San Diego Business Journal

Airgain Inc. Names Waadt Director of Investor Relations

Airgain Inc., the antenna maker that made news in August by launching the first San Diego IPO in more than a year, hired Alexis Waadt as its director of investor relations.

By Brad Graves March 26, 2017 1:01 p.m. share »

AT&T Expands Fiber-Optic Network

AT&T Inc. said in late March that it has expanded its fiber-optic network, introducing 1 gigabit per second data speeds in more San Diego neighborhoods and adjoining cities, including Escondido and Santee.

By Brad Graves March 23, 2017 5:07 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm Helps Make Those Flip Phones a Bit Smarter

Qualcomm Inc. has unveiled a low-end chip meant for the phones you thought everyone was getting rid of: those limited function, “candy bar” models.

By Brad Graves March 23, 2017 1:51 p.m. share »
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TVPage Closes $3M Funding Round; Warner Bros. Exec Joins Team

TVPage Inc., which lets businesses easily create TV channels for their websites and supports clients’ e-commerce initiatives, said this week that it closed a $3 million funding round. The round closed in January.

By Brad Graves March 23, 2017 1:01 p.m. share »

Navy Awards Cubic Contract Worth $20 Million

Cubic Corp. said that its Mission Solutions division received a U.S. Navy award for delivery of a person-portable common data link. The deal could ultimately be worth more than $20 million.

By Brad Graves March 22, 2017 5:11 p.m. share »

3 Things Spurring Fast-Growing Tech Sector

Companies that operate trains, trucks and other fleet vehicles are installing internet-connected systems that collect video on drivers, and video on road conditions. Competitors Lytx and SmartDrive, both privately held, boast impressive growth (details below) though neither reveals sales figures.

By Brad Graves March 22, 2017 4:28 p.m. share »

GA-ASI Moves to Next Phase of Gremlins Competition

Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is going on to the next phase of the Defense Department’s Gremlins competition.

By Brad Graves March 21, 2017 4:48 p.m. share »

Navy Awards $13.3 Million Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded New Hampshire-based Environmental Alternatives Inc. a contract covering engineering and technical services for disassembly and radiological inspection and cleaning of LM2500 single-shank turbine gas generator assemblies. The Navy uses such turbines to drive surface ships such as Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers.

By Brad Graves March 21, 2017 3:44 p.m. share »
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A More Compact Power Source Increases Railgun’s Punishing Possibilities

General Atomics is packing a lot of oomph into a small package, with the hope of better powering a futuristic weapon called a railgun.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 3:36 p.m. share »
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Orca Robotics Is Chasing an XPrize To the Bottom of the Sea

Phillip Rhyner wants to deploy a trio of swimming robots for about $180,000 to do a job that a professional services firm might charge millions for.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »
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Advertising Platform Finds Perfect Host

f you run a restaurant in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, your hostess needs a podium as she converses with the crowd on the sidewalk. If you offer valet parking in the Gaslamp — or anywhere else — you need a podium.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »

Using a More Compact Power Source Adds to Railgun's Punishing Possibilities

General Atomics is packing a lot of oomph into a small package, with the hope of better powering a futuristic weapon called a railgun.

By Brad Graves March 12, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »

Inseego Reports Net Loss of $60.6 Million for the Year

Inseego Corp. — the business formerly known as Novatel Wireless, which is trying to transition its business model from hardware to services — reported financial results for the fourth quarter and the year on March 9.

By Brad Graves March 12, 2017 1:03 p.m. share »

A More Compact Power Source Adds to Railgun's Punishing Possibilities

General Atomics said it has created a new power source for electromagnetic railguns — one that does more with less.

By Brad Graves March 10, 2017 4:05 p.m. share »
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Factors That Formed Little Italy Hard To Duplicate

Phenomenal growth. Gentrification. A line of tourists riding Segway scooters. Those are three things that show how Little Italy has become a runaway redevelopment success story.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:43 p.m. share »
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In East Village, Good Ideas Will Need Help Changing the Landscape

The development of East Village might best be described by one of its residents, a man who approached me at Park Boulevard and Market Street and asked for 10 cents. “10 cents?” I said, incredulously.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:39 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm Gets Its ARM in the Door With Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. showed off a version of its Windows Server software for data centers running on hardware built with Qualcomm Inc.’s new Centriq chip.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:07 p.m. share »
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Here's What ScaleMatrix Did With Extra Space

Computer data center, plus wet lab, equals … more business? That’s what the owners of Kearny Mesa-based ScaleMatrix are hoping. Here's What ScaleMatrix Did With That Extra Space

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:02 p.m. share »

Carlsbad-Based NTN Buzztime Reports Q4 Earnings

NTN Buzztime Inc. reported a net loss of $459,000 on revenue of $5.98 million during its fourth quarter.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 1:19 p.m. share »
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Cubic Corp. Introduces Fold-Up Satellite Antenna

Cubic Corp. rolled out two new products in its GATR Technologies military satellite line on March 7.

By Brad Graves March 7, 2017 3:08 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Increases Quarterly Dividend

Qualcomm Inc. increased its quarterly dividend by 7.5 percent to 57 cents per share, the business said March 7.

By Brad Graves March 7, 2017 2:21 p.m. share »

ViaSat Closes Joint Venture With Eutelsat Communications

ViaSat Inc. said on March 6 that it closed its joint venture with Eutelsat Communications, originally announced in February 2016.

By Brad Graves March 6, 2017 3:21 p.m. share »

Anokiwave Moves to Bigger Office to Accommodate Growth

Anokiwave, a fabless semiconductor company, announced on Feb. 28 that it has doubled its office space, moving to 6,000 square feet on El Camino Real in Del Mar Heights, to accommodate a growing number of employees. Its previous office was nearby in the Del Mar area.

By Brad Graves March 2, 2017 4:49 p.m. share »

Apple Expands Legal Tussle With Qualcomm With U.K. Lawsuit

Apple Inc. filed suit against Qualcomm Inc. on March 2 in the United Kingdom, Bloomberg News reported.

By Brad Graves March 2, 2017 4:17 p.m. share »
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Software Engineers Find S.D. Has a Favorable ‘Exchange Rate’

$112,000 a year. That is the average salary for a software engineer in San Diego, according to a newly issued study from Hired Inc.

By Brad Graves March 2, 2017 2:36 p.m. share »
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SmartDrive’s Roadwork Makes Its System a Contender

If there is a moral to SmartDrive Systems Inc.’s remarkable growth streak, it’s that it pays to keep moving.

By Brad Graves March 2, 2017 1:52 p.m. share »

Sound United Acquires D+M Group

Sound United LLC, the Vista audio components business of DEI Holdings Inc., announced that it acquired New Jersey-based D+M Group, closing the sale on Feb. 28. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

By Brad Graves March 1, 2017 5 p.m. share »

JLab Audio Moves to Larger Facility in Carlsbad

JLab Audio — a producer of personal audio products including Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and speakers — has moved to a 15,000-square-foot facility on Las Palmas Drive in Carlsbad, the company announced Feb. 28. The new office is four times larger than the facility it left in Oceanside.

By Brad Graves March 1, 2017 4:30 p.m. share »

Three S.D. Shipyards to Share $120.5 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded a combined $120.5 million contract modification to three San Diego shipyards — BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Continental Maritime and General Dynamics NASSCO — to conduct maintenance and repair work on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers.

By Brad Graves February 28, 2017 5:29 p.m. share »

China Complicating Maxwell Technologies' Efforts to Regain Footing

Buffeted by market forces — including the ups and downs of a major customer, the Chinese bus manufacturing sector — San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc. announced continued losses, a plan to restructure and plans to buy a competitor on Feb. 28.

By Brad Graves February 28, 2017 4:32 p.m. share »

Kratos Reports 2016 Revenue of $668.7 Million

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. reported a net loss of $4.3 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $182.1 million for its fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 25. In the same quarter of 2015, the business reported a net loss of $4.0 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $177.5 million.

By Brad Graves February 27, 2017 4:32 p.m. share »

Tech Startup Cordial Receives $6 Million in Series A Funding

Cordial, the downtown San Diego company that helps other companies market their products, said on Feb. 27 that it received $6 million in series A funding. Upfront Ventures of Los Angeles provided the support.

By Brad Graves February 27, 2017 3 p.m. share »

Getting a Ship Out of the Water Is Something to See

Imagine having to back a very big Cadillac into a tight parking place over the space of two hours, and you’ll get some idea of what it’s like to bring a 684-foot U.S. Navy ship into dry dock.

By Brad Graves February 26, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »

S.D.-Based Company Could Receive Up to $47.5 Million in Navy Orders

San Diego-based Cypher Analytics, doing business as Crown Point Systems, is in line to receive as much as $47.5 million in awards over five years for electronic equipment, specifically information communication technology and equipment.

By Brad Graves February 26, 2017 1 p.m. share »

Getting a Ship Out of Water Is Something to See

Imagine having to back a very big Cadillac into a tight parking place over the space of two hours, and you’ll get some idea of what it’s like to bring a 684-foot U.S. Navy ship into dry dock.

By Brad Graves February 24, 2017 2:08 p.m. share »

S.D.-Based Company Could Receive Up to $47.5M in Navy Orders

San Diego-based Cypher Analytics, doing business as Crown Point Systems, is in line to receive as much as $47.5 million in awards over five years for electronic equipment, specifically information communication technology and equipment.

By Brad Graves February 24, 2017 10:03 a.m. share »
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Local 'Shark Tank' Startup Appearing on '20/20' Show

San Diego’s Tower Paddleboards will be featured on ABC Television’s “20/20” news magazine, set to air at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

By Brad Graves February 23, 2017 4:32 p.m. share »
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Nine House Democrats Introduce Military Base Closure Bill

Nine Congressional Democrats introduced a military base closure bill in the House of Representatives on Feb. 1. It’s still a long way from passing, but if it does become law, San Diego can expect a fight — perhaps an aggressive public relations push and a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort — to keep all of its U.S. Navy and Marine Corps bases.

By Brad Graves February 23, 2017 1:36 p.m. share »
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Who's Your Caddy? Golf Simulator Mixes Work, Play

Jenn Harris approaches the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, golf club in hand. With an aggressive swing she gives the ball a whap. The sharp noise of the contact echoes off the ceiling and the walls beside her. On the screen ahead of her, a brightly colored, computer-generated line shows the trajectory of the ball through the air of the iconic course.

By Brad Graves February 23, 2017 1:25 p.m. share »
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Cubic Aims for Defense Acquisitions to Click

Not too many military satellite dishes make a hissing noise like an air mattress deflating when it’s time to pack things up and ship them off to their next location. Then again, the satellite dish from Cubic Corp.’s GATR Technologies business is not your typical model.

By Brad Graves February 23, 2017 12:58 p.m. share »

Malin Space Science Wins $10.9 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Malin Space Science Systems Inc. of Sorrento Mesa a $10.9 million contract for space-qualified visible cameras for geosynchronous operations.

By Brad Graves February 22, 2017 4:46 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Successfully Tests 5G Technology; Tests Set in China

Qualcomm Inc. announced a fast first.

By Brad Graves February 22, 2017 4:06 p.m. share »

Abacus Next Acquires Two Software Companies

Abacus Next of San Diego announced on Feb. 21 that it acquired two companies serving the accounting space, Cloudnine Realtime and Results Software, from the companies’ private owners. Financial terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

By Brad Graves February 21, 2017 11:33 a.m. share »

Orca Robotics Named Semifinalist in Xprize Competition

Orca Robotics, a San Diego company, is among 21 semifinalists for the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery Xprize, organizers of the competition announced on Feb. 16.

By Brad Graves February 20, 2017 4:51 p.m. share »

Airgain Reports Positive Net Income for Q4 and 2016

Airgain Inc. — which makes wireless antennas for household, office and industrial devices — reported net income of $1.1 million on sales of $12.6 million during its fourth quarter, which ended on Dec. 31.

By Brad Graves February 20, 2017 2:51 p.m. share »

Qualcomm's Chief Accounting Officer to Resign

Qualcomm Inc. notified securities regulators on Feb. 15 that its senior vice president and chief accounting officer, John Murphy, plans to resign on March 17 to pursue other opportunities.

By Brad Graves February 20, 2017 2:43 p.m. share »

Airgain Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Yearly Results

Airgain Inc. — which makes wireless antennas for household, office and industrial devices — reported net income of $1.1 million on sales of $12.6 million during its fourth quarter, which ended on Dec. 31.

By Brad Graves February 19, 2017 1 p.m. share »

Cohu Reports Net Income of $3 Million for the Year

Poway-based Cohu Inc., which makes automated testing machinery that lets semiconductor manufacturers test their finished products, reported fourth quarter net income of $2.1 million on net sales of $70.7 million.

By Brad Graves February 19, 2017 12:59 p.m. share »

Cohu Inc. Reports Net Income of $3 Million for the Year

Poway-based Cohu Inc., which makes automated testing machinery that lets semiconductor manufacturers test their finished products, reported fourth quarter net income of $2.1 million on net sales of $70.7 million.

By Brad Graves February 17, 2017 12:38 p.m. share »

Bay City Television Shutting Down, to Lay Off 127

San Diego-based Bay City Television, which operates XETV 6, plans to lay off more than 100 people, the California Employment Development Department reported this month.

By Brad Graves February 16, 2017 4:40 p.m. share »

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