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Altera Announces Fourth Quarter Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced fourth quarter sales of $439.4 million, down 11 percent from the third quarter of 2012 and down 4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter net income was $120.8 million, $0.37 per diluted share, compared with net income of $157.5 million, $0.49 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012 and $146.6 million, $0.45 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Cash flow from operating activities in 2012 was $587.2 million. Altera repurchased 1.6 million shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $50.0 million. Altera ended the quarter with $3.7 billion in cash and investments.

Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share payable on March 1, 2013 to stockholders of record on February 11, 2013.

"While our new products had a double-digit sequential growth quarter, sales of our older products were soft—the result of a sluggish global economy," said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. "Sales of 40 nm devices, our largest selling process node, and where we are the market leader, are likely to strengthen further as we progress through 2013. At the most advanced process node, 28 nm, Altera remains the design-win value leader, giving us a substantial growth opportunity as these customer designs transition into production."

Several recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:

  • Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, has presented Altera with its 2012 Excellent Core Partner Award. In making this award, Huawei specifically recognized Altera for its excellence in terms of quality, delivery of leading-edge technologies and services. The Excellent Core Partner Award is the highest recognition Huawei gives to its suppliers. Altera is among an elite set of suppliers to earn this award for outstanding contribution toward Huawei's business success throughout 2012. In 2012, Huawei realized the performance advantage offered by Altera's 28 nm Stratix® V FPGAs and selected the high-end product family for use in the company's 400G high-capacity OTN system. By using the industry's first high-end 28 nm production FPGAs, Huawei enabled the evolution of communications infrastructure such as 400G systems and other high-performance systems in a variety of markets throughout the world.
  • Altera also received the 2012 Global Excellent Partnership Award from ZTE Corporation, a leading provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. The award recognizes Altera for overall performance in delivering best-in-class products and services to ZTE during the past year. According to ZTE, innovative programmable solutions and technical support from Altera played a critical role in supporting product development for the company's existing and next-generation communication products. ZTE presents its Global Excellent Partnership Award each year to suppliers meeting rigorous performance criteria. Winners are chosen based on partner satisfaction surveys among company staff, including development and material engineers and purchasing employees. Suppliers are evaluated on cost efficiencies, on-time delivery, quality standards and service records. Altera scored the highest marks in all categories.
  • Altera is now shipping the first of its 28 nm SoC devices, which combine a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor system with FPGA logic on a single device. The initial devices to ship are the low-power, low-cost Cyclone® V SoCs. Altera SoCs include several distinctive features that enable developers in the wireless communications, industrial, video surveillance, automotive and medical equipment markets to create custom SoC variants optimized for system power, board space, performance and cost requirements. In addition, Altera is the only FPGA vendor today shipping SoCs that offer 32-bit error correction code (ECC) support which helps ensure data integrity throughout the embedded system. ECC support is a requirement for customers who must have high-performance and reliable systems. With silicon now available, customers who used Altera's SoC Virtual Target to develop their application software can now quickly port their application software into the SoC, saving months of development time. Further strengthening the SoC device tools ecosystem support, Altera and ARM have jointly developed the ARM Development Studio 5™ Altera Edition (DS-5™) toolkit with FPGA-adaptive debugging, which exclusively supports Altera SoC devices. The DS-5 toolkit is designed to remove the debugging barrier between the integrated dual-core CPU subsystem and the FPGA fabric in Altera SoC devices, providing embedded software developers an unprecedented level of full-chip visibility and control.
  • Altera has developed the FPGA industry's first Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL™ (Open Computing Language) which combines the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA with the OpenCL parallel programming model. OpenCL is an open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of hardware accelerators, including CPUs, GPGPUs and FPGAs. The semiconductor industry's approach for boosting system performance has evolved from increasing frequency in single-core CPUs, to using multi-core CPUs, to using parallel processor arrays. Today, system designers are turning to FPGAs, which are fine-grained, massively parallel digital logic arrays architected to execute computations in parallel to create higher performance levels at a fraction of the power compared to other hardware alternatives. By allowing system developers and programmers familiar with C to quickly and easily develop high-performance, power-efficient FPGA-based applications in a high-level language, Altera's SDK for OpenCL enables customers to easily adopt FPGAs and leverage the performance and power benefits the devices provide. This unified, high-level design flow for hardware and software development automates the time-consuming tasks required in typical hardware-design language flows, and the resulting FPGA-based solution can deliver more than 5X performance/watt compared to alternative hardware implementations.

 

SELECTED FOURTH QUARTER REVENUE AND RELATED RESULTS


Key New Product Devices


Sequential  Comparisons

Stratix V


(9)%

Arria V


152%

Stratix IV


19%

Arria II


(6)%

Cyclone IV


21%

HardCopy IV


(15)%

 


 


Vertical Markets


Sequential Comparisons


Comments

Telecom & Wireless


(12)%


Both Telecom and Wireless down

Industrial Automation,

Military & Automotive


(9)%


Broadly down

Networking, Computer & Storage


(12)%


Networking down and Computer and Storage up

Other


(10)%


 


 

($ in thousands)
Key Ratios & Information      


December 31, 2012


September 30, 2012

Current Ratio


7:1 



6:1 


Liabilities/Equity


1:3 



1:2 


Quarterly Operating Cash Flows


$

126,709



$

285,203


TTM Return on Equity


18%



19%


Quarterly Depreciation Expense


$

9,170



$

9,677


Quarterly Capital Expenditures


$

7,201



$

17,749


Inventory MSOH (1): Altera


3.4



3.1


Inventory MSOH (1): Distribution


0.6



0.6


TTM Cash Conversion Cycle (Days)


117



140


Turns


40%



37%


Book to Bill


<1.0 



<1.0 







Note (1): MSOH: Months Supply On Hand





 

 

 



ALTERA CORPORATION

NET SALES SUMMARY

(Unaudited)













Three Months Ended



Quarterly Growth Rate



Years Ended





December 31, 2012


September 28, 2012


December 31, 2011


Sequential Change


Year-

Over-Year

Change


December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011


Annual Growth

Geography
















Americas

19

%


19

%


21

%


(8)

%


(12)

%


18

%


19

%


(18)

%

Asia Pacific

39

%


43

%


40

%


(21)

%


(7)

%


43

%


41

%


(9)

%

EMEA

28

%


25

%


22

%


(2)

%


20

%


25

%


25

%


(15)

%

Japan

14

%


13

%


17

%


(4)

%


(19)

%


14

%


15

%


(18)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

Product Category
























New

39

%


31

%


27

%


11

%


39

%


32

%


22

%


22

%

Mainstream

28

%


32

%


33

%


(20)

%


(18)

%


30

%


34

%


(22)

%

Mature and Other

33

%


37

%


40

%


(22)

%


(21)

%


38

%


44

%


(26)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

Vertical Market
























Telecom & Wireless

44

%


45

%


43

%


(12)

%


0

%


44

%


43

%


(12)

%

Industrial Automation, Military & Automotive

21

%


20

%


24

%


(9)

%


(17)

%


21

%


23

%


(22)

%

Networking, Computer & Storage

17

%


17

%


16

%


(12)

%


0

%


17

%


17

%


(11)

%

Other

18

%


18

%


17

%


(10)

%


1

%


18

%


17

%


(10)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

FPGAs and CPLDs
























FPGA

84

%


82

%


82

%


(9)

%


(2)

%


84

%


81

%


(11)

%

CPLD

9

%


9

%


9

%


(12)

%


(12)

%


9

%


10

%


(22)

%

Other Products

7

%


9

%


9

%


(29)

%


(19)

%


7

%


9

%


(27)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

 

Product Category Description

  • New Products include the Stratix® V, Stratix IV, Arria® V, Arria II, Cyclone® V, Cyclone IV, MAX® V and HardCopy® IV devices.
  • Mainstream Products include the Stratix III, Cyclone III, MAX II and HardCopy III devices.
  • Mature and Other Products include the Stratix II, Stratix, Arria GX, Cyclone II, Cyclone, Classic™, MAX 3000A, MAX 7000, MAX 7000A, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX 9000, HardCopy II, HardCopy, FLEX® series, APEX™ series, Mercury™, Excalibur™ devices, configuration and other devices, intellectual property cores, and software and other tools.

Business Outlook for the First Quarter 2013

Sales and Income Statement



Sequential Sales Growth

Down 4% to 8%

Gross Margin

69% to 70%

Research and Development

$99 to 101 million

SG&A

$77 to 78 million

Tax Rate

4% to 5%

Diluted Share Count

Approximately 323 million

Turns

Mid-40's

Inventory MSOH

Approximately 4.0

                                                                              

Vertical Market



Telecom & Wireless

Wireless down

Industrial Automation, Military & Automotive

Up slightly

Networking, Computer & Storage

Down slightly

Other

Up slightly

Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

A conference call will be held today at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the quarter's results and management's current business outlook. The web cast and subsequent replay will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.altera.com. A telephonic replay of the call may be accessed later in the day by calling (719) 457-0820 and referencing confirmation code 258712. The telephonic replay will be available for two weeks following the live call.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical are "forward-looking statements" as the term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally written in the future tense and/or preceded by words such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," or other words that imply or predict a future state. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our competitive position at 40 nm, our expectation of stronger sales at 40 nm in 2013, our expectation of expansion in 28 nm FPGA opportunities, and our competitive position at 28 nm, as well as any projection of revenue, gross margin, expense or other financial items discussed in the Business Outlook section or elsewhere in this press release. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that can cause actual results to differ from those currently anticipated, due to a number of factors, including without limitation, current global economic conditions, customer business environment, customer inventory levels, vertical market mix, market acceptance of the company's products, product introduction schedules, the rate of growth of the company's new products including Cyclone® V, Cyclone IV, Arria® V, Arria II, Stratix® V, Stratix IV FPGAs, MAX® V CPLDs and HardCopy®  IV device families, as well as changes in economic conditions and other risk factors discussed in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time. Copies of Altera's SEC filings are posted on the company's website and are available from the company without charge. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and, except as required by law, the company does not undertake an obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

About Altera

Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter.

ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS and STRATIX words and logos are trademarks of Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other words and logos identified as trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective holders as described at www.altera.com/legal.

INVESTOR CONTACT


MEDIA CONTACT

Scott Wylie - Vice President


Sue Martenson - Senior Manager

Investor Relations


Public Relations

(408) 544-6996


(408) 544-8158

[email protected]


[email protected]

 

 

ALTERA CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended


Years Ended

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


December 31, 2012


September 28, 2012


December 31, 2011


December 31,
2012


December 31,
2011












Net sales


$

439,440



$

495,010



$

457,804



$

1,783,035



$

2,064,475


Cost of sales


133,367



152,007



136,764



541,523



610,329


Gross margin


306,073



343,003



321,040



1,241,512



1,454,146


Operating expense











Research and development expense


94,162



91,606



90,295



360,421



325,733


Selling, general, and administrative expense


74,030



74,243



70,667



289,854



279,217


Total operating expense


168,192



165,849



160,962



650,275



604,950


Operating margin (1)


137,881



177,154



160,078



591,237



849,196


Compensation expense (benefit) - deferred compensation plan


358



3,274



2,962



7,055



(1,964)


(Gain) loss on deferred compensation plan securities


(358)



(3,274)



(2,962)



(7,055)



1,964


Interest income and other


(2,390)



(2,775)



(1,039)



(8,388)



(3,544)


(Gain)/loss reclassified from other comprehensive income


(205)



108



18



(268)



18


Interest expense


2,589



2,333



1,013



7,976



3,730


Income before income taxes


137,887



177,488



160,086



591,917



848,992


Income tax expense


17,082



19,999



13,475



35,110



78,281


Net income


$

120,805



$

157,489



$

146,611



$

556,807



$

770,711













Other comprehensive (loss) income:











Unrealized (loss)/gain on investments:











Unrealized holding (loss)/gain on investments arising during period, net of tax of ($11), $43, $8, $114 and ($17)


(889)



3,620



41



5,839



(149)


Less: Reclassification adjustments for (gain)/loss on investments included in net income, net of tax of $24, $1, ($2), $25 and ($2)


(44)



(41)



16



(114)



16




(933)



3,579



57



5,725



(133)


Unrealized (loss)/gain on derivatives:











Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives arising during period, net of tax of $9, ($6) and $45


17



(10)





84




Less: Reclassification adjustments for (gain)/loss on derivatives included in net income, net of tax of $48, ($53) and $45


(89)



97





(84)






(72)



87








Other comprehensive (loss) income:


(1,005)



3,666



57



5,725



(133)


Comprehensive income


$

119,800



$

161,155



$

146,668



$

562,532



$

770,578













Net income per share:











Basic


$

0.38



$

0.49



$

0.46



$

1.74



$

2.39


Diluted


$

0.37



$

0.49



$

0.45



$

1.72



$

2.35













Shares used in computing per share amounts:











Basic


319,765



319,870



321,553



320,830



321,892


Diluted


322,209



323,560



325,653



324,497



327,606













Cash dividends per common share


$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.08



$

0.36



$

0.28













Tax rate


12.4

%


11.3

%


8.4

%


5.9

%


9.2

%

% of Net sales:











Gross margin


69.7

%


69.3

%


70.1

%


69.6

%


70.4

%

Research and development


21.4

%


18.5

%


19.7

%


20.2

%


15.8

%

Selling, general, and administrative


16.8

%


15.0

%


15.4

%


16.3

%


13.5

%

Operating margin(1)


31.4

%


35.8

%


35.0

%


33.2

%


41.1

%

Net income


27.5

%


31.8

%


32.0

%


31.2

%


37.3

%












Notes:











(1)We define operating margin as gross margin less research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses, as presented above. This presentation differs from income from operations as defined by U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), as it excludes the effect of compensation associated with the deferred compensation plan obligations. Since the effect of compensation associated with our deferred compensation plan obligations is offset by gains and losses from related securities, we believe this presentation provides a more meaningful representation of our ongoing operating performance. A reconciliation of operating margin to income from operations follows:



Three Months Ended


Years Ended

(In thousands)


December 31, 2012


September 30, 2012


December 31, 2011


December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011

Operating margin (non-GAAP)


$

137,881



$

177,154



$

160,078



$

591,237



$

849,196


Compensation expense (benefit) — deferred compensation plan


358



3,274



2,962



7,055



(1,964)


Income from operations (GAAP)


$

137,523



$

173,880



$

157,116



$

584,182



$

851,160


 

 

 

ALTERA CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)






(In thousands, except par value amount)


December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011






Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

2,876,627



$

3,371,933


Short-term investments


140,958



65,222


Total cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments


3,017,585



3,437,155


Accounts receivable, net


323,708



232,273


Inventories


152,721



122,279


Deferred income taxes - current


59,049



58,415


Deferred compensation plan - marketable securities


60,321



54,041


Deferred compensation plan - restricted cash equivalents


17,116



17,938


Other current assets


49,852



52,710


Total current assets


3,680,352



3,974,811


Property and equipment, net


206,148



171,721


Long-term investments


704,758



74,033


Deferred income taxes - non-current


17,082



26,629


Other assets, net


49,488



35,074


Total assets


$

4,657,828



$

4,282,268







Liabilities and stockholders' equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

50,036



$

52,154


Accrued liabilities


29,005



34,029


Accrued compensation and related liabilities


40,606



78,181


Deferred compensation plan obligations


77,437



71,979


Deferred income and allowances on sales to distributors


345,993



279,876


Credit facility




500,000


Total current liabilities


543,077



1,016,219


Income taxes payable - non-current


272,000



263,423


Long-term debt


500,000




Other non-current liabilities


9,304



8,730


Total liabilities


1,324,381



1,288,372


Commitments and contingencies





Stockholders' equity:





Common stock: $.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; outstanding - 319,564 at December 31, 2012 and 322,054 shares at December 31, 2011


320



322


Capital in excess of par value


1,122,555



1,050,752


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


5,592



(133)


Retained earnings


2,204,980



1,942,955


Total stockholders' equity


3,333,447



2,993,896


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

4,657,828



$

4,282,268







 

 

 

ALTERA CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)






YEARS ENDED

(In thousands)


December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011


December 31,

2010

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:







Net income


$

556,807



$

770,711



$

782,884


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization


36,862



31,927



27,535


Stock-based compensation


93,586



82,750



62,118


Deferred income tax expense


8,824



15,657



34,256


Tax effect of employee stock plans


9,811



16,162



27,444


Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans


(16,278)



(17,307)



(21,866)


Changes in assets and liabilities, net of the effects of acquisition:







Accounts receivable, net


(91,435)



131,341



(145,330)


Inventories


(30,442)



24,245



(76,819)


Other assets


(3,050)



54,661



(52,805)


Accounts payable and other liabilities


(50,566)



(32,534)



59,200


Deferred income and allowances on sales to distributors


66,117



(148,836)



146,826


Income taxes payable


8,576



31,116



15,746


Deferred compensation plan obligations


(1,598)



(293)



(2,494)


Net cash provided by operating activities


587,214



959,600



856,695


Cash Flows from Investing Activities:







Purchases of property and equipment


(60,913)



(31,812)



(12,442)


Proceeds from sales of deferred compensation plan securities, net


1,598



293



2,494


Purchases of available-for-sale securities


(921,430)



(164,408)




Proceeds from sale and maturity of available-for-sale securities


220,784



25,003




Acquisition related payments, net of cash acquired






(8,004)


Purchases of intangible assets


(2,280)





(5,000)


Purchase of other investments


(4,935)






Net cash used in investing activities


(767,176)



(170,924)



(22,952)


Cash Flows from Financing Activities:







Proceeds from issuance of common stock through various stock plans


49,665



119,989



453,719


Shares withheld for employee taxes


(31,472)



(32,152)



(20,164)


Payment of dividends to stockholders


(115,514)



(90,060)



(67,774)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt


500,000






Repayment of credit facility


(500,000)






Long-term debt and credit facility issuance costs


(5,244)






Repurchases of common stock


(229,057)



(197,023)




Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans


16,278



17,307



21,866


Principal payments on capital lease obligation






(2,866)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


(315,344)



(181,939)



384,781


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(495,306)



606,737



1,218,524


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


3,371,933



2,765,196



1,546,672


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

2,876,627



$

3,371,933



$

2,765,196


Supplemental cash flow information:







Income taxes paid, net


$

9,797



$

9,856



$

29,887


Interest paid


$

6,898



$

3,704



$

3,395


 

SOURCE Altera Corporation

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Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products and technologies, with a focus on the enterprise, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Innodisk is dedicated to serving their customers and business partners. Quality is vitally important when it comes to industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products. That’s why Innodisk manufactures all of their products in their own purpose-built memory production facility. In fact, they designed and built their production center to maximize manufacturing efficiency and guarantee the highest quality of our products.
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All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital business.
BSQUARE is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success. For more information, visit www.bsquare.com.
With the iCloud scandal seemingly in its past, Apple announced new iPhones, updates to iPad and MacBook as well as news on OSX Yosemite. Although consumers will have to wait to get their hands on some of that new stuff, what they can get is the latest release of iOS 8 that Apple made available for most in-market iPhones and iPads. Originally announced at WWDC (Apple’s annual developers conference) in June, iOS 8 seems to spearhead Apple’s newfound focus upon greater integration of their products into everyday tasks, cross-platform mobility and self-monitoring. Before you update your device, here is a look at some of the new features and things you may want to consider from a mobile security perspective.