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July 28 IEEE CES Meeting: Game On! Origins of the Atari 2600

Friday, July 10th, 2015

IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CES) was able to recruit  Joe Decuir –  one of the original designers for the chips used in the Atari 2600 (see bio below) and helped build the video game industry.  His talk will include a historical view of the Atari 2600 which changed the course of video game console design.


Speaker Bio:  

Joe Decuir, IEEE CE Society Distinguished Lecturer & Board Member was a  System Engineer for the Atari 2600 & Atari 800 products.

Joe is still having an interesting career.  He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to video games and computer graphics (Atari and Amiga).  He has spent a long time since on wired and wireless communications standards, including dial up modems, USB and Bluetooth.  He is still working on the “Internet of Things” (aka “internet of threats”).  Joe is a distinguished lecturer for IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.  He is also on the CES Board of Governor.  He is the chair of the 2015 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.

Admission Fee: Open to all – to attend

Date & Time-line:

July 28, 2015
6:30 – 7:00 Pizza + Soft Drinks, Networking
7:00 – 8:30 Talk and Questions/Answers

Meeting Place:   

NVIDIA -Marco Polo Room,Building E
2800 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA

Please Register Here    (Please register in advance.  If you cannot register in advance, you can still show up at the door, but seating is not guaranteed.  Please allow extra time for NVIDIA security sign in.)
IEEE CES members – free
IEEE Student members – free
IEEE members – $5 (pay at door)
non-members – $10 (pay at door) You do not need to be an IEEE member to attend!

IEEE CES Upcoming Events are listed here.

History Session @ Flash Memory Summit, Aug 7th, Santa Clara, CA

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Session 302-C: An Interview with Simon Sze, Co-Inventor of the Floating Gate (History Track)
Organizer: Brian A. Berg, President, Berg Software Design

Thursday, August 7 9:45am-10:50am Santa Clara Convention Center


Simon Sze, Professor, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)

Session Description:

What was the origin of the “floating gate” transistor, the foundation for all of today’s nonvolatile memory? A small group at Bell Labs thought of replacing core memory with non volatile semiconductor memory that didn’t exist at the time.  A lunchtime conversation about layered chocolate or cheesecake spawned the concept of a “floating gate” layer.

Come hear Simon Sze, father of the floating gate, share details of this and many other interesting stories about how storage technology has progressed, including work by Intel, Toshiba, and many now-forgotten companies.

Intended Audience:
Marketing and sales managers and executives, marketing engineers, product managers, product marketing specialists, hardware and software designers, software engineers, technology managers, systems analysts and integrators, engineering managers, consultants, design specialists, design service providers, marcom specialists, product marketing engineers, financial managers and executives, system engineers, test engineers, venture capitalists, financial analysts, media representatives, sales representatives, distributors, and solution providers.


Read more, including questions/discussion issue list at:


Related Session:

Following this history session (at 11am),  Prof. Sze will receive the FMS Lifetime Achievment award as co-inventor of the floating gate transistor.  More information here.

New Event: From Mainframe to Smartphone: What an Amazing Trip It’s Been

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

THURSDAY August 21, 2014 at the Computer History Museum, Mt View, CA

From Mainframe to Smartphone: What an Amazing Trip It’s Been 
Speaker: Dr. Dileep Bhandarkar, IEEE Fellow and VP Technology at Qualcomm 

REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.  Please register at:

Lecture from 12pm-1:30pm: bring your own lunch and arrive early to network with your colleagues!

Venue:  Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
Directions & Parking

More information on this event from the Computer History Museum is here.

Note: IEEE SCV co-sponsorship of this event is in support of the video that will be posted to the CHM’s YouTube channel

Disruptive technologies have caused dramatic changes in computing technology for decades.  This talk will show how a series of disruptions have set the course for a world that has evolved from the mainframe to the current smartphone revolution.

Dileep Bhandarkar. PhD has helped create technologies in areas including memory design, processor architecture, workstation and server systems, and data center infrastructure, and these have evolved in often unacknowledged ways to bring us to today’s mobile and cloud computing world that is used by billions of people around the world.  Dileep helped architect many important elements of these changes while at TI, DEC, Intel, and Microsoft. He is continuing his work on energy efficient designs at Qualcomm.  In this talk, he will paint a picture that puts this technology evolution into perspective.

Dileep Bhandarkar, PhD is Vice President, Technology at Qualcomm, where he is working on next generation computing platforms. As a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, he was responsible for Cloud Server Hardware and Datacenter Infrastructure. In the CTO Office of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, Dileep was Director of Advanced Architecture, a lead spokesperson for Intel servers, and an Intel Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Bhandarkar managed processor and system architecture for the VAX, Prism, MIPS, and Alpha architectures at Digital Equipment Corp. At Texas Instruments he researched magnetic bubble memories, charge coupled devices, fault tolerant memories and computer architecture.

Dileep holds 16 US patents, and has published more than 30 technical papers in various journals and conference proceedings. He authored the book Alpha Implementations and Architecture. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions and technical leadership in the design of complex and reduced instruction set architecture and in computer system performance analysis. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where he received his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering. His MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering are from Carnegie Mellon University, and he has done graduate work in Business Administration at the University of Dallas.


IEEE History Committees; IT & Computer History Resources

Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Please note that there are two IEEE History  committees with similar names:
1.  IEEE History Committee- which approves worldwide milestones….
2.  IEEE SV Technology History Committee- which reports to IEEE SCV Excom and features panel discussions related to history of a specific technology
Prior to the approval of this committee, an unofficial event on the History of Intel was held on Oct 1, 2013.  It was graciously sponsored by IEEE CNSV.    Intel’s Transition to Success: From Memory to the Microprocessor
Here are a few IT history related websites and on-line resources: