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IEEE Computer Society
Dallas Chapter
Electronic Newsletter
Apr 2002  (Volume 3, Number 7)
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Volume 3 Number 7
April 2002


1.  Welcome & Special Notices
2.  Dallas Chapter Meetings
3.  Calls for Papers
4.  Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
5.  Miscellaneous
6.  How to Subscribe/Unsubscribe



All readers are invited to check out our chapter's website at:

The April meeting is NOT at TI.

Join us April 18 at the "Forum" in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on
the SMU Campus where Wanda Gass of Texas Instruments will be speaking on
"Digital Base Band Challenges for 3G Wireless Handsets".



Regular monthly meetings of the Dallas IEEE Computer Society are
normally held on the second to last Thursday of each month. Chapter
meetings are open to the general public.  The chapter holds meetings
from September through May.

Directions to the meeting location:

For the April meeting only, we will be meeting at Southern Methodist
University in the "Forum".  SMU's "Forum" Mini-Auditorium is located in
the Hughes-Trigg Student Center at 3140 Dyer Street in the heart of the
SMU Campus 5 miles north of Downtown Dallas (see for a map
and directions).

Meeting Time:

The technical presentation starts at 12:15 PM and ends by approximately
1:00 PM.


Technical Presentation:  FREE

Lunch:  We will not be providing the usual catered lunch service for
this month's meeting.  There are a number of informal eateries in and
around the Hughes-Trigg Student Center where members may purchase lunch.
It is also acceptable to brown-bag it in the Forum.


2001-2002 season remaining regular meeting dates & topics:

Thurs   4/18/02   Wanda Gass, Texas Instruments
                        3G Wireless
Thurs   5/23/02   Howard J. Gunn, EdgeVantage
                        Network Security: Are you on a Party Line?


April 2002 Meeting Details:

(See for
map and other details.)

  Digital Base Band Challenges for 3G Wireless Handsets

  Thursday 18 APR 2002
  Lunch: informal
  Talk: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

  Forum mini-auditorium
  Hughes-Trigg Student Center, SMU
  3140 Dyer Street, Dallas

  Wanda Gass
  TI Fellow, DSP, Texas Instruments

  The main challenge of 3G digital base band is to maintain the same
talk time and standby time that 2G handsets provide to customers today
even though the signal processing requirements have increased by more
than 10x. This requires a significant improvement in power efficiency of
the digital base band design. Improvements come from modular control of
frequency and voltage, controlling leakage current without sacrificing
performance, and instruction set enhancements to the DSP processor.

  Other challenges include providing a high level of flexibility at an
affordable cost. A flexible architecture allows for the digital base
band to be easily adaptable to multi-mode operation, downloadable
upgrades, and a single design that supports multiple products. Small
code size, hardware reuse, memory consolidation are required to minimize
die area. The signal processing functions are done with a combination of
hardware and software. Therefore, easy-to-use development tools are
necessity for the software developers.

  As the types of services provided by the 3G handset expand, the DSP
will be used to run multimedia applications such as image
capture/display and audio/video playback. The challenge is to provide a
low power, low cost, and highly flexible platform that can support a
wide variety of downloadable applications.

  Wanda Gass received her Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering
from Rice University in 1978, and obtained her Master of Science in
Engineering from Duke University in 1980. Since 1980, she has been at
Texas Instruments where she is currently a TI Fellow.  She was a key
member of the TMS32010 design team, TI's first DSP processor. She led
the DSP architecture team in the Wireless Communications Business Unit
for three years prior to her current position as manager of the
architecture team in the DSP Business Unit.

  Ms. Gass is a Senior Member of IEEE and has served on various IEEE
committees. She was Chair of VLSI Signal Processing Technical Committee
from 1997-1998. She has been on the program committee for the Workshop
on Signal Processing Systems for more than 10 years. She is currently
Chair of the Signal Processing Subcommittee for Solid States Circuit
Conference. Ms. Gass has authored 15 publications and holds three

  From U.S. 75 (North Central Expressway), exit SMU Boulevard or
Mockingbird Lane and proceed west to Airline Road.  Turn north onto
Airline Road and proceed past Potomac Avenue to just past East Brinkley
Avenue where the parking garage is on your right/east. Visitor parking
is located on the east side of the first floor of this garage.  After
parking, walk northwest the short distance to the Hughes-Trigg Student
Center at 3140 Dyer Street where the "Forum" mini-auditorium is located.
See website for map and more detailed directions.

  Technical Presentation: FREE to IEEE CS Members and the general
  Lunch: brown bag or food available at your choice of restaurants in
the Student Center.
  Questions? Contact Program Chairman, Jack Carden, at 972-490-3004





In this section we note conferences and workshops in Texas that are
potentially of interest to area engineers and computer scientists.

April -June 2002: SMU Short Courses: The SMU School of Engineering has
announced plans to offer eight short courses for professionals working
in the areas of computer science and engineering. The courses will be
offered between April and June and will be either one or two days.
Topics range from "Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML" to
"Intellectual Property and Information Technology." The courses will be
held at the SMU School of Engineering's facility at 1500 International
Pkwy. in Richardson. 214-768-1175

8 Apr-11 Apr: IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium, Dallas,

12 - 14 Apr: 2002 IEEE-USA Workshop, Renaissance Dallas-Richardson
Hotel, 900 E Lookout Dr, Richardson, TX, 75082.

15-19 Apr: ICSR, 7th Int'l Conf. on Software Reuse, Austin, Texas.
Contact Cristina Gacek,

16 Apr: CVT 2002 Symposium. Focus on Wireless, Optical and
Telecommunications/IT Security.

20 Apr: BDPA Professional Development Seminar. Dallas Urban League, 4315
S Lancaster Rd Dallas TX.

5-6 June: Austin, Texas, Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV'02),

16-21 Jun: IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium
and URSI National Radio Science Meeting, San Antonio, TX,

11-13 Oct: DS-RT 2002, 6th IEEE International Workshop on Distributed
Simulation & Real-Time Applications, Ft. Worth, Texas

12-16 Oct: IEEE MASCOTS 2002, 10th IEEE Symposium on Modeling, Analysis,
& Simulation of Computer & Telecommunications Systems, Ft. Worth, Texas

23-26 Oct: 24th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS and
Annual Fall Meeting of the BMES, Houston, TX.




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