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SCV-CPMT - 7/7 | A New Drop Test for BGA Assemblies: Duplicable and Effective - new test vehicle (TV), energy dissipation or delta V during the drop cycle play a key role but has been neglected by current JEDEC drop test standard ... (TI, Santa Clara, 5:45 pm)

SCV-PHOTO - 7/7 | Better Living Through Atomic Physics - exquisite properties of the atom, stable frequency transitions, precise initialization, control, readout, environmental isolation, absolute, and do not drift over time, new capabilities, fielding these devices (Intel, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SCV-YP - 7/7 | Pitch to Nitin Chopra at Shasta Ventures and Learn about startup funding - interactive session, the different stages of angel and venture capital investing, how to articulate your start-up's key value drivers, Q/A about fundraising, feedback about your pitch ... (Innowest, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-ComSoc - 7/8 | Enabling Wi-Fi Internet of Things with 802.11ah Technology - longer range, lower power consumption, physical layer (PHY), medium access control layer (MAC)... (TI, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm)

SCV-EDS - 7/9 | Too Hot to Handle: The Emerging Challenge of Self-heating In Modern FINFET, ETSOI, and Gate-All-Around III-V Transistors - expense of additional self-heating, stacks of materials, very hot channel to make the bad situation worse, mapping the self-heating in 3D... (TI, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SF-PES - 7/15 | Medium Voltage Gas Insulated Switchgear - IEEE/ANSI requirements and CSA standards for Gas Insulated Switchgear, What is SF6 Gas and why... (PUC, SF, 11:30 am)

SCV-WIE - 7/15 | IEEE-WIE-Cisco-CORP Tech Day Two Talks: "The Internet of Things and Scaling the Internet Architecturally" - The implications from IoT, "Energy Internet", embedded security AND privacy ..., "The Journey of Live Broadcast Production from SDI to IP" - progress and adoption of high speed Data Center, without impacting their day-to-day operations and revenues Cisco WIE (Cisco Bldg 11 Cafe, San Jose, 6 pm)

OEB-IAS - 7/16 | An Electrical Reliability Metric for Preventive Maintenance: Mean Time between Failure plus Finds - finds are leading indicators to equipment failures, measures PM effectiveness, optimizes PM intervals.... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm)

SCV-SSCS and Pace - 7/16 | SoC Power Reduction and Management Techniques - Short Course - tutorial, power reduction, adaptive circuit techniques that reduce the voltage and frequency design guard-bands.... (TI, Santa Clara, 6 pm)

SFBA-NANO - 7/21 | Interactions of Light and Charge with Nanoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks -nanoporous structure with an exceptional degree of synthetic versatility, novel class of electronic materials with the potential to bridge ... (TI, Santa Clara, 12 noon)

SCV/OEB/SF-RAS - 7/21 | Encountered-Type Haptic Displays: Dynamic Touch Feedback for Virtual or Remote Environments -touch is bidirectional, deform and comply accordingly with the user's applied forces and motions, particle jamming, in which a flexible membrane, Haptic Jamming display ... (Carnegie Mellon, Mountain View, 7 pm)

SCV-CPMT - 7/23 | Embedding Passive and Active Devices in Substrates - Embedded Component Packaging (ECP), embedding of passive and active components in an organic substrate ... (Note new location - The Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara, 11:30 am)

SCV-SPS - 8/6 | Real-world Audio Source Separation - automatic karaoke, extracting dialogue from old films, upmixing mono recordings to multi-channel recordings, Algorithmically, an ill-posed and challenging problem ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SF-PES - 8/19 |Advanced Smart Grid Communications & Applications: A Systems View for Successful Deployment - advanced wireless communication system, utility monitoring, communication, and control of distribution equipment ... (PUC, SF, 11:30 am)

SCV-SPS - 8/19 | Scene Understanding in the Era of Deep Learning - Recognition of 3D objects, 3D reconstruction, category-specific priors, "deep learning" ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

Computer /BAMMF - 8/21 |Bay Area Multimedia Forum - Vision-enhanced Immersive Interaction with Touch Board (ViiBoard), future large-scale video/light-field displays, ... (George E. Pake Auditorium, Palo Alto, 1:30 pm)

SCV-SPS - 9/3 | Optical Character Recognition for Most of the World's Languages - recorded information, visual rather than digital Unicode form, conversion to Unicode for use in the digital world ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm)

SCV-CPMT - 9/9 | Anisotropic Conductive Film (ACF) Interconnection Technology for Wearable Electronics Applications - flexible printed circuits (FPCs) substrates, COF (Chip On Flex)/ CIF (Chip In Flex), FOF (Flex On Flex) and FOF (Flex On Fabric) technologies ... (TI, Santa Clara, 5:45 pm)

SF-PES - 9/16 |Understanding the Electrical Arcing and the Arc-flash Hazard Study - theory of the electrical arcing and the accepted methods to calculate the arc-flash hazard, develop strategies to minimize burn injuries during an arc flash incident ...(PUC, SF, 11:30 am)

SCV-MTT - 10/17 | Short Course 2015 - RF and EMI/EMC: Instrumentation, Components and Practice - fundamentals of RF technology such as Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic theory, S-parameter methods, time and frequency domain measurement techniques, key components (amplifier, filter, and mixer) utilized in the RF and EMC ... (TBD, 8 am - 5 pm)

FlashMemLogo Flash Memory Summit
August 10-13, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center

If you are involved in the digital storage industry, you won't want to miss Flash Memory Summit 2015, this summer's hot technology event! The program covers every aspect of flash and other non-volatile memory including client applications, storage architectures, controllers, virtualization, embedded systems, PCIe storage, end user experiences and best practices, enterprise storage applications, and more! Relax and network with the companies and people creating the next generation of hardware and software.
IEEE members get $100 off the 1, 2, or 3-day programs. Register online at and use priority code IEEE. See our ad in the Grid Magazine!

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Headquartered in Mountain View since 1985, we have delivered theory with hands-on practical training to professionals working with analog, RF, wireless, digital, and networking technologies -- to over 45,000 people. Get more information on these upcoming local courses:
-Introduction to Impedance Matching: July 20, 2015 - Online, Web Classroom
-Introduction to Radio Receivers: July 23, 2015 - Online, Web Classroom
- RF Design: Core Concepts: August 24 to 28, 2015 - Online, Web Classroom
- RF Fundamentals & Wireless System Techniques: September 10 to 11, 2015 - San Jose
- RF Design: Applied Techniques: September 14 to 18, 2015 - San Jose
- Applied Embedded Control Systems: September 14 to 18, 2015 - San Jose
- RF Power Amplifier Techniques - featuring GaN plus Si & GaAs semiconductors: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2015 - San Jose
- The Radio Modem: RF Transceiver From Antenna to Bits and Back: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2015 - San Jose
- Design of CMOS Power Amplifiers: October 5 to 9, 2015 – Online, Web Classroom
- Antennas & Propagation for Wireless Communications: October 12 to 15, 2015 – San Jose
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ASME InterPACK 2015 Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems to be held on July 6-9, 2015 at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Focus of InterPACK: * Advanced Packaging * Electro-Thermal-Mechanical Issues in Packaging (Multi-Physics) * Materials and Processes * MEMS and MEMS Packaging * Manufacturing and Test * Modeling and Simulation * Nanotechnology and NEMS * Photonics and Optics * Reliability * Thermal Management * Emerging Technologies * plus Panels, Workshops, Tech Updates, Tutorials.
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We offer ANSYS Software, consulting services, and training/technical support on how to use ANSYS for topics including (but not limited to):
- Linear/Nonlinear Structural FEA, Thermal, Thermal-Stress, Fracture and Fatigue, Solder Joint Reliability, Electromigration, MEMS Multiphysics, Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Structure Interaction, Electronics Cooling, Acoustics, Low/High Frequency Electromagnetics (including Antenna Design), Biomechanics and Stent/Implant Modeling, Impact/Drop/Crash, Design Optimization, Cloud Computing, and more.
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Volunteer Opportunity! Enhance STEM Education! STEM logo Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science (TOPS) of the Santa Clara Valley is looking for scientists and engineers who are willing to partner with science teachers to enhance the science curriculums of grades K-8 in the Santa Clara Valley. It’s a program that promotes in-depth relationships of a volunteer with a science teacher and his/her class on a weekly basis to amplify labs and class sessions with the scientists’ real-world experience.
Here’s a chance to make a real difference to students in aiming their education at a career in science or engineering. To find out more, go to

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Stay up to date in your industry, and increase your network of colleagues by attending the excellent local conferences, listed below.
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Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! , June 16 - 17, 2015, Stanford University
In-Memory Computing Summit 2015 June 29-30, 2015, San Francisco
Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems (InterPACK), July 6-9, 2015, San Francisco
Robotics as a Business, July 30 - 31, 2015, San Mateo
Flash Memory Summit, August 11-13 2015, Santa Clara Convention Center
Hot Chips 27-A Symposium on High-Performance Chips, August 23-25, 2015, Flint Center, Cupertino
Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems, October 1-2, Berkeley
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity October 27, 2015, San Jose
Rock Stars of Tech Startups November 10, 2015, San Francisco
Interdrone September 9-11, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada
See the complete list of conferences at the bottom of this newsletter.
Recent conference News:
SME's Medical conference outlined the job prospects and places to study this field in the Bay Area, the latest in prosthetics and equipment, and lean manufacturing.
The WITI conference provided a number of excellent talks on bolstering leadership skills, and building teams and businesses. Not just for women; there were a few men in the group of perhaps 1,000 women.

Besser Associates - RF and Wireless Training
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Ozen Engineering, Inc. - ANSYS training

The market for commercial drones is red hot, and the co-location of InterDrone - The International Drone Conference and Exposition - contributes a two-day technical conference for engineers and software developers building drones, along with an overlapping conference for commercial drone buyers and flyers. As the first global-scale commercial drone conference, InterDrone is an ideal partner for CTIA Super Mobility 2015. Express shuttles will run between the two Las Vegas event sites September 9-11.

interDrone More than 80 exhibits
Industry reception and networking
The Yes-Fly Zone Drone demo area

Two Technical Conferences include:
Drone TechCon for Builders - more than 30 classes, tuitorials, and panels for hardware adn embedded engineers, designers, and software developers building commercial drones and the software which controls them.
Drone Flyer: for Flyers and Buyers - more than 30 tutorials and classes on drone operations, flying tips and tricks, range navigation, payloads, stability, avoiding crashes, power, environmental considerations, which drone is for you, and more.
Bonus extras!
Drone Business, special agriculture track, Women in Drones luncheon and panel, The Hanger - featuring new startup drone companies, and a film festival.

HotChips A Symposium on High-Performance Chips will be at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts-Cupertino

HOTCHIPS 27 brings together designers and architects of high-performance chips, software, and systems. The tutorial and presentation sessions focus on up-to-the-minute developments in leading-edge industrial designs and research projects. Conference breaks will also feature poster sessions. Find conference registration at: HOTCHIPS Discount for IEEE members.

Keynote 1: Convolutional Neural Networks, Facebook
Keynote 2: The Road to 5G, Qualcomm
Tutorials: * Deep Learning: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications
* Makers: From Hobbyists to Professionals
- Presentation Sessions: * FPGAs * The Internet of Things * GPUs * Multimedia and Signal Processing * Applications * HPC and Cloud Computing * Processors
For more information, go to

UPCOMING CLASSES for Working Engineers
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes
Conveniently located at 2505 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara, near the Great America Parkway / Bowers Ave exit off Hwy 101. Browse the full course listing at

C Programming, Advanced Starts Tuesday, August 04
Relational Database Design and SQL Programming Starts Tuesday, August 04
TCP/IP Essentials Starts Tuesday, August 04
Linux Kernel Architecture and Programming Starts Tuesday, August 04
Low-Power Design of Nano-Scale Digital Circuits Starts Tuesday, August 04
Python for Programmers Starts Monday, August 10
ISO 9001:2015, Comprehensive Starts Tuesday, August 11
Info Session for Embedded Systems and VLSI Engineering Programs Starts Tuesday, August 25
Info Session for Information Technology and Database and Data Analytics Starts Thursday, August 27
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Berkeley The Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems
is convening at U.C. Berkeley on October 1 to 2, 2015. Researchers will gather to share breakthrough improvements in energy efficiency for information processing systems, with the goal for the attendees to gain an integrated perspective of the challenges and advances in this domain of technology through sessions that cover the entire food chain, from devices to systems.

Jeffrey Hawkins, Founder, Palm Computing
Robert Colwell, Former Director, DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office
Other Speakers:
Suman Datta, Penn State U.
Peter De Dobbelaere, Luxtera Inc.
Enrico Sangiorgi, U of Bologna
Shinichi Takagi, U. of Tokyo
Learn about the radical reduction in power consumption in these areas:

- Ultra Low Voltage Nanoelectronics
- Milli-Volt Nanomechanical Logic
- Ultra-Low Energy Spintronics
- Optical Chip Scale Interconnects
- Low Voltage CMOS Circuits and Architectures
- Energy Efficient Computing Systems

Early reservation is now open until September 3. IEEE registration discounted to $225 before September 3rd, $250 after September 3rd.

Robotics as a Business: Monetizing the Emerging Megatrend in Commercial Robotics

When: Thursday, July 30th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm & Friday, July 31st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Where: Silicon Valley Innovation Center in San Mateo or Online via Live Stream Register on Eventbrite to Attend: Register Get 20% off with promo code: egrid20

Attend the ROBOTICS AS A BUSINESS conference to hear about emerging and disruptive trends in commercial robotics and learn from those who have built successful and profitable commercial robotics companies. Join leading robotics innovators, disruptors, experts, and investors for a full day of honest, engaging, and focused discussion, followed by a full day of Open House Tour of exciting robotics companies - local and international.
Topics ROBOTICS AS A BUSINESS will cover:
What does it take to turn a robotic technology into a billion-dollar company?
What are the commercial robotics technologies and innovations you can take advantage of right now?
How to stay relevant and grow your business when robotics disrupt your industry.
How to profit from emerging trends in commercial robotics.

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The present rate for IEEE members to become a member of the Computer History Museum is 50% off the regular price. This applies to either the single, family or senior member rate. This special pricing is for IEEE members world-wide, negotiated by your Santa Clara Valley Section. Discounted family membership is $75; General membership is $37.50; for seniors/military, it's $30.
Register online at your current membership number available, to get the discount), or call the CHM at 650-810-1010 during the day.

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Conference Round Up
International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) February, San Francisco
Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference and Exhibition February, Monterey
REAL 2015 - Where the Sensor meets the Maker February, San Francisco
Int'l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) March, Santa Clara
Internet of Things (IoT) Summit March, Santa Clara
CIE/USA-SF EPMC Workshop March, San Jose
WearablesTechCon March, Santa Clara
Semi-Therm March, San Jose
IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Signal Integrity (SI) Symposium March, Santa Clara
IEEE One-Day Event: Rock Stars of 3D Printing March, San Jose
4th Annual IEEE Int'l Reliability Innovations Conference March, Sunnyvale
Optical Network & Communication Conference (OFC'15) March, Los Angeles
IEEE One-Day Event: Startup Rock Stars March, San Francisco
SNIA Data Storage Innovation Conference April, Santa Clara
IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) April, Vancouver, Canada
Ethernet Technology Summit April, Santa Clara Convention Center
International Reliability Physics Symposium April, Monterey
DevelopOps April, Mountain View
IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2015 WIE ILC) April, San Jose
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications May, San Jose Convention Center
The WITI Summit May, San Jose
Workshop on Civic Technology and Smart Cities, June, San Francisco
Sensors Expo & Conference, June, Long Beach Convention Center
Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: The Race is On! , June, Stanford University
In-Memory Computing Summit 2015 June, San Francisco
Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic MicroSystems (InterPACK), July, San Francisco
Robotics as a Business, July, San Mateo
SusTech 2015 / 3rd IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability July-Aug, Ogden, Utah
Flash Memory Summit, August, Santa Clara Convention Center
Hot Chips 27-A Symposium on High-Performance Chips , August, Cupertino
Interdrone September, Las Vegas, Nevada
Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems, October, Berkeley
Rock Stars of Cybersecurity October, San Jose
Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers November, Pacific Grove
Rock Stars of Tech Startups November, San Francisco
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