always the case.
The panel will take a look at the market factors that helped and hurt the eventual LAN market winners and losers.  The purpose is to see if there are lessons for the current day.  Token Ring and FDDI will be compared and contrasted with Ethernet during the 1985 to 1995 time period.
It is the moderator’s thesis that picking the winners and losers in wired LAN technologies is at least as difficult as knowing at any moment what play will win a football game.
Moderate kibitzing from the audience will be tolerated, as time permits. If you want a study text in order to prepare for this session, the book “The Triumph of Ethernet” by Urs von Burg (Stanford University Press) is recommended.


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