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July 31, 2014

Mtg: Electric Power Industry Visions and Experiences

by @ 12:47 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY October 7, 2014
SF Power & Energy Chapter
– transformation, investments, new grid, best practices …
Speaker: Wanda Reder, VP – Power Systems Solutions, S&C Electric Company, and IEEE Power & Energy Society Past President
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE members, $35 for non-members ($5 more after Sept 16); $15 for Students & Life Members
Place: Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant, Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: from website, or to Sean Ely, 415-973-7192 by Sept. 30th

The U.S. electric grid is undergoing significant transformation from the introduction of digital technologies, policies encouraging the growth of renewable and distributed energy resources, and increasing engagement of electricity customers and (more…)


July 28, 2014

Mtg: Power Quality and Large-Scale Solar

by @ 2:10 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

TUESDAY September 23, 2014
SF Industry Applications and Power & Energy Chapter
– capacitor bank resonance, harmonic filter banks …
Speaker: Mike Peters, Eaton Corporation
Time: Networking at 5;30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM; Dinner at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25; $10 for students
Place: Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant, Embarcadero, S.F.
RSVP: by September 19, to Brandon Yee,, 510-220-4486

As photovoltaic systems become larger in scale the quality of the power produced becomes very important.  This presentation is a case study to quantify the resonance conditions (more…)


July 26, 2014

Mtg: A New Nonvolatile Memory Technology – Persistence Pays Off

by @ 4:01 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY September 9, 2014
SCV Computer Chapter
– S/DRAM, MRAM, redundancy, trends …
Speaker: Edward Grochowski, Computer Memory and Storage Consultant
Time: Networking and Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cadence Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, and live over the internet
RSVP: from website

The application of a spin torque tunneling technology to MRAM devices has opened new opportunities for higher density circuits which may be very competitive with DRAM as well as SRAM.  STT RAM devices (more…)


Wearable Technology — Seminar and Tabletop Exposition

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY August 20, 2014
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, with Consumer Electronics Chapter
– building blocks, processors, radio, energy, OS …
Speakers: 7 talks by domain experts from Samsung, Kionix, Imagination Technologies, Wearable Technologies, Materials and Systems, Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, and Argus Insights
Time: Registration and breakfast at 8:30 AM; Presentations from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: $35 for IEEE Members, $45 for non-members ($10 more, after Aug.8th); includes lunch; tabletop exhibits available
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

This seminar is for an audience that is contemplating entry into the Wearables Market.  It introduces the basic building blocks required for developing a device for this market.  Experts will provide an overview of sensors, processors, radio (Bluetooth Low-Energy), energy sources and OS. The seminar will also cover developments in the exciting field of flexible electronics, and an enlightening Wearbles market survey based on Twitter traffic.
Expo: Representatives from a cross-section of the wearables ecosystem, as well as the platform developer community, will be at our tabletop expo, open during breaks and lunch. (You can become an exhibitor …)
8:30-9:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast
Introduction: Shomir Dighe/ Luu Nguyen
Selecting Sensors for Wearables: John Chong, ROHM/Kionix
A Balancing Act: CPU Selection in Wearable Device Design: John Min, Director Solutions Engineering Imagination
How Wearables Intersect with the Cloud and IoT: Joseph Wei, Chair IEEE CES SV Chapter
10:45 Break
Survey of Energy Sources: Jay Ha, CEO Materials and System Inc
Picking an OS and Interoperability challenges: Intel
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Expo
Developments in Flexible Electronics: Malcolm Thompson, CEO FlexTech Alliance
Market Survey on Wearables: John Feland, CEO Argus Insights
1:45 – 2:00 Wrap up and Raffle


Mtg: Data Center Infrastructure Power Management at Facebook

by @ 1:00 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY September 17, 2014
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
– 3 talks, data visualization tools, lessons learned …
Speakers: Paul Hsu, David Cenizal, Glen Bayley and others, Facebook
Time: Checkin and appetizers at 6:00 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none; open only to IEEE members (join today!)
Place: Facebook Building 10, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park
RSVP: from website

– Introduction to Facebook Data Centers- Paul Hsu & David Cenizal.  – Data Visualization Tools- Glen Bayley.  – Lessons Learned Along the Way- Data Center Facilities Ops Engineering.      Q&A (more…)


Mtg: The Solar Phoenix: How America Can Rise from the Ashes of Solyndra to World Leadership in Solar 2.0

by @ 8:52 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY August 13, 2014
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– roadmap, energy economy, global impact, book …
Speaker: Brad Mattson, CEO, Siva Power
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

Brad Mattson, renowned Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, started working on his book (called Solar 2.0 at the time) over a year ago and introduced its key messages here at the IEEE SCV PV chapter.  A lot has happened since then, and now (more…)


July 25, 2014

Mtg: Bayesian Methods for Sparse Signal Recovery and Compressed Sensing

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

THURSDAY August 14, 2014
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
– priors, estimations, empirical, correlation …
Speaker: Prof. Bhaskar D. Rao, ECE Dept, UC-San Diego
Time: Networking/Light Dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: donation accepted for food
Place: AMD (Commons Bldg), 1 AMD Place, Sunnyvale
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 (more…)


Mtg/tour: Bloom Energy — Transforming Distributed Generation

by @ 4:08 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY September 17, 2014
SF Power & Energy, with Industry Applications Chapter
– solid oxide, reliable, cost-effective, case studies, tour …
Speaker: Asim Hussain, Senior Director, Marketing and Customer Experience, Bloom Enery
Time: Lunch at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM; Tour at 1:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members, students; $10 for non-members
Place: Bloom Energy, 1299 Orleans Dr, Sunnyvale
RSVP: by Sept. 15, to Sean Ely,, 415-973-7192; Limited to the first 50 Registered.

Bloom Energy is a provider of a revolutionary distributed power generation offering based on a proprietary solid oxide fuel cell technology that provides its customers with a clean, highly reliable and cost-effective alternative to (more…)


Tutorial on LDPC Decoding: VLSI Architectures and Implementations

by @ 2:50 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY August 6, 2014
SCV Signal Processing, with Circuits and Systems, Solid State Circuits, Communications, PACE, Magnetics, ITS Chapters
HDD, WiMax, Flash SSD, standards …
Speakers: Ned Varnica, Marvell Semiconductor; Kiran Gunnam, Violin Memory
Time: Presentations 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: $43
Place: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

LDPC codes are now being used in Hard disk drive read channels, Wireless (IEEE 802.11n/ IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.16e WiMax), 10-GB, DVB-S2, and more recently in Flash SSD. Tutorialâ??s target audience is system engineers and (more…)


Mtg: Microwave and Millimeter Wave Power Amplifiers: Technology, Applications, Benchmarks, and Future Trends

by @ 2:13 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

THURSDAY September 11, 2014
SCV Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
– structures, characteristics, state of the art …
Speaker: Dr. James J. Komiak, MTT Distinguished Lecturer, BAE Systems
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

Solid State Transistor Device Technologies covered include Si BJT, Si LDMOS, MESFET, HBT, PHEMT, InP HEMT, MHEMT, and GaN HEMT.  Content includes principles of operation, structures, characteristics, classes (more…)


Mtg: A Perspective on Desalination

by @ 2:08 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY September 17, 2014
OEB Life Members Chapter
– basics, infrastructure, drawbacks, new methods …
Speaker: Dr. Michael Stadermann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 includes buffet dinner
Place: Willow Tree Restaurant, 6513 Regional St, Dublin
RSVP: from website

Availability of potable water is frequently regarded as one of the worldâ??s most urgent issues.  Over a sixth of the worldâ??s population does not have access to fresh water on a daily basis, and many regions are water strained.  One method to (more…)


July 23, 2014

Mtg: Nanogel Star Polymers as Interesting Soft Colloid Materials for Biomedical Applications

by @ 2:56 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, NanoEngineering

TUESDAY September 16, 2014
SCV Nonotechnology Chapter
– imaging, hyperthermic, drug delivery, for MRI, PET …
Speaker: Dr. Robert D. Miller, IBM Almaden Research Center
Time: Networking, Pizza at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: TI Auditorium E-1, 2900 Semiconductor Drive. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Polymers have numerous biomedical applications including delivery of therapeutic materials, imaging applications, tissue regeneration, antimicrobial action and others.  We have developed a route to nanogel core star polymer (more…)


Webinar: 5 Steps to Ensuring Compliance in the Software Supply Chain: The Harman Case Study

by @ 2:31 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software

THURSDAY August 7, 2014
Computer Society
– webinar: GPL, Open Source, security, risks …
Speaker: Alyssa Harvey Dawson, Vice President Legal, Global Intellectual Property at Harman, and Black Duck Software
Time: 8:30 AM PDT
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website
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Harman designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated
control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets.  As a technology leader and innovator with leading brands (more…)


Mtg: Graphene and Beyond-Graphene 2D Crystals for Next-Generation Green Electronics

by @ 1:28 pm. Filed under ALL, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY August 12, 2014
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
– nanomaterials, low-power, low-loss, challenges …
Speaker: Dr. Kaustav Banerjee, UC-Santa Barbara
Time: Networking, Pizza at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: TI Auditorium E-1, 2900 Semiconductor Drive. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Graphene — composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern — is the basic material for the family of low-dimensional allotropes of carbon known as carbon nanomaterials.  These graphene based nanomaterials (more…)


Mtg: Mesoscopic Devices and their Impact on Product Yield: The Next Technological Challenge

by @ 1:11 pm. Filed under ALL, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY July 29, 2014
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
– mass replication, fluctuations, bottom-up, point doping …
Speaker: Dr. Renuka P. Jindal, IEEE Fellow, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Time: Networking, Pizza at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM
Cost: none
Place: TI Auditorium E-1, 2900 Semiconductor Drive. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

The bastion of the successful electronics revolution over the last 67 years is its unchallenged capability of mass replication churning out millions of highly integrated, IDENTICAL low-cost units supporting this multi-trillion dollar (more…)


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