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September, 2015 - Vol 8, Issue 7
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Electrical Design for High-End Computer System
By Dale Becker, Ph.D. ,  IBM Systems - Poughkeepsie, NY
The electrical design of computer systems includes signal integrity, power integrity, electromagnetic emissions and susceptibility and ESD. Practicing engineers in system design and development typically are skilled more deeply in one of these areas than the others. However, these are not independent disciplines and today's dense packaging and high-speed signals require more cross-discipline skills that we call co-design and co-analysis. This presentation comes from the perspective of an engineer most deeply skilled in the power integrity discipline and explores the building of cross-discipline skills focusing on the application of electromagnetic extraction and circuit simulation tools to electrical modeling that enables co-design for robust system development.

Date: September 8, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Rock Bottom "Promenade Room", 10633 Westminster Blvd #900, Westminster, CO
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6:00 - 6:15 Registration and Appetizers
6:00 - 7:15 Dinner and Networking
7:30 - 9:00 Presentation
Please register as space is limited! (Click Here)
IEEE Tour of NREL, Wednesday September 16, 2015
     The IEEE visit to NREL will include tours of the Research Support Facility (RSF) and the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Click for more information and to register.  
IEEE High Plains Meeting
Apollo Guidance and Navigation Technology by Mark Gerber

Thursday, September 17, 2015  6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Lory Student Center Room 308, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Developed at the M.I.T. Instrumentation Laboratory in the early 1960s at the height of the space race, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) pioneered real-time embedded computing, was the core of the first fly-by-wire control system, jump-started the integrated circuit industry and demonstrated reliability far beyond the state-of-the-art.  The AGC software -- initially an afterthought -- provided NASA invaluable flexibility and critical capability in getting to the moon.  The presenter, who spent 10 years at the M.I.T. Instrumentation Laboratory, will show highlights of the AGC development and relate numerous "war stories" from Apollo engineers.  Click for more information and to register.
3rd party components for LTSpice
      LTSpice from Linear Technology is a very useful free tool that can be used to simulate and analyze various circuits. While Linear Technology provides a good selection of its own parts, it is possible to import parts from other sources, or even make them yourself from manufacturer datasheets. There are collections of premade SPICE models from other manufacturers as well as custom built parts created by users of LTSpice that can easily be imported into the library and used in your next design. More details and installation instructions can be found here: LTwiki It is recommended that the standard parts library be backed up before any custom ones are imported, it is located in the "lib" folder in the LTSpice installation directory. Also, newer versions of Windows have security features which can interfere with custom libraries installation if LTSpice is installed in the default "Program Files" folders. It is recommended that another copy of LTSpice be installed in a different folder that is owned by the user to make it easier to try out the 3rd party libraries. If anything goes wrong it is always possible to revert to the latest default libraries by using the update feature located at "Tools > Sync Release" menu item in LTSpice. -PM  
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