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When Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it showcased the console’s unique value-added proposition by partnering with a variety of companies, not just game developers. Xbox Fitness was a launch title for the platform that utilized the Kinect 2.0 sensor to provide feedback on user form and to track calories burned. Unfortunately, Microsoft just announced that it would sunset the service, effective immediately — and that includes removing all access to content that users may have spent a non-trivial amount of money on.

 

Here’s what the company announced yesterday: Starting now, Xbox Fitness content is no longer available to purchase. You can still use content you previously purchased, but only through June 30, 2017.

 

Up until now, Xbox Live Gold subscribers have had access to some basic routines and fitness workouts. That feature will continue until December 15 2016. After that date, none of the free material will be available.

 

Yoga and stretching routines were offered along with traditional workouts

 

All Xbox Fitness content will be permanently shut off on July 1, 2017. This includes all content purchased by the user. The Xbox Fitness application will not be available for download and Xbox Fitness users will not be able to access any workout routines or features, even if they previously purchased it. That content wasn’t exactly cheap, as Ars Technica reports: P90X videos sold for $59.99, while others from Jillian Michaels were $12 each. It’s not clear how much cash users could have spent on the videos in total (one Reddit user claims to have spent over $140), but this is the latest example of how content simply isn’t yours any more, in any meaningful way — not unless you purchase physical media.

 

Microsoft has no apparent plan to compensate users who bought materials through Xbox Fitness and does not plan to offer downloadable versions of the content that could be used after the phase-out date. Even if certain Kinect tracking capabilities relied on cloud-based services, there’s no reason why Redmond couldn’t offer basic video downloads. The home fitness market originally boomed following the introduction of the VCR, and we’re reasonably certain that the Xbox One is capable of serving an equivalent function.

 

Once upon a time, analysts and pundits predicted that streaming services could completely replace physical media collection. Digital data, it was theorized, would actually be a preferable option to lugging around dozens of discs or maintaining a physical collection. This is true, at least to an extent, if your files aren’t locked down with DRM. Once DRM or streaming-only services are involved, however, all bets are off. Microsoft isn’t a fly-by-night company with starry-eyed promises and a dubious legal strategy; it’s a multi-billion dollar corporation with nearly 20 years of experience in the console market.

 

Microsoft probably killed Xbox Fitness because it didn’t want to continue to pay licensing costs or server fees for a project that was tied to a peripheral that’s utterly irrelevant to the future of its gaming business. The fundamental problem here is the mismatch between Microsoft’s goals and those of its customers. Customers want access to content they’ve already paid for. Microsoft wants to minimize costs and improve its bottom line. It’s not in Redmond’s best interest to continue to provide access to a service that relatively few people use, particularly not if there’s no new revenue being generated by that business unit.

 

The good news, if you want to call it that, is that Kinect was such a dead-weight peripheral, there aren’t very many Kinect-specific products left for Microsoft to cancel.

 

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Pivotal has a couple of new friends with big wallets. Today it announced that Ford and Microsoft were joining EMC, VMware and GE as investment partners on a massive $253 million Series C investment with a whopping $2.8 billion valuation.

 

It’s not a coincidence that Pivotal has been working closely with Ford over the last year to help it in its own transformation from a car company to what Ford VP and CIO Marcy Klevorn called a “mobility” company driven by software development. Klevorn’s company is contributing $182.2 million of the round and Klevorn is joining Pivotal’s board as part of the deal.

 

One of the first projects to come out of the collaboration between Pivotal and Ford was the recently released FordPass, which Ford is billing as super innovative. In reality, it allows you to monitor your car from a smart phone app, access car sharing services and find parking spaces, among other things. While these are all useful services they aren’t innovative in the true sense because they’ve been done in various guises before. What is new is the programming methodology that went into developing FordPass, and Ford is hoping that by making this substantial investment in Pivotal, it will be able to continue to build on this initial success.

 

Unlike many companies born with the help of venture capital, Pivotal was launched three years ago by EMC and VMware — with a 10 percent investment from GE — as a kind of disruptive company that could move much more quickly than either of these publicly traded behemoths could on their own. Pivotal, which has now raised $358 million provides customers with the technology and a programming methodology for changing the way they develop products. The main idea is bringing a digital mindset and software design sense to companies that have operated in a more traditional fashion.

 

Among its key technology products are Pivotal Cloud Foundry, an open source Platform as a Service offering that enables customers (and others) to build cloud applications on top of it and its Big Data Suite, a set of tools for processing and analyzing big data sets.

 

It worth noting that Pivotal’s primary investors, EMC and VMware are ensnared in the $67 billion acquisition by Dell and all that entails, but it is an independently run company and all indications are it will remain that way. Just the other day when Michael Dell announced a new name for the combined Dell-EMC organizations, he indicated that Pivotal would continue on with its own branding.

 

There were reports last November suggesting that Pivotal could IPO early this year. As it turns out, it’s been a slow year for tech IPOs with Dell (coincidentally or not) being the lone company to venture out, spinning off SecureWorks in an IPO last month.

 

The company still plans to IPO eventually says Pivotal president and COO Bill Cook, but with this kind of cash in pocket the company can easily afford to wait for the market to get a bit more friendly. For now, it’s doing quite well boasting that among its clients are 7 of the top 10 U.S. Banks, 3 of the top five automative companies (including Ford, of course), and five of the top 10 telecommunications companies.

 

With this cash, Pivotal could expand its product development, hire engineers and developers and move into foreign markets. Cook was pretty closed-mouthed about details, saying that it was likely the company would expand beyond the 2000 employees it currently has, but just how many that would involve in the coming year or so and how it would be distributed among various departments and offices, he wasn’t willing to say.

 

The biggest question here is how well this methodology will scale. It has worked reasonably well in helping large organizations at least begin transforming into digitally-driven companies to this point, but what’s not clear is how this will translate as the company grows and has to make this process work for an increasingly large customer base.

 

Whatever happens, they certainly have the cash to try some experiments, and apply their own methods in-house and see what works and what doesn’t as they become a much larger organization over the next couple of years.

 

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The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

 

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

 

The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims "collection directly from the servers" of major US service providers.

 

Although the presentation claims the program is run with the assistance of the companies, all those who responded to a Guardian request for comment on Thursday denied knowledge of any such program.

 

In a statement, Google said: "Google cares deeply about the security of our users' data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government 'back door' into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data."

 

Several senior tech executives insisted that they had no knowledge of Prism or of any similar scheme. They said they would never have been involved in such a program. "If they are doing this, they are doing it without our knowledge," one said.

 

An Apple spokesman said it had "never heard" of Prism.

 

The NSA access was enabled by changes to US surveillance law introduced under President Bush and renewed under Obama in December 2012.

  

The program facilitates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. The law allows for the targeting of any customers of participating firms who live outside the US, or those Americans whose communications include people outside the US.

 

It also opens the possibility of communications made entirely within the US being collected without warrants.

 

Disclosure of the Prism program follows a leak to the Guardian on Wednesday of a top-secret court order compelling telecoms provider Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of US customers.

 

The participation of the internet companies in Prism will add to the debate, ignited by the Verizon revelation, about the scale of surveillance by the intelligence services. Unlike the collection of those call records, this surveillance can include the content of communications and not just the metadata.

 

Some of the world's largest internet brands are claimed to be part of the information-sharing program since its introduction in 2007. Microsoft – which is currently running an advertising campaign with the slogan "Your privacy is our priority" – was the first, with collection beginning in December 2007.

 

It was followed by Yahoo in 2008; Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009; YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL in 2011; and finally Apple, which joined the program in 2012. The program is continuing to expand, with other providers due to come online.

 

Collectively, the companies cover the vast majority of online email, search, video and communications networks.

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By Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras, Published: June 6 | Updated: Friday, June 7, 7:51 AM

 

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

 

The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.

 

Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

 

London’s Guardian newspaper reported Friday that GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, also has been secretly gathering intelligence from the same internet companies through an operation set up by the NSA.

 

According to documents obtained by The Guardian, PRISM would appear to allow GCHQ to circumvent the formal legal process required in Britain to seek personal material such as emails, photos and videos from an internet company based outside of the country.

 

PRISM was launched from the ashes of President George W. Bush’s secret program of warrantless domestic surveillance in 2007, after news media disclosures, lawsuits and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court forced the president to look for new authority.

 

Congress obliged with the Protect America Act in 2007 and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which immunized private companies that cooperated voluntarily with U.S. intelligence collection. PRISM recruited its first partner, Microsoft, and began six years of rapidly growing data collection beneath the surface of a roiling national debate on surveillance and privacy. Late last year, when critics in Congress sought changes in the FISA Amendments Act, the only lawmakers who knew about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues.

 

The court-approved program is focused on foreign communications traffic, which often flows through U.S. servers even when sent from one overseas location to another. Between 2004 and 2007, Bush administration lawyers persuaded federal FISA judges to issue surveillance orders in a fundamentally new form. Until then the government had to show probable cause that a particular “target” and “facility” were both connected to terrorism or espionage.

 

In four new orders, which remain classified, the court defined massive data sets as “facilities” and agreed to certify periodically that the government had reasonable procedures in place to minimize collection of “U.S. persons” data without a warrant.

 

In a statement issue late Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said “information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats. The unauthorized disclosure of information about this important and entirely legal program is reprehensible and risks important protections for the security of Americans.”

 

Clapper added that there were numerous inaccuracies in reports about PRISM by The Post and the Guardian newspaper, but he did not specify any.

 

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said: “I would just push back on the idea that the court has signed off on it, so why worry? This is a court that meets in secret, allows only the government to appear before it, and publishes almost none of its opinions. It has never been an effective check on government.”

 

Several companies contacted by The Post said they had no knowledge of the program, did not allow direct government access to their servers and asserted that they responded only to targeted requests for information.

 

“We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers,” said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer for Facebook. “When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinize any such request for compliance with all applicable laws, and provide information only to the extent required by law.”

 

“We have never heard of PRISM,” said Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Apple. “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.”

 

It is possible that the conflict between the PRISM slides and the company spokesmen is the result of imprecision on the part of the NSA author. In another classified report obtained by The Post, the arrangement is described as allowing “collection managers [to send] content tasking instructions directly to equipment installed at company-controlled locations,” rather than directly to company servers.

 

Government officials and the document itself made clear that the NSA regarded the identities of its private partners as PRISM’s most sensitive secret, fearing that the companies would withdraw from the program if exposed. “98 percent of PRISM production is based on Yahoo, Google and Microsoft; we need to make sure we don’t harm these sources,” the briefing’s author wrote in his speaker’s notes.

 

An internal presentation of 41 briefing slides on PRISM, dated April 2013 and intended for senior analysts in the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, described the new tool as the most prolific contributor to the President’s Daily Brief, which cited PRISM data in 1,477 items last year. According to the slides and other supporting materials obtained by The Post, “NSA reporting increasingly relies on PRISM” as its leading source of raw material, accounting for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports.

 

That is a remarkable figure in an agency that measures annual intake in the trillions of communications. It is all the more striking because the NSA, whose lawful mission is foreign intelligence, is reaching deep inside the machinery of American companies that host hundreds of millions of American-held accounts on American soil.

 

The technology companies, whose cooperation is essential to PRISM operations, include most of the dominant global players of Silicon Valley, according to the document. They are listed on a roster that bears their logos in order of entry into the program: “Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” PalTalk, although much smaller, has hosted traffic of substantial intelligence interest during the Arab Spring and in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

 

Dropbox, the cloud storage and synchronization service, is described as “coming soon.”

 

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who had classified knowledge of the program as members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were unable to speak of it when they warned in a Dec. 27, 2012, floor debate that the FISA Amendments Act had what both of them called a “back-door search loophole” for the content of innocent Americans who were swept up in a search for someone else.

 

“As it is written, there is nothing to prohibit the intelligence community from searching through a pile of communications, which may have been incidentally or accidentally been collected without a warrant, to deliberately search for the phone calls or e-mails of specific Americans,” Udall said.

 

Wyden repeatedly asked the NSA to estimate the number of Americans whose communications had been incidentally collected, and the agency’s director, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, insisted there was no way to find out. Eventually Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III wrote Wyden a letter stating that it would violate the privacy of Americans in NSA data banks to try to estimate their number.

 

Roots in the ’70s

 

PRISM is an heir, in one sense, to a history of intelligence alliances with as many as 100 trusted U.S. companies since the 1970s. The NSA calls these Special Source Operations, and PRISM falls under that rubric.

 

The Silicon Valley operation works alongside a parallel program, code-named BLARNEY, that gathers up “metadata” — technical information about communications traffic and network devices — as it streams past choke points along the backbone of the Internet. BLARNEY’s top-secret program summary, set down in the slides alongside a cartoon insignia of a shamrock and a leprechaun hat, describes it as “an ongoing collection program that leverages IC [intelligence community] and commercial partnerships to gain access and exploit foreign intelligence obtained from global networks.”

 

But the PRISM program appears to more nearly resemble the most controversial of the warrantless surveillance orders issued by President George W. Bush after the al-Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Its history, in which President Obama presided over exponential growth in a program that candidate Obama criticized, shows how fundamentally surveillance law and practice have shifted away from individual suspicion in favor of systematic, mass collection techniques.

 

The Obama administration points to ongoing safeguards in the form of “extensive procedures, specifically approved by the court, to ensure that only non-U.S. persons outside the U.S. are targeted, and that minimize the acquisition, retention and dissemination of incidentally acquired information about U.S. persons.”

 

And it is true that the PRISM program is not a dragnet, exactly. From inside a company’s data stream the NSA is capable of pulling out anything it likes, but under current rules the agency does not try to collect it all.

 

Analysts who use the system from a Web portal at Fort Meade, Md., key in “selectors,” or search terms, that are designed to produce at least 51 percent confidence in a target’s “foreignness.” That is not a very stringent test. Training materials obtained by The Post instruct new analysts to make quarterly reports of any accidental collection of U.S. content, but add that “it’s nothing to worry about.”

 

Even when the system works just as advertised, with no American singled out for targeting, the NSA routinely collects a great deal of American content. That is described as “incidental,” and it is inherent in contact chaining, one of the basic tools of the trade. To collect on a suspected spy or foreign terrorist means, at minimum, that everyone in the suspect’s inbox or outbox is swept in. Intelligence analysts are typically taught to chain through contacts two “hops” out from their target, which increases “incidental collection” exponentially. The same math explains the aphorism, from the John Guare play, that no one is more than “six degrees of separation” from any other person.

 

A ‘directive’

 

In exchange for immunity from lawsuits, companies such as Yahoo and AOL are obliged to accept a “directive” from the attorney general and the director of national intelligence to open their servers to the FBI’s Data Intercept Technology Unit, which handles liaison to U.S. companies from the NSA. In 2008, Congress gave the Justice Department authority for a secret order from the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court to compel a reluctant company “to comply.”

 

In practice, there is room for a company to maneuver, delay or resist. When a clandestine intelligence program meets a highly regulated industry, said a lawyer with experience in bridging the gaps, neither side wants to risk a public fight. The engineering problems are so immense, in systems of such complexity and frequent change, that the FBI and NSA would be hard pressed to build in back doors without active help from each company.

 

Apple demonstrated that resistance is possible when it held out for more than five years, for reasons unknown, after Microsoft became PRISM’s first corporate partner in May 2007. Twitter, which has cultivated a reputation for aggressive defense of its users’ privacy, is still conspicuous by its absence from the list of “private sector partners.”

 

Google, like the other companies, denied that it permitted direct government access to its servers.

 

“Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data,” a company spokesman said. “We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a ‘back door’ for the government to access private user data.”

 

Microsoft also provided a statement: “We provide customer data only when we receive a legally binding order or subpoena to do so, and never on a voluntary basis. In addition we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers. If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don’t participate in it.”

 

Yahoo also issued a denial.

 

“Yahoo! takes users’ privacy very seriously,” the company said in a statement. “We do not provide the government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network.”

 

Like market researchers, but with far more privileged access, collection managers in the NSA’s Special Source Operations group, which oversees the PRISM program, are drawn to the wealth of information about their subjects in online accounts. For much the same reason, civil libertarians and some ordinary users may be troubled by the menu available to analysts who hold the required clearances to “task” the PRISM system.

 

There has been “continued exponential growth in tasking to Facebook and Skype,” according to the PRISM slides. With a few clicks and an affirmation that the subject is believed to be engaged in terrorism, espionage or nuclear proliferation, an analyst obtains full access to Facebook’s “extensive search and surveillance capabilities against the variety of online social networking services.”

 

According to a separate “User’s Guide for PRISM Skype Collection,” that service can be monitored for audio when one end of the call is a conventional telephone and for any combination of “audio, video, chat, and file transfers” when Skype users connect by computer alone. Google’s offerings include Gmail, voice and video chat, Google Drive files, photo libraries, and live surveillance of search terms.

 

Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.

  

Poitras is a documentary filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow. Julie Tate, Robert O’Harrow Jr., Cecilia Kang and Ellen Nakashima contributed to this report.

 

Graphic: NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program Special Report: Top Secret America

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I began this side project last fall to expose myself to the little heard of discipline called Environments Design. It was also a helpful project to get myself reacquainted with AutoCAD, 3DSMax, SketchUp (started using the software in its earliest stages) and Form-Z (yeah I know!) but ended up working most of the time in Illustrator.

 

Since placing it on the backburner, I figured I might as well upload it and see if any others wanted to work off it or offer feedback. The fact that Microsoft is looking into opening retail space also made this little project a little more timely and relevant. And with the Mobile World Congress coming up tomorrow in Barcelona, it looks as though mobile internet growth is hitting its stride and with it comes HTC (who has always focused on smartphones) and their partners, Microsoft and Google.

 

HTC is an amazing company with the right history. I covered my love affair with the company in a previous post so I won't bother repeating anything here. HTC totally has the right strategy. Develop an awesome product, and it'll sell itself. Right? Well, not really. Apple's brilliance is that they've managed to convince everyone that there are no need for choices. One phone, one operating system, one carrier. People bought into it because of the strength of their brand and to be honest, they put out a great product.

 

HTC needs to get the word out there that there are GREAT alternatives. And like it did with hardware development, they are riding on their partner's coattails. Anyone notice the AT&T commercials featuring HTC phones? See here and here, I love how it's about an architect in the second commercial.

 

The Project

So the premise back in the Fall was that HTC wants to build a retail store in Manhattan. Except the building would be scheduled to be completed in the Spring, missing the crucial holiday season. So what do you do? Use pop-up showrooms sprinkled around Manhattan to start getting the word out. The shipping container idea been done to death... and so has the idea of using them to construct buildings. But for this project it would totally make sense. By building a shell of a building (finished ground floor, frame structure above it with slots for isotainers) it'll cut down on costs and construction time. HTC would integrate the isotainers into the building, which would be generating buzz during the holidays and the entire length of the construction.

 

Isotainer Pop-up Showrooms

The scheme is taken directly from HTC's existing branding. Dark colors, green lighting, faceted / diamond shaped wall panels. I imagine one side of the wall showcasing the various phones, focusing on 'smart mobility, smart CHOICES'. Definitely need to show the consumer that HTC is all about choices. Carriers, operating systems (WinMo and Android, both which are way more open than Apple's closed ecosystem, can't believe they are trying to claim that jailbreaking constitutes copyright infringement), keyboard, touch screen, dual input, HTC offers CHOICES!

 

The other side of the container could feature the same wall panels and additional phones, but I thought it would be great to have two large flat panels showcasing the two operating systems in action.

 

Isotainer Radius

Since the isotainer itself can only attract so much attention, to extend its reach radius, you could have cutouts sprinkled around in adjacent neighborhoods with the green HTC arrows on the ground leading you to the closest isotainer. Or have billboards or banners hanging from lampposts showcasing the brand. One idea was to construct a map of the various neighborhoods of Manhattan with HTC phones resized for each neighborhood. Residents of NYC get to choose what neighborhood fits them, shouldn't they have the same choice for their mobile needs? Lame I know, but you get the idea. Another idea was to construct a silhoutte of a person with various screenshots from the phone. The iPhone has their apps, so does WinMo and Android. And the kicker is you don't have to jailbreak just to install the apps of your choice.

 

To be honest, I like how Apple has curated their app store, it really cuts away the crap. The problem I have is that Apple doesn't give the user an easy way to install apps that hasn't been given Apple's blessing. HTC should consider doing some curating as well. The WinMo platform already has waaaay too many app stores / directories. HTC should just build a small site highlighting various useful apps drawn from existing app stores / directories.

 

The Retail Store

I imagine the ground floor to be a cafe fitted with furnishings that reflect the HTC's diamond faceted backing which I feel has been their best physical manifestation of the brand. There are some examples in this Metropolis article, my favorite of the group is the Penta Chair, but its overshadowed by some of the examples to follow. The Ghost sofa and easy chair by Eero Koivisto is a favorite. This faceted Real Good chair would be a good tie-in to the isotainers since I imagine the surfacing to be the same (but in a dark grey or black color). Libeskind's Diamond Chair, Rainer Mutsch's Fragments, Dodo Arslan's Sphaus Low Res sofa and armchair, this mountain range sofa system, origami chairs, the Talus table, and the Trinna lamp by Tina Leung would all fit very well with the faceted diamond theme.

 

The coffee served? How about Seattle's Best Coffee? Offer New Yorkers a Seattle alternative to Starbucks. Why Seattle? Because HTC's U.S. headquarters are located there. Each seat or coffee table would be fitted with a phone allowing customers to enjoy their beverage while browsing the web on an HTC phone, or just simply checking out the hardware / software.

 

The upper 'unfinished' floors would consist of the various isotainers used previously in the pop-up showroom campaign. To highlight the 'carrier' choice offered to consumers, it'd be great if each isotainer could be leased to a carrier. So AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon would each have an isotainer branded with their respective colorways, one wall would feature HTC phones carried by that operator, and the other wall would be open to whatever phones from other manufacturers they carry. HTC shouldn't be afraid to allow customers to browse the competition and it'll probably make the carriers more likely to accept the HTC retail showroom concept.

 

Anyway, that's pretty much it. If HTC would ever consider this, there's a great spot in Union Square on the northwest corner. Totally excited for MWC. I like WinMo's (or will it just be 'Windows' by week end?) integration to the rest of my desktop experience. The upcoming My Phone (ugh, should've kept the SkyBox name) will enhance that, with Google Sync offering an alternative. Yes, alternatives! And with Live Mesh taking care of file access away from the desktop... it's all a beautiful thing!

 

Hopefully I'll have to do less 'selling and explaining' when the next person asks me to take a look at my Touch Diamond.

 

Update: Check out the Klein Bottle House which employs a faceted design language. Just to get a feel for what it may be like to inhabit something like the isotainer. Though the isotainer will be much smaller and darker. Love the house.

 

Also the Cloud by the Bouroullec brothers would work well as space dividers within the cafe.

 

Update 2: Looks like HTC does have some sort of retail space. In Malaysia. Found this photo gallery via WMExperts, guess corporate isn't very into the faceted design language after all.

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El Ministerio de Desarrollo Económico a través de la Dirección General de Comercio Exterior promueve a través del programa de internacionalización, aquellas empresas que están radicadas en los diversos Distritos y posibilita su inserción en mercados objetivos para estos ecosistemas empresariales.

En esta oportunidad se trabajo con las empresas que están radicadas en el Distrito Tecnológico y en colaboración con el Centro de Asistencia al Inversor, se lo logró trazar este primer paso en una hoja de ruta en materia de internacionalización para empresas radicadas en Parque Patricios y Pompeya.

  

Perú y Colombia fueron los mercados seleccionados en base a las necesidades de crecimiento y expansión comercial por parte de las 7 empresas que participaron de esta inmersión de negocios. La oferta porteña estuvo centrada en base a las siguientes empresas, IPlan, TGestiona (grupo Telefonica), Thalmus Corp, The White Box, SofTur, DPS sistemas y SofTur. Se realizó un total de más de 55 reuniones, un promedio por día de entre 2 a 3 reuniones por empresa.

  

El insumo central como beneficio en esta actividad estuvo focalizada en base a una agenda a medida, esto es, respondían a las necesidades expresadas por parte de los empresarios del Distrito Tecnológico. En adición la metodología empleada fue que nuestros empresarios porteños mantengan reuniones en las empresas de ambos destinos. Esto posibilito una mejor clima de negocios y la resultante a priori, fue que en varias ocasiones, ambos ecosistemas empresariales acordaron reuniones ad hoc. En otros casos, la firma de NDAs fue un paso importante y una de las empresas, Thalamus Corp, obtuvo un contrato de reseller durante la Misión Comercial.

"Un denominador común fue que muchas de las empresas porteñas sostuvieron que algunas de las reuniones sólo fueron posibles de traccionar por ser parte de la misma misión y contar con el apoyo de la Ciudad" expreso Gastón Marando, gerente operativo de sectores estratégicos de la Dirección General de Comercio Exterior.

  

Algunas de las empresas en Peru y Colombia que son ilustrativas de lo mencionado anteriormente son, BBVA, Garwich BBDO Perú, Deloitte, Aviatur, British Telecom, Coca-Cola, Radisson Hotel, entre otras.

"Lo que priorizamos en esta agenda a medida fue llegar a los CIOs (chief information officer), y a todos los mandos de dirección que toman decisiones, para posibilitar un follow up real post misión y de esta manera poder crear mejores oportunidades de negocios", comento Gastón Marando, gerente operativo de sectores estratégicos de la Dirección General de Comercio Exterior.

  

Un punto a destacar fue la agenda institucional que persiguió el objetivo de crear un ida y vuelta priorizando la matriz productiva de la Ciudad en sectores TIC, Audiovisual e Industrias Creativas y Diseño.

  

La Dirección General de Comercio Exterior mantuvo reuniones con el presidente de APESOFT, para seguir vinculando las industrias IT y con IGDAPerú, la cámara de Videojuegos, para seguir trabajando en generar oportunidades de negocios en actividades como EVA (Exposición de Videojuegos Argentina) en la cual la Ciudad participa activamente desde 2008. En la misma línea mantuvimos reuniones con PromPerú, en la cual eventos como BAFIM, La Ronda Editorial en el marco de la Feria del Libro, EVA y Buenos Aires al Mundo fueron los temas centrales. En adición, en algunas reuniones participamos con el Centro de Atención al inversor, como ser el caso de ProExport Colombia y la Zona Franca de Santander, en la cual nos presentaron e invitaron a una Misión Académica y de Negocios a Santander que tendrá lugar el 13, 14 y 15 de Noviembre.

  

Fechas: Lunes 2 y Martes 3: en Lima, Perú - Miércoles 4, jueves 5 y Viernes 6 de Septiembre en Bogotá, Colombia.

  

Empresas:

  

Circo Studio, es una joven empresa argentina de producción de software, altamente especializada en tecnologías de Microsoft como SharePoint y .NET

  

• La empresa cuenta con una vasta experiencia en proyectos de migración, estimación y planificación, acompañamiento en start up de grandes proyectos y la capacidad de diseñar arquitecturas flexibles. Así también la empresa ofrece desarrollo de soluciones en otras tecnologías, como ser JD Edwards y sistemas a medida.

  

• Poseen amplia experiencia en el desarrollo de aplicaciones corporativas, de gestión y retail.

  

• Ellos son partners oficiales de Microsoft en Sharepoint / Azure Cloud Platform y Project Server.

  

Circo Studio cuenta con una vasta experiencia y conocimientos en las siguientes tecnologías:

  

• Microsoft .NET Framework

  

- Web Aplications

  

- Winforms

  

- Windows Apps

  

• SQL Server

  

- SQL Development

  

- BI Solutions

  

• SharePoint Server

  

- Portals & Collaboration

  

- Migrations

  

• Project Server

  

- Maintenance & Administration

  

- Migrations

  

• SQL Azure

  

• Windows Azure"

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.circostudio.com/

  

DPSLA; es una empresa argentina dedicada al desarrollo de soluciones informáticas para el negocio publicitario. Quienes desde 1978 y siguiendo con los avances tecnológicos han proporcionado soluciones informáticas a empresas relacionadas con el sector publicitario. Esto le ha permitido a ellos obtener una amplia experiencia en las necesidades de las distintas empresas relacionadas con dicha actividad.

  

Sus soluciones de software vertical son para los siguientes negocios:

  

• Publicidad

  

• Medios

  

• Promociones

  

• Marketing

  

• Relaciones Públicas

  

• Internet

  

• Productoras

  

• Post-Productoras

  

• Stock

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.dpsla.com/

  

Iplan, es un proveedor líder de comunicaciones de América Latina que a través de una red full IP brinda servicio de telecomunicaciones, conectividad, Internet, Telefonía y transmisión de datos en las áreas de cobertura de su actual red que son las principales ciudades de la Argentina: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba y La Plata.

  

El activo principal de ellos como empresa es, además de su red de cinco datacenters (uno de ellos en Tier 3 Disponibilidad del 99.982%.) y su infraestructura; es su Know-How del segmento pyme.

  

Su oferta internacional es el desarrollo del servicio de Infraestructura y servicios de TI gestionados en la nube (cloud computing) utilizando servicios de virtualización, sistemas operativos y aplicativos, seguridad y balanceo de carga con el objetivo de implementar servicios web con alta disponibilidad y redundancia. Y también como Data Center de Contingencia.

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.iplan.com.ar

  

The Whitebox, es una empresa argentina experta en el desarrollo de software de aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles: iPhone, iPad, android, blackberry y windows phone 7.

  

Proveen a sus clientes con servicios creativos y de consultoría denominado “Mobile Intelligence Business”

  

En este servicio ellos analizan la idea, identifican una necesidad y por medio de una conceptualización determinan el lenguaje gráfico único que le dará identidad a la publicación digital móvil. Además establecen las funcionalidades interactivas que ayudan a fortalecer las estrategias comunicativas que envuelven al usuario en una experiencia digital efectiva.

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.thewbx.com/

  

Thalamus, una compañía muy joven y dedicada a desarrollar productos y servicios de software orientados a soluciones de estrategia de marketing relacional.

  

• Su solución tecnológica Thalamus SAAS, permite mejorar de manera importante la relación entre marcas y consumidores.

  

- La solución permite definir e implementar una estrategia de marketing relacional exitosa.

  

- Administra perfiles múltiples y dinámicos, así como estrategias de marketing de permisos y que le permite aprender de sus consumidores en cada interacción.

  

- Asegura el mensaje, interacción y experiencia de marca consistente en cualquier punto de contacto (digital y no digital)

  

- Y permite que la marca interactúe con millones de consumidores a través de actividades de marketing y comunicaciones que sean relevantes y significativas, manteniéndose a la vez alineadas a la estrategia marcaria.

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.thalamuscorp.com/ o bien ver una presentación en www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH_taYTHTu_Emw2r-pTFxDwYYl...

El Ministerio de Desarrollo Económico a través de la Dirección General de Comercio Exterior promueve a través del programa de internacionalización, aquellas empresas que están radicadas en los diversos Distritos y posibilita su inserción en mercados objetivos para estos ecosistemas empresariales.

En esta oportunidad se trabajo con las empresas que están radicadas en el Distrito Tecnológico y en colaboración con el Centro de Asistencia al Inversor, se lo logró trazar este primer paso en una hoja de ruta en materia de internacionalización para empresas radicadas en Parque Patricios y Pompeya.

  

Perú y Colombia fueron los mercados seleccionados en base a las necesidades de crecimiento y expansión comercial por parte de las 7 empresas que participaron de esta inmersión de negocios. La oferta porteña estuvo centrada en base a las siguientes empresas, IPlan, TGestiona (grupo Telefonica), Thalmus Corp, The White Box, SofTur, DPS sistemas y SofTur. Se realizó un total de más de 55 reuniones, un promedio por día de entre 2 a 3 reuniones por empresa.

  

El insumo central como beneficio en esta actividad estuvo focalizada en base a una agenda a medida, esto es, respondían a las necesidades expresadas por parte de los empresarios del Distrito Tecnológico. En adición la metodología empleada fue que nuestros empresarios porteños mantengan reuniones en las empresas de ambos destinos. Esto posibilito una mejor clima de negocios y la resultante a priori, fue que en varias ocasiones, ambos ecosistemas empresariales acordaron reuniones ad hoc. En otros casos, la firma de NDAs fue un paso importante y una de las empresas, Thalamus Corp, obtuvo un contrato de reseller durante la Misión Comercial.

"Un denominador común fue que muchas de las empresas porteñas sostuvieron que algunas de las reuniones sólo fueron posibles de traccionar por ser parte de la misma misión y contar con el apoyo de la Ciudad" expreso Gastón Marando, gerente operativo de sectores estratégicos de la Dirección General de Comercio Exterior.

  

Algunas de las empresas en Peru y Colombia que son ilustrativas de lo mencionado anteriormente son, BBVA, Garwich BBDO Perú, Deloitte, Aviatur, British Telecom, Coca-Cola, Radisson Hotel, entre otras.

"Lo que priorizamos en esta agenda a medida fue llegar a los CIOs (chief information officer), y a todos los mandos de dirección que toman decisiones, para posibilitar un follow up real post misión y de esta manera poder crear mejores oportunidades de negocios", comento Gastón Marando, gerente operativo de sectores estratégicos de la Dirección General de Comercio Exterior.

  

Un punto a destacar fue la agenda institucional que persiguió el objetivo de crear un ida y vuelta priorizando la matriz productiva de la Ciudad en sectores TIC, Audiovisual e Industrias Creativas y Diseño.

  

La Dirección General de Comercio Exterior mantuvo reuniones con el presidente de APESOFT, para seguir vinculando las industrias IT y con IGDAPerú, la cámara de Videojuegos, para seguir trabajando en generar oportunidades de negocios en actividades como EVA (Exposición de Videojuegos Argentina) en la cual la Ciudad participa activamente desde 2008. En la misma línea mantuvimos reuniones con PromPerú, en la cual eventos como BAFIM, La Ronda Editorial en el marco de la Feria del Libro, EVA y Buenos Aires al Mundo fueron los temas centrales. En adición, en algunas reuniones participamos con el Centro de Atención al inversor, como ser el caso de ProExport Colombia y la Zona Franca de Santander, en la cual nos presentaron e invitaron a una Misión Académica y de Negocios a Santander que tendrá lugar el 13, 14 y 15 de Noviembre.

  

Fechas: Lunes 2 y Martes 3: en Lima, Perú - Miércoles 4, jueves 5 y Viernes 6 de Septiembre en Bogotá, Colombia.

  

Empresas:

  

Circo Studio, es una joven empresa argentina de producción de software, altamente especializada en tecnologías de Microsoft como SharePoint y .NET

  

• La empresa cuenta con una vasta experiencia en proyectos de migración, estimación y planificación, acompañamiento en start up de grandes proyectos y la capacidad de diseñar arquitecturas flexibles. Así también la empresa ofrece desarrollo de soluciones en otras tecnologías, como ser JD Edwards y sistemas a medida.

  

• Poseen amplia experiencia en el desarrollo de aplicaciones corporativas, de gestión y retail.

  

• Ellos son partners oficiales de Microsoft en Sharepoint / Azure Cloud Platform y Project Server.

  

Circo Studio cuenta con una vasta experiencia y conocimientos en las siguientes tecnologías:

  

• Microsoft .NET Framework

  

- Web Aplications

  

- Winforms

  

- Windows Apps

  

• SQL Server

  

- SQL Development

  

- BI Solutions

  

• SharePoint Server

  

- Portals & Collaboration

  

- Migrations

  

• Project Server

  

- Maintenance & Administration

  

- Migrations

  

• SQL Azure

  

• Windows Azure"

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.circostudio.com/

  

DPSLA; es una empresa argentina dedicada al desarrollo de soluciones informáticas para el negocio publicitario. Quienes desde 1978 y siguiendo con los avances tecnológicos han proporcionado soluciones informáticas a empresas relacionadas con el sector publicitario. Esto le ha permitido a ellos obtener una amplia experiencia en las necesidades de las distintas empresas relacionadas con dicha actividad.

  

Sus soluciones de software vertical son para los siguientes negocios:

  

• Publicidad

  

• Medios

  

• Promociones

  

• Marketing

  

• Relaciones Públicas

  

• Internet

  

• Productoras

  

• Post-Productoras

  

• Stock

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.dpsla.com/

  

Iplan, es un proveedor líder de comunicaciones de América Latina que a través de una red full IP brinda servicio de telecomunicaciones, conectividad, Internet, Telefonía y transmisión de datos en las áreas de cobertura de su actual red que son las principales ciudades de la Argentina: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba y La Plata.

  

El activo principal de ellos como empresa es, además de su red de cinco datacenters (uno de ellos en Tier 3 Disponibilidad del 99.982%.) y su infraestructura; es su Know-How del segmento pyme.

  

Su oferta internacional es el desarrollo del servicio de Infraestructura y servicios de TI gestionados en la nube (cloud computing) utilizando servicios de virtualización, sistemas operativos y aplicativos, seguridad y balanceo de carga con el objetivo de implementar servicios web con alta disponibilidad y redundancia. Y también como Data Center de Contingencia.

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.iplan.com.ar

  

The Whitebox, es una empresa argentina experta en el desarrollo de software de aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles: iPhone, iPad, android, blackberry y windows phone 7.

  

Proveen a sus clientes con servicios creativos y de consultoría denominado “Mobile Intelligence Business”

  

En este servicio ellos analizan la idea, identifican una necesidad y por medio de una conceptualización determinan el lenguaje gráfico único que le dará identidad a la publicación digital móvil. Además establecen las funcionalidades interactivas que ayudan a fortalecer las estrategias comunicativas que envuelven al usuario en una experiencia digital efectiva.

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.thewbx.com/

  

Thalamus, una compañía muy joven y dedicada a desarrollar productos y servicios de software orientados a soluciones de estrategia de marketing relacional.

  

• Su solución tecnológica Thalamus SAAS, permite mejorar de manera importante la relación entre marcas y consumidores.

  

- La solución permite definir e implementar una estrategia de marketing relacional exitosa.

  

- Administra perfiles múltiples y dinámicos, así como estrategias de marketing de permisos y que le permite aprender de sus consumidores en cada interacción.

  

- Asegura el mensaje, interacción y experiencia de marca consistente en cualquier punto de contacto (digital y no digital)

  

- Y permite que la marca interactúe con millones de consumidores a través de actividades de marketing y comunicaciones que sean relevantes y significativas, manteniéndose a la vez alineadas a la estrategia marcaria.

  

También puede leer sobre ellos en www.thalamuscorp.com/ o bien ver una presentación en www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH_taYTHTu_Emw2r-pTFxDwYYl...

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9/8/2009 by: Theo Valich - Get more from this author

 

ATIC [Advanced Technology Investment Company], technology investment group from the Government of Abu Dhabi, the majority owner of GlobalFoundries announced that the group is making a bid to acquire Chartered Semiconductor.

 

The move is not entirely unexpected, but rather a consequence of events that had nothing to do with semiconductor industry: Chartered Semiconductor is one of golden eggs in Singaporean's government investment arm [Temasek Holdings Pte], who is feeling the pain of global economy slowdown and the changes in companies owned by Temasek were obvious. As Singapore Airlines went through ownership change [now mostly owned by Temasek] the investment arm needed the cash to complete the transaction and Abu Dhabi's ATIC rode into town.

 

ATIC was interested in buying its competition, but when an opportunity like this arises, there isn't much you can do but to take it. The acquisition of Chartered Semi puts GlobalFoundries in a role of an 800-pound gorilla in the contract manufacturing space. First GlobalFoundries signed the deal to manufacture chips for a chip maker [STMicroelectronics], and now the GF owner is buying one of own largest competitors. In fact, until TSMC gets its SOI production up and running, GlobalFoundries is acquiring its second largest competitor in the SOI space [we take that ATIC does not want to buy IBM... for now].

 

In case you're unfamiliar with Chartered semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, the foundry owns six cleanrooms in a giant fab complex in Singapore, with production based on 200mm and 300mm wafers. Total output of the company is also very interesting:

 

Fab 2: 50,000 200mm WSM 600-350nm

Fab 3: 25,000 200mm WSM 350-180nm

Fab 3E: 34,000 200mm WSM in 250-180nm

Fab 5: 24,000 200mm WSM 350-180nm

Fab 6: 39,000 200mm WSM 180-110nm

Fab7: 45,000 300mm WSM 130-40nm [equal to 101,250 200mm wafers]

So, we have 172,000 WSM [wafer starts per month], or around 2,06 million 200mm wafers per year, plus an additional 540,000 300mm wafers. This manufacturing capacity is nothing short of impressive, even though the majority is in less competitive 200mm wafer space. If you would compare Chartered's Fab7 [300mm2 one] to GlobalFoundries' Fab1 complex in Dresden, you might be surprised at the differences in size, since Fab7 is massive: clean room space is as big as whole Module 2 [ex-Fab30/38] and half of Module 1 [ex-Fab36].

 

Yes, it is true that currently "only" 27,000 wafer starts can be in 40nm, but SOI capacity is quite impressive. Inside this advanced 300mm facility Chartered makes Microsoft's Xbox 360 CPUs, some AMD CPUs and some of IBM's Power chips.

 

Clean room space is also quite impressive - six facilities with a grand total of 773,640 square feet [71,871.15 m2]. If you compare that to current manufacturing facilities in Dresden, Module 1 [14,500 m2 - 156,000 sqft] and currently upgrading Module 2 [16,700 m2 - 180,000 sqft], you can see that GlobalFoundries wants to go from 336,000 sqft [31,214 m2] in 2009 to 1.38 million square feet [128,202 m2] of clean room space in 2012.

Divided by wafer size, GlobalFoundries in 2012 could look like this:

 

300mm2 - 120,000 wafer starts per month, 838,000 sqft [77,850 m2] Class 100 clean room

200mm2 - 172,000 wafer starts per month, 541,640 sqft [50,318 m2] Class 100 clean room

All in all, this is quite a significant jump in manufacturing space, as there aren't exactly many contract manufacturers who can or plan to annually output almost 1.5 million 300mm wafers in 2012-2013 frame. In fact, one could put a question that GlobalFoundries is doing this to attract the heavy weights, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo - but Qualcomm and nVidia as well.

 

Over the past several months, we featured various articles on upcoming chips, but they all have one thing in common: they have to be built on 300mm wafers in order to be profitable. Qualcomm's quad-core ARM System-on-Chip is quite nice, but the company has to have 300mm wafers available to score a profit. Same thing with the 2010-2011 generation of nVidia's Tegra and Texas Instruments OMAP chips.

 

Thus, a foundry has to position itself aggressively and there is no doubt that this move puts GlobalFoundries on the map of TSMC and Intel challenger. While TSMC still has the overall lead in number of wafers it can produce, the numbers here show that GlobalFoundries is catching up and overtaking in 300mm wafer arena - a worrisome trend.

 

The clock isn't exactly stopping there - if we divide the wafers in SOI and non-SOI flavor, GlobalFoundries will be the largest SOI wafer maker, and with a move to optical interconnects starting in 2012-2013 there isn't exactly any doubt what's on the table. ATIC and AMD both want that GlobalFoundries change the semi playing field for good, and this acquisition only confirms that direction.

 

GlobalFoundries can freely disclose all of its plans and there isn't exactly a lot that other competitors can do but to launch massive FUD campaigns which again, would not stand due to engineering excellence shown by former AMD engineering teams, who saved Microsoft's bacon on Xbox 360 yields, for instance.

 

This move also solves one of major pains for GlobalFoundries exec team - no longer journalists and analysts need to ask "who are your customers?", because with the acquisition of Chartered Semi, that list grew by couple of dozen names, including Microsoft and IBM. You can expect that next GlobalFoundries event to feature numerous existing customers, even if they did not sign directly with GlobalFoundries, rather Chartered Semi.

 

ATIC's next move: Buying a wafer supplier?

We wonder what the next step for GlobalFoundries will be, but personally I would not bet against GF acquiring Soitec, as the largest SOI wafer vendor. Intel invested in the firm in 2007, when it became clear that the future chip interconnects [remember Intel Hybrid Silicon Laser demonstration on SOI wafers during IDF Fall 2006?] will require the use SOI wafers. AMD did not react at the time, but with over a trillion USD for investments alone, Abu Dhabi investment groups can easily flex their muscle and put everything they need under one roof.

 

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Advanced Technology Investment Co., the Abu Dhabi company that owns the majority of GlobalFoundries, plans to acquire chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd.

 

The Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor would become part of GlobalFoundries, a joint venture with ATIC and Advanced MicroDevices Inc. (NYSE: AMD).

 

GlobalFoundries is building a $4.2 billion manufacturing plant in Malta in Saratoga County. N.Y., about 25 miles north of Albany. It also has operations in Dresden, Germany.

 

It was unclear early Tuesday how the acquisition would affect the Malta operation.

 

ATIC would pay $3.9 billion in cash and debt for the acquisition, the companies said in a joint statement. The transaction is expected to close in late 2009, pending required government and shareholder approvals.

 

GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose would head up the combined operations. Chartered (Nasdaq: CHRT) CEO Chia Song Hwee would become chief operating officer and head the integration of both companies, according to the companies.

 

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government. It owns 66 percent of GlobalFoundries; AMD owns the remaining 34 percent.

 

Singapore’s state-owned investment fund Temasek Holdings owns about 62 percent of Chartered’s shares. The chip maker produces chips for Xbox 360 games and other consoles.

 

“Chartered and GlobalFoundries will be able to draw on each other’s strengths to enable the next generation of semiconductor innovation, utilizing the value of both companies and the intellectual capital of thousands of skilled employees,” said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC. GlobalFoundries’ plant in Malta is under construction. It’s expected to employ 1,5000 during the construction phase and 1,6000 permanent and ancillary jobs when it’s running at full capacity in 2010.

 

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Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi has signed a definitive agreement to acquire chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing of Singapore in a deal valued at S$5.6 billion (US$3.9 billion) in cash and debt, the companies said on Monday.

 

Chartered, a contract chip maker, will become part of GlobalFoundries, the chip manufacturing venture formed by ATIC and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

 

The CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, will head up the combined operations, while Chartered CEO Chia Song Hwee will become chief operating officer and head the integration of the businesses, ATIC said in a statement.

 

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of this year. It will require approval by Chartered shareholders and government regulators.

 

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.

 

The acquisition of Chartered will be its second major investment in the semiconductor industry after the deal with AMD.

 

GlobalFoundries has a manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, and another under construction in the state of New York.

 

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Singapore state-owned investment fund Temasek Holdings, which owns about 62 percent of Chartered’s shares, fully supports the acquisition and has signed an irrevocable undertaking to vote in support of the transaction, the statement said.

 

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(Nanowerk News) The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany today announced plans to host a Job Fair to assist M+W Zander in building its project management team to support the construction of GlobalFoundries' computer chip manufacturing facility in Malta.

The Job Fair, to be held on Wednesday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, will help recruit candidates for 40 high-tech design and construction management positions, including electrical and mechanical designers, engineers and estimators; construction and design project managers and coordinators; architectural project managers, planners and interns; and, accounting, purchasing, document control and administrative personnel. The positions carry salaries that range from $40,000 to more than $100,000 annually.

Officials from M+W Zander will be on hand to accept resumes and conduct initial interviews on site, with representatives of CNSE also providing assistance at the event. This marks the fifth high-tech job fair to be held at CNSE in just the past three years, with previous events in May 2006, January 2007, September 2007 and October 2008.

Candidates interested in attending and interviewing at the Job Fair are encouraged to pre-register online by visiting cnse.albany.edu/events/jobfair2009.html.

Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari said, "That still another Job Fair is necessary to fill these high-tech positions is a great testament to the investments made in the rapidly growing nanotechnology sector in the Capital Region and New York State. I hope local residents will take full advantage of this opportunity to learn more about exciting careers in the nanotechnology industry."

Assemblyman John J. McEneny said, "The investments in nanotechnology are once again paying dividends in the form of exciting new high-tech career opportunities for residents of Albany and the Capital Region. It is an enormous source of pride to know that New York State is leading the worldwide nanotechnology revolution, which is creating new jobs and attracting new investments."

Rick Whitney, President and CEO of M+W Zander U.S. Operations said, "It is a pleasure to work in partnership with the UAlbany NanoCollege, the world leader in nanotechnology education, research and development, as M+W Zander builds its construction management team to support GlobalFoundries' world-class computer chip manufacturing facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus. As a company that works on high-tech projects and facilities around the world, there is no question that the Capital Region and New York are recognized globally as the place to be for nanotechnology."

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE, said, "With the vision, leadership and support of Speaker Silver, Assembly Majority Leader Canestrari, Assemblyman McEneny and the New York State Assembly, M+W Zander has become a valuable partner in building high-tech facilities that are critical to New York's global leadership in nanotechnology education, research and development, and economic outreach. The UAlbany NanoCollege is pleased to host this Job Fair, which will provide exciting career opportunities for local residents, and ensure that M+W Zander has a highly skilled management team in place to build GlobalFoundries' state-of-the-art computer chip manufacturing plant."

 

With headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, M+W Zander is one of the world's foremost companies for the design and construction of high-tech buildings and cleanroom facilities for research and development, pilot manufacturing, manufacturing, and assembly and testing operations. M+W Zander's Northeastern U.S. headquarters is located at the Watervliet Arsenal, where it employs more than 250 people.

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The M+W Zander Group offers its customers worldwide integrated life-cycle solutions for high-tech production plants and infrastructure complexes including all necessary service and modernization support. The customer base focuses primarily on leading electronics, photovoltaic, pharmaceutical, chemical, automobile and communication companies, as well as research institutes and universities. The company ranks among the market leaders in various market sectors which include semiconductors, photo-voltaics and pharmaceuticals. MWZ Group GmbH, Stuttgart, manages the global activities of the group as a holding company. The group has three main divisions based on Facility Solutions, Process Solutions and Product Solutions which together generated 2008 revenues of $2.32 billion with a workforce of approximately 4,500.

 

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Did you take this photo? I did a photosimulation of the nanotech facility expansion based off this very same photo.

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Yes I did. Who supplied the photo to you? I don't remember anyone calling me about this. Only an architect firm in Albany. Let me know. Chris

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Oops, sorry it took a while to get back to you - I just PM'd you about this :)

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Thanks Chris

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Too Much work to do to enter. Chris

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President Barack Obama Visits Luther Forest Technology Campus Malta Saratoga County New york GlobalFoundries Breaks Ground in Malta

GlobalFoundries held a groundbreaking ceremony for Fab 2 in Malta, N.Y. The foundry's goal is to have the first tool move in by October 2011, with qualification coming in early 2012 and commercial production by the second half of 2012. The event marks "a significant shift in momentum" for chip manufacturing in the United States, said Norm Armour, Fab 2 general manager.

David Lammers, News Editor -- Semiconductor International, 7/24/2009

As an Albany, N.Y., taxi driver ferried a visitor to the GlobalFoundries Fab 2 groundbreaking ceremony near the village of Malta, he said, "For three years they've been talking about this, but I never thought they would actually build it."

 

Planning began in June 2006, and it was this year on June 19 that GlobalFoundries began clearing portions of its 230-acre site, located ~24 miles from Albany and seven miles from Saratoga Springs. Fab 2 is expected to be making volume silicon by the second half of 2012, employing 1400 directly and an estimated 5000 indirect workers. The spinoff of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif.) has room for two additional modules at the site.

 

Fab 2 General Manager Norm Armour said he watched manufacturing shift from the United States to Asian foundries during his career at LSI Logic Corp., where he spent a decade managing LSI's fab in Gresham, Ore. "We are on the other side, trying to bring manufacturing back to a U.S. fab," Armour said. "It is a significant momentum shift."

 

That shift was supported by a $6B investment in GlobalFoundries by the Abu Dhabi Investment Co. (ATIC). The money will be spent to build Fab 2 at Malta, expected to cost $4.2B, as well as to expand and upgrade the GlobalFoundries Module 2 in Dresden, Germany. The state of New York is providing an estimated $1.2B in subsidies for Fab 2, and is investing additional funding to expand the University at Albany's nearby College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). AMD contributed its existing manufacturing complex in Dresden as well as other assets, but no cash, providing AMD with access to a new fab without capital outlays.

  

GlobalFoundries Fab 2 will begin production in the second half of 2012.

  

Because the site is not space-constrained, Fab 2 will be a two-level building rather than three-level, said Tom Sonderman, vice president of manufacturing systems technology at GlobalFoundries. All of the wafer production will be on one floor, eliminating the need to move wafers-in-progress (WIP) up and down floors. A "zero footprint storage" approach will put some wafer stockers above the tools, he added. Implant will be located off of the main waffle slab, reducing construction costs, and maintenance shops will be on the upper production floor to further improve efficiencies.

 

Though its labor costs in both Dresden and Malta will be higher than at many Asian fabs, manufacturing innovations will make GlobalFoundries cost-competitive with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC, Hsinchu, Taiwan), according to Sonderman. GlobalFoundries is investing in the midst of a severe downturn, which also will reduce costs compared with the more expensive 24/7 construction schedules used when fabs are built in a hurry. Armour said it may take 18 months to build Fab 2, which is expected to have a 220,000 sq. ft. cleanroom with an option to expand cleanroom space to 300,000 sq. ft. The goal is to have the first tool move in by October 2011, with qualification coming in early 2012 and commercial production by the second half of 2012, a schedule that could be accelerated somewhat "depending on market conditions," Armour said.

 

Sonderman said construction begins at a time "of a lot of pent-up demand for advanced foundry capacity." Fab 2 will start at 28 nm technology, and then bring up a 22 nm SOI process for CPU production. GlobalFoundries will support AMD's manufacturing needs with the current 45 nm production, moving to 32 and 22 nm production. For foundry customers, however, most of the interest is at the half nodes, including 40 nm bulk technology immediately at Dresden and 28 nm high-k/metal gate technology late next year when 28 nm customer designs start to be accepted.

 

Sonderman said GlobalFoundries is accelerating its effort to support 40 nm bulk production, which he said comes as customers express concerns about yields at TSMC. "We definitely want to be a counterbalance to TSMC," Sonderman said, outlining plans to offer, by 2013, 600,000 wspy at Dresden and 400,000 wspy at Fab 2.

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RPI spokesman joining GlobalFoundriesApril 2, 2009 at 10:25 am by Larry Rulison

Jason Gorss, the manager of media relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, will be joining GlobalFoundries later this month in a communications role.

 

Gorss (right) has been at RPI for several years now. He has a technical and scientific background that helps with his new role with the company, which is building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta called Fab 2 and owns two others in Dresden, Germany.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Jon Carvill said that Gorss’ role will be “more global in nature and focused on our technology.

 

“We will still look to add additional resources specific to Fab 2 in 2009,” Carvill said.

 

The company already has an office in Malta at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park, which sits within the Luther Forest Technoogy Campus where GlobalFoundries is planning its factory on 222 acres. At least one former General Electric employee is now working there in a human resources position, and additional positions are expected to be filled in the coming months.

 

The new CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, is himself an RPI graduate.

 

The Times Union contacted Gorss this morning by e-mail and he confirmed he is taking the job.

 

“My experience at Rensselaer has given me the rare chance to work with incredibly brilliant people on a wide array of fascinating projects. I am going to miss my colleagues here, but I am excited about the new opportunity with GlobalFoundries,” Gorss said. “It is a perfect fit for someone with my background and interests. I am a technophile at heart, and this job will allow me to immerse myself in some of the most advanced technology on the planet.”05/15/2009 10:10 AM EDT)

 

MALTA, N.Y. — It's rare these days in the semiconductor industry to witness the unfolding of a project on a grand scale. Based on what has been proposed so far, the Global Foundries project backed by Advanced Micro Devices and its partner is precisely that.

 

"We want to be the first truly global semiconductor foundry," said Global Foundries CEO Global Doug Grose at a recent event here, where a ground-breaking ceremony will be held in July.

 

Global Foundries has committed up to $6 billion to develop a new fab to produce chips for AMD and new customers. AMD and partner, Abu Dhabi-backed Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC). "This money is for a five- to seven-year stretch. Our investors [are] in this for the long haul," said Grose.

 

According to Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at market researcher In-Stat, "Everything for the future depends on GlobalFoundries' ability to land new customers. Unfortunately, I can't predict that."

 

Jim Doran, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Dresden, Germany, operation, said Global Foundries will use a Sunnyvale, Calif., facility for technology development and producing process design kits. The U.S. site also will be used for designing intellectual property and chip testing and validation.

 

Global Foundries also is engaged with neighbors here like the IBM Alliance on submicron research and development.

 

Global Foundries' 300-mm Fab 1 in Dresden includes a Module 1 used for 45-nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) chips; Module 2 is used for 32-nm and beyond bulk CMOS process technology. Both modules are expected to operate at 25,000 monthly wafer starts at full capacity. Module 2 production will ramp up in late 2009.

 

The $4.5 billion Fab 2, a 300-mm manufacturing facility in Saratoga County, N.Y., is expected to come online in 2012 with 35,000 wafer starts per month at full capacity. Fab 2 is expected to create more than 1,400 jobs along with about 5,000 spin-off jobs.

 

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The new 300-mm manufacturing facility is expected to bring 1,400 direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs and billions of dollars in economic development to upstate New York.

 

By Suzanne Deffree, Managing Editor, News -- Electronic News, 7/24/2009

Global Foundries today announced it officially broke ground on the construction of Fab 2, a new semiconductor manufacturing facility located at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, NY.

 

The construction and ramp-up phases for the new $4.2 billion facility are expected to take approximately three years to complete, with volume production expected in 2012. According to the company, once Fab 2 is completed it will stand as the "most technologically advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world" and the "largest leading-edge semiconductor foundry in the United States."

 

“As today’s chip designers push the boundaries on the next generation of products, there is a growing need for a new approach to design and manufacturing rooted in collaboration and innovation," Hector Ruiz, chairman of Global Foundries, said in a statement. "With Fab 2, Global Foundries moves the semiconductor industry away from the traditional model of isolated regional development and into an era of global hubs of manufacturing and technology expertise.”

 

The new facility is designed to manufacture microprocessors and logic products on 300-mm wafers, Global Foundries said, noting that initial production is expected to ramp at the 28-nm technology node and move to volume manufacturing on the 22-nm node. Fab 2 will work in conjunction with Global Foundries’ Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany.

 

Today's ground breaking was long awaited. Indeed, talk of the NY fab began in 2006, years before AMD spun out its manufacturing operations to form Global Foundries in October 2008. AMD saw significant support from the state during its decision and commitment process, including $1.2 billion in incentives. That largest private-public investment in the history of the state included grants, tax credits, and other New York City Empire Zone benefits. In accord with the investment, New York gave AMD a two-year window, from July 2007 to July 2009, to initiate the building of a new 300-mm wafer fabrication facility in Saratoga County, NY.

 

New York's significant support was not unwarranted. New York estimated that the plant will create approximately 1,400 new, direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs at full-scale production, providing an estimated annual payroll of more than $88 million to the upstate region. In addition, the project will create approximately 5,000 new, indirect jobs in the region, offering a sustained estimated total annual payroll of $290 million for all jobs, according to New York's estimates.

 

The state's universities also have several high-tech efforts in play that include AMD and its partners. Most recently, Intel, IBM, and Sematech backed an R&D joint venture with the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering center that is expected to add 475 jobs to New York.

 

“New York has worked with Global Foundries for three years to bring this [fab] project to fruition and I am pleased to say that with the groundbreaking of Fab 2, New York and Global Foundries take a lead role in delivering the type of economic growth needed to carry our nation toward sustainable growth,” said Governor David Paterson of New York in the Global Foundries statement. “This initiative not only provides our residents with a source for new jobs, but is integral in positioning New York as a future hub of innovation and an attractive destination for additional investment.”

 

AMD also showed its support at the ground breaking today. "This is an important opportunity to create thousands of jobs and strengthen US competiveness in the high-tech industry," said Dirk Meyer, president and CEO of AMD, in a company statement. “The multi-billion dollar investments in research and development and capacity expansion that Global Foundries is planning strengthen its position as a premier leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing foundry and make it the ideal AMD technology partner to help in bringing our innovative products to market.”

 

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Having been the construction project manager for AMD’s original Dresden-based fabrication facilities, Globalfoundries has awarded M+W Zander the full turnkey construction contract for Fab 2, currently being built at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York. A departure from pervious fab projects, M+W Zander is also responsible for the architectural aspects of the 4 building project. Previously, AMA Group, based in Italy had been the architectural firm responsible for this aspect of the work. The turnkey project is worth approximately €550 million to M+W Zander over the two-year construction schedule.

 

The Fab 2 complex is more than 130,000 square meters (1.45 million square feet), including a 28,000 square meters (300,000 square feet) Class 100 clean room. A ‘spine’ support building is also being built, along with administrative office building and a central utility building (CUB) along with service yards and small support buildings.

 

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Customer-centricMay 3, 2009 at 6:00 am by Larry Rulison

 

Talking about customers, GlobalFoundries is making sure that it treats the customers that it does get the right way.

 

The 1.3 million-square-foot factory it will build in Saratoga County features a special entrance for customers, separate from the visitor entrance. Inside, customers will find a nearly half-acre of space devoted to designing chips for them. GlobalFoundries expects its customer base to grow beyond AMD to include graphics chips companies and those that produce chips used in handheld electronics.

 

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GlobalFoundries site clearing should be soonApril 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm by Larry Rulison

Although the closing on the sale of 222 acres in Malta at the Luther Forest Technology Campus has been in the final stages now for the last couple of weeks, officials with GlobalFoundries Inc. said again today the deal could be done any day now.

 

The deal will also set in motion a number of events, including the awarding of the first contract to clear the site for a $4.2 billion computer chip factory.

 

In fact, right around the time the sale occurs, GlobalFoundries will send its official commitment letter to the state of New York, making it eligible for $650 million in cash incentives for chip fab construction and research and development activities.

 

Around the same time, GlobalFoundries will make the announcement that it has hired a general contractor. Although not official yet, it’s largely expected that M+W Zander, which built Albany NanoTech, will be given the nod. (more…)

 

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No Malta meeting for GlobalFoundriesApril 28, 2009 at 10:37 am by Larry Rulison

There will be no Malta Planning Board meeting tonight for GlobalFoundries, the company building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in the town.

 

The town planning board had posted an agenda for the meeting on the town’s Web site, but Town Planning Director Anthony Tozzi said today that the planning board has decided it doesn’t need to meet. It was scheduled to review temporary construction plans for the project.

 

GlobalFoundries is still wrapping up the purchase of 222 acres of land at Luther Forest, and closing is expected later this week or early next week. The planning board doesn’t need to make any approvals until after the closing of that deal, which is why the board decided not to meet.

 

The Malta Planning Board usually meets the third Tuesday of every month, but it has set aside the second and fourth Tuesday of every month for the GlobalFoundries project if needed.

 

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AMD posts loss of $416 millionApril 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm by Larry Rulison

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the only customer of GlobalFoundries Inc., the company building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta, posted a $416 million loss in the first quarter.

 

Sales totaled $1.177 billion.

 

AMD spun off GlobalFoundries earlier this year and included the results of GlobalFoundries in its consolidated results released today.

 

Those results say GlobalFoundries had sales of $283 million and an operating loss of $141 million.

 

The results also show AMD spent $44 million on the formation of GlobalFoundries during the past two quarters.

 

GlobalFoundries is expected to acquire 222 acres at the Luther Forest Technology Campus any day now and start construction of the chip fab this summer. The plant is expected to start full-scale manufacturing by 2012.

 

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Malta holding meeting on Luther ForestApril 20, 2009 at 11:48 am by Larry Rulison

The Malta Town Board will hold a workshop and special meeting tonight to make some minor changes to an agreement it has with the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

 

Aerial shows road construction at the Luther Forest site. (Times Union archive)

The meeting comes as it appears that the sale of 222 acres at Luther Forest to GlobalFoundries Inc. for a $4.2 billion computer chip factory could come any day now.

 

It’s unclear if the changes to the agreement with the town, technically a declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions, are needed so the sale can take place.

 

Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville said this morning that he thought the sale might take place today and he didn’t think the changes – considered minor — had to occur for the sale to go through.

 

Sausville said the document deals with things such as who is responsible for interior roads, sidewalks and lights at the tech park.

 

He said Luther Forest and the town reached an agreement last week, but the town of Stillwater made some minor changes to its version on Thursday, and the two documents have to be identical. The park straddles both towns, although most of the land is located in Malta.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Travis Bullard said the Malta meeting is being held just to make minor revisions. He has said the land deal is imminent.

 

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Luther Forest looking for consultantsApril 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm by Larry Rulison

The nonprofit group developing the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta is looking for real estate and construction consultants to provide their expertise as it develops the 1,414-acre business park.

 

Computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoudries Inc. is expected to be the first tenant, taking 222 acres. A deal by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm to acquire the land is due any day now.

 

The Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corp. issued a request for proposals today for consultants it can use on an as-needed basis.

 

The RFPs are due back April 30. The review process will begin in early May, with selection to take place within a few weeks after that.

 

To see the RFP, click here.

 

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RPI spokesman joining GlobalFoundriesApril 2, 2009 at 10:25 am by Larry Rulison

Jason Gorss, the manager of media relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, will be joining GlobalFoundries later this month in a communications role.

 

Gorss (right) has been at RPI for several years now. He has a technical and scientific background that helps with his new role with the company, which is building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta called Fab 2 and owns two others in Dresden, Germany.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Jon Carvill said that Gorss’ role will be “more global in nature and focused on our technology.

 

“We will still look to add additional resources specific to Fab 2 in 2009,” Carvill said.

 

The company already has an office in Malta at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park, which sits within the Luther Forest Technoogy Campus where GlobalFoundries is planning its factory on 222 acres. At least one former General Electric employee is now working there in a human resources position, and additional positions are expected to be filled in the coming months.

 

The new CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, is himself an RPI graduate.

 

The Times Union contacted Gorss this morning by e-mail and he confirmed he is taking the job.

 

“My experience at Rensselaer has given me the rare chance to work with incredibly brilliant people on a wide array of fascinating projects. I am going to miss my colleagues here, but I am excited about the new opportunity with GlobalFoundries,” Gorss said. “It is a perfect fit for someone with my background and interests. I am a technophile at heart, and this job will allow me to immerse myself in some of the most advanced technology on the planet.”

 

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New Fab2 renderings releasedMarch 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm by Larry Rulison

GlobalFoundries Inc. is going to show these new renderings (below) of Fab2 to the Malta Planning Board tonight.

 

GlobalFoundries is planning a $4.2 billion computer-chip factory in the Luther Forest Technology Campus, which sits on land in both Malta and the town of Stillwater.

 

The company is seeking a temporary construction permit tonight after getting approval to start moving soil and trees. That work could begin early next month.

 

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went to the community open house at the Globalfoundries Fab2 construction site in Malta, New York this morning. Globalfoundries had a nice tent set up with hot coffee, cookies, donuts, etc. It was a good thing because it was raining pretty hard and the gravel parking lot had a lot of water on it. Globalfoundries and M + W Zander had people on-site to answer questions about the project. They had a few large pictures of the construction site inside the tent as well as artist conceptions of the completed building.

 

The actual construction site could be seen from outside the tent. I took a few of my own pictures that you can see below. Double click on any of the pictures to enlarge them. It is a pretty impressive site. You can’t see the construction site from any of the main roads in the area because it is a few miles deep into The Luther Forest. It is on Stone Break Road off of Route 9 in Malta. I doubt that you can get into the actual construction site except for events like this. (Google Maps can’t locate “Stone Break Road, Malta NY”, unless you include the zip code 12020, but Bing.com can find it without the zip code.)

 

By the time I arrived they had run out of “fact sheets” but I was told to check their website and the information would be updated by Tuesday, October 27th. You can find their website at Globalfoundries.com.

 

Hector Ruiz, the chairman of GlobalFoundries said that the new chip plant is “by far the most significant high-tech investment made in this country in decades.” This plant will produce the most advanced computer chips in the world when it is completed.

 

I wrote a previous article about the chip plant in March. You can read it here: Globalfoundries Chip Plant in Saratoga County New York.

 

The refreshment tent at the Globalfoundries Community Open House

 

The Globalfoundries construction site

 

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The construction and eventual operation of this plant will be an economic boost to Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area for years to come. What do you think about the plant? Leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks.

 

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October 31, 2009 at 1:50 pmThe local “newspapers” lack of in depth investigative reporting was not at all included in their articles!

What was the reason the entire working platform had to be ‘bulldozed’ flat and devoid of mature stands of trees and other fauna?

Waht is the landscaping of the buildings and parking areas supposed to ‘blend’ into the surrounding topography?

Does this ‘platforming’ necessiate storm water retention ponds?

 

At the completion and occupation of the complex will it be eye friendly?

Note: Parssiphany, New Jersy

Buiding Codes insist that Mega-National type complexes remain ‘hidden’ in park like setting closely resembling the natural forest thy found before construction. Ten Billion of many Corporate Headquarters in ten years were build and remain sucessful but accessible by two lane tree stands lined country lane like entrances with multi-storied parking structures and modest designed multi-storied offices etc, all this surrounded by lawns and fields!

For Your Information the Mayor, who had his hand opefor the entire process was found guilty of 23 or the 24 charges, his hand was returning to his pocket with money he should not have had procession of!

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Despite its name, Disney Movies Anywhere, the studio’s cloud-based digital movie service, hasn’t really been available anywhere you want to watch its titles. But today, that’s beginning to change. The company is expanding support for the service...

 

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With the explosive growth of new device form factors and mobile cloud services, this panel examines the impact of these technologies on the enterprise.

 

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Purnima Kochikar, Vice President of Nokia

 

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Executive Director - Head of Mobile Technology

Tom Gillis, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Systems

Sumant Mandal, Managing Director of Clearston Venture Partners

Raj Natha, EVP and CMO of Sybase

David Sacks, Founder and CEO of Yammer, Inc.

 

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Come see NetApp at MMS and find out why we're Microsoft's Private Cloud Partner of the Year

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Druva Phoenix kombiniert Backup, Archivierung und Disaster Recovery

 

Die Druva Deutschland GmbH baut ihre strategische Präsenz und Investitionstätigkeit in der DACH-Region mit einem Cloud-basierten Lösungsportfolio weiter aus. Mit einer All-in-One-Datenschutzlösung für Backup, Disaster Recovery und Langzeitarchivierung verschlankt Druva den Administrationsaufwand und speichert die Daten aller IT-Assets im Unternehmen — von klassischen Servern bis zu mobilen Endgeräten (zum Beispiel Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones) und Cloud-Applikationen. Druva unterstützt die Anforderungen von Unternehmen in der DACH-Region über eine entsprechende Produktentwicklung, die länderspezifische Datenschutzvorgaben berücksichtigt, lokal Public-Cloud-Dienste einbindet und deutsche Sprachunterstützung nutzt.

 

Mit zwei Produktlinien – inSync und Phoenix – unterstützt der Anbieter die Einhaltung von Datenschutz- und Backup-Anforderungen. Druva Phoenix ist die branchenweit erste Public-Cloud-Lösung, die Backup, Archivierung und Wiederherstellung von Unternehmensdaten abdeckt. Phoenix vereinfacht den Datenschutz und ermöglicht Unternehmen eine effiziente Datensicherung und Verwaltung ihrer Enterprise-Infrastruktur. Mit Phoenix lassen sich Daten unbegrenzt anhand von Snapshots und flexiblen Aufbewahrungsrichtlinien speichern — zugleich sinken die Backup- und Archivierungskosten erheblich. Druva inSync bietet eine konvergente Plattform für die Verwaltung aller Endnutzerdaten, die auf Laptops, Mobiltelefonen und Cloud-Applikationen lagern — ohne Beeinträchtigung der Mitarbeiterproduktivität.

 

Druvas Produkte für die Datensicherung reduzieren die Risiken, Arbeit und Kosten dafür, wie geschäftskritische Informationen verwaltet und geschützt werden. Die Datenschutzlösungen für Endnutzer- und Serverdaten sammeln kontinuierlich digitale Informationen und stellen sie zur Vermeidung von Geschäftsrisiken im Rahmen von organisationsspezifischen Backup-/Wiederherstellungs-, Disaster-Recovery-, Compliance- und Governance-Strategien zur Verfügung. Druva-Technologien werden für die Public Cloud entwickelt und nutzen die Plattformen Amazon AWS sowie Microsoft Azure in über 30 Regionen weltweit, um globalen Anbietern die Einhaltung gesetzlicher Datenschutzrichtlinien zu ermöglichen.

 

Zu den über 4.000 Druva-Kunden weltweit zählen internationale Marktführer aus der DACH-Region wie Andritz, Continental, DHL, Siemens oder Leica Microsystems. Die Daten deutscher Mitarbeiter werden ausschließlich in Deutschland gespeichert und gesetzeskonform gepflegt, sind aber trotzdem von Unternehmensseite aus weltweit abrufbar. Für Leica Microsystems beispielsweise war entscheidend, zwischen Unternehmens- und Personendaten segmentieren zu können, um Datenschutzrichtlinien für Mitarbeiter in Deutschland befolgen zu können.

    

Druva eröffnet deutsche Niederlassung und baut Vertriebsaktivitäten für Datenschutz und Backup-Lösungen in der DACH-Region aus

Globale Expansion durch IT-Expertise, Channel-Ausbau und Lokalisierung der Produkte; neue Dienste unterstützen die Einhaltung der EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung GDPR

 

Druva, Marktführer für konvergenten Datenschutz, hat letztes Jahr eine deutsche GmbH eröffnet und baut seine strategische Präsenz und Investitionstätigkeit in der DACH-Region jetzt weiter aus. Die Gründung der Druva Deutschland GmbH ist zentraler Bestandteil der Strategie, das Cloud-basierte Lösungsportfolio des Unternehmens lokal zu unterstützen und die dynamische Geschäftsentwicklung in ganz Europa vertrieblich stärker zu begleiten. Im Vorjahr hat Druva seine mehrfach ausgezeichneten Datenschutzlösungen für den deutschsprachigen Raum lokalisiert, die bei Unternehmen wie Andritz, Continental, DHL, Leica und Siemens bereits erfolgreich im Einsatz sind.

 

Druvas Lösungsportfolio für die Datensicherung reduziert deutlich die Risiken, Arbeit und Kosten dafür, wie geschäftskritische Informationen verwaltet und geschützt werden. Die Datenschutzlösungen für Endnutzer- und Serverdaten sammeln kontinuierlich digitale Informationen und stellen sie zur Vermeidung von Geschäftsrisiken im Rahmen von organisationsspezifischen Backup-/Wiederherstellungs-, Disaster-Recovery-, Compliance- und Governance-Strategien zur Verfügung. Druva-Technologien werden für die Public Cloud entwickelt und nutzen die Plattformen Amazon AWS sowie Microsoft Azure in über 30 Regionen weltweit, um globalen Anbietern die Einhaltung gesetzlicher Datenschutzrichtlinien zu ermöglichen. So stellt Druva beispielsweise sicher, dass die Daten deutscher Mitarbeiter ausschließlich in Deutschland gespeichert und gesetzeskonform gepflegt werden, aber trotzdem von Unternehmensseite aus weltweit abgerufen werden können.

 

Im Zuge der stärkeren Regionalpräsenz hat Druva eine weitere Führungskraft in der Region München unter Vertrag genommen. Als Channel Managerin für DACH ist Susan Hoch zuständig, die zuvor acht Jahre bei VMware das Partner-Enablement-Programm und Support-Initiativen betreut hat. Frau Hoch berichtet an den Regional Sales Director DACH Andreas Sturm, der seit Januar 2015 die Geschäftsentwicklung Druvas in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz vorantreibt. Dafür bringt er mehr als 20 Jahre Praxiserfahrung in ähnlichen Positionen bei Commvault, EMC und Veritas ein.

 

Aktuell arbeitet Druva in der DACH-Region mit verschiedenen Vertriebspartnern zusammen, die Kunden bei der Verlagerung ihrer Backup- und Disaster-Recovery-Strategien in die Cloud unterstützen. Dazu zählen zertifizierte Partner wie Backup Solutions, Back et. al GmbH und Florestan — Druva erweitert die Channel-Strategie in Richtung MSPs, um weitere Kundensegmente abdecken zu können.

 

Zu den über 4.000 Druva-Kunden weltweit zählen internationale Marktführer aus der DACH-Region wie Leica Microsystems. Für Leica Microsystems war dabei entscheidend, zwischen Unternehmens- und Personendaten segmentieren zu können, um Datenschutzrichtlinien für Mitarbeiter in Deutschland befolgen zu können.

 

Mit Druvas Datenschutzlösungen lassen sich geschäftskritische Daten ortsunabhängig sichern und archivieren und unter Einhaltung von Gesetzes-, Branchen- und Compliance- Anforderungen konsolidieren. Die Druva-Lösung »Phoenix« übernimmt dabei Cloud- Backup und Archivierung physischer und virtueller Server, während »inSync« für den Schutz von Anwenderdaten auf Laptops, mobilen Endgeräten und Cloud-Applikationen wie Office 365 konzipiert ist. Das Analystenhaus Gartner stufte Druva inSync unlängst mit der höchsten Bewertung in drei von drei Anwendungsfällen ein (siehe Enterprise Endpoint Critical Capabilities Report 2015) . Weitere Informationen dazu gibt es unter www.druva.com/gartner.

  

»Die DACH-Region ist ein Schlüsselmarkt für Druva, und die Gründung der Druva Deutschland GmbH zeigt unser Engagement gegenüber Kunden und Partnern. Wir verzeichnen eine wachsende Nachfrage nach unseren Cloud-Lösungen, die IT- Anforderungen an den Datenschutz umsetzen und gleichzeitig dem Wunsch nach einer lokalen Verwaltung von Unternehmens- und Nutzerdaten nachkommen”, sagte Jaspreet Singh, Chief Executive Officer bei Druva. »Druva-Produkte werden von Grund auf so konzipiert, dass sie diesen Herausforderungen gerecht werden und Unternehmen ihre Daten ortsunabhängig schützen können. Es war noch nie so einfach, den Schutz personenbezogener Daten und die EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung GDPR unter einen Hut zu bringen.«

 

»Firmen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz entscheiden sich unter der Voraussetzung für Public-Cloud-Dienste, dass ihre strengen Anforderungen an den Datenspeicherungsort und die Kontrolle über ihre Daten erfüllt werden«, ergänzte Andreas Sturm, Regional Sales Director DACH bei Druva. »Das Interesse daran, wie sich Unternehmensdaten am besten sichern lassen, nimmt zu und spiegelt sich auch in Cloud- Applikationen von Microsoft Office 365 bis zu Google For Work und Box wider. Neben Druva bietet indes kein anderes Unternehmen die gleichen Möglichkeiten, geschäftskritische Informationen auf mobilen Endgeräten und in Cloud-Applikationen zu schützen. Mit dem Siegeszug der Cloud und veränderten Mobilitätsstrategien in der DACH-Region steigt auch der Bedarf an Datenschutzlösungen, die mit dieser neuen IT-Umgebung zurechtkommen.«

  

Über Druva

Druva ist Marktführer für konvergenten Datenschutz. Das Unternehmen stellt Hochverfügbarkeits- und Verwaltungslösungen auf Rechenzentrumsniveau für mobile und verteilte Enterprise-Umgebungen bereit. Druvas mehrfach ausgezeichnete Lösung bietet eine zentrale Übersicht für Backup, Verfügbarkeit und Verwaltung, minimiert Auswirkungen auf das Netzwerk und ist transparent für Endanwender. Mehr als 4.000 globale Organisationen mit über 4 Millionen Endgeräten vertrauen dem branchenweit am schnellsten wachsenden Unternehmen für Datenschutz. Weitere Informationen erhalten www.druva.com/de

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Gartner, Inc., »Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Endpoint Backup« von Pushan Rinnen und Robert Rhame, 12. November 2015.

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IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym w Poznaniu odbyła się 1 grudnia 2010 roku.

IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym w Poznaniu odbyła się 1 grudnia 2010 roku.

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Mit der fortschreitenden Digitalisierung wird für Unternehmen die Interaktion mit Partnern und Kunden immer wichtiger. Effiziente Kommunikationsprozesse gewinnen in Zukunft folglich zunehmend an Bedeutung und tragen wesentlich zum Geschäftserfolg bei. Der globale Enterprise-Messaging-Dienstleister Retarus hat sieben Trends identifiziert, die Unternehmen in der B2B-Kommunikation in diesem Jahr maßgeblich beeinflussen werden:

 

Arbeitsplatz der Zukunft: Das »moderne Büro« bewegt sich in die Cloud. Um dem steigenden Bedürfnis nach Collaboration und Mobilität seitens der User sowie dem Bedarf an zentralem, dynamischem IT Management seitens der IT nachzukommen, stellen viele Unternehmen auf cloudbasierende Lösungen wie Microsoft Office 365 um. Um auch in der Cloud den bestmöglichen Schutz ihrer Kommunikationswege sicherzustellen, sollten Unternehmen Microsoft Office 365 um zusätzliche Module für E-Mail-Sicherheit, Compliance und Usability erweitern. Spezielle E-Mail-Security-Anbieter bieten hierfür bereits zuverlässige Funktionen, die über die Basis-Funktionalität von Microsoft Office 365 weit hinausgehen.

 

Connected Business: Der Unternehmenserfolg hängt in Zukunft maßgeblich davon ab, inwieweit Unternehmen ihr altes Selbstverständnis einer festumrissenen Einheit aufgeben. Der Aufbau von unternehmensübergreifenden Eco-Systemen wird immer wichtiger. Denn erfolgreiche Unternehmen sind nicht mehr nur Anbieter eines Produkts. Vielmehr müssen sie permanent mit Partnern und Kunden interagieren, auf Plattformen Informationen austauschen und gemeinsam Entscheidungen treffen. Durch den Einsatz von Enterprise Messaging Services können Unternehmen ihre Kommunikationsprozesse hierbei wesentlich optimieren.

 

Industrie 4.0 und Internet of Things: Das Internet der Dinge (IoT) wird in Unternehmen zum festen Bestandteil der Wertschöpfungskette. Laut Gartner sollen bis 2020 rund 25 Milliarden Geräte über das Internet miteinander vernetzt sein. Damit diese zuverlässig und automatisiert miteinander kommunizieren können, müssen weltweit unterschiedliche Standards zuverlässig miteinander verknüpft werden. Bei der Vernetzung von Personen, Prozessen, Daten und Dingen profitieren Unternehmen von Application Integration Services, mit denen sich empfangene Daten unabhängig vom Dateiformat in das passende, vordefinierte Zielformat konvertieren und sich dann automatisiert weiterverarbeiten lassen.

 

Erhöhter Sicherheitsbedarf: Mit der zunehmenden Vernetzung von Devices im IoT wird auch die Angriffsfläche für Exploits und Malware immer größer. Eingebundene Geräte müssen daher dazu in der Lage sein, sich untereinander zuverlässig zu identifizieren, Manipulationen frühzeitig zu erkennen und sicher miteinander zu kommunizieren. Enterprise Messaging Services bieten umfassende Verschlüsselungs- sowie Authentifizierungsmechanismen und unterstützen Unternehmen somit bei der Absicherung ihrer Kommunikationsverbindungen.

 

Mehr Beschleunigung und Innovation: Um im Zeitalter der digitalen Transformation dauerhaft wettbewerbsfähig zu bleiben, müssen Unternehmen individuelle Kundenwünsche schneller als je zuvor erfüllen. Dies erfordert neben kleinen Losgrößen und einer großen Variantenvielfalt in Kombination mit kurzen Innovationszyklen und zeitnaher Time-to-Market insbesondere auch maßgeschneiderte, zuverlässige Kommunikationsprozesse. Innovative Kommunikationslösungen aus der Cloud lassen sich nahtlos in bestehende IT-Infrastrukturen integrieren und jederzeit flexibel an neue Anforderungen anpassen.

 

Multichannel-Kommunikation: Mit steigender Mobilität kaufen Kunden wann, wo und wie es ihnen gefällt. Um den »magischen Moment« nicht zu verpassen, in dem der Kunde tatsächlich kaufen möchte, müssen Unternehmen ihre Zielgruppe zu jeder Zeit und an jedem Ort mit den für sie relevanten Angeboten ansprechen können. Dabei sind die Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit der verschiedenen Kommunikationswege entscheidend. Über webbasierende Versandplattformen erhält jeder Empfänger seine Informationen über das bevorzugte Medium. Dabei schafft ein durchgängiges Corporate Design einen hohen Wiedererkennungswert der Marke sowie des dahinterliegenden Service-Versprechens.

 

All-IP: Die Deutsche Telekom und viele andere Telekommunikations-Anbieter in Europa werden ihre Vermittlungstechnik in den kommenden Jahren komplett auf IP-basierende Datenübermittlung umstellen. Unternehmen müssen sich folglich verstärkt mit den damit verbundenen Herausforderungen auseinandersetzen. So kann es etwa bei der Übertragung von Fax-Dokumenten über IP-basierende Netze zu massiven Informationsverlusten und Verbindungsabbrüchen und somit zu erheblichen Störungen der geschäftsrelevanten Kommunikation kommen. Mithilfe von Managed Fax Services können Unternehmen eine fehlerfreie Fax-Kommunikation in VoIP-Umgebungen sicherstellen.

 

»Die Grenzen zwischen der physischen und der digitalen Welt verschwimmen zusehends. Vielen Unternehmen macht die Umsetzung digitaler Strategien jedoch noch große Schwierigkeiten. Dabei entscheiden insbesondere Investitionen in die digitale Kommunikation in den kommenden Jahren mehr denn je über den Unternehmenserfolg«, sagt Martin Hager, CEO der Retarus Group. »Als erfahrener Partner unterstützt Retarus Unternehmen weltweit bei der Digitalisierung ihrer Kommunikationsprozesse und ermöglicht ihnen einen sicheren und effizienten Informationsfluss.« ap-verlag.de/sieben-enterprise-messaging-trends-2016/16813/

IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym w Poznaniu odbyła się 1 grudnia 2010 roku.

IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym w Poznaniu odbyła się 1 grudnia 2010 roku.

IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym w Poznaniu odbyła się 1 grudnia 2010 roku.

IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Przyrodniczym w Poznaniu odbyła się 8 grudnia 2010 roku.

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ATIC [Advanced Technology Investment Company], technology investment group from the Government of Abu Dhabi, the majority owner of GlobalFoundries announced that the group is making a bid to acquire Chartered Semiconductor.

 

The move is not entirely unexpected, but rather a consequence of events that had nothing to do with semiconductor industry: Chartered Semiconductor is one of golden eggs in Singaporean's government investment arm [Temasek Holdings Pte], who is feeling the pain of global economy slowdown and the changes in companies owned by Temasek were obvious. As Singapore Airlines went through ownership change [now mostly owned by Temasek] the investment arm needed the cash to complete the transaction and Abu Dhabi's ATIC rode into town.

 

ATIC was interested in buying its competition, but when an opportunity like this arises, there isn't much you can do but to take it. The acquisition of Chartered Semi puts GlobalFoundries in a role of an 800-pound gorilla in the contract manufacturing space. First GlobalFoundries signed the deal to manufacture chips for a chip maker [STMicroelectronics], and now the GF owner is buying one of own largest competitors. In fact, until TSMC gets its SOI production up and running, GlobalFoundries is acquiring its second largest competitor in the SOI space [we take that ATIC does not want to buy IBM... for now].

 

In case you're unfamiliar with Chartered semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, the foundry owns six cleanrooms in a giant fab complex in Singapore, with production based on 200mm and 300mm wafers. Total output of the company is also very interesting:

 

Fab 2: 50,000 200mm WSM 600-350nm

Fab 3: 25,000 200mm WSM 350-180nm

Fab 3E: 34,000 200mm WSM in 250-180nm

Fab 5: 24,000 200mm WSM 350-180nm

Fab 6: 39,000 200mm WSM 180-110nm

Fab7: 45,000 300mm WSM 130-40nm [equal to 101,250 200mm wafers]

So, we have 172,000 WSM [wafer starts per month], or around 2,06 million 200mm wafers per year, plus an additional 540,000 300mm wafers. This manufacturing capacity is nothing short of impressive, even though the majority is in less competitive 200mm wafer space. If you would compare Chartered's Fab7 [300mm2 one] to GlobalFoundries' Fab1 complex in Dresden, you might be surprised at the differences in size, since Fab7 is massive: clean room space is as big as whole Module 2 [ex-Fab30/38] and half of Module 1 [ex-Fab36].

 

Yes, it is true that currently "only" 27,000 wafer starts can be in 40nm, but SOI capacity is quite impressive. Inside this advanced 300mm facility Chartered makes Microsoft's Xbox 360 CPUs, some AMD CPUs and some of IBM's Power chips.

 

Clean room space is also quite impressive - six facilities with a grand total of 773,640 square feet [71,871.15 m2]. If you compare that to current manufacturing facilities in Dresden, Module 1 [14,500 m2 - 156,000 sqft] and currently upgrading Module 2 [16,700 m2 - 180,000 sqft], you can see that GlobalFoundries wants to go from 336,000 sqft [31,214 m2] in 2009 to 1.38 million square feet [128,202 m2] of clean room space in 2012.

Divided by wafer size, GlobalFoundries in 2012 could look like this:

 

300mm2 - 120,000 wafer starts per month, 838,000 sqft [77,850 m2] Class 100 clean room

200mm2 - 172,000 wafer starts per month, 541,640 sqft [50,318 m2] Class 100 clean room

All in all, this is quite a significant jump in manufacturing space, as there aren't exactly many contract manufacturers who can or plan to annually output almost 1.5 million 300mm wafers in 2012-2013 frame. In fact, one could put a question that GlobalFoundries is doing this to attract the heavy weights, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo - but Qualcomm and nVidia as well.

 

Over the past several months, we featured various articles on upcoming chips, but they all have one thing in common: they have to be built on 300mm wafers in order to be profitable. Qualcomm's quad-core ARM System-on-Chip is quite nice, but the company has to have 300mm wafers available to score a profit. Same thing with the 2010-2011 generation of nVidia's Tegra and Texas Instruments OMAP chips.

 

Thus, a foundry has to position itself aggressively and there is no doubt that this move puts GlobalFoundries on the map of TSMC and Intel challenger. While TSMC still has the overall lead in number of wafers it can produce, the numbers here show that GlobalFoundries is catching up and overtaking in 300mm wafer arena - a worrisome trend.

 

The clock isn't exactly stopping there - if we divide the wafers in SOI and non-SOI flavor, GlobalFoundries will be the largest SOI wafer maker, and with a move to optical interconnects starting in 2012-2013 there isn't exactly any doubt what's on the table. ATIC and AMD both want that GlobalFoundries change the semi playing field for good, and this acquisition only confirms that direction.

 

GlobalFoundries can freely disclose all of its plans and there isn't exactly a lot that other competitors can do but to launch massive FUD campaigns which again, would not stand due to engineering excellence shown by former AMD engineering teams, who saved Microsoft's bacon on Xbox 360 yields, for instance.

 

This move also solves one of major pains for GlobalFoundries exec team - no longer journalists and analysts need to ask "who are your customers?", because with the acquisition of Chartered Semi, that list grew by couple of dozen names, including Microsoft and IBM. You can expect that next GlobalFoundries event to feature numerous existing customers, even if they did not sign directly with GlobalFoundries, rather Chartered Semi.

 

ATIC's next move: Buying a wafer supplier?

We wonder what the next step for GlobalFoundries will be, but personally I would not bet against GF acquiring Soitec, as the largest SOI wafer vendor. Intel invested in the firm in 2007, when it became clear that the future chip interconnects [remember Intel Hybrid Silicon Laser demonstration on SOI wafers during IDF Fall 2006?] will require the use SOI wafers. AMD did not react at the time, but with over a trillion USD for investments alone, Abu Dhabi investment groups can easily flex their muscle and put everything they need under one roof.

 

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Advanced Technology Investment Co., the Abu Dhabi company that owns the majority of GlobalFoundries, plans to acquire chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd.

 

The Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor would become part of GlobalFoundries, a joint venture with ATIC and Advanced MicroDevices Inc. (NYSE: AMD).

 

GlobalFoundries is building a $4.2 billion manufacturing plant in Malta in Saratoga County. N.Y., about 25 miles north of Albany. It also has operations in Dresden, Germany.

 

It was unclear early Tuesday how the acquisition would affect the Malta operation.

 

ATIC would pay $3.9 billion in cash and debt for the acquisition, the companies said in a joint statement. The transaction is expected to close in late 2009, pending required government and shareholder approvals.

 

GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose would head up the combined operations. Chartered (Nasdaq: CHRT) CEO Chia Song Hwee would become chief operating officer and head the integration of both companies, according to the companies.

 

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government. It owns 66 percent of GlobalFoundries; AMD owns the remaining 34 percent.

 

Singapore’s state-owned investment fund Temasek Holdings owns about 62 percent of Chartered’s shares. The chip maker produces chips for Xbox 360 games and other consoles.

 

“Chartered and GlobalFoundries will be able to draw on each other’s strengths to enable the next generation of semiconductor innovation, utilizing the value of both companies and the intellectual capital of thousands of skilled employees,” said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC. GlobalFoundries’ plant in Malta is under construction. It’s expected to employ 1,5000 during the construction phase and 1,6000 permanent and ancillary jobs when it’s running at full capacity in 2010.

 

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Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi has signed a definitive agreement to acquire chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing of Singapore in a deal valued at S$5.6 billion (US$3.9 billion) in cash and debt, the companies said on Monday.

 

Chartered, a contract chip maker, will become part of GlobalFoundries, the chip manufacturing venture formed by ATIC and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

 

The CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, will head up the combined operations, while Chartered CEO Chia Song Hwee will become chief operating officer and head the integration of the businesses, ATIC said in a statement.

 

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of this year. It will require approval by Chartered shareholders and government regulators.

 

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.

 

The acquisition of Chartered will be its second major investment in the semiconductor industry after the deal with AMD.

 

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(Nanowerk News) The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany today announced plans to host a Job Fair to assist M+W Zander in building its project management team to support the construction of GlobalFoundries' computer chip manufacturing facility in Malta.

The Job Fair, to be held on Wednesday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, will help recruit candidates for 40 high-tech design and construction management positions, including electrical and mechanical designers, engineers and estimators; construction and design project managers and coordinators; architectural project managers, planners and interns; and, accounting, purchasing, document control and administrative personnel. The positions carry salaries that range from $40,000 to more than $100,000 annually.

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Candidates interested in attending and interviewing at the Job Fair are encouraged to pre-register online by visiting cnse.albany.edu/events/jobfair2009.html.

Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari said, "That still another Job Fair is necessary to fill these high-tech positions is a great testament to the investments made in the rapidly growing nanotechnology sector in the Capital Region and New York State. I hope local residents will take full advantage of this opportunity to learn more about exciting careers in the nanotechnology industry."

Assemblyman John J. McEneny said, "The investments in nanotechnology are once again paying dividends in the form of exciting new high-tech career opportunities for residents of Albany and the Capital Region. It is an enormous source of pride to know that New York State is leading the worldwide nanotechnology revolution, which is creating new jobs and attracting new investments."

Rick Whitney, President and CEO of M+W Zander U.S. Operations said, "It is a pleasure to work in partnership with the UAlbany NanoCollege, the world leader in nanotechnology education, research and development, as M+W Zander builds its construction management team to support GlobalFoundries' world-class computer chip manufacturing facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus. As a company that works on high-tech projects and facilities around the world, there is no question that the Capital Region and New York are recognized globally as the place to be for nanotechnology."

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE, said, "With the vision, leadership and support of Speaker Silver, Assembly Majority Leader Canestrari, Assemblyman McEneny and the New York State Assembly, M+W Zander has become a valuable partner in building high-tech facilities that are critical to New York's global leadership in nanotechnology education, research and development, and economic outreach. The UAlbany NanoCollege is pleased to host this Job Fair, which will provide exciting career opportunities for local residents, and ensure that M+W Zander has a highly skilled management team in place to build GlobalFoundries' state-of-the-art computer chip manufacturing plant."

 

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Oops, sorry it took a while to get back to you - I just PM'd you about this :)

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GlobalFoundries held a groundbreaking ceremony for Fab 2 in Malta, N.Y. The foundry's goal is to have the first tool move in by October 2011, with qualification coming in early 2012 and commercial production by the second half of 2012. The event marks "a significant shift in momentum" for chip manufacturing in the United States, said Norm Armour, Fab 2 general manager.

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As an Albany, N.Y., taxi driver ferried a visitor to the GlobalFoundries Fab 2 groundbreaking ceremony near the village of Malta, he said, "For three years they've been talking about this, but I never thought they would actually build it."

 

Planning began in June 2006, and it was this year on June 19 that GlobalFoundries began clearing portions of its 230-acre site, located ~24 miles from Albany and seven miles from Saratoga Springs. Fab 2 is expected to be making volume silicon by the second half of 2012, employing 1400 directly and an estimated 5000 indirect workers. The spinoff of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif.) has room for two additional modules at the site.

 

Fab 2 General Manager Norm Armour said he watched manufacturing shift from the United States to Asian foundries during his career at LSI Logic Corp., where he spent a decade managing LSI's fab in Gresham, Ore. "We are on the other side, trying to bring manufacturing back to a U.S. fab," Armour said. "It is a significant momentum shift."

 

That shift was supported by a $6B investment in GlobalFoundries by the Abu Dhabi Investment Co. (ATIC). The money will be spent to build Fab 2 at Malta, expected to cost $4.2B, as well as to expand and upgrade the GlobalFoundries Module 2 in Dresden, Germany. The state of New York is providing an estimated $1.2B in subsidies for Fab 2, and is investing additional funding to expand the University at Albany's nearby College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). AMD contributed its existing manufacturing complex in Dresden as well as other assets, but no cash, providing AMD with access to a new fab without capital outlays.

  

GlobalFoundries Fab 2 will begin production in the second half of 2012.

  

Because the site is not space-constrained, Fab 2 will be a two-level building rather than three-level, said Tom Sonderman, vice president of manufacturing systems technology at GlobalFoundries. All of the wafer production will be on one floor, eliminating the need to move wafers-in-progress (WIP) up and down floors. A "zero footprint storage" approach will put some wafer stockers above the tools, he added. Implant will be located off of the main waffle slab, reducing construction costs, and maintenance shops will be on the upper production floor to further improve efficiencies.

 

Though its labor costs in both Dresden and Malta will be higher than at many Asian fabs, manufacturing innovations will make GlobalFoundries cost-competitive with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC, Hsinchu, Taiwan), according to Sonderman. GlobalFoundries is investing in the midst of a severe downturn, which also will reduce costs compared with the more expensive 24/7 construction schedules used when fabs are built in a hurry. Armour said it may take 18 months to build Fab 2, which is expected to have a 220,000 sq. ft. cleanroom with an option to expand cleanroom space to 300,000 sq. ft. The goal is to have the first tool move in by October 2011, with qualification coming in early 2012 and commercial production by the second half of 2012, a schedule that could be accelerated somewhat "depending on market conditions," Armour said.

 

Sonderman said construction begins at a time "of a lot of pent-up demand for advanced foundry capacity." Fab 2 will start at 28 nm technology, and then bring up a 22 nm SOI process for CPU production. GlobalFoundries will support AMD's manufacturing needs with the current 45 nm production, moving to 32 and 22 nm production. For foundry customers, however, most of the interest is at the half nodes, including 40 nm bulk technology immediately at Dresden and 28 nm high-k/metal gate technology late next year when 28 nm customer designs start to be accepted.

 

Sonderman said GlobalFoundries is accelerating its effort to support 40 nm bulk production, which he said comes as customers express concerns about yields at TSMC. "We definitely want to be a counterbalance to TSMC," Sonderman said, outlining plans to offer, by 2013, 600,000 wspy at Dresden and 400,000 wspy at Fab 2.

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Jason Gorss, the manager of media relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, will be joining GlobalFoundries later this month in a communications role.

 

Gorss (right) has been at RPI for several years now. He has a technical and scientific background that helps with his new role with the company, which is building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta called Fab 2 and owns two others in Dresden, Germany.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Jon Carvill said that Gorss’ role will be “more global in nature and focused on our technology.

 

“We will still look to add additional resources specific to Fab 2 in 2009,” Carvill said.

 

The company already has an office in Malta at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park, which sits within the Luther Forest Technoogy Campus where GlobalFoundries is planning its factory on 222 acres. At least one former General Electric employee is now working there in a human resources position, and additional positions are expected to be filled in the coming months.

 

The new CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, is himself an RPI graduate.

 

The Times Union contacted Gorss this morning by e-mail and he confirmed he is taking the job.

 

“My experience at Rensselaer has given me the rare chance to work with incredibly brilliant people on a wide array of fascinating projects. I am going to miss my colleagues here, but I am excited about the new opportunity with GlobalFoundries,” Gorss said. “It is a perfect fit for someone with my background and interests. I am a technophile at heart, and this job will allow me to immerse myself in some of the most advanced technology on the planet.”05/15/2009 10:10 AM EDT)

 

MALTA, N.Y. — It's rare these days in the semiconductor industry to witness the unfolding of a project on a grand scale. Based on what has been proposed so far, the Global Foundries project backed by Advanced Micro Devices and its partner is precisely that.

 

"We want to be the first truly global semiconductor foundry," said Global Foundries CEO Global Doug Grose at a recent event here, where a ground-breaking ceremony will be held in July.

 

Global Foundries has committed up to $6 billion to develop a new fab to produce chips for AMD and new customers. AMD and partner, Abu Dhabi-backed Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC). "This money is for a five- to seven-year stretch. Our investors [are] in this for the long haul," said Grose.

 

According to Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at market researcher In-Stat, "Everything for the future depends on GlobalFoundries' ability to land new customers. Unfortunately, I can't predict that."

 

Jim Doran, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Dresden, Germany, operation, said Global Foundries will use a Sunnyvale, Calif., facility for technology development and producing process design kits. The U.S. site also will be used for designing intellectual property and chip testing and validation.

 

Global Foundries also is engaged with neighbors here like the IBM Alliance on submicron research and development.

 

Global Foundries' 300-mm Fab 1 in Dresden includes a Module 1 used for 45-nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) chips; Module 2 is used for 32-nm and beyond bulk CMOS process technology. Both modules are expected to operate at 25,000 monthly wafer starts at full capacity. Module 2 production will ramp up in late 2009.

 

The $4.5 billion Fab 2, a 300-mm manufacturing facility in Saratoga County, N.Y., is expected to come online in 2012 with 35,000 wafer starts per month at full capacity. Fab 2 is expected to create more than 1,400 jobs along with about 5,000 spin-off jobs.

 

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The new 300-mm manufacturing facility is expected to bring 1,400 direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs and billions of dollars in economic development to upstate New York.

 

By Suzanne Deffree, Managing Editor, News -- Electronic News, 7/24/2009

Global Foundries today announced it officially broke ground on the construction of Fab 2, a new semiconductor manufacturing facility located at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, NY.

 

The construction and ramp-up phases for the new $4.2 billion facility are expected to take approximately three years to complete, with volume production expected in 2012. According to the company, once Fab 2 is completed it will stand as the "most technologically advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world" and the "largest leading-edge semiconductor foundry in the United States."

 

“As today’s chip designers push the boundaries on the next generation of products, there is a growing need for a new approach to design and manufacturing rooted in collaboration and innovation," Hector Ruiz, chairman of Global Foundries, said in a statement. "With Fab 2, Global Foundries moves the semiconductor industry away from the traditional model of isolated regional development and into an era of global hubs of manufacturing and technology expertise.”

 

The new facility is designed to manufacture microprocessors and logic products on 300-mm wafers, Global Foundries said, noting that initial production is expected to ramp at the 28-nm technology node and move to volume manufacturing on the 22-nm node. Fab 2 will work in conjunction with Global Foundries’ Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany.

 

Today's ground breaking was long awaited. Indeed, talk of the NY fab began in 2006, years before AMD spun out its manufacturing operations to form Global Foundries in October 2008. AMD saw significant support from the state during its decision and commitment process, including $1.2 billion in incentives. That largest private-public investment in the history of the state included grants, tax credits, and other New York City Empire Zone benefits. In accord with the investment, New York gave AMD a two-year window, from July 2007 to July 2009, to initiate the building of a new 300-mm wafer fabrication facility in Saratoga County, NY.

 

New York's significant support was not unwarranted. New York estimated that the plant will create approximately 1,400 new, direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs at full-scale production, providing an estimated annual payroll of more than $88 million to the upstate region. In addition, the project will create approximately 5,000 new, indirect jobs in the region, offering a sustained estimated total annual payroll of $290 million for all jobs, according to New York's estimates.

 

The state's universities also have several high-tech efforts in play that include AMD and its partners. Most recently, Intel, IBM, and Sematech backed an R&D joint venture with the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering center that is expected to add 475 jobs to New York.

 

“New York has worked with Global Foundries for three years to bring this [fab] project to fruition and I am pleased to say that with the groundbreaking of Fab 2, New York and Global Foundries take a lead role in delivering the type of economic growth needed to carry our nation toward sustainable growth,” said Governor David Paterson of New York in the Global Foundries statement. “This initiative not only provides our residents with a source for new jobs, but is integral in positioning New York as a future hub of innovation and an attractive destination for additional investment.”

 

AMD also showed its support at the ground breaking today. "This is an important opportunity to create thousands of jobs and strengthen US competiveness in the high-tech industry," said Dirk Meyer, president and CEO of AMD, in a company statement. “The multi-billion dollar investments in research and development and capacity expansion that Global Foundries is planning strengthen its position as a premier leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing foundry and make it the ideal AMD technology partner to help in bringing our innovative products to market.”

 

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Hector Ruiz, the chairman of GlobalFoundries said that the new chip plant is “by far the most significant high-tech investment made in this country in decades.” This plant will produce the most advanced computer chips in the world when it is completed.

 

Having been the construction project manager for AMD’s original Dresden-based fabrication facilities, Globalfoundries has awarded M+W Zander the full turnkey construction contract for Fab 2, currently being built at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York. A departure from pervious fab projects, M+W Zander is also responsible for the architectural aspects of the 4 building project. Previously, AMA Group, based in Italy had been the architectural firm responsible for this aspect of the work. The turnkey project is worth approximately €550 million to M+W Zander over the two-year construction schedule.

 

The Fab 2 complex is more than 130,000 square meters (1.45 million square feet), including a 28,000 square meters (300,000 square feet) Class 100 clean room. A ‘spine’ support building is also being built, along with administrative office building and a central utility building (CUB) along with service yards and small support buildings.

 

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Customer-centricMay 3, 2009 at 6:00 am by Larry Rulison

 

Talking about customers, GlobalFoundries is making sure that it treats the customers that it does get the right way.

 

The 1.3 million-square-foot factory it will build in Saratoga County features a special entrance for customers, separate from the visitor entrance. Inside, customers will find a nearly half-acre of space devoted to designing chips for them. GlobalFoundries expects its customer base to grow beyond AMD to include graphics chips companies and those that produce chips used in handheld electronics.

 

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GlobalFoundries site clearing should be soonApril 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm by Larry Rulison

Although the closing on the sale of 222 acres in Malta at the Luther Forest Technology Campus has been in the final stages now for the last couple of weeks, officials with GlobalFoundries Inc. said again today the deal could be done any day now.

 

The deal will also set in motion a number of events, including the awarding of the first contract to clear the site for a $4.2 billion computer chip factory.

 

In fact, right around the time the sale occurs, GlobalFoundries will send its official commitment letter to the state of New York, making it eligible for $650 million in cash incentives for chip fab construction and research and development activities.

 

Around the same time, GlobalFoundries will make the announcement that it has hired a general contractor. Although not official yet, it’s largely expected that M+W Zander, which built Albany NanoTech, will be given the nod. (more…)

 

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No Malta meeting for GlobalFoundriesApril 28, 2009 at 10:37 am by Larry Rulison

There will be no Malta Planning Board meeting tonight for GlobalFoundries, the company building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in the town.

 

The town planning board had posted an agenda for the meeting on the town’s Web site, but Town Planning Director Anthony Tozzi said today that the planning board has decided it doesn’t need to meet. It was scheduled to review temporary construction plans for the project.

 

GlobalFoundries is still wrapping up the purchase of 222 acres of land at Luther Forest, and closing is expected later this week or early next week. The planning board doesn’t need to make any approvals until after the closing of that deal, which is why the board decided not to meet.

 

The Malta Planning Board usually meets the third Tuesday of every month, but it has set aside the second and fourth Tuesday of every month for the GlobalFoundries project if needed.

 

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AMD posts loss of $416 millionApril 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm by Larry Rulison

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the only customer of GlobalFoundries Inc., the company building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta, posted a $416 million loss in the first quarter.

 

Sales totaled $1.177 billion.

 

AMD spun off GlobalFoundries earlier this year and included the results of GlobalFoundries in its consolidated results released today.

 

Those results say GlobalFoundries had sales of $283 million and an operating loss of $141 million.

 

The results also show AMD spent $44 million on the formation of GlobalFoundries during the past two quarters.

 

GlobalFoundries is expected to acquire 222 acres at the Luther Forest Technology Campus any day now and start construction of the chip fab this summer. The plant is expected to start full-scale manufacturing by 2012.

 

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Malta holding meeting on Luther ForestApril 20, 2009 at 11:48 am by Larry Rulison

The Malta Town Board will hold a workshop and special meeting tonight to make some minor changes to an agreement it has with the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

 

Aerial shows road construction at the Luther Forest site. (Times Union archive)

The meeting comes as it appears that the sale of 222 acres at Luther Forest to GlobalFoundries Inc. for a $4.2 billion computer chip factory could come any day now.

 

It’s unclear if the changes to the agreement with the town, technically a declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions, are needed so the sale can take place.

 

Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville said this morning that he thought the sale might take place today and he didn’t think the changes – considered minor — had to occur for the sale to go through.

 

Sausville said the document deals with things such as who is responsible for interior roads, sidewalks and lights at the tech park.

 

He said Luther Forest and the town reached an agreement last week, but the town of Stillwater made some minor changes to its version on Thursday, and the two documents have to be identical. The park straddles both towns, although most of the land is located in Malta.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Travis Bullard said the Malta meeting is being held just to make minor revisions. He has said the land deal is imminent.

 

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Luther Forest looking for consultantsApril 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm by Larry Rulison

The nonprofit group developing the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta is looking for real estate and construction consultants to provide their expertise as it develops the 1,414-acre business park.

 

Computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoudries Inc. is expected to be the first tenant, taking 222 acres. A deal by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm to acquire the land is due any day now.

 

The Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corp. issued a request for proposals today for consultants it can use on an as-needed basis.

 

The RFPs are due back April 30. The review process will begin in early May, with selection to take place within a few weeks after that.

 

To see the RFP, click here.

 

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RPI spokesman joining GlobalFoundriesApril 2, 2009 at 10:25 am by Larry Rulison

Jason Gorss, the manager of media relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, will be joining GlobalFoundries later this month in a communications role.

 

Gorss (right) has been at RPI for several years now. He has a technical and scientific background that helps with his new role with the company, which is building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta called Fab 2 and owns two others in Dresden, Germany.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Jon Carvill said that Gorss’ role will be “more global in nature and focused on our technology.

 

“We will still look to add additional resources specific to Fab 2 in 2009,” Carvill said.

 

The company already has an office in Malta at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park, which sits within the Luther Forest Technoogy Campus where GlobalFoundries is planning its factory on 222 acres. At least one former General Electric employee is now working there in a human resources position, and additional positions are expected to be filled in the coming months.

 

The new CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, is himself an RPI graduate.

 

The Times Union contacted Gorss this morning by e-mail and he confirmed he is taking the job.

 

“My experience at Rensselaer has given me the rare chance to work with incredibly brilliant people on a wide array of fascinating projects. I am going to miss my colleagues here, but I am excited about the new opportunity with GlobalFoundries,” Gorss said. “It is a perfect fit for someone with my background and interests. I am a technophile at heart, and this job will allow me to immerse myself in some of the most advanced technology on the planet.”

 

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New Fab2 renderings releasedMarch 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm by Larry Rulison

GlobalFoundries Inc. is going to show these new renderings (below) of Fab2 to the Malta Planning Board tonight.

 

GlobalFoundries is planning a $4.2 billion computer-chip factory in the Luther Forest Technology Campus, which sits on land in both Malta and the town of Stillwater.

 

The company is seeking a temporary construction permit tonight after getting approval to start moving soil and trees. That work could begin early next month.

 

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went to the community open house at the Globalfoundries Fab2 construction site in Malta, New York this morning. Globalfoundries had a nice tent set up with hot coffee, cookies, donuts, etc. It was a good thing because it was raining pretty hard and the gravel parking lot had a lot of water on it. Globalfoundries and M + W Zander had people on-site to answer questions about the project. They had a few large pictures of the construction site inside the tent as well as artist conceptions of the completed building.

 

The actual construction site could be seen from outside the tent. I took a few of my own pictures that you can see below. Double click on any of the pictures to enlarge them. It is a pretty impressive site. You can’t see the construction site from any of the main roads in the area because it is a few miles deep into The Luther Forest. It is on Stone Break Road off of Route 9 in Malta. I doubt that you can get into the actual construction site except for events like this. (Google Maps can’t locate “Stone Break Road, Malta NY”, unless you include the zip code 12020, but Bing.com can find it without the zip code.)

 

By the time I arrived they had run out of “fact sheets” but I was told to check their website and the information would be updated by Tuesday, October 27th. You can find their website at Globalfoundries.com.

 

Hector Ruiz, the chairman of GlobalFoundries said that the new chip plant is “by far the most significant high-tech investment made in this country in decades.” This plant will produce the most advanced computer chips in the world when it is completed.

 

I wrote a previous article about the chip plant in March. You can read it here: Globalfoundries Chip Plant in Saratoga County New York.

 

The refreshment tent at the Globalfoundries Community Open House

 

The Globalfoundries construction site

 

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The construction and eventual operation of this plant will be an economic boost to Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area for years to come. What do you think about the plant? Leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks.

 

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October 31, 2009 at 1:50 pmThe local “newspapers” lack of in depth investigative reporting was not at all included in their articles!

What was the reason the entire working platform had to be ‘bulldozed’ flat and devoid of mature stands of trees and other fauna?

Waht is the landscaping of the buildings and parking areas supposed to ‘blend’ into the surrounding topography?

Does this ‘platforming’ necessiate storm water retention ponds?

 

At the completion and occupation of the complex will it be eye friendly?

Note: Parssiphany, New Jersy

Buiding Codes insist that Mega-National type complexes remain ‘hidden’ in park like setting closely resembling the natural forest thy found before construction. Ten Billion of many Corporate Headquarters in ten years were build and remain sucessful but accessible by two lane tree stands lined country lane like entrances with multi-storied parking structures and modest designed multi-storied offices etc, all this surrounded by lawns and fields!

For Your Information the Mayor, who had his hand opefor the entire process was found guilty of 23 or the 24 charges, his hand was returning to his pocket with money he should not have had procession of!

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»Wir schreiben die Geschichte der CeBIT neu und entwickeln sie mit unseren internationalen Ausstellern und Partnern konsequent weiter zum globalen Event für das digitale Business«, betonte Frese. Mit ihrem Fokus auf die Digitalisierung von Wirtschaft und Märkten, öffentlicher Hand und Verwaltung sowie der Gesellschaft bildet die CeBIT als einzige Veranstaltung weltweit das gesamte Spektrum der digitalen Transformation ab.

 

»d!conomy: join – create – succeed«

 

Mit ihrem Topthema »d!conomy: join – create – succeed« rückt die CeBIT gezielt den Menschen als Entscheider und Gestalter ins Zentrum der Digitalisierung. »Die Digitalisierung ist kein kurzfristiger Trend, der schnell wieder verschwinden wird. Big Data, Cloud, Mobile, Social Business und das Internet der Dinge wirken schon jetzt massiv auf die Wertschöpfungsketten aller Wirtschaftszweige ein. In ihrem Zusammenspiel entwickeln sie eine noch nie dagewesene Innovationsdynamik und bieten Unternehmen aller Branchen und Märkte große Chancen«, sagte Frese. »Die gute Nachricht ist: Jeder Entscheider kann heute die digitale Transformation in seinem Verantwortungsbereich aktiv mitgestalten.« Voraussetzung dafür ist, die Chancen der Digitalisierung zu verstehen und somit die Potenziale für Effizienzsteigerung, neue Wertschöpfungsnetzwerke und Geschäftsmodelle zu erkennen. »Das Wertvolle und Einzigartige an der CeBIT ist, dass alle relevanten Treiber der Digitalisierung tief in der CeBIT verwurzelt sind und in ihren unterschiedlichen Facetten in Hannover zentral an einem Ort aufgegriffen und transparent werden«, sagte Frese.

 

»IoT SOLUTIONS«

 

Für besondere Dynamik in allen Bereichen der Wirtschaft sorgt aktuell das Internet der Dinge. Unterschiedliche Studien gehen von einem rasanten Wachstum auf bis zu 50 Milliarden und mehr Dingen aus, die in naher Zukunft neben Smartphones, Tablets und PCs mit dem Internet verbunden sein werden. Experten erwarten, dass dabei bis zu 90 Prozent der Umsätze aus dem noch jungen Geschäftsfeld zwischen Unternehmen gemacht werden, lediglich 10 Prozent werden im direkten Geschäft mit dem Endverbraucher erzielt. Deshalb wird auf der kommenden CeBIT das Thema erstmals gebündelt im Bereich »IoT SOLUTIONS« in Halle 13 präsentiert. Dort werden Anwendungsbeispiele gezeigt, die auch die Brücke zu den Network&Communications-Lösungen schlagen.

 

Thema Security

 

Nicht nur im Bereich des Internets der Dinge, auch bei Big Data oder der Cloud spielen Fragen von Vertrauen und Sicherheit eine immer größere Rolle. Die Investitionen in physische Sicherheitssysteme und auch in intelligentere Cybersecurity-Lösungen steigen kontinuierlich. Daher werden auf der CeBIT insgesamt mehr als 500 Unternehmen das Thema Security präsentieren. Schwerpunkt wird dabei die Halle 6 mit zahlreichen internationalen Unternehmen und zwei Foren sein.

 

Cloud-Lösungen

 

Prominent wie noch nie wird sich das Thema Cloud auf der CeBIT in diesem Jahr zeigen. »Nach der Phase der Markteinführung gewinnen Cloud-Lösungen jetzt als zentrales Bauelement der Digitalisierung immer mehr an Fahrt.« Einer Studie unter mehr als 5 000 internationalen Topmanagern zufolge sind Cloud-Anwendungen aktuell die wichtigste Technologie der nahen Zukunft. »Die CeBIT hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren immer stärker zur weltweit relevantesten Plattform für Cloud-Lösungen entwickelt.« Neben den führenden Anbietern wie Deutsche Telekom, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Software AG und Amazon Web Services wird sich auch der US-amerikanische Cloud-Konzern Salesforce an der CeBIT 2016 beteiligen. Die Salesforce World Tour wird zudem exklusiver Eventpartner der CeBIT und zwei Messehallen belegen.

 

Rückgrat der Cloud sind nicht nur immer schnellere Datennetze, sondern auch immer leistungsfähigere Rechenzentren. Daher steigen auch in diesem Milliardenmarkt die weltweiten Investitionen überdurchschnittlich stark. Die CeBIT setzt daher die Zusammenarbeit mit DatacenterDynamics fort und schafft in der Halle 12 das weltweit größte Datacenter-Event. Ergänzt wird die Ausstellung durch eine fünftägige Konferenz mit zwei Bühnen. Open-Stack, physische Sicherheit und Servertechnologien stehen dort ebenso im Mittelpunkt wie hohe Verfügbarkeiten und Energieeffizienz.

 

Neue, digitale Geschäftsmodelle in Halle 11 SCALE11

 

Neben mehreren tausend Produktinnovationen stehen auch neue, digitale Geschäftsmodelle im Mittelpunkt. So werden sich über 350 internationale Startups auf der gesamten CeBIT 2016 präsentieren. Alleine in Halle 11 wird der Bereich SCALE11 Europas PLattform für Startups Nummer 1. Dort werden sich nicht nur mehr als 250 junge Unternehmen präsentieren. Hinzu kommen etablierte Konzerne, die die Nähe zum Startup-Ökosystem suchen, wie etwa die Deutsche Bahn AG, der Bundesverband Deutscher Banken. Auf zwei Bühnen und in einem echten Boxring werden die Startups vor Fachbesuchern und Investoren ihre Geschäftsideenvortragen und Experten vermitteln in Workshops ihr Wissen zum Thema Gründung. Bundeswirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel hat die Schirmherrschaft für SCALE11 übernommen. Das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium beteiligt sich mit dem Gemeinschaftsstand »Junge innovative Unternehmen« und mit mehreren Veranstaltungen. Insgesamt ist SCALE11 in 15 Themeninseln aufgeteilt, so dass Besucher schnell genau die technologischen Innovationen finden, die sie für die Weiterentwicklung ihres Unternehmens suchen.

 

Drohnen

 

Neu auf der CeBIT 2016 wird es einen zentralen Anlaufpunkt für die Transportmöglichkeiten der Zukunft geben: die Drohnen. Rund um dieses Thema entstehen aktuell zahlreiche neue Geschäftsmodelle, sei es in der Logistik, in der Agrarwirtschaft, bei behördlichen Einsätzen oder Sicherheitsunternehmen. Diesen Trend aufgreifend richtet die CeBIT 2016 erstmals in großem Maßstab zusammen mit dem Partner DRONEMASTERS den »DRONEMASTERS Summit@CeBIT« aus, der mit einer Ausstellung, einem mehrtägigen Konferenzprogramm und einer Flugarena in Halle 16 aufwartet. Im Zentrum stehen Business-Anwendungen rund um das Thema Drohnen.

 

Insbesondere die Schweizer Elite-Universität ETH Zürich gilt als Schmiede innovativer Drohnentechnologien. Dies wird die Hochschule u. a. auf dem Zentralstand des diesjährigen CeBIT-Partnerlands Schweiz in der Halle 6 präsentieren. Die Schweiz wird im März in Hannover auf mehr als 1 700 Quadratmetern ihre Innovationskraft als Digitalstandort unter Beweis stellen. Insgesamt werden rund 60 Unternehmen aus der Schweiz auf der CeBIT erwartet. Der dortige Branchenverband ICTSwitzerland wird für Besucher tägliche Sonderflüge aus Bern und Zürich nach Hannover anbieten.

 

CeBIT-Partnerland Schweiz

 

Als höchster politischer Repräsentant der Schweiz wird der amtierende Bundespräsident Johann Schneider-Ammann am Montag erwartet. Er wird zusammen mit dem stellvertretenden deutschen Bundeskanzler Sigmar Gabriel, dem niedersächsischen Ministerpräsidenten Stephan Weil und dem Präsidenten des Hightech-Verbandes BITKOM, Thorsten Dirks vor über 2 000 erwarteten Gästen aus der ganzen Welt die neue CeBIT Welcome Night am Montagabend in Halle 9 eröffnen. Nick Hayek, CEO der Schweizer Swatch Group, rundet das Programm ab, bevor in Halle 8 der Networking- und Partyteil des ersten CeBIT-Tages beginnt. Für den CeBIT-Dienstag hat Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel ihren Besuch zugesagt und wird sich persönlich bei einem etwa zweistündigen Rundgang ein Bild von der Innovationskraft der digitalen Wirtschaft machen.

 

CeBIT Global Conferences

 

Ein umfassendes Bild aller Themen der Digitalisierung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft vermitteln in diesem Jahr erneut die CeBIT Global Conferences. Auf drei Bühnen werden an fünf CeBIT-Tagen rund 200 Sprecher aus aller Welt erwartet. In unterschiedlichen Formaten vermitteln sie Information, Innovation und Inspiration rund um die digitale Zukunft. Den Auftakt macht bereits am Montagvormittag EU-Kommissar Günther H. Oettinger, der im Rahmen der EU-Konferenz mit Vertretern aus Poltik und Wirtschaft den Status des Programms »Digital Single Market« – der digitalen Agenda der EU – diskutieren wird. Ebenso haben der President und CEO von Konica Minolta, Shoei Yamana, der Chief Scientist von Silent Circle, Phil Zimmermann, der CEO von Ericsson, Hans Vestberg, der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Allianz SE, Oliver Bäte und viele weitere Sprecher von internationaler Bedeutung zugesagt. Den Abschluss der CeBIT Global Conferences bildet am CeBIT-Freitag »Rock The Blog«. Dabei stehen alle Fragen rund um das professionelle Bloggen auf dem Programm. Zur Premiere von »Rock The Blog« bei der CeBIT 2015 waren mehr als 600 Blogger gekommen. ap-verlag.de/cebit-mit-rueckenwind-topthema-stellt-den-me...

IT Academic Day Jest to cykl konferencji informatycznych organizowany na uczelniach w całej Polsce przez studentów z Grup .Net i Grup IT. Udział w nim to doskonały sposób na zdobycie najbardziej aktualnej wiedzy dotyczącej programowania z wykorzystaniem nowoczesnych narzędzi i języków dostarczonych przez firmę Microsoft. Tematyka spotkań obejmuje również zagadnienia przeznaczone dla specjalistów IT i wszystkich, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają swoją przygodę w barwnym świecie technologii Microsoft. Konferencja na Uniwersytecie Przyrodniczym w Poznaniu odbyła się 8 grudnia 2010 roku.

  

When I woke up this morning, I asked my assistant a simple question: “Siri, is it going to rain today?”

 

Siri understood my intent, pulled the local weather data via an API and answered me in less than two seconds: “There’s no rain in the forecast for today.”

 

In the not-too-distant past, this kind of human-computer interaction would have blown away technologists and delighted consumers — but in 2016, it’s nothing special. Conversations with Siri are commonplace, just like they are with Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa.

 

Machine learning (ML) and narrow forms of artificial intelligence (AI) have officially reached the mainstream. The explosion of innovation we’re seeing in AI/ML stems from a series of rapid technological advances over the last few decades: widespread internet connectivity and proliferation of online data, faster/cheaper computers (per Moore’s Law), variable-cost cloud computing, R&D investments from large technology companies and a vibrant open-source software community.

 

We haven’t yet built HAL 9000, but we’re getting closer.

 

Challenges for startups in a world of mainstream AI

 

Like many venture capitalists, I talk to technology startups leveraging AI/ML almost every day. When I do, I’m always hunting for companies that are building something completely new — whether it’s a proprietary new data set to train machine learning models or a radically different approach to solving big technical problems using AI. The fundamental reason is this: If a company is going to out-compete others long-term using AI/ML, it better have the best data to solve a specific problem or be playing a different game from its competitors.

 

Data is the fuel we feed into training machine learning models that can create powerful network effects at scale. Unfortunately for startups, big technology companies typically have huge, proprietary data sets that span many industries. Meanwhile, the open-source community’s efforts are quickly democratizing access to the most sophisticated machine learning algorithms. It’s now nearly impossible for a startup to develop a competitive advantage around algorithm development alone.

 

Investing in the [AI/ML] space can be tricky.

 

You can’t find a big technology company in 2016 that doesn’t publicly discuss AI/ML. They heavily promote their activities in the space, and often have fantastic data upon which to train their models. Google has built their system around search data and ad clicks; Facebook, their newsfeed and social interaction data; and Amazon, their product purchasing and recommendation data. Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have all open-sourced components of their internal machine learning technologies to spur innovation in the space while building their brand as AI/ML leaders. NVIDIA is making a fortune selling chips optimized for deep learning.

 

With all of this in mind, investing in the space can be tricky. Rather than fighting hand-to-hand with technology Goliaths, AI/ML Davids need to find their slingshots and stones.

 

David type one: The proprietary data aggregator

 

Waze is one example of the first kind of startup that investors get excited about: one that builds a proprietary data set through its product and uses that data to deepen its competitive advantage as it scales. [Chris Dixon, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, mentions this example in a blog post that’s worth reading: “What’s Next in Computing.”]

 

Waze has a tangible network effect, where the number of users and quality of their data set drives the predictive power of the platform and user experience. Every driver using Waze contributes both actively (inputting an accident or lurking police officer) and passively (allowing Waze to track user speed, location and density), thus improving the platform’s prediction algorithms and user experience. The more users who participate, the better the experience becomes: users are more efficiently rerouted to an optimal path to their destination, encouraging them to spread the app via word of mouth.

 

While building a successful startup in this space is hard, the future of AI/ML is only getting brighter.

 

Google observed Waze’s momentum and acquired the company for more than $1 billion, likely because it saw Waze emerging as a strong competitor to Google Maps. Interestingly, Google already had access to massive amounts of data from Android phones to help them with real-time traffic mapping, but they didn’t have an active, user-generated data set around accidents, police officers, etc.

 

This is ultimately the most valuable element to the driver’s user experience in Waze. Google could have built the necessary features into Google Maps, but it would have been tough for them to replicate this data set in a reasonable time frame, hence the acquisition.

 

The challenge with executing such a stellar trajectory lies in the defensibility of the data asset. There are two questions investors and entrepreneurs should ask themselves in such a scenario. First: Does somebody else already own this data asset with a propensity to use it in a competitive manner? And second: How hard would it be for somebody to replicate a similar data asset? If the answers are “no” and “difficult,” you’re in business.

 

David type two: The application pioneer

 

We are always on the lookout for companies headed into uncharted territory that are building completely new AI/ML models — or at least those that have not been scaled commercially — to create radically better applications. Oftentimes these companies are highly interdisciplinary, spanning multiple fields and bringing together technologies to solve problems creatively.

 

Kiva Systems offers a good example of this breed of startup. Founded in 2003, Kiva built for the booming e-commerce industry a whole new class of robots with a focus on warehouse automation. They brought together hardware engineering, automation software and warehouse logistics know-how to solve a warehouse problem using autonomous robots and quickly emerged as a market leader. Kiva’s autonomous robotics technology did not create a long-term barrier for competitors, but it was a strategic short-term advantage that enabled them to move quickly, signing lucrative customer contracts and growing to a point where they could begin enjoying economies of scale.

 

Amazon recognized Kiva’s value and acquired the company for $775 million in 2012. The acquisition is already bearing fruit: A recent note from Deutsche Bank estimates that Amazon’s warehouse operating costs have been cut by 20 percent where Kiva Systems technology has been implemented.

 

Demand forecasts a bright future

 

While building a successful startup in this space is hard, the future of AI/ML is only getting brighter. Siri might still have a long way to go before she’s the ultimate personal assistant, but iPhone users increasingly turn to her ubiquitous voice for answers. Apple shared numbers last September that showed Siri receiving over a billion requests each week.

 

As consumers and businesses demand more and more intelligent automation, smart investors and savvy founders will do well to remember that a startup’s long-term ambitions depend not only on the product experience and underlying algorithms, but also on the unique data and model architectures that will make those startups valuable and defensible in the long term.

 

We encourage all entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about AI/ML to focus on building these types of businesses. And let’s be honest: It’s more exciting to create something radically new rather than to try to squeeze an extra drop of value out of what already exists.

 

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Where can you find the cast of Shark Tank, enjoy Aerosmith, and be able to “interconnect” with IBM customers, partners, industry experts, and solution providers in a whole new way?

 

Why, IBM InterConnect 2015 (#IBMInterConnect) of course!

 

This year’s event was a very comprehensive and collaborative experience, drawing over 20,000 attendees. We invite you to check out our photos of IBM InterConnect 2015 in Las Vegas.

 

Riva is the leader in CRM and email integration. We integrate a dozen of the world's best CRM systems – Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SAP C4C, SugarCRM, NetSuite, and others – with IBM Collaboration Solutions.

 

Learn more at www.rivacrmintegration.com.

The Riva Team has been in San Francisco all week for our BIGGEST event of the year – Dreamforce!

 

Dreamforce was host to 135,000 people from 91 countries around the world. There were over 2K speakers, 1450 breakout sessions, 400+ exhibitors, 5M online viewers, 20 live concerts, 5K gallons of coffee, and 1M meals donated. Dreamforce is the largest cloud computing event on the planet and Riva CRM Integration is proud to be a sponsor for the fourth year in a row.

 

Keynote speakers:

 

- Marc Benioff, CEO, salesforce.com

- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State

- Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States

- Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur and Author

- Marc Andreesen, Co-founder, Andreesen Horowitz

- Will.i.am, Musician, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

- Neil Young, Musician

- Reid Hoffman, Entrepreneur, Investor

- Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp

- Eckhart Tolle, Author

- Hadi Partovi, Co-founder, Code.org

- Klaus Schwab, Founder, World Economic Forum

- Arianna Huffington, President, Huffington Post

- Tony Prophet, Corporate VP, Microsoft Windows Marketing

- Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ

- And others...

 

Two new team members joined us at Dreamforce – our new Regional Sales Manager in Nashville, TN, and our new Content Marketing Manager from Irvine, CA. We demonstrated Riva Insight for the first time, our new Outlook and IBM Notes side panel that provides advanced Salesforce integration capabilities and other customer insight.

 

Our best-of-class, server-to-server integrations for Salesforce and four corporate email platforms (Exchange, Office 365, IBM Notes, and GroupWise) were very well received. Riva delivers the best, most reliable, and most robust integration platform for CRM and email systems.

 

Dreamforce is our favorite event of the year. It's fantastic from a business perspective and we always come away feeling inspired and invigorated.

 

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