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Joint meeting with IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Date: March 17, 2014



†† 6:30pm: Networking/Light Dinner

†† 7:00pm: Announcement

†† 7:05pm: Presentation

†† 8:15pm: Adjourn


Cost: †Free. $2 donation accepted for food.


Location: †QualComm Santa Clara, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara, CA (map)


Title: †DSP - Whence It Came and Where Itís Going; A Tour for Non-Specialists


Speaker: †Mr. Shiv Balakrishnan, Mobility Semiconductors


Abstract: †This is a review of the field of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and is intended for those who do not necessarily use DSP on a daily basis. We look at the key drivers for the field such as FFT and Digital Filters and show how the evolution of these techniques served growing numbers of important application areas such as communications and multimedia. The rise of programmable Digital Signal Processors (also known, somewhat confusingly, as DSPís) is chronicled along with the differences between fixed point and floating point implementations. The impact of DSP on general purpose compute architectures is described, along with the growth in hardware implementations both in IC technology and FPGA. We also look at DSP as a market and see how that view has significantly fragmented by application area in recent times. The impact of DSP on analog design is touched upon as well as describing a number of newer application areas for DSP technology.

Biography: †Shiv Balakrishnan received his BTech degree in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He got his Masterís degree in EE from the University of Florida where he designed Digital Filters for EEG Processing. He spent over a decade working at Tektronix where he was a key contributor to the design of high speed digitizing oscilloscopes. In Silicon Valley, he has worked both for large corporations such as Sun Microsystems and Philips Semiconductors, on products like the Sun Ray-1 thin client and TriMedia VLIW processor, as well as numerous start ups. Shiv is named co-inventor on multiple patents in signal processing. Currently he divides his time between RiverSilica, a Bangalore, India-based start up that makes video transcoders and Mobility Semiconductors, a start up in analog/mixed-signal design.


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