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Friday, August 18, 2006

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

IEEE Begins Work on Cyber Security Standard for Electric Utilities

20 April – The IEEE Standards Association has initiated development of a new standard to help utilities retrofit their communications systems to protect against cyber attack and other security threats. IEEE-SA has also begun work on a standard that will give utilities uniform engineering design methods and practices for minimizing or preventing lightning damage to communications equipment. For more information view the full press release.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Awards from IEEE Spectrum Honor Innovative Technologies

18 April – The 2006 IEEE Spectrum / EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards were presented earlier this month in San Jose, Calif., in conjunction with the Embedded Systems Conference sponsored by CMP Media. The 2006 IEEE Spectrum ACE Award for Technology in the Service of Society was presented to American Superconductor and the Tennessee Valley Authority for the development of the Superconducting Synchronous Condensor (SuperVAR), which is designed to avoid wide-spread power grid collapses; the 2006 IEEE Spectrum ACE Award for Emerging Technology went to IBM, Sony and Toshiba for the Cell Microprocessor – cited as “the technology offering the greatest potential for financial success.”

Monday, April 17, 2006

IEEE-USA Publishes New eBooks

4 April – Released in a downloadable PDF format, IEEE-USA has published three new eBooks:

*The Reliability of the Electric Transmission Infrastructure in the 21st Century, An Analysis: The Energy Policy Act of 2005;
*The State of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Implementation and Its Policy Implications;
*Interoperability for the National Health Information Network (NHIN).

Additional EBooks covering communicating with Members of Congress, strategic thinking, career transitions, tech policy and others will be released later this year. Most eBooks are available to IEEE members for a special discounted price of $4.95; nonmembers pay $14.95. To order, go to

Tuesday, March 21, 2006



To Host Roadmap Workshop on May 18 in NYC

Edward Rashba, Manager, New Technical Programs
+1 732-465-6449;
Karen McCabe, IEEE Senior Marketing Manager
+1 732-562-3824,

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 21 March 2006 Industry standards are needed to help electronic nanotechnology innovations make a smooth transition from laboratory to marketplace in the communications, information technology, consumer products and optoelectronics sectors. In order to define the scope and timing of these standards, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has launched the IEEE Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap (NESR) initiative and will host a NESR Workshop on 18 May in New York City. It will be co-located with the NanoBusiness Conference scheduled for 17 to 19 May

The workshop will build on the IEEE-SA nanoelectronic standards framework for nanomaterials, devices, functional blocks and applications developed in conjunction with key industry participants. Plans call for contributors to finalize a first draft of the Roadmap for presentation at a second workshop in October. By the end of 2006, the Roadmap will be published, paving the way for the initiation of high-priority standards. The Roadmap will be updated annually.

The NESR effort will be led by a steering committee representing the diverse segments of the nanoelectronics community. This includes those developing materials and devices, those integrating nanoelectronics into end products, and those concerned with nanoelectronic regulations.

"The introduction of nano-enabled electronic products is clearly accelerating," says Edward Rashba, Manager, New Technical Programs at IEEE-SA. "This means there will be an urgent need for standards in the near future to address all aspects of nanotechnology from raw materials to devices and high-volume manufacturing".

According to Nathan Tinker, NESR coordinator and co-founder of the Nano- Business Alliance, "the IEEE Roadmap will help the industry prioritize the standards it needs and focus its resources. Our efforts are meant to provide practical support for other efforts in the field, such as the nano-related technology roadmaps put forth in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative."

IEEE-SA's intent to create a broad nanoelectronic standards roadmap builds on a roadmap it developed for carbon nanotubes in 2003. The 2003 effort has led to several standards activities, including the recently approved IEEE 1650™, "Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes". This first-ever nanoelectronics standard provides a common template for generating reproducible electrical data on nanotubes.

The IEEE Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap Workshop will be held on 18 May 2006 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, N.Y., from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For additional information on the workshop or to make a reservation to attend, contact either Edward Rashba at, (732) 465-6449, or Nathan Tinker at, (203) 229-0358.

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