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Events on December, 2018

“Holistic Design in Optical Interconnects” Prof. Azita Emami, California Institute of Technology IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer

Date: December 6th, 2018


Sponsored by:

IEEE Silicon Valley Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS)

IEEE Silicon Valley Circuits and Systems Society (CASS)

IEEE Silicon Valley Electronics Packaging Society (EPS)

“Holistic Design in Optical Interconnects”
Prof. Azita Emami, California Institute of Technology
IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer

Registration Link:

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Texas Instruments Silicon Valley Auditorium 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Building E, Santa Clara, CA 95051 Directions and Map (to locate Building E).

Time: December 6 (Thursday) evening 6:00PM-8:00PM
Networking and Refreshments: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Technical Talk: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


The scalability of CMOS technology has driven computation into a diverse range of applications across the power consumption, performance and size spectra. Today Data Center (DC) and High Performance Computing (HPC) performance is increasingly limited by interconnection bandwidth. Maintaining continued aggregate bandwidth growth without overwhelming the power budget for these large scale computing systems and data centers is paramount. The historic power efficiency gains via CMOS technology scaling for such interconnects have rolled off over the past decade, and new low-cost approaches are necessary. In this talk a number of promising solutions including Silicon-Photonic-based interconnects that can overcome these challenges will be discussed. In particular effective co-design of electronics and photonics as a holistic approach for reducing the total power consumption and enhancing the performance of the link will be presented.


Azita Emami received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999 and 2004 respectively. She received her B.S. degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1996. Professor Emami joined IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in 2004 as a research staff member in the Communication Technologies Department. From Fall 2006 to Summer 2007, she was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in the city of New York. In 2007, she joined Caltech, where she is now a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering. She is a Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, and serves as the deputy chair of division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Caltech. Her current research interests include mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, high-speed on-chip and chip-to-chip interconnects, system and circuit design solutions for highly-scaled CMOS technologies, wearable and implantable devices for neural recording, stimulation, and efficient drug delivery.

The seminar is FREE and donation is accepted for refreshments (FREE SSCS/CAS members/$2 IEEE members/$5 non-members)
Eventbrite registration is required for everyone to attend the talk.


Lecture by Dr. Hans Klein: “Advanced Capacitive Sensing for Consumer, Industrial, and Automotive Applications”

Date: December 6th, 2018


“Advanced Capacitive Sensing for Consumer, Industrial, and Automotive Applications”

Dr. Hans Klein, Analog CTO, Cypress Semiconductor Corp., San Jose

Event Organized By:

Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section



6:00 – 6:30 PM Networking & Refreshments
6:30 – 7:45 PM Talk
7:45 – 8:00 PM Q&A/Adjourn

Watch the lecture live on Zoom from your home and anywhere around the world! Register now and you will be sent details one day before the event.

Registration Link:

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This presentation reviews basic and advanced capacitive sensing for a variety of consumer, industrial, and automotive applications. Examples include “single-pixel” buttons, sliders, touch screens, and “kilo-pixel” fingerprint readers. To enable this, advanced embedded capacitance-sensing technology handles signals from the pF range all the way to fractions of an aF. In this context, challenges and solutions for sensors, architectures, algorithms, and circuit technology are discussed.


Hans received a Ph.D. for his contributions in the Analog Circuit domain from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, in 1983. In ‘84 he joined the founding-team of the Institute for Microelectronics, Stuttgart, Germany, where he developed a number of mixed-signal ICs for audio, sensing, and control applications.

In ‘88 he joined IMP Inc. in San Jose, CA, where he focused on structured analog Design-Methodology and low-noise mixed-signal CMOS design, including the world’s lowest-noise CMOS Read-Channel IC.

He then served at Lattice Semiconductor as Director of Design, where he developed the “PAC” family of programmable analog products. And in 2004 he joined start-up GTronix as VP-Eng, focusing on microWatt analog signal-processing technology using floating-gate CMOS.

In 2009 Hans joined Cypress Semiconductor as Analog CTO, driving a new generation of embedded programmable analog subsystems and driving research in Cap-Sense, Touchscreen, and Fingerprint-sensing technology. Now a Sr. VP Fellow, he also manages the corporate Innovation Program. Hans has over 50 patents.


Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, Main Auditorium in Building 6, 198 Champion Ct, San Jose, CA 95134

Convenient VTA light rail access from Mountain View and downtown San Jose.

Live Broadcast:

Lecture will be broadcast live on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the conference details one day before the event.

Admission Fee:

Open to all to attend
Online registration is recommended to guarantee seating.

You do not need to be an IEEE member to attend.

Improving the IEEE: Issues, Ideas, Best Practices

Date: December 1st, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Renuka Jindal, Director, IEEE Division I; and Eminent Scientist and CTO, Vanderziel Institute of Science and Technology, LLC.

Meeting Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Cost: none

Location: Santa Clara University (Benson 21), Santa Clara (free parking in the SCU garage) – Click for full-size map
Reservations: (no charge)
Summary: This will be an event “for listening to” engineers and managers in Silicon Valley who have ideas for improving the IEEE, or have issues they’d like to raise. With input and grass-roots suggestions for improving the IEEE, I intend to provide actionable feedback at the IEEE TAB and BOD level. Your input will be critical in shaping the future of the IEEE and will need your active support to make this a reality.
If you wish to bring specific thoughts about IEEE changes, improvements and growth, be prepared to present them to the group for, say, 5 minutes, for discussion and enhancement. The meeting secretary will take notes, along with any handouts you provide, and ask for others who would like to be further involved with your specific suggestion. Renuka will receive your inputs and the summary, and is taking steps to allow him to gather world-wide input on these specific ideas that can inform and support the issues that are raised by our SV community of entrepreneurs.

Bio: Dr. Renuka Jindal’s technical focus has been on research and teaching in the theory and practice of random processes applicable to a wide variety of phenomena in electronic and photonic devices and circuits, lightwave and wireless communications and biological systems. He was with Bell Labs at Murray Hill, Princeton and Whippany, NJ as a distinguished member of technical staff for 22 years, bridging both technical and administrative roles. Highlights include his pioneering work in developing a physical understanding of noise in MOS devices with few hundred nanometers regime channel lengths and ultra-low noise amplification of fiber-optic signals. Until recently, he has served as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
As a 41 year veteran of IEEE with a dual career in industry and academia, Dr. Jindal rose through the ranks as Editor, Editor-in-Chief, VP of Publications, and as EDS president in 2010-2011, and now serves as Director of IEEE Division I, sitting on the IEEE Board. As EDS president he formulated the vision and mission of EDS, enhancing member benefits and launching a plethora of initiatives reversing the decline in EDS membership. He brought together 6 societies and 1 council to launch the highly successful IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, mushrooming IEEE’s share in the PV space. He Launched the EDS webinar series serving the practicing engineer, now considered a best practice in IEEE. And he Launched the 1st EDS OPEN ACCESS Journal J-EDS. He is also a recipient of the IEEE 3rd Millennium medal.

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