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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

Meetings - General Information

The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.

August 18, 2022 Meeting - Live Meeting at Asian American Resource Center and also on Zoom

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Of interest to consultants:

Patent Searching (Wednesday, 17 August 2022 - 2 PM ET)

Before you file your patent application, you need to conduct a prior art search. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners. This session will cover essential questions, including:

  1. What are the benefits of searching?
  2. Where can you search?
  3. When should you search?
  4. How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session will be useful for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.  

Ultimate Upgrade Essentials: Self-Assessment (Friday, 26 August 2022 - 2 PM ET)

Philosophers from Socrates to Sun Tzu have stressed the importance of knowing yourself your strengths, your limitations and your inner ambitions are key components in a fulfilled career. These self-assessments are invaluable resources that can accentuate your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. In this discussion, we will use a combination of commonly available tools to give you insight to plan the future upgrades of your career.

Please --> register here <-- to receive information to the Zoom meeting as well as to attend the live meeting.

The Golden Age of Semiconductors, 1970-2000


Mike will give a brief history of Motorola, with a focus on the Semiconductor Sector in the 70s, 80s and 90s. He will touch on the interaction of Customer Need, Market Opportunity, Competition, Technology Development and Engineering innovation in wafer process technology, Mask making, Design CAD tools and manufacturing tools. Technology progress started from logic gates to integrated circuits, custom design IC to application specific IC, FPGA, general purpose MCU, DSP and basic functional blocks such as A/D, D/A, PLL, RTC leading to system chip. The 3 C Market (Consumer, Computing and Communication) provided high volume demand, drove the learning curve to increase performance and lowering the product costs. The increase of the automotive market using more electronic contents drove high quality and reliable products.


Mike Collins

Speaker's bio

Mike Collins joined Motorola semiconductor in 1978 as a Field Applications Engineer in Houston. In 1982 he moved to Austin and into the factory in 1989 as the Digital Signal Processing Marketing Manager. After that he became a Project Manager in the Research and Development department.

Date & Time: Thursday,  August 18 2022 : networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
  • 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX 
  • Austin , Texas
  • United States 78754
  • Building: Community Room
  • Room Number: Classroom #8
Map: Click to see map location

Reservations: Please click Reservations link at top of form to register.
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If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network. And bring a colleague!

Presentation materials, if available, may be obtained after the meeting through the Past Meetings page.

Other meetings and events of interest:

Alliance of IEEE Consultants Network (AICN) Newsletter

IEEE 4th Qtr AICN Newsletter

IEEE Central Texas - Social Media Sites

Twitter , please use hashtag #IEEECTS in tweets regarding the Section
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