IEEE Central Texas Section

THE ANALOG

Volume 53-05

May 2009

Newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.


Published monthly. Deadline for inclusion is the 25th day of the previous month. Send submissions, comments, questions to Dennis Ferguson, Editor, dferguson@ieee.org


CONTENTS

1. Section Activities

Chairman's Column

Membership Development

San Antonio Vice-Chair's Column

Section & Chapter News

Continuing Education

Student Branches

Calls for Volunteers


2. Chapter Activities

Multiple Chapters

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits

Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

Computer Society - Austin

Computer Society - San Antonio

Consultants Network

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

Electron Devices Society

Engineering in Medicine and Biology

Graduates of the Last Decade

Laser and Electro Optics Society

Life Members Affinity Group

Power Engineering Society - Austin

Power Engineering Society - San Antonio

Product Safety Engineering Society

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - Austin

Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - San Antonio

Technology Management Council - Austin

Technology Management Council - San Antonio

Women in Engineering


3. News & Information

Automated Auditors to Chase Down Cheats

Space Debris Be Damned!

Steve Perlman on How Onlive Will Change Gaming

Chips That Won't Get Crunched

Making Music

IEEE Celebrates 125 Years of Engineering the Future in 2009


4. Local Conferences

5. Other Conferences


IEEE EXTERNAL LINKS

IEEE

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

Call for Papers

IEEEXplore - fulltext access to IEEE Publications

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Standards Association

The Spectrum Online -The Magazine for Technology Insiders


1. Section Activities


Chairman's Column

Friends,

We had quite a show in Lubbock as we held our Annual Region 5 business meeting this past month. In addition to vigorous competitive performances by the robotics teams of St Mary's, UT San Antonio, and UT Austin, we celebrated the recognition of St Mary's as the Outstanding Small Student Branch for the Region. Moreover, we had two members recognized with Individual Achievement Awards, Thuy Dao and Kenny Rice. Finally we had runner up certificates awarded to Alex Ramos as Outstanding Student Branch Member, Dean Schneider as Outstanding Member, and finally, to the Central Texas Section itself as runner up for the Outstanding Large Section Award. It was a great honor to represent you and the Central Texas Section at that event.


Finally, please note all the seminars and workshops on the horizon for our many chapter activities in the next few months. You have much to be proud of in the accomplishments of the Central Texas Section. It remains one of the strongest geographical units in the entire IEEE... thanks to you... and all you do.

Garrett Polhamus
Chairman, Central Texas Section
polhamus@ieee.org

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A message from the IEEE CTS 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Thank you to the 600 Central Texas Engineers who attended the IEEE 125th Anniversary Celebration in Austin on April 30, we hope you enjoyed yourself. This party was for you and you all made it a great success and the largest of the 8 celebrations that the IEEE is holding around the World. We would like to thank the Austin Chamber of Commerce for co-hosting the party as part of their annual "Brain Party". Thank you to the Goodwill for providing their entire facility for the day, FREE of charge. Thank you to Matt Genovese of Door64.com for an incredible Tech Fair. Almost 1,000 people attended the Tech Fair and the displaced Engineer Sessions. Thank you to all of the distinguished panelists on the "Engineer of 2020" panel discussion. There were about 200 people who attended the panel discussion. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped throughout the day. Thank you to Joe Redfield for setting up the IEEE membership table at both the Tech Fair and the Brain Party. We actually signed up several new members to the IEEE and the Central Texas Section. Thank you to the IEEE Region 5 Director, David Pierce, for driving in from Louisiana to be our Master of Ceremonies at the Brain Party. Thank you to the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, for the Proclamation in celebration of the IEEE. The proclamation was presented to the Austin Chamber of Commerce and will be on display in their offices. A special thanks goes to the IEEE staff in New Jersey for both selecting CTS to host one of the celebrations and for all of the support and guidance they gave us. I would like to thank my employer, Mentor Graphics, for all the support they have given to IEEE and for allowing me the time to lead the IEEE CTS committee for the 125th Anniversary celebration. Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my family for their understanding and support. Let's not wait another 125 years to celebrate Engineers in Central Texas.

Kenny Rice
Treasurer, IEEE Central Texas Section
krice@ieee.org

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Engineering in San Antonio - SA Vice-Chair's Column

Happy Birthday IEEE! Austin was the site of the second of seven worldwide birthday celebrations, and was held just last evening (April 30) at the new Goodwill Conference Center. Thru lots of coordination - local (CTS, Austin Chamber of Commerce) and 'Big' IEEE, the celebration was part of the Austin Chamber of Commerces 3rd annual Brain Party. There was something going on all day - the Tech Fair started at 11 and had over 900 attendees during it's 5 hour run. Hosted by Door64, there were presentations all day. Then, at 4:30, we had a distinguished panel discussion on what the 'Engineer in 2020' will look like. The party, with live music, free beer/wire, and food started at 6 and lasted until 9. The registration folks guessed about 600 attended, but don't have a final count (yet). The food was great, the music was fun, but the company was the best! The one downside was that this facility is so new, the AC wasn't working, so it got a little toasty inside. There were displays of computing history (did you know the Goodwill has a Computer Museum on this campus? Way cool!), some UT-Austin students brought demos of some of their projects. All in all, a big success! I've got pictures, so let's see if our masterful newsletter editor can get them in the Analog.


And here's some pictures - if they work, fine, if not, fine too!

(Editor's Note: getting them to load from the IEEE web site proved problematic.)

Dawn Roberson
CTS Vice-Chair San Antonio
robersonj@ieee.org
210-458-5520

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Membership Development

Have you been renewed your IEEE membership for 2009?

If you haven't renewed for 2009, your IEEE membership benefits most likely have been suspended at the end of February. If you don't remember, check it out though your myIEEE account. Login at: www.ieee.org/myieee or simply call 1 800 678-4333.


myIEEE Membership Portal

myIEEE is a members personalized gateway into IEEE membership. Log in today (IEEE Web Account required) for a comprehensive view of IEEE membership and the latest IEEE has to offer. See www.ieee.org/myieee

  • View a quick summary of the latest IEEE news and activities
  • Access your individual Society memberships and subscriptions
  • Connect with your local IEEE Section and volunteer leadership
  • Find upcoming conferences in your technical area
  • Learn more about individual benefits
  • Read the latest news from IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Standards News, and The Institute
  • View special-interest programs on IEEE.tv


Did you know about IEEE

There are a number of interesting bits of information about your IEEE. Did You Know - If you become unemployed...

Your IEEE membership is more important than ever as a resource for career and employment assistance and networking Contact IEEE-USA Employment Assistance though www.ieeeusa.org/careers and take advantage of the resources.

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-522-3729

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Continuing Education

Webinars from IEEE Spectrum

Virtual Prototyping for Design Analysis of Piezoelectric Transducers and Transducer Arrays on 6 May 2009 2 PM ET/11 AM PT - Virtual prototyping encompasses a wide array of tools in order to facilitate the computer aided design of contemporary and future engineering systems. The methodology gives an engineer or scientist a suite of tools whereby virtual experiments can be performed in software, in order to critically assess the behavior of a system or component of that system. From simple analytical models to full 3-dimensional finite element analyses, the virtual experiment can facilitate rapid parameter sweeps or optimization methodologies to inform considered design.


From their experience in the design and analysis of piezoelectric transducers and transducer arrays, this webinar will describe the presenters' application of virtual prototyping in a research laboratory setting. A number of practical examples will be described including the deployment of genetic search algorithms for multi-parameter optimization schemes in transducer design and the concept of materials design and selection for piezoelectric transducer arrays. Sign up at Transducer.


"Mobile WiMAX-Ready to Rumble", Sponsored by Ansoft, and Skyworks http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/webcast/6953

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Student Branches

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://ieee.stmarytx.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Baroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch President: Alex Ramos, email: aramos4@mail.stmarytx.edu


Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: farzan@engr.trinity.edu
Branch President: Jonathan Simpkins, email: jonathan.simpkins@trinity.edu


University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Robin DeHart, email: chair@ieee.ece.utexas.edu


University of Texas at San Antonio (http://www.utsaieee.org/)
Faculty Adviser: Yufang Jin, email: yufang.Jin@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Philip So, email: philip.so.1@gmail.com


Student Member News

Why You Should Stick With IEEE

Each year about half the IEEE student members who graduate don't renew and move up to full members--they just drop out. But if they don't renew, these graduates will miss out on a load of benefits that could come in handy as they enter the workforce. Check out the top reasons you should keep your membership after you graduate at http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/13927/40069599

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Calls for Volunteers

IEEE Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)

The IEEE Teacher In-Service Program is sponsored by the IEEE Education Activities Board (EAB) and features IEEE Section volunteers developing and presenting technologically oriented subject matter to local pre-university educators in an in-service or professional development setting. TISP allows IEEE volunteers to share their technical expertise and to demonstrate the application of engineering concepts to support the teaching and learning of science, mathematics and technology disciplines. For more information about TISP, please go to http://www.ieee.org/web/education/preuniversity/tispt/index.html , or contact Dean Schneider at d.schneider@ieee.org.

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2. Chapter Activities

Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ssc_css/

Topic/Title

Chip Reveal 3D

Speaker

Dr. Jerzy Gazda, Cerium Laboratories

Abstract

This presentation describes the techniques used to reverse engineer integrated circuit layouts for diagnostic, litigation, and obsolete semiconducotr fabrication. The techniques used to create detailed 3D images involves state-of-the-art imaging, image processing, and the manipulation/signal processing of very large image files.

Date/Time

Tuesday May 12th, 6:30pm

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

UT Campus - ENS 306A

Notes

Dr. Gazda currently serves as the Section Manager at Cerium Laboratories LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spansion Inc. leading a 12 person group. In this role, He is responsible for operations of analytical equipment group providing nano-scale metrology and analysis to support Spansion manufacturing efforts at Fab-25 in Austin, and wide range of customers with materials characterization needs in Semiconductor, Green Energy, Nano-Technologies, and Catalyst industries


Dr. Gazda joined AMD Inc. in December of 1999. He supported the manufacturing efforts in three AMD Fabs world wide as TEM analysts and since 2001 as Group Leader. During his tenure, he has helped in introduction of the first 1 GHz microprocessor, semiconductor manufacturing technology transitions from 0.25um to 60nm transistor nodes, and participated in R& D efforts to develop advanced transistor/memory cell designs and interconnects structures for AMD and Spansion devices.


Since June 2004, analytical services of the Cerium Laboratories are being offered to a brad range of customers. Upon successful establishment of the company, AMD sold Cerium Labs to Spansion Inc. in October of 2006. Currently Cerium Labs serves over 100 customers and provides services in areas of Analytical Imaging, Surface Characterization, and Analytical Chemistry. As one of the original founding mangers of the company, Dr. Gazda has been involved in developing market for TEM, FIB, SEM and other analytical services offered by Cerium Labs.


Dr. Gazda has bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics and M. S. in Metallurgy from University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern in 1999. Prior to AMD, Dr. Gazda worked for over 8 years at Argonne National Laboratory developing structural alloys for nuclear industry applications.

The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact seningen@ieee.org or dferguson@ieee.org

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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) -Austin
http://cpmtaustinchapter.org/

No CPMT meetings are scheduled for May.

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Computer Society - Austin
http://www.ieee.org/austin_cs/

Topic/Title

The Race for a New Game Machine - Creating the Chips Inside the Xbox 360 & the PlayStation 3

Speaker

David Shippy and Mickie Phipps

Abstract

THE RACE FOR A NEW GAME MACHINE provides an insider's view of the exciting work of a computer design team simultaneously racing to complete, from scratch, the design of the fastest chips in the industry while answering to corporate giants IBM, Sony, Toshiba and Microsoft. At the IEEE meeting on May 20th, David Shippy and Mickie Phipps will discuss their experiences developing the high performance microprocessor core for two of the most anticipated game consoles in recent history. They will also discuss the challenges facing future high performance microprocessor design teams.

Date/Time

Wednesday, May 20th, 6:30 pm Networking 7:00 pm Program

Cost

none

Reservations

not required

Location

National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expy Bldg C, Rooms 1S13, 1S14, 1S15 - see map

Notes

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Computer Society - San Antonio
http://www.ieee-cs-cts.org/

No Computer Society - San Antonio meetings are scheduled for May. This is the annual summer break for the Computer Society.

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Central Texas Consultants Network
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn

Topic/Title

How to Become a Successful Consultant

Speaker

see agenda

Abstract

The agenda:

1:30 -1:55 Registration & Networking
2:00 -2:05 Introduction - Kai Wong/Doug Russell
2:05 -2:45 Consultant 2.0 - Pat Goodwin
2:50 -3:30 Networking to Find Your Leads - Tommy Chiodo
3:30 -3:45 Break
3:50 -4:30 Qualifying and Prioritizing Your Leads - Bob Davis
4:35 -5:15 The Art of Consulting - Darrel Raynor
5:20 -6:00 Panel - Pat Goodwin, Darrel Raynor, Joyce Statz, Leslie Martinich.

Date/Time

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 2:00 -6:00 pm

Cost

Cost for this workshop: $20 IEEE members/$25 Public/$35 at the Door.

Location

Freescale Semiconductor, 7700 W. Parmer, Austin TX, Building A, Main Auditorium, map

Notes

For more information, contact Ed Gordon ebg@ieee.org or Kai Wong kaiwong@ieee.org

Do a friend a favor. Bring your colleague to grow the Consultants Network. The Consultants web directory is to be found at http://www.alesu.com/xltrp/ieeecons/listzero.htm

Do the Consultants Network a favor. Give a talk or get a speaker for one meeting this year. Email the bio and summary to the Chairman.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/emcs/chapters/centraltexas/index.html

No Electromagnetic Compatibility Society meetings are scheduled for May.

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Electron Devices Society
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/eds/

Topic/Title

ESD Protection Design for CMOS Mixed-Voltage I/O Circuits

Speaker

ESD DL Speaker: Prof. Morris (Ming-Dou) Ker, IEEE Fellow

Abstract

To improve circuit operating speed and performance, the device dimension of MOSFET has been shrunk in the advanced CMOS integrated circuits (ICs). With the scaled-down device dimension and thin gate oxide in the advanced nanoscale CMOS technology, the power supply voltage of normal circuit operation is also scaled down to reduce the power consumption and to meet the gate-oxide reliability. However, most microelectronic systems nowadays still consist of the semiconductor chips fabricated in different CMOS technologies. Therefore, the microelectronic systems often require the I/O interface circuits between semiconductor chips or sub-systems which have different power supply voltages. With the different power supply voltages in a microelectronic system, chip-to-chip I/O circuits must be designed to avoid electrical overstress across the gate oxide, to avoid hot-carrier degradation on the output devices, and to prevent the undesired leakage current paths between the chips. Therefore, some advanced mixed-voltage I/O circuits had been developed to handle the I/O signals of higher voltage level but only realized with low-voltage CMOS devices. However, except the different voltage levels of I/O signals in the mixed-voltage I/O circuits, such mixed-voltage I/O circuits connected to the bonding pad in CMOS ICs are still requested to meet the electrostatic discharge (ESD) specifications in IC industry. For safe production of CMOS ICs, the ESD robustness for commercial IC products was traditionally requested to sustain ESD levels of +/-2kV in the test standard of Human Body Model (HBM). How to design the on-chip ESD protection circuits to effectively protect the mixed-voltage I/O circuits realized by the nanoscale CMOS devices with thin gate oxide is a quite difficult challenge. Such on-chip ESD protection circuits for mixed-voltage I/O circuits should meet the gate-oxide reliability constraints and prevent the undesired leakage current paths during normal circuit operating condition. Under ESD zapping condition, the ESD protection circuit should be quickly triggered on to discharge ESD current. In this tutorial, a brief introduction to the mixed-voltage I/O circuits will be shown, and then an overview on the ESD protection designs for mixed-voltage I/O circuits without using the additional thick gate-oxide process is presented. Some advanced ESD protection designs by using high-voltage-tolerant power-rail ESD clamp circuits to protect mixed-voltage I/O circuits will be demonstrated with silicon verification in nanoscale CMOS technology. ESD protection for CMOS ICs is not only the process issue but also highly dependent to the design issue. On-chip ESD protection design is an important topic that the circuit designers need to watch.

Date/Time

Thursday May 21st, 2009 6:00-7:30PM

Refreshments

Light refreshments are provided

Reservations

Please RSVP to Christian Catalan at Christian.Catalan@amd.com. We need an accurate count to purchase refreshments.

Location

SEMATECH Room F-C - Map at http://www.sematech.org/corporate/map.htm

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology
http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/embs/index.html

No Engineering in Medicine & Biology meetings are scheduled for May.

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Engineering Management
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

The Engineering Management Society is becoming the Technology Management Council. Information about meetings can be found in the sections for Technology Management Council - Austin and Technology Management Council - San Antonio

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

No Graduates of the Last Decade meetings are scheduled for May.

For more Information contact Jason Polendo jpolendo@ieee.org

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Laser and Electro Optics Society

No Laser and Electro Optics Society meetings are scheduled for May.

For more information, contact Ray Chen

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Life Members Affinity Group

No Life Members Affinity Group meetings are scheduled for May.

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Power and Energy Society - Austin
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/austin

No Power & Energy Society - Austin meetings are scheduled for May.

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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

Topic/TitleVFDs in Waste Water Treatment Applications
SpeakerJohn Liuzzi (San Antonio Armature)
Date/TimeThursday, May 28th, 2009 - 5:57pm Social, 6:31pm Dinner, 7:03pm Program
Cost$10 members, $15 non-members, FREE for students (Cash only please, no checks or credit cards)
ReservationsPlease RSVP to John Brogan @ 210-353-3375 or jabrogan@ieee.org
LocationGrady's BBQ, 6510 San Pedro, San Antonio (210-806-8036)
NotesFor more information please go to our web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pes/centraltexas/sanantonio

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Product Safety Engineering Society
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/pses/

Topic/TitleLeakage Current - What it is and How to Test for it
SpeakerLal Bahra, Dell
Date/TimeMay 19, 2009, 6:30pm
Costnone
ReservationsCall Dale Ritzen (512) 651-5338 for details and directions.
LocationDell, Parmer Campus, Parmer South Building 4, Victoria Conference Room.

We encourage you, others in your organization, or other interested parties to participate in our meetings. The PSES meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7:00 pm. For further information about the PSES, please contact Dale Ritzen at (512)v 651-5338 or Gary Schrempp at gary_schrempp@dell.com.

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - Austin
http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org/

Topic/Title

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

Speaker

Tony Hurson has 24 years experience in semiconductor design, verification and architecture, working in various microprocessor, multimedia and networking technologies. He co-founded OmegaBand, an InfiniBand systems company focusing on InfiniBand-to-networking bridge products, where he worked on chip and system architecture. At Agilent Technologies, he architected an InfiniBand-to-Fibre-Channel bridge chip. He is working as a chip architect with ServerEngines Corporation where he has developed Ethernet-based network and storage adapter silicon with a variety of protocol offloads, include TCP, iSCSI and iWARP. Mr Hurson has a B.S. in Microelectronics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Abstract

This presentation provides and overview of the emerging FCoE Storage Area Network (SAN) standard. It begins with a brief historical perspective on networked storage, including block-based SANs and file-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) protocols. It then outlines the arguments for this new standard, FCoE, including the most likely deployment scenarios. Example SCSI Read and Write operations over FCoE are shown. Supplementary standards in development - IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority Pause, 802.1Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection and 802.1Qau Congestion Notification - are outlined.

Date/Time

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Cost

Free

Reservations

Free Registration Link: http://fcoe.eventbrite.com

Location

AT&T Labs - 9505 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

Notes

Check our website http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org for details

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society - San Antonio
http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org/

Topic/Title

HD Video Communication & Telepresence: Trends & Underlying Technologyy

Speaker

Casey King, CTO Lifesize

Abstract

Lifesize Communication develops High Definition communication products targeted for the enterprise market. Does the quality really matter? What is the difference between legacy video systems, HD systems, and telepresence systems? A fundamental shift to newer video, audio, and communication technologies makes this possible. We'll discuss a few of these underlying technologies, HD, H.264, AAC, H.323, SIP and some of the challenges that exist in real time communications. A learning and entertaining discussion running the gamut from free desktop clients to $500K custom suites.

Date/Time

Monday, May18th 2009 at 6:30pm

Cost

Free for IEEE Members, $5 non-members

Reservations

Please RSVP to Brian Kelley atdr.brian.kelley@gmail.com.

Location

Venue: Panda Supper Buffet, 6420 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238

Speaker Profile

Casey King has over 20 years of experience designing and building video technology products. As CTO, Casey is responsible for driving LifeSize's technology innovation and strategic product vision. Before joining LifeSize as a principal engineer in September 2003, Casey was an AMD Fellow in the Personal Connectivity Solutions group at Advanced Micro Devices. Prior to AMD he was a software architect for Alchemy Semiconductor, and also held various product development and leadership roles in the areas of graphics and multimedia at Apple Computer. Casey began his career as a systems engineer at Link Flight Simulation. He holds a BSEE from the University of Texas.

Notes

http://www.cts-comsoc-sp.org

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Technology Management Council - Austin
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

Topic/Title

Managing Generational Diversity: Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials

Speaker

Leslie Martinich, President, Competitive Focus

Abstract

No question about it, today's diversity issue is age diversity. Young, talented employees clash with seasoned employees over work ethic, respect for authority, dress code, and work arrangements. How can you help your multi-generational team become collaborative rather than confrontational? What can you do to provide Millennials / Gen Y the environment they need so that you can derive the results that they are so capable of achieving?

Date/Time

Tuesday May 12 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

Cost

No Cost, refreshments served

Reservations

RSVP to http://www.austin-tmc.org

Location

Amplify Federal Credit Union, 2606 Brockton Drive, Austin, TX 78758 (map)

Notes

Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Technology Management Council - San Antonio
http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ems

Topic/Title

Further along with Millennials and Gen Y in the Workplace

Speaker

UIW Assistant Professor, Dr. Michael Frye

Date/Time

11:30 AM, Thursday, May 28th

Reservations

Contact Nils Smith for more details.

Location

Aldaco's

Notes

Following up on April's presentation on Millennials and Gen Y, Dr. Frye will expand how today's managers interact with the new generation and how to get the best from them.

Contact Nils Smith (nils.smith@ieee.org) for information about the San Antonio TMC.

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Women in Engineering
http://www.austin-wie.org/

No Women in Engineering meetings are scheduled for May.

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3. News & Information

Automated Auditors to Chase Down Cheats

When Bernard Madoff's hedge fund turned out to be a gigantic Ponzi scheme, everybody wondered how this had gone undetected for more than a decade. Computer scientists now think they have a way to catch crooks like these a lot faster. Read on at: Automated Auditors


Space Debris Be Damned!

Scientists and engineers are gathering in Europe this week to come up with better ways of dealing with the increasingly dangerous amount of junk orbiting our planet. But if you operate the world's largest fleet of commercial satellites, sometimes you just can't wait for a better way, especially with the U.S. Department of Defense on your case. Read the story at Space Debris


Steve Perlman on How OnLive Will Change Gaming

IEEE member Steve Perlman's inventions include QuickTime and WebTV. His latest project may be his most significant, though. The CEO of OnLive, a new cloud gaming service due out in the United States and Canada by the end of 2009, sat down recently with us to discuss the future of online games at Gaming.


Chips That Won't Get Crunched

Just a few weeks before it was reported that some of the United States' vital infrastructure had been hacked and that malware had been left behind, a California company made available to commercial customers a microprocessor with military-grade security. The device has security features that make it completely worthless to someone who picks it apart in an attempt to reverse engineer it and allows the end user to change security keys at will. Operators of electric utilities and mass transit systems who install the chip will have one less thing to worry about. Read on at: Chips.


Making Music

Got an itch to make an electronic device you can show off--and a weekend to blow? IEEE Spectrum Executive Editor Glenn Zorpette has an idea: How about building a powerful class-D audio amplifier? Zorpette provides a detailed account of his hands-on project, including hunting, gathering, and the subsequent piecing together of circuit boards, transformers, power MOSFETs, and various switches to create an elegant-looking, eardrum-blowing unit. Read more at: Music.


IEEE Celebrates 125 Years of Engineering the Future in 2009

The start of 2009 marked the official kickoff of IEEE's 125th Anniversary celebration. IEEE is commemorating this milestone with a variety of activities surrounding the theme of Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future. The official 125th anniversary mark is already visible on ieee.org, and is being used on IEEE publication covers and other materials throughout the year. The latest anniversary information is available on http://www.ieee125.org.

Major anniversary events include the first IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition for college and university students worldwide; a global media roundtable and webcast addressing emerging, world changing technologies on 10 March in New York City; Engineering the Future Day on 13 May and a series of celebrations in major world cities throughout the year:

  • 11 May - Boston, Mass.
  • 8 June - Beijing, China
  • 29/30 August - Bangalore, India
  • 6 October - London, England
  • 30 October - Tokyo, Japan
  • TBD - San Jose, Calif.

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4. Local Conferences

  • International Conference on IC Design & Technology will be held May 18-20, 2009 in Austin, TX. The venue of 2009 ICICDT will be Freescale Semiconductor at 7700 W Parmer Lane, Austin, Texas, 78729, U.S.A. More information can be found athttp://www.ICICDT.org.


  • 2009 IEEE Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology Conference (AVFOP) will be held September 22-24, 2009 in San Antonio, TX. For more information, contact Christine Bluhm at c.bluhm@ieee.org.


  • 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics will be held October 10-15, 2009, in SanAntonio, TX.


  • 2009 IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Conference will be held October 11-14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio. Paper deadline is March 15, 2009. http://www.smc2009.org


  • 2009 Frontiers in Education Conference will be held October 18-21, 2009, in San Antonio, TX. Abstracts are due January 14, 2009. More information, including the call for papers, can be found at http://fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie2009/.


  • IEEE Conference Search can be found at http://www.ieee.org/web/conferences/search/index.html.


  • See also http://www.wikicfp.com - A place to organize and share Calls for Papers.

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