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WCA CenterStage presents: SDR - Is Fully 'Software Defined' the Future of Wireless?

February 18th 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Panel from 7:00pm to 8:00pm)
Venue: Imagination Technologies, 3201 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054 (Directions/Map)
Cost: $20 through February 8th, $30 afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.

With the exponential growth in the ways and means by which people need to communicate - data, voice, video, broadcast, command and control, emergency response, etc. – modifying radio devices easily and cost-effectively has become business critical. Software defined radio (SDR) technology brings the flexibility, cost efficiency and power to drive communications forward, with wide-reaching benefits realized by service providers and product developers through to end users.

A number of definitions can be found to describe Software Defined Radio, also known as Software Radio or SDR. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) P1900.1 group and the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum) have worked to establish a definition of SDR that provides consistency and a clear overview of the technology and its associated benefits.

Simply put Software Defined Radio is defined as:

"A radio in which some or all of the physical layer functions are software defined"

In today's world, radios exist in a multitude of items such as cell phones, computers, car door openers, vehicles, and televisions. Traditional hardware based radio devices limit cross-functionality and can only be modified through physical intervention. This results in higher production costs and minimal flexibility in supporting multiple waveform standards. By contrast, software defined radio technology provides an efficient and comparatively inexpensive solution to this problem, allowing multimode, multi-band and/or multi-functional wireless devices that can be enhanced using software upgrades.

Register now at sdrfuture.eventbrite.com - Discount registration will end on February 8th - Act now! We look forward to seeing you.

Moderator:
-- Manuel Uhm, Chair of the Board of Directors, Wireless Innovation Forum

Panelists:
-- Chakra Parvathaneni, VP Business Development, Imagination Technologies
-- Sam Taheri, VP Sales, SaberTek
-- Matt Ettus, President, Ettus Research
-- Intel (Invited)
-- Texas Instruments (invited)
-- Qualcomm (invited)
-- Arraycomm (invited)
-- ...and more


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February 4th 2015
2015 State of the Valley Conference
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara CA

State of the Valley is Silicon Valley’s annual "town meeting” – a tradition at least as old as our nation’s founding, when concerned citizens met on the village green to mobilize for the challenges ahead. In that same spirit, Joint Venture’s town meeting convenes the entire region – concerned citizens and stakeholders, thought leaders and opinion makers, journalists, our elected representatives, educators and academics, business executives, labor and workforce leaders – for dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.

But more than merely commentary, State of the Valley also features music and dance from the region's arts groups, high school bands, and elementary school choirs. There are also booths and exhibits on the concourses showing off entrepreneurs, established corporations, and non-profits who are working in Joint Venture's project areas. The event is a celebration of our region – who we are and who we're becoming.

Who attends State of the Valley? Everybody! In years past, more than 1,500 people have participated. They include senior business executives; federal, state and locally elected officials and their senior staff; heads of organizations, labor leaders, venture capitalists, journalists (print, television and electronic media), academics, and a host of other community members.

Regster now for JVSV's 2015 State of the Valley Conference.


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Founded in 1993, the Wireless Communications Alliance (aka "WCA") is a Silicon Valley-based, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for education, connection, and community in the wireless industry. The WCA accomplishes these goals by hosting seminars/panels; providing networking opportunities; encouraging and supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs; and helping to build and maintain bridges between business and academia. Supporting academia and technical education is a primary goal of the WCA. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the WCA is near several world-class universities, colleges, and think tanks. Despite the meteoric rise in mobile technology, research has shown that only 5% of incoming college freshmen identify wireless as a career goal. To help ensure a strong talent pool in the coming decade the WCA invites college students to attend our events at no charge in the hopes that exposure to the wireless industry will encourage the them to shift their major and course focus towards wireless.