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News and Meetings

SCV-MEMS - 4/1 | MEMS are becoming 3D and atomically precise - degradation in performance?, glassblowing technology for precision sensing, origami-like assembly techniques ... (Google, Mountain View, 6:00 pm) [more], or [meetup]

SV-HIST - 4/1 | "Silicon Valley" Semiconductor Industry from 1959-1979 - semiconductor journey, seasoned semiconductor industry veterans, companies in the valley from 1959-1979 ... (Key Point Credit Union, Santa Clara, 6 pm) [more]

SV-TEMS - 4/2 | Agile In Context - adaptable to change, age of acceleration, Everything that is old is new again; and some part of Agility is re-discovering the value of humans ... (AMD, Sunnyvale, 6 pm) [more]

SCV-REL - 4/2 | Surface and Materials Engineering for Enhanced MEMS Reliability - adhesion (also called stiction), friction, wear and corrosion, silicon carbide (SiC), a wide bandgap semiconductor... (Atmel, San Jose, 6 pm) [more]

SCV - 4/4 |Laser Tag at Laser Quest Mountain View! - Play out your sci-fi fantasy battle with laser guns! No previous experience required.... (Mountain View, 1:30 pm) [more]

Please note changes in date and venue in the CNSV event!
SCV-CNSV - 4/6 | Nanosatellites and the Software-Defined Radio Revolution - spacecraft industry, nanosat, smallsat, Software-Defined Radio(SDR), Modular SDR... (HP, 7 PM) [more]

SCV-CPMT - 4/7 | A New Concept for Lead Frames - 3D High Volume Print Forming (3D HVPF), QFN leadframe, finer features, thin as 200 microns... (TI, Santa Clara, 5:45 pm) [more]

SCV-SPS - 4/8 | Signal Processing and Communication Challenges for the Internet of Energy - models of the behavior of electric appliances, smart electric power grid, Internet of Energy ... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm) [more]

SCV-Comsoc - 4/8 | The Alphabet Soup of IoT Standards - need for standards, different vendors, speak the same language ... (TI, Santa Clara, 6:30 pm) [more]

SCV-PV - 4/8 | How Chinese Module Makers are Moving Forward with the Current Tariffs and Countervailing Duties - Panel discussion, company strategies, tariffs, Q&A and open dialogue ... (PARC, Palo Alto, 6:30 pm) [more]

SF-PES - 4/8 | Get Ready! Plug-In Electric Vehicles are Coming! And You're at Ground Zero! - "range anxiety", terminology, codes, standards, and application issues ... (CPUC, San Francisco, 11:30 am) [more]

SCV-EMC - 4/14 | DC-DC voltage converter switching noise – coupling mechanisms and mitigation approaches -DC-DC voltage converter switching noise coupling mechanisms, near field scanning results, simulation methodologies ... (SIEMIC test lab, Milpitas, 5:30 pm networking and light dinner, 6:30 pm presentation) [more]

SCV-EMBS - 4/15 | The Materna Medical Device - permanent pelvic muscle damage from childbirth, over 1/2 of women will experience symptoms, device to maximize pelvic stretch.. (Stanford U., 7:30 pm) [more]

SV-HIST - 4/16 | Fireside Chat with Larry Roberts - how the Internet came about, how it reached its present state, and where it is heading in the future ...
(Santa Clara Convention Center (Ethernet Tech Summit 2015), 2-3 pm) [more]

SCV-NANO - 4/21 | Nanoengineered Devices for Thermal Management and Solar Thermal Energy Conversion - nanoengineered surfaces, manipulate fluidic and thermal transport processes, increase efficiency in solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) devices ... (TI. Santa Clara, noon - 1 pm) [more]

SCV-PHOT - 4/21 | Entrepreneural Engineering – how I built two startups, and lessons from other entrepreneurs - entrance strategies for getting funding, hiring and growth, exit strategies... (Intel. Santa Clara, 6 pm) [more]

SCV-CPMT - 4/23 | How Well do you Know your Local SMT and IC Package Services? - Demand for SMT and EMS assembly and IC packaging services, capabilities, capacity, and quality systems, selecting a service provider... (TI, Santa Clara, 11:30 am) [more]

OEB-IAS - 4/23 | Adjustable Speed Drive Issues and Changes to IEEE519 - Adjustable speed drives, ability to save money and more effectively control a process... (Zio Fraedos, Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm) [more]

OEB-CSUEB - 4/24-4/26 | Startup Weekend East Bay -innovation, entrepreneurship and design, build a startup in 54 hours! No talk, all action! (CSU East Bay, Hayward, 5 pm) [more]

SV-HIST - 4/28 | How Did Hard Disk Drive Track Widths Get That Small? - how hard disk drive track widths have been reduced over over the last 50 years ... (Western Digital, San Jose, 6:30-9 pm) [more]

SCV-CE - 4/28 | Sports Science Leveraging Wearable Tech, IoT and Data Analytics (NVIDIA,, Santa Clara, 6:30pm) [more]

SCV-SSC- 4/30 | Scaling Analog Circuits: Why and How? - critical interfaces to connect the digital cores of SoCs, reducing supply voltages, design paradigms... (Maxim, San Jose, 6 pm to 8 pm) [more]

SCV-SPS - 5/7 | Scale-space processing for Light Field Cameras - Light field scale-and-depth (Lisad) spaces, scale-space analysis, scale of objects... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm) [more]

SCV-CNSV - 5/11 | The USPTO and Silicon Valley: Opportunities for Engineers and Inventors - impact of the new Menlo Park Satellite Office (soon to move to San Jose), and the impact of the PTAB ... (HP, Palo Alto, 7 pm) [more]

SCV-EMC - 5/12 | Introduction to Antenna Calibration Methods: An overview of new antenna developments, related standards, calibration and what you need to know for efficient and compliant EMC testing - antenna calibration, measuring instrument, reference standard, traceability and measurement uncertainty... (SIEMIC test lab, Milpitas, 5:30 pm networking and light dinner, 6:30 pm presentation) [more]

OEB-SPS - 5/13 | Signal and Image Sciences Workshop - Learning Tools for Big Data Analytics ... (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, HPC Innovation Center (HPCIC), 9 am to 5 pm) [more]

OEB-PES and ISA NorCal - 5/19 | Elect/I&C Design and Construction of a 750 foot-deep Slanted Well - Test wells to monitor and test water quality factors, Electrical and Instrumentation/Control aspects of the project ...
(RSVP By May 14th, Oakland, 5:30 pm) [more]

SCV-NANO - 5/19 | The Promise and Progress of NanoPhotonics - Quantum Dots and Photonic Crystals, Nanoscale optical electronics and sensors, Nanoscale Silicon Photonics,  Nanoplasmonics, Photonic Metamaterials ... (TI. Santa Clara, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) [more]

OEB-IAS - 5/21 | Lessons Learned From Power System Failures - Electrical Failure Investigations - electrical power system failures, Lessons learned, improve system reliability ... (Pleasant Hill, 5:30 pm) [more]

SF-PES - 5/29 | Measurement, Safety, and Protection Workshop - Motor and Transformer Protection, Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation using Bus Protection Schemes, and Micro- synchrophasors.... (SFSU, The Annex 1, 8 am to 5 pm) [more]

SCV-SPS - 6/3 | Computational Imaging: From Photons to Photos - Computational imaging, changing the rules of image capture, clever algorithms, dedicated hardware architectures ... (AMD Sunnyvale, 6:30 pm) [more]

SCV-IMS - 6/9-11 | VNA Tools-Uncertainty Calculator Workshop - Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs), metrological traceability, error correction algorithms, ISO-GUM ... (Anritsu Company, Morgan Hill) [more]

SF-PES - 6/17 | Community MicroGrids - achieves higher penetrations of renewable energy with greater reliability and resilience...
(CPUC, San Francisco) [more]


SNIA Data Storage Innovation Conference, April 7-9, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara [more]
IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon), April 13-16, 2015, Vancouver, Canada [more]
Ethernet Technology Summit, April 14-16, Santa Clara Convention Center, Hall C [more]
IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, 23-25 April, San Jose [more],
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications,, May 10-15, San Jose Convention Center [more]
Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit, May 31-June 2, DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose [more]


Asilomar Conference [more], November 8-11, Pacific Grove

Discounted registration for IEEE Members! SNIA Data Storage Innovation Conference is offering a discounted registration (with accompanying code) of $395.00 for IEEE conference attendees. This represents a 55% discount off the regular $695 conference registration price. Click here for discount. The conference will be held April 7-9, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara.
    DSI's agenda will cover a range of topics including Big Data Infrastructure, Cloud Storage, Data and Storage Management, Data Security and Identity Management, Distributed Storage, Free/Open Source Software, Green and Energy Efficient IT, Object Storage, Storage Security and more. for more information.

Professional Development Courses

Besser Associates [more]
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes [more]

The worldwide leader in RF and Wireless Training
Besser Associates - Upcoming Courses for Engineering Professionals [more]
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:
April, 2015
- The Radio Modem: RF Transceiver From Antenna to Bits and Back: April 20-24, San Jose
- RF Power Amplifier Techniques: April 20-23, San Jose
- RF Measurements: Principles & Demonstration: April 27-May 1, San Jose
- Introduction to Data Converters: ADC & DAC: April 29-May 1, San Jose
May , 2015
- RF and High Speed PCB and EMI Design Fundamentals: May 4-5, San Jose
- DSP - Understanding Digital Signal Processing: May 6-8, San Jose
- Phase Noise and Jitter: May 13-15, Web Classroom, WebEx
June , 2015
- RF Technology Certification: June 22 to Nov 23, Web Classroom, WebEx
August, 2015
- RF Design: Core Concepts: August 24 to 28, Web Classroom, WebEx
For these and other classes, or customized/private courses at your facility, consult our Schedule or visit the website: For full-page ad, see Besser Associates
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The IEEE Women in Engineering presents IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2015 WIE ILC) to be held 23-25 April 2015 in San Jose. With a theme of Lead Beyond: Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World, the conference focuses on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Opening reception to be held at Yammer Offices in San Francisco. Join us for an incredible networking and mentoring opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere. Transportation will be provided. Friday and Saturday conference tracks that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing and provide a shared community will be held at the Marriott Downtown San Jose. Sign up for the micro-hackathon led by Cisco on Sunday. A free virtual conference track will also be available online.

Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit -- May 31-June 2 -- DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose

The WITI Summit is the annual gathering of tech-savvy women, held in the heart of Silicon Valley. Executive women, entrepreneurs, and technology thought leaders from around the world converge to collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges; explore new business opportunities that underscore how technology is powering change; and build and expand strong connections in a welcoming networking environment of women committed to helping each other succeed.

Use code WOMEN for $200 discount off the prevailing cost of a 3-day pass. Visit

Ethernet Technology Summit April 14 through 16, 2015, Santa Clara Convention Center, Hall C. Ethernet Technology Summit 2015 delivers the latest on open-source switching, 25/40/100/400G Ethernet, high-speed interfaces, storage over Ethernet, SDN, Ethernet Roadmaps, Ethernet IoT, and more! This 3-day event is a must attend for designers at all experience levels, from those who are just beginning to evaluate new Ethernet applications to experienced Ethernet-savvy technologists. Join us for a Fireside Chat with Internet Pioneer Larry Roberts. Save through April 8; additional $100 off with priority code "IEEE". For more info, go to For conference brochure, see Full Conference

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IEEE Computer Society -- changing the way we produce everything
DevelopOps is an idea discussed by many and understood by few.
This year’s events are the next step in providing answers to today’s questions prompted by our changing software demands in 2015.
• How can you innovate faster by accelerating software delivery across the enterprise? • Can DevOps really bring about 30 times faster deployments? • Can it link new features and stability so that both design and operations meet their goals? • Can it reduce bugs exponentially? • Can DevOps really allow new feature development while managing legacy software? • Maybe investing a half day now could save you weeks or months of time in annoying changes later?

DevOps will be held in Mountain View, CA on April 21st See

UPCOMING CLASSES for Working Engineers
UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Engineering Classes [more]
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

Real-time Embedded Systems Programming, Introduction Starts Thursday, April 09
Embedded Linux Design and Programming Starts Thursday, April 09
Advanced Verification with SystemVerilog OOP Testbench Starts Thursday, April 09
Linux Device Drivers Starts Friday, April 10
Printed Circuit Board Design for Signal Integrity and EMC Compliance Starts Saturday, April 11
Computer Networking Essentials Starts Monday, April 13
System Virtualization Fundamentals Starts Tuesday, April 14
Linux, Introduction Starts Tuesday, April 14
System Verilog Essentials: Functional Verification and Simulation Starts Tuesday, April 14

Browse the full course listing: UCSC ext logo

From ISSCC and the Solid State Circuits Society
Complimentary Online Video Course on CIRCUITS & SYSTEMS [more]
-- Available Now -- on the Internet
These Previews are in the form of eleven 10-to-18-minute modules taught by leading experts that establish the current state-of-the-art in several key fields.
Topics: - How Far Can We Go With Electrical I/O? - Exascale Computing: Fact or Fiction? - Voltage Scaling Limits: How Low Can Vmin Go? - Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Integrated Circuits in Silicon Technologies: Challenges, Solutions - Creating Energy-Efficient Digital Systems - Innovation Trends in Semiconductor Memories - Techniques and Trade-offs in Low Power Wireless Transceivers - Impact of Scaling on Analog Design - and more
No cost; register today: (through EdX)

Engineering of Complex Systems: Case Studies and Practical Experiences
IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) [more]
  -- April 13-16, 2015   -- 4 Tutorials, 4 Tracks, 32 sessions   -- Vancouver, Canada
This conference creates an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems. This is a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators.
Topics:   - System Architecture   - Engineering Systems-of-Systems   - Complex Systems Issues   - Cyber Security Issues   - Modeling and Simulation   - Systems Engineering Theory   - Research in Systems Engineering   - Model-Based Systems Engineering   - Systems Verification and Validation   - Decision Making Systems   - Autonomous Systems   - Sensors Integration and Applications   - Large-Scale Systems Integration   - and more.     Download the full program at

Fundamental Science, Innovations, Applications & Technology
CLEO: Laser Science to Photonics Applications [more]
    -- May 10-15, 2015     -- San Jose Convention Center
    -- 18 Training Courses, 22 Tutorials     -- 1900+ presentations
Complimentary Exhibits Pass, provides access to the Exhibit Hall with over 250+ participating companies and educational sessions on the show floor.   Short Courses: - Foundations of Nonlinear Optics   - Intro to Ultrafast Optics   - Frontiers of Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics   - Optical Terahertz Science and Technology   - Coherent MidInfrared Sources and Applications   - Plasmonics   - NanoCavity Quantum Electrodynamics and Applications   - Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics and Optics ... and many more.   Register by April 13 to save; More information and Advance Program:

Alisomar ConfTree Logo 49th Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, November 8-11, 2015.
Authors are invited to submit papers before May 1st, 2015, in the following areas: Communications Systems; MIMO Communications and Signal Processing; Networks; Signal Processing and Adaptive Systems; Array Signal Processing; Biomedical Signal and Image Processing; Architecture and Implementation; Speech, Image and Video Processing. For detailed information see Call for Papers

Region 6 is hosting a Career and Talent Expo June 1-30, 2015. This unique event will link IEEE members to companies looking for individuals with our members’ skills and talents.
This virtual event, free for all IEEE members ($125.00 for non-members), will provide participants the opportunity to match not only their technical experience but also their personal skills, with companies with appropriate jobs to fill. A personal skills assessment tool is being provided to all Expos attendees, at no charge, to assist in the corporate interviewing and job benchmarking process. See for more information.

Volunteer Opportunity! Enhance STEM Education! 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 STEM logo
Join the Computer History Museum - Half Price! [more]
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.
The membership benefit that pays

Through the Member-Get-a-Member (MGM) program, IEEE rewards your efforts in recruiting new members. Refer a colleague to join IEEE.
For each new member you recruit during the membership year (16 August 2014 through 15 August 2015), you earn an award that can be used toward IEEE dues, IEEE Society fees, or the purchase of IEEE products and services.
Professional members can earn US$15 for each Professional member recruited!

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