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Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 - 7:00 pm          An Overview of USB Device Implementation on Microcontrollers 1

This talk will consist of an overview of the implementation of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) within a microcontroller chip. The development of supporting drivers and the use of in-circuit debuggers will also be presented. The talk will conclude with a description of the Microchip Design Partner Program which allows consultants to benefit from their high-volume designs.


Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Wireless Standards and 802.11: A History and Perspective / CNSV Annual meeting 2

Bruce Himebauch will present a history of the 802.11 standards family, the 802.11n Task Group N (TGn) and the issues surrounding implementation of 802.11 products. He will also describe the driving forces behind the creation of each new standard.


Miguel Gomez, ActSolar
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2007 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          Consulting in the Solar Power Age 3

Miguel Gomez's talk will provide an overview of the solar power industry, an outline of its technology challenges, and some of the ways in which technology consultants can participate in this important arena.


Tuesday, Oct 16, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Networking for Consultants 4

Consultants often find face-to-face networking to be difficult, particularly in a room full of strangers. This meeting's panel will address how to approach this kind of situation, as well as others faced by consultants while they are marketing their services.


Tuesday, Sep 18, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Joint Venture Risks 5

Many Bay Area companies and startups are at some point approached with attractive proposals for a joint venture. These typically come from foreign companies, and they frequently have disastrous results. This talk will cover the risks of joint ventures, list some of the danger flags, suggest practical ways to minimize the risks, and offer suggestions regarding exclusive licensee risks.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 7:00 pm          System-on-Chip Technology and Tools 6

This presentation will describe uses of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology in a wide variety of applications, and will include a demonstration of SoC visual embedded design tools. It will also describe how Cypress Semiconductor helps skilled consultants find clients through its CYPros program.


Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Real-Time Operating Systems for Systems on a Chip 7

This talk will discuss the unique requirements for a real-time operating system running on a system on a chip. In particular, it will go over the options of writing your own RTOS, purchasing an off-the-shelf RTOS, and using a software synthesis tool to automatically generate an RTOS.


Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Embedded Linux: Its Origins and Market Presence 8

The history of the use of embedded UNIX variants will be presented, as well as how these have led to the current wide-spread use of embedded Linux.


Thursday, Feb 15, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Ten Tips for Leveraging Blogs and Wikis in Your Consulting Practice 9

Learn the practical benefits of using a blog for project communication and a wiki for project coordination and collaboration, and how to use these tools to land new projects and create deliverables,


Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 - 7:00 pm          Nano and Micro Technology: A Consultant's Perspective 10

Kris Vossough will present a technical primer on Nano and Micro Technology. He will also discuss his experiences in growing an R&D consulting firm specializing in this fast-growing arena.


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