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IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS) – Phoenix Chapter, February Meeting

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS) – Phoenix Chapter – February Meeting

 (Formerly Known as Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: 5:30 PM

Integrated Circuit Design for Miniature Implantable Medical Devices

Andrew Kelly,

IC/Systems Architect, Cactus Semiconductor Inc.

Chandler, AZ USA


A new generation of Miniature Implantable Medical Devices (MIMDs) has arrived. Thanks to technological advances in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), electronics packaging, integrated passive devices, and solid-state batteries, many of the typical elements within Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs) can be drastically miniaturized.  Custom Integrated Circuit (IC) design can then be employed to integrate these technologies – often with diverging requirements – to produce new devices that are a fraction of the size of traditional IMDs.

The new MIMDs are small enough to be implanted at the point of the sensing or therapy, thus eliminating the need for long leads, and enabling minimally invasive surgical procedures. These minimally invasive procedures reduce surgical complications, speed recovery, and drastically reduce costs.

This talk presents a comparison of MIMDs to traditional IMDs, summarizes several enabling technologies and unique design opportunities, and describes custom IC design approaches that capitalize on the available technologies and opportunities. Finally, the approaches are substantiated with a review of a recent MIMD development project that produced a complete Neuro-Stimulator device with a total device volume less than 1cc.


Andrew Kelly is an IC/Systems Architect at Cactus Semiconductor Inc. in Chandler, Arizona. Before joining Cactus Semiconductor, he was a Senior Principal IC Design Engineer at the Medtronic Microelectronics Center.  Over the past 30 years, he has defined and designed dozens of Full Custom Mixed-Signal ICs for a wide range of Portable, Wearable, and Implantable Medical Devices such as; Glucose Meters, Hearing Aids, Neuro-Stimulators, Drug Infusion Pumps, Bio Sensors, Orthopedic Sensors, and Cardiac Pacemakers.

Date:          Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 5:30 PM

Location:  Meeting Room B

                  Tempe Public Library

                  3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

                  (S-W corner of Rural & Southern Ave.)”/tempe+library/

Agenda:   5:30–6:00 PM: Networking & Refreshments,

                      6:00–7:00 PM: Presentation,

7:00 – 7:30 PM Questions & Answers

(Snacks and Soda will be provided by the IEEE Phoenix Section, CPMT Society Chapter)
IEEE members and non-members are all welcome to attend. The presentation promptly starts at 6:00 PM.

For more information, please contact any of the following CPMT officers:

Vasu Atluri           (480) 227-8411                                               Marc Licciardi  (650) 996-0478

Vivek Gupta         (480) 734-0266                                               David Dougherty             (480) 245-8099

Mahesh Shah      (480) 544-9438                                               Bharat Penmecha           (480) 552-2511

Rao Bonda            (480) 786-7749                                               Dinesh Thanu

IEEE CPMT Society Phoenix Chapter Monthly Meeting, May 10, 2017, 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Challenges and Approaches to Inductively Powering Integrated Passive Single-Chip RFID/Sensor Systems

Prof. L. Richard Carley,

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburg, PA, USA



The design of fully integrated RFID/Sensor Systems, ones in which the antenna, the RFID circuitry, and the sensor circuitry are all fabricated on the same integrated circuit substrate, is challenging because the small size of the antenna and its proximity to a resistive ground plane (the integrated circuit substrate) both decrease the RF energy that can be harvested to operate the passive sensor system.  This presentation will present simplifying approximations in order to develop basic equations framing the challenges faced by fully integrated RFID/sensor systems in terms of harvesting energy posed by the size and geometry of the antenna and its proximity to the conductive silicon substrate.  These near-field equations will be validated for a practical design example with electromagnetic field simulations and strategies for improving energy harvesting performance will be discussed. Finally, the presentation will examine the challenging issue of matching the antenna to the on-chip electronics and efficiently converting it to a voltage that can power on-chip circuitry.  The presentation will end with a brief discussion of some potential applications of this new technology.


Richard Carley (S’74-M’84-SM’90-F’97) received an S.B. in 1976, an M.S. in 1978, and a Ph.D. in 1984, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1984, and in March 2001, he became the STMicroelectronics Professor of Engineering at CMU.  Dr. Carley’s research interests include analog and RF integrated circuit design in deeply scaled CMOS technologies, and novel micro-electro-mechanical and nano-electro-mechanical device design and fabrication.  For the past several years, Dr. Carley has studied the design of efficient RF energy harvesting devices in sub-millimeter RFID scenarios. Dr. Carley has been granted 24 patents, authored or co-authored over 200 technical papers, and authored or co-authored over 20 books and/or book chapters.  He has won numerous awards including Best Technical Paper Awards at both the 1987 and the 2002 Design Automation Conference (DAC), a “Most Influential Paper” award from DAC, and the “Best Panel Session” award at ISSCC in 1993.  In 1997, Dr. Carley co-founded the analog electronic design automation startup, Neolinear, which was acquired by Cadence in 2004. Dr. Carley has served on various conference program committees (e.g., CICC, ISLPED, and TMRC), was Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems from 1993-1996, and was the General Chairman for RFID-TA 2016 in Shunde, China. Dr. Carley is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Council on RFID.


Date:          Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:30 PM


Meeting Room B

Tempe Public Library

3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

(S-W corner of Rural & Southern Ave.)”/tempe+library/


Agenda:   5:30–6:00 PM: Networking & Refreshments,

                      6:00–7:00 PM: Presentation,

7:00 – 7:30 PM Questions & Answers

(Snacks and Soda will be provided by the IEEE Phoenix Section, CPMT Society Chapter)

IEEE members and non-members are all welcome to attend. The presentation promptly starts at 6:00 PM.

For more information, please contact any of the following CPMT officers:


Vasu Atluri                 (480) 227-8411                Rao Bonda            (480) 786-7749               David Dougherty     (480) 413-6923

Vivek Gupta               (480) 734-0266                 Marc Licciardi    (650) 996-0478               Bharat Penmecha   (480) 552-2511

Mahesh Shah            (480) 544-9438


IEEE Council for RFID (CRFID) Hosts Young Professionals Educational & Networking Event

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

IEEE Council for RFID (CRFID) Hosts Young Professionals Educational & Networking Event Phoenix, May 10, 2017

IEEE RFID YP Special Event Invitation

The IEEE Council for RFID and IEEE Young Professionals invite you to join us in Phoenix during the IEEE RFID 2017 and RFID Journal LIVE! Conferences for an afternoon of education followed by a networking reception on May 10th.

Complimentary Registration includes:

Exclusive Access to RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibition Area (3:005:00 pm)

Poster Competition Discuss technical research with IEEE RFID poster authors

Smart Cities MegaChallenge Listen to Finalists presentations

Exhibit Hall Explore the Exhibit Hall and See the latest industry innovations

YP Networking Reception Continue the conversation with your peers at Canyon Cafe (5:006:30)

The 11th Annual IEEE RFID 2017 and the 15th Annual RFID Journal LIVE! conferences will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center from May 911, 2017. The annual IEEE RFID conference represents multiple disciplines and highlights technical research and academia, while the RFIDJournalLIVE! conference is the world’s largest event focused on RFID and showcases over 200 exhibitors including; Honeywell, Impinj, NXP, RAIN RFID and Zebra.

Limited availability — Register Today


IEEE Phoenix Section Awards For The Year 2015

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

ieee_logo_mb_taglineThe IEEE Phoenix Section recognizes the contributions of members, non-members, society chapters, affinity groups, student branches, corporations, and educational institutions at the annual banquet. The next banquet is scheduled for Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at Hilton Phoenix Airport located at 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ – 85034 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (Tel: 480-894-1600).

The Section is pleased to issue a call for nominations for this year’s Section awards. The scope and purpose of the Section Awards Program is to plan, promote and implement IEEE award programs that recognize outstanding performance in furthering the objectives and professional aims of the IEEE Phoenix Section, the IEEE, and the IEEE-USA, and to stimulate others to pursue such achievements of excellence.


IEEE Phoenix Section Annual Banquet 2016

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Annual Banquet – Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Keynote Presentation

Title: Are there plenty more fish in the sea?

Speaker: Dr. David A. Demer

Senior Scientist and Leader, Advanced Survey Technologies Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

8901 La Jolla Shores Drive

La Jolla, CA, 92037


Most people are consuming more fish and are paying more for it. Less of it is wild caught and more is from aquaculture. Wild fish populations depend on ecosystem productivity, which is effected by a variety of forces such as El Niño, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and fishing. These factors can change fish distributions, damage habitats, and alter biodiversity and ecological functions. In this context, we will explore the living resources in two of the most productive ecosystems on Earth:  the Scotia Sea in the Southern Ocean, off the Antarctic Peninsula; and the California Current off the west coast of North America. We will learn how a variety of optical and acoustic instruments, and manned and autonomous vehicles are used to probe these remote and often inaccessible regions. In the process of counting and mapping exploited fish, we will touch on the complex interactions of climate, weather, seabed and oceanographic environments, avian and marine prey and predators, and fishers. We may enhance our appreciation for the effect the world ocean has on humanity, and vice-versa.


IEEE Phoenix Section Student Scholarships For The Year 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The IEEE Phoenix Section awards Student Scholarships to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who are IEEE student members. The applying student must attend a university in the Phoenix Section during 2015. The universities include Arizona State University, Arizona State University Polytechnic, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Northern Arizona University.

The student should submit a completely filled application along with financial aid statement; a one-page personal statement of achievements, interests, and goals; official transcripts of all college work; and recommendation letters. The scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, and service to the IEEE.

IEEE Member-Get-a-Member (MGM) Program

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

New EMC Measurement Techniques for Efficient and Compliant Antenna Calibration and Test Site Validation

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

On Wednesday, February 25, the IEEE EMC/AP/MTT chapter will  host a half-day workshop on New EMC Measurement Techniques for Efficient and Compliant Antenna Calibration and Test Site Validation

The presentation topics include:

  • 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

By Doug Kramer, Lab Manager – Wireless, EMC and Calibration, ETS-Lindgren

  • CISPR sVSWR versus ANSI C63® Time Domain sVSWR:  A review of current and future measurement techniques for faster and more accurate test site validation

By Zhong Chen, Product Manager – RF Materials, ETS-Lindgren

After the presentations, there will be real-world demonstrations of Time Domain Site VSWR measurements!!

For more information on the presentation abstracts and speaker bios, click here.

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The IEEE Phoenix Section goes social

Monday, August 19th, 2013

FacebookThe IEEE Phoenix Section is pleased to announce the launch of its Facebook page to give our members a platform to promote their professional interests, express their views,  as a venue for discussion forums that complements our LinkedIn presence, and for announcements about Section activities.  Please visit our Facebook page and “like” us to get connected.

Changes to US patent law

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

CompPackManTechSociJared Pitts, an intellectual property attorney, delivered a presentation on the impact of the America Invents Act on the US patent system at an IEEE CPMT meet on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Under the America Invents Act, on March 16, 2013, the United States patent system fundamentally changed from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-inventor-to-file” system. This presentation provided an overview of the implications of this change. Also included in the presentation was a discussion of changes to the grace periods for public disclosures and the effects of sales and offers to sale on patent rights.

Jared Pitts graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering and J.D. from Brigham Young University. He has practiced intellectual property law since 1995. In his practice, he has prepared and prosecuted U.S., PCT, EP and other patent applications in a variety of technologies, including electrical device, software, and semiconductor fabrication. He has also prepared and reviewed non-infringement and invalidity opinions and provided a variety of licensing and litigation support.

Hit the link below for the full presentation:
AIA Presentation for IEEE 4.18.2013