Next Meeting:
Saturday, August 27th

Various Venues

Due to insufficient interest, this outing has been cancelled.

Because Cogswell College will not be opened on our scheduled meeting date, alternate plans have been made for a "Progressive Meeting" or "Tour de Farce" at various venues.

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Coffee - Mercado Starbucks - map


Surplus Computers Parking Lot Sale - map


Sunnyvale Frys Electronics - map

Check out:
Sinc function on store front
Pictures of Silicon Valley history
Apple I


Lunch - St John's 510 Lawrence Expressway


Moffett Field Museum - Moffett Field


Computer History Museum - Mountain View


Tied House - Mountain View

Next month's (September 24th) talk:

Revisit Geometrical Arithmetic Parallel Processor (GAPP) - CH Ting

"I worked on GAPP arrays at Lockheed in 1980's. It looks that we can now put 1M processors on a single chip instead of 72 in the original GAPP chip. You can hold complete HDTV image frames in one chip and do real time processing. All the interprocessor connections are on chip, and do not have to be brought out to pins. I am prototyping it on Altera Stratix II FPGA, which can hold 1000 processors. Other advance signal processing and huge matrix/linear equation problems can be solved in this chip."

GAPP info: Wikipedia
SIMD info:
Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Parallel Processing Solves the DTV Format Conversion Problem - PDF - html

Please register your interest for these future meeting topics:

  • A Tour of the Sunnyvale "SMART Center"
    Article in The Sun (Sunnyvale)
    "Tipping floor"
  • Forth Success Stories - look at the ones on FIG's and Forth Inc.'s webpages and bring your own!
  • TI's free SPICE distribution
  • Name that antenna
  • Introduction to Linux
  • George Perry's experiences installing Linux
  • Linux installation party
  • Smart Dust
  • Tour of Moffett Field Museum
  • Math Secrets of Mosaic Industries' QED-Forth
  • Robot Parts and Pieces - vendor(s) from the 2004 RoboNexus show
  • misc8051 Forth - Charley Shattuck
  • Smart Dust
  • A USB Device Enumerator in SwiftForth
  • PID Control
  • SVFIG meeting or meeting fragments as Webcast
  • Forth Day 2005 in Anaheim
  • Space-rated Forth chip
  • Forth-based mass-market appliance computers - Canon Cat and/or QX10

SVFIG welcomes everyone's participation at its monthly meetings. There are many ways to contribute:

  • bring in a hardware or software item to discuss,
  • present a topic in an area of expertise,
  • discuss a book, paper, website, new product, new application, or an article in Forthwrite, or
  • talk about a current project.

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