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November 25, 2014

Webinar: Thinking Across the Plug: The Coming Integration of Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids

by @ 4:30 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design
 

Tuesday December 16, 2014
SPECTRUM Magazine
– management, power reserve, collaboration, options, customer needs …
Speaker: Sunil Chhaya, PhD, Grid/Vehicle Connectivity, EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute); Richard Scholer, Vehicle to Grid Interface, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Time: 10:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website
Web: spectrum.ieee.org/webinars

Can a power grid manage the load when 250 million electric vehicles (EVs) are all plugged in at the end of rush hour?  Can the batteries of plugged-in electric vehicles act as a power reserve to help utilities smooth generating load? (more…)

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November 24, 2014

Mtg: Building a Successful MEMS Company: From Start to IPO

by @ 2:22 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

WEDNESDAY February 25, 2015
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– strategy, real value, commercialization, customer design-in …
Speaker: Steve Nasiri, Nasiri Ventures LLC, Nasiri Foundation
Time: Networking and pizza at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $5 donation for food
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: sites.ieee.org/scv-mems

Mobile and wearable markets along with the internet-of-things have presented large market opportunities for emergence of many MEMS startup companies.  However, these markets can be very slow in adoption of new products or features unless there is (more…)

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Mtg: Lab-on-Chip Technologies Beyond the Diffraction Limit: Ebola Detection and Cancer Diagnostics

by @ 1:33 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays
 

WEDNESDAY January 28, 2015
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– nanophotonics, tranformative, fluidics, in-vitro diagnostics …
Speaker: Professor Ahmet Ali Yanik, UC Santa Cruz
Time: Networking and pizza at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $5 donation for food
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: sites.ieee.org/scv-mems

Nanophotonics is opening a myriad of unprecedented opportunities for biomedical applications by localizing light beyond the diffraction limit and dramatically boosting the light-matter interactions at nanoscale dimensions.  In this talk, I will (more…)

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Mtg: Signal Processing-Based Technology Entrepreneurship: Chips, Algorithms, and Startups

by @ 11:48 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

THURSDAY December 4, 2014
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
– funding, drivers, examples of startups …
Speaker: Prof. Andrew C. Singer, SPS Distinguished Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Time: Networking/Light Dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none; Donation accepted for food.
Place: AMD Commons Theater, 991 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/sps

Technology commercialization and entrepreneur-ship are synonymous with engineering in a wide array of contexts, from academic programs at universities, to funding initiatives at the National Science Foundation and discussion of the (more…)

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Mtg: Size of Devices to Be Measured at 3m and Updates on CISPR 32 and CISPR 35

by @ 11:33 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

Tuesday December 9, 2014
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
– multimedia equipment, radiated emissions, immunity, standards …
Speaker: Andy Griffin, Compliance Technical Lead, Cisco Systems
Time: Networking and dinner at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technology, Bldg. 5, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/emc

The first part of the presentation provides a quick review of the status of the EMC standards for Multimedia Equipment (MME).  CISPR 32 emission standard which replaces CISPR 22 & 13 and the draft immunity standard CISPR 35 (which will (more…)

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Mtg: Annual Consumer Electronics Show Download

by @ 11:16 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY January 20, 2015
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
– trends, innovations, storage, imaging, wearables, IoT
Speakers: Gary Sasaki, President, DIGDIA; Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates; Bill Orner, GoPro; Joseph Wei, JSW Consulting
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members; $10 for non-members; students free
Place: NVIDIA, Building E, 2800 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/ce

This is one of our more popular meeting topics — a look at some of the latest and greatest, and sometimes weirdest new products shown at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Additionally, there are a number of related events that are held (more…)

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Mtg: Perspective from Stanford’s Silicon Valley Archives

by @ 10:58 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY December 2, 2014
SCV Technology History Committee
– panel: history, life and times, preservation, archives …
Panelists: Leslie Berlin, Project Historian, Stanford University & Author of Bob Noyce biography; Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections, Stanford University
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:00 PM; Panel at 6:30 PM
Cost: $5 donation for food
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: sites.ieee.org/sv-techhist/?p=236

In 1984, the Stanford University Libraries started a project that was unique at the time — capturing and preserving documentation about the regional development of science, technology, and industry.  This project became the Silicon Valley Archives, which (more…)

20141202scv

Mtg: What’s New in Mobile: From Gamer-Focused NVIDIA SHIELD to Google Tango

by @ 10:48 am. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY December 2, 2014
SCV Consumer Electronics Chapter
– segments, graphic power, computer vision, sensors, robotics …
Speakers: Johnny Chung Lee, Technical Program Lead, Google; Chris Pedersen, Senior Product Manager, NVIDIA
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE members; $10 for non-members; students free
Place: NVIDIA, Building E, 2800 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/ce

As mobile markets grow & mature, it becomes practical to target specific segments with differentiated solutions.  Two examples of this are the NVIDIA gamer-focused Shield Android products, and the developer-focused Google (more…)

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November 18, 2014

Mtg: Laser-Illuminated Projector Systems Update: Technology, Safety & Regulation

by @ 4:18 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays
 

TUESDAY November 18, 2014
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
– radiological health, risk methodologies, testing, status …
Speaker: Pete Lude
Time: optional dinner at Honba Sushi, 2587 North 1st St, at 5:15 PM; Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: none
Place: Underwriters Laboratories, 455 E. Trimble Rd., San Jose
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pses

Laser Illuminated Projector (LIP) technology has made tremendous advancements in the past several years. LIP systems are entering the market in all size projectors, from small, personal units to large, theater (more…)

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Webinar: Modeling Material Properties Based on Measured Data

by @ 4:04 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

TUESDAY November 25, 2014
SPECTRUM Magazine
– Webinar: extracting properties, robustness, etch factor, milling, metallization …
Speaker: Vratislav Sokol, senior application engineer, CST
Time: 8:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Place: on the Internet
RSVP: from the website
Web: spectrum.ieee.org/webinars

Electromagnetic field simulators are used in a design of the MW/RF circuits in order to lower the number of prototypes required, and reach a good agreement to the measured results. However, the robustness of (more…)

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Mtg: The Evolution of the Digital Substation

by @ 3:43 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power
 

Wednesday January 21, 2014
SF Power & Energy Chapter
– uP protection systems, real time data, modern instruments, security …
Speaker: Steven Kunsman, ABB, Inc.
Time: Networking and pizza at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM
Cost: $5 for IEEE Members; $10 for non-members
Place: California Public Utilities Commission, Golden Gate Room, 505 Van Ness, San Francisco
RSVP: by Jan 19th by email to Elizabeth Waldren, waldrene@bv.com, 913-458-7761
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/1501-sf-pes.pdf

The utility industry has already transitioned from electro-mechanical to microprocessor based protection systems but as utilities face an increasing demand on substation information, the digital substation (more…)

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Mtg: An Introduction to Software Defined Radio

by @ 3:23 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Semiconductors
 

Tuesday January 6, 2014
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
– evolution, oversampling, firmware, mobile, live demo …
Speaker: Jeffrey Pawlan, Pawlan Communications
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, Inc. – Aristotle Room, Bldg. 5, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.CaliforniaConsultants.org

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is the culmination of advances on several fronts, and is probably the most significant area of development in radio systems today.  The entire worldwide cellular (more…)

20150106scv

Mtg: Better Broadband Transmitters with RF-DACs

by @ 2:59 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors
 

Wednesday January 14, 2014
SCV Communications Chapter
– cable-head, small, low power, wide bandwidths …
Speakers: Kurt R. Rentel, Executive Director of Business Management, and Geir S. Ostrem, Executive Director of IC Design, Maxim
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 donation for refreshments
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website
Web: www.comsocscv.org

Moving RF-modulation, filtering and channel combining into the digital domain has recently enabled an order of magnitude power and size reductions in cable head end equipment.  Small modules (more…)

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November 13, 2014

Mtg: Quality of PV Modules Around the World: Qualification Testing Failure Rate Results from China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and US

by @ 1:51 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

Wednesday December 10, 2014
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– unqualified materials, warranty rate, recall history, design evolution …
Speakers: Matthias Heinze, Director Business Development, Global Business Field at TUV Rheinland
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Palo Alto Research Center (G.E. Pake Auditorium), 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pv

Qualification testing of photovoltaic modules, according to IEC 61215 or IEC 61646 standard, is generally considered as a minimum requirement for reliability. Between 2011 and 2013, there was immense price pressure on PV module (more…)

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November 11, 2014

Mtg: Living Large In The Land of Storage; and Do You Want It Big, or Do You Want It Fast?

by @ 5:58 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors
 

MONDAY December 9, 2014
SCV Magnetics Chapter
– developments, data centers, local storage, cloud, SSDs …
Speakers: Thomas M. Coughlin, Coughlin Associates; Jim Handy, Objective Analysis
Time: Networking and pizza at 6:45 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag

Talk #1: Hard disk drive technology is still important in data centers and in consumer products.  Recent developments in HDD technology have resulted in 10 TB hard disk drives and 20 TB and higher are likely only a few years (more…)

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