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December 31, 2014

Mtg: Productivity in the Cloud for Small Businesses and Consultants

by @ 7:31 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

TUESDAY February 3, 2015
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
– feature-rich software, licenses, from office, from field, tools, tips …
Speaker: Patricia Dwyer, Digital Chaos Control
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, Bldg. 5, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

The availability of Cloud Services though virtually any computing portal is reducing the need for IT departments throughout the industry.  Small businesses are now able to access feature-rich software without (more…)


December 30, 2014

Startup Rock Stars: Everything You Ever Needed to Know

by @ 3:45 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt

IEEE Computer Society — the Experts Who Have Made It Happen!
Startup Rock Stars: Everything You Ever Needed to Know
– March 24, 2015   – The Village, Market St, San Francisco   – 9 AM to 6 PM
The Facts on Funding — the Funders, the Legal Eagles, the Back Office Gurus, the Infrastructure Experts, the Platform Innovators, the Marketing Fanatics.   Speakers:   – Carey Lai, Director, Intel Capital   – Brian Meece, Co-founder, RocketHub   – Rafe Furst, SVP, Crowdfunder   – Howard J. Leonhardt, Executive Chair, Leonhardt Ventures   – Sridhar Solur, Innovation, HP   – Ash Kumra, Ash Kumra, Co-founder, DreamItAlive   – Taryn Rose, Co-founder, DRESR … and three others.
Full information and to register: Group discounts.


Mtg: NFPA-70E-2015: Are You Ready for the Changes?

by @ 2:50 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY February 19, 2015
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
– workplace safety, hazard risk, impacts …
Speaker: Robert (Bob) Fuhr, P.E., P. Eng.,
Time: No-host social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation continues at 8:00 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE members, $30 for non-members, $15 for student and retired members
Place: Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
RSVP: by February 16 to Michael Nakamura, or (925) 330-6595

Just like the National Electric Code (NEC), the NFPA 70E – Electrical Safety in the Workplace is revised every three years.  The next version (2015) will become effective on (more…)


December 16, 2014

Mtg: High-Performance MEMS Inertial Sensors: A Tutorial Overview

by @ 10:50 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

THURSDAY January 29, 2015
SCV Solid State Circuits Chapter
– design challenges for wearables, health, fitness …
Speaker: Derek K. Shaeffer, InvenSense Inc.
Time: Refreshments at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Maxim, 160 Rio Robles, San Jose
RSVP: from website

Over the past few years, MEMS-based inertial sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers have proliferated into a wide variety of consumer products.  Today, these sensors are found as standard components in smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, remote controls, toys (more…)


Advanced Engineering Design Courses at UC Santa Cruz

by @ 10:39 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

— March 23-27, 2015   — on the UC-Santa Cruz campus
— 3- and 5-day intensive classes
Top lecturers for three timely technology classes:   – Wireline Transceivers: Transmitters, Receivers, PLLs, Clock and Data Recovery, ADC-based Links, Simulation and Modeling, Performance Estimation.   – Continuous-Time Delta-Sigma Design: Basics, Non-Idealities, Modulators, ADCs & DACs, Mismatch, Noise, Bench-Test, Tools.   – Practical Aspects in Mixed-Signal ICs: Noise Coupling, ESD & EMC Robustness, Band-Gap References, Differential Amps, Trade-offs, Ultra Low-Power.     Review the topical areas covered in these courses; save, through Feb 15th:


December 14, 2014

Rock Stars of 3D Printing

by @ 1:58 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

IEEE Computer Society — changing the way we produce everything
One-Day Event: Rock Stars of 3D Printing
– March 17, 2015   – San Jose Civic Auditorium   – 8 AM to 7 PM
Find the answers you need – the one event that brings together experts who ask the tough questions and give you the realistic answers. Speakers:   – Jesse Harrington Au, Autodesk   – Paul Brody, IBM   – Terry Yoo, National Institutes of Health   – Hugh Evans, 3D Systems   – Prabhjot Singh, GE Global Research   – Brian David Johnson, Intel   – Cliff Waldman, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation … and others.   See actual examples of products and techniques in exhibits, share experiences and case histories in a day packed with networking, food, and generally mind-blowing ideas. Prepare and implement 3D printing — remain relevant in your industry!     Only $229 for IEEE members. Full information and to register: Group discounts.


Int’l Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)

by @ 1:56 pm. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
— February 22-26, 2015     — San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
— 27 Sessions, 10 Tutorials     — Plenary talks, Panels, Forums
Sessions: – Energy Harvesting   – Sensors   – Data-Converter Techniques   – Processors   – Modern RF Receivers   – Ultra-High-Speed Wireline Transceivers   – Energy-Efficient RF Systems   – Digital PLLs and SoC Building Blocks   – Innovative Personalized Biomedical Systems   – Low-Power SoCs   – Secure, Efficient Circuits for IoT   – RF Frequency Generation   – and more     Sunday Tutorials: – Fundamentals of Modern RF Receivers   – Basics of DRAM Interfaces   – Ultra-Low-Power Wireless Systems   – High-Speed Cirrent-Steering DACs   – Basics of Many-Core Processors   – CMOS Sensors for 3D Imaging … plus 4 more.
Save, through January 16th.   For information and to register:


December 10, 2014

Mtg: Export Opportunities and Resources for U.S. Companies

by @ 10:39 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

Tuesday December 16, 2014
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
– Department of Commerce, trade missions, goals, counseling …
Speaker: Shannon Fraser Commercial Service Office, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time: Optional dinner at 5:15 PM at Honba Sushi, 2587 North 1st St, San Jose; Presentation at 6:45 PM at UL
Cost: none
Place: Underwriters Laboratories, 455 E. Trimble Rd., San Jose
RSVP: not required

Shannon Fraser will discuss how The Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce helps U.S. firms attain their international business development goals through export counseling, B2B and B2G meeting arrangements, trade missions, and advocacy (more…)


Webinar: Enabling Smart Grids: Energy Storage Technologies, Opportunities and Challenges

by @ 10:38 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

Thursday December 18, 2014
SmartGrid Committee
– generation, transmission, distribution, batteries, store, release …
Speaker: Prof. Lucia Gauchia, Energy Storage Systems, Michigan Technological University
Time: 10:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website

The versatility of energy storage, in particular batteries, at virtually any point of the grid (generation, transmission, distribution, residential/industrial) makes them an indispensable element of the smart grids. Their capability to store and release energy is key (more…)


December 9, 2014

Mtg: What’s Hot in Advanced Nanomaterials

by @ 9:14 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, NanoEngineering, Semiconductors

TUESDAY January 20, 2015
SCV Nanotechnology Chapter
– coatings, composites, metals, innovators, commercial trajectories …
Speaker: Ross Kozarsky, Senior Analyst, Lux Research Inc.
Time: Networking and pizza at 11:30 AM; Presentation at 12:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members $5, Non-members $10
Place: Texas Instruments Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Coating, composite, and metal technologies enhance the performance of todayâ??s products, while emerging platform technologies like graphene, 3D printing, and metamaterials advance the frontier of tomorrowâ??s material capabilities.  However, even the most (more…)


Mtg: Photovoltaics for a Billion Poor

by @ 8:23 am. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

Thursday January 15, 2015
SCV Photovoltaics Chapter
– necessity, strategies, economics, cultural, case studies …
Speaker: Greg P. Smestad, Ph.D., Owner, Sol Ideas Technology Development; Lecturer, Santa Clara University
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

Providing clean energy for the Developing World is both an absolute necessity and an enormous market opportunity.  This talk surveys solar energy-related engineering and entrepreneurship in emerging market countries, with an emphasis on strategies for (more…)


December 2, 2014

Mtg: Tools for Thermal Analysis: Thermal Test Chips

by @ 8:12 am. Filed under ALL, Electronics Design, Semiconductors

Wednesday December 10, 2014
SCV Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Chapter, with the MEMS & Sensors Chapter
– chip/package/heatsink, sensing, gradients, unit-cells, package design …
Speaker: Tom Tarter, Package Science Services LLC
Time: Networking and optional dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:45 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE Members, $33 for non-members, $10 for fulltime students and currently unemployed (no cost for talk)
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Irrespective of if a device gets smaller, larger, hotter or cooler, some method is needed to determine the thermal behavior of a given chip/package/heatsink configuration. This is typically achieved by a combination of models and measurements and is useful in guiding the design team to the most (more…)


December 1, 2014

Webinar: Antenna Design and Placement for the Automotive Market

by @ 9:22 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

Thursday December 4, 2014
– simulation, prototype, placement, exposure compliance …
Speaker: Davide Tallini, Application and Sales Engineer, CST
Time: 8:00 AM (PST)
Cost: none
Place: on the Web
RSVP: from website

Today’s high-end car has a growing list of electronic technology for entertainment, utility and safety, each piece requiring a dedicated antenna. With AM/FM, tire pressure monitoring, GPS, multiple radar systems and increasingly (more…)


Mtg: Evolving the Romibo Social Robot: Lessons in Design

by @ 8:54 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

Thursday December 11, 2014
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
– use, misuse, appropriation, amalgamation, abandonment, therapy …
Speaker: Aubrey Shick, independent social-tech consultant in robotics
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: CMU, NASA Ames Research Park Bldg. 23, Moffett Field
RSVP: not required

Romibo robots are being used around the world in a wide range of applications never expected.  Beginning life as Aubrey Shick’s graduate research project in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon in (more…)


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