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Rugged Packaging Solutions for Radar Sensors in Diverse Applications and Environments

Rugged Packaging Solutions for Radar Sensors in Diverse Applications and Environments mmWave, 77GHz, low-power, AVs, agriculture, infrastructure, consumer, challenges ... Speakers: Mo Emadi, CTO/CEO, and David Wu, Hardware Design, Zadar Labs Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023 Location: SEMI World Hdqtrs, Milpitas (and via WebEx) Time: Checkin on-site at 11:30 AM (sandwiches and drinks); Presentation at 12:00 noon (PDT). Cost: on-site: $10 for non-members, free for members. (No cost for WebEx) Registration: Summary: Advances in mmWave technology have ushered in an era of high-resolution radar systems that are compact enough to be incorporated into our everyday lives. With the proliferation of 77GHz automotive radar and the recent extension of the unlicensed 60GHz band by the FCC, radars are poised to become a key technology in our increasingly connected and autonomous world. These sensors will permeate many industries, including automotive and autonomous vehicles to agriculture, mining, heavy machinery automation, building surveillance, indoor infrastructure management, and people tracking. Consumer devices such as smart devices, home security systems, and AR/VR applications will also see significant radar adoption. The high frequency of operation (57-81GHz) and diverse usage from rugged, safety-critical industrial environments to compact consumer electronics for low power applications brings unique challenges in radar development and packaging. The EM wave interaction between the antenna and its packaging, alongside managing thermal and size constraints, are among the many issues we have in mmWave radar packaging. This talk will first provide a brief introduction to the usage, operational theory, and components of modern mmWave radar. Then, we will dive into the considerations, challenges, and solutions surrounding radar development and packaging in modern high-performance applications.


THE WI-FI EXPLOSION – PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE   Download the Slides Registration: Date: 30 Aug 2023 Time: 04:45 PM to 06:30 PM All times are (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Location: Room Number: SCDI 1301, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California, United States 95053, The story of how Wi-Fi came to be one of our most significant technologies is surprisingly dramatic. Coming out of the fierce techno/political battles at its birth, Wi-Fi exploded into tens of billions of devices around the globe, where today it supports over half of all internet traffic. This presentation will cover the backstory behind the Wi-Fi phenomenon and will look at what the future might bring. Speaker Bio: For twenty-five years, until his retirement as Vice President of Technology for the Wi-Fi Alliance, Greg Ennis was at the very center of the Wi-Fi industry. In 1993, Ennis and two co-authors developed the technical proposal that was voted in by the IEEE 802.11 committee as the foundation for the Wi-Fi standard, beating out nine competing proposals from IBM and others. He then served as Chief Technical Editor for that Wi-Fi standard and was awarded by IEEE a “Certificate of Appreciation—in grateful acknowledgment of his outstanding contributions.” In 1999, Ennis and a handful of colleagues founded the Wi-Fi Alliance (“the international network of companies that bring you Wi-Fi”) and from the very beginning, he held that organization’s lead technical position until retiring in 2016. Ennis has been inducted into the Wi-Fi Alliance Hall of Fame. He is the author of “Beyond Everywhere – How Wi-Fi Became the World’s Most Beloved Technology” from Post Hill Press, published in July 2023 and now available on Amazon.    

Open Source vs Proprietary Software Running on Disaggregated Hardware

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IEEE ComSoc SCV and Santa Clara University present the following visual panel session: Open Source vs Proprietary Software Running on Disaggregated Hardware Time & Date:  9am PDT May 1, 2023 Registration (click here) Recording available on YouTube! Download Slides:     Backgrounder – Open Networking and Open Source Network Software Open Networking was promised to be a new paradigm for the telecom, cloud and enterprise networking industries when it was introduced in 2011 by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).  This "new epoch" in networking was based on Software Defined Networking (SDN), which dictated a strict separation of the Control and Data planes with OpenFlow as the API/protocol between them.  A SDN controller running on a compute server was responsible for hierarchical routing within a given physical network domain, with “packet forwarding engines” replacing hop by hop IP routers in the wide area network.  Virtual networks via an overlay model were not permitted and were referred to as “SDN Washing” by Guru Parulkar, who ran the Open Networking Summit’s for many years. Today, the term Open Networking encompasses three important vectors:  A) Beyond the disaggregation of hardware and software, it also includes: Open Source Software, Open API, Open Interoperability, Open Governance and Open collaboration across global organizations that focus on standards, specification and Open Source software.  B) Beyond the original Data/Control plane definition, today Open Networking covers entire software stack (Data plane, control plane, management, orchestration and applications). C) Beyond just the Data Center use case, it currently covers all networking markets (Service Provider, Enterprise and Cloud) and also includes all aspects of architecture (from Core to Edge to Access - residential and enterprise). Open Source Networking Software refers to any network related program whose source code is made available for use or modification by users or other developers. Unlike proprietary software, open source software is computer software that is developed as a public, open collaboration and made freely available to the public.  There are several organizations that develop open source networking software, such as the Linux Foundation, ONF, OCP, and TIP. Currently, it seems the most important open networking and open source network software projects are being developed in the Linux Foundation (LF) Networking activity.  Now in its fifth year as an umbrella organization, LF Networking software and projects provide the foundations for network infrastructure and services across service providers, cloud providers, enterprises, vendors, and system integrators that enable rapid interoperability, deployment and adoption. Event Description: In this virtual panel session, our distinguished panelists will discuss the current state and future directions of open networking and open source network software.   Most importantly, we will compare open source vs. proprietary software running on disaggregated hardware (white box compute servers and/or bare metal switches). With so many consortiums producing so much open source code, the open source networking community is considered by many to be a trailblazer in terms of creating new features, architectures and functions.  Others disagree, maintaining that only the large cloud service providers/hyperscalers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook) are using open source software, but it's their own versions (e.g. Microsoft SONIC which they contributed to the OCP).  We will compare and contrast open source vs proprietary networking software running on disaggregated hardware and debate whether open networking has lived up to its potential. Panelists: Roy Chua, AvidThink Arpit Joshipura, LF Networking Run Almog,  DriveNets Moderator:  Alan J Weissberger, IEEE Techblog, SCU SoE Host: Prof. Ahmed Amer, SCU SoE Co-Sponsor:  Ashutosh Dutta, IEEE Future Networks Agenda: Opening remarks by Moderator and IEEE Future Networks – 8 to 10 minutes Panelist’s Position Presentations – 55 minutes Pre-determined issues/questions for the 3 panelists to discuss and debate -30 minutes Issues/questions that arise from the presentations/discussion-from Moderator & Host -8 to 10 minutes Audience Q &A via ZOOM Chat box or Question box (TBD) -15 minutes Wrap-up and Thanks (Moderator) – 2 minutes Panelist Position Statements: Roy will examine the open networking landscape, tracing its roots back to the emergence of Software Defined Networking (SDN) in 2011. He will offer some historical context while discussing the main achievements and challenges faced by open networking over the years, as well as the factors that contributed to these outcomes. Also covered will be the development of open networking and open-source networking, touching on essential topics such as white box switching, disaggregation, OpenFlow, P4, and the related Network Function Virtualization (NFV) movement. Roy will also provide insight into the ongoing importance of open networking and open-source networking in a dynamic market shaped by 5G, distributed clouds and edge computing, private wireless, fiber build-outs, satellite launches, and subsea-cable installations. Finally, Roy will explore how open networking aims to address the rising demand for greater bandwidth, improved control, and strengthened security across various environments, including data centers, transport networks, mobile networks, campuses, branches, and homes. Arpit will cover the state of open source networking software, specifications, and related standards.  He will describe how far we have come in the last few years exemplified by a few success stories.  While the emphasis will be on the Linux Foundation projects, relevant networking activity from other open source consortiums (e.g. ONS, OCP, TIP, and O-RAN) will also be noted.  Key challenges for 2023 will be identified, including all the markets of telecom, cloud computing, and enterprise networking. 3.  Run will provide an overview of Israel based DriveNets “network cloud” software and cover the path DriveNets took before deciding on a Distributed Disaggregated Chassis (DDC) architecture for its proprietary software.  He will describe the reasoning behind the major turns DriveNets took during this long and winding road. It will be a real life example with an emphasis on what didn't work as well as what did.