Brad Graves

Reporter

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6586 Extension: 3115

Recent Stories

The U.S. Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman Corp. a $58.2M Contract

Work will be performed in San Diego and Qatar.

Center for Sustainable Energy Names Interim President

The nonprofit has tapped Lawrence Goldenhersh while it conducts a national search.

AbacusNext Taps Mike Skelly for CFO

The San Diego business that provides office information technology as a service made the announcement Dec. 5.

Qualcomm Processor to be Used in Asus and HP Computers

Qualcomm Inc.’s top-of-the-line processor is at the center of new personal computers running the Windows operating system.

GA-ASI Hosts Aerospace Accelerator Pitch Competition

Starburst brought young aerospace companies together with potential funding sources.

Broadcom Puts Up Candidates for Qualcomm Board, Setting Up Showdown

The debate over the future of Qualcomm Inc. turned into a power struggle on Dec. 4, when Broadcom Ltd. nominated candidates for all 11 seats on Qualcomm’s board of directors.

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Pentagon Exercises Option Adding $20.9M to Viasat Deal

The Pentagon bought six months of satellite communication services from Viasat, exercising a $20.9 million option to an existing services contract.

R.A. Burch Construction Gets $22.5M Navy Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded R.A. Burch Construction Co. Inc. a $22.5 million task order for demolition, repair and renovation of buildings at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.

Viasat’s New Brand Matches Its New Horizons

Viasat Inc. says it is retiring its Exede and Yonder brands.

Viasat Inc. says it is retiring its Exede and Yonder brands. They served the company well, but now the corporation’s consumer-facing internet services will use the Viasat brand, too. Satellite internet services for the aviation community will also carry the Viasat brand.

Jack Disappoints on A Couple of Fronts

DINING: Revenue Drops; Results Miss Analysts’ Mark

The 726 Qdoba restaurants may be more coal than candy for Jack in the Box Inc.

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Companies Get In Position to Profit From 5G Arrival

Once 5G wireless technology hits the market, it should spread fast … nearly as fast as it slings data over the airwaves.

Cobham Gets $39M in Orders From Harris Corp.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions has received some $39 million in orders for radio-frequency microelectronics from defense contractor Harris Corp.

GA-ASI Gets a $17.5M U.S. Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $17.5 million contract.

Carlsbad's Ted Vallas Hopes New Buy Will Help Him Fly

Ted Vallas, the 96-year-old businessman based at McClellan-Palomar Airport, recently spent some money to make a longtime dream come true.

TuSimple Receives $55M in Funding Round

TuSimple said Nov. 28 that it received $55 million in series C funding.

Marathon Construction Gets a $9.6M Renovation Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Marathon Construction Corp. a $9.6 million task order to renovate Pier 13 at Naval Base San Diego, known informally as the 32nd Street naval station.

ViaSat Signs First Reseller for Speedy Private Jet Internet Service

ViaSat Inc. has signed up its first value-added reseller for its high-speed in-flight internet service for private jets.

GA-EMS New Executive Named

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has named Jim Mosquera vice president and chief technology officer.

Cubic Gets $575 million in Boston Rapid Transit Provider Contract

Cubic Corp. has received a 10-year, $575 million contract from Boston’s rapid transit provider.

New Investors at Table Mean Changes for Jack

DINING: Possible Qdoba Sale May Just Be First Step of Big Changes

Jack in the Box Inc. may emerge from 2017 as a slimmer version of itself.

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Robot Developers Are Finding Work for Their Creations

TECH: Entry Level Tasks Are Baby Steps of The Coming Technology

Between the low-rise buildings in a Kearny Mesa industrial park, a four-wheeled vehicle a little bigger than a Radio Flyer wagon goes around and around on the asphalt in a preprogrammed route, capturing video of what it sees.

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Cubic Gets Big BostonTransit Contract

Cubic Corp. said Nov. 21 that it received a 10-year, $575 million contract from Boston’s rapid transit provider. Under the deal, Cubic (NYSE: CUB) will design, build, operate and maintain a next-generation fare payment system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Commuters will be able to use mobile phones and bank cards to pay their fares.

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Seabin Takes Out the Trash

Cabrillo Isle Marina on Harbor Island has turned to technology to help it solve a chronic, annoying problem — floating bottles, cans and other trash that accumulates where people store their boats.

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Cybersecurity Co. Uses Swift Sift of Data to Combat Threats

“Time to detection is kind of a big deal in our business,” says Peter Bybee.

Alumnus’s $30M Gift to UCSD to Go Toward Engineering

GIVING: Qualcomm’s Chief Scientist’s Action Likely to Inspire Others

It played a central role in the formation of Qualcomm Inc. Now the University of California, San Diego is reaping more rewards from that relationship.

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BAE Systems Gets $8.8M U.S. Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair an $8.8 million contract modification.

Cubic Corp.'s Q4 Revenue: $445.6 million

Cubic Corp., the defense contractor that has a big footprint in the mass-transit space, reported net income of $13.2 million in its Q4.

More Robots Coming to Walmart?

WalMart recently made headlines by deploying specialized robots able to scan store shelves to see if the merchandise needs restocking.

Northrop Drops Out of Competition For Aerial Tanker Drone Contract

Northrop Grumman Corp. has walked away from an unmanned aircraft project that it had an excellent chance of winning.

Israeli Co. Buys Chassis Plans

Israel-based Aeronautics Ltd. has acquired Rancho Bernardo-based Chassis Plans, a business that produces ruggedized computers and peripherals. Financial terms were not disclosed. Chassis Plans will stay in its San Diego offices and add to its workforce, said CEO Michael McCormack.

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Predator Tries Anti-Submarine Role

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said Nov. 13 that one of its unmanned MQ-9 Predator B aircraft participated in an anti-submarine warfare demonstration during war games in mid-October in the ocean west of San Clemente Island.

Kratos Conducts $300M Bond Offering

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. is selling $300 million worth of bonds to private investors. The University City defense contractor said it plans to use some cash as well as proceeds from the bonds — which are 6.5 percent senior secured notes due 2025 — to retire outstanding 7 percent senior secured notes due 2019.

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Qualcomm Co-Founder Gifts $30M to UCSD

Qualcomm Inc. co-founder Franklin Antonio has made a $30 million gift to UCSD.

Thermo Fisher Awarded $40 Million Army Contract

The U.S. Army awarded Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. a five-year, $40 million contract for customized reagents and consumables.

Qualcomm Sets Stage For Complex Battle

ACQUISITION: Broadcom Must Effectively Deal With Many Players

Qualcomm Inc.’s board of directors unanimously rejected Broadcom Ltd.’s offer to buy the company for $70 per share, saying on Nov. 13 that Broadcom’s offer “dramatically undervalues” the company.

New Inseego CEO Brings Change in Staff and Organization

TECH: Co. Creates 2 Units for Businesses, Pursues New Initiatives

Dan Mondor is settling into the routine of working in San Diego. At midafternoon, an F/A-18 jet from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar screams over his office on Sorrento Mesa, setting off a nearby car alarm. It happens every day.

WD-40’s Latest Auto Upgrade Has Cult Following

A cult classic. That’s what WD-40 Co. calls the four-wheel-drive vehicle it is upgrading and planning to auction for charity.

GA Acquires Assets of Colorado-based Co. Specializing in Small Satellites

General Atomics has acquired the majority of the assets of Englewood, Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC.

Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's Advances

Qualcomm Inc. has rejected Broadcom Ltd.'s offer to buy the company.

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SmartCover Systems Gets a $3.2M Contract

SmartCover Systems of Escondido received a $3.2 million contract to supply its manhole-mounted fluid level sensors to the San Antonio, Texas, sewer system.

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AbacusNext Acquires U.K.-based Document Automation Co.

San Diego-based AbacusNext has acquired U.K.-based HotDocs. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Broadcom Chief Speaks to Importance of San Diego

Qualcomm Inc. has its roots in San Diego, and Broadcom Ltd. would be “very focused” on the region in the event its bid for Qualcomm is a success.

MaxLinear Reports Record Quarterly Revenue

Carlsbad chipmaker MaxLinear Inc. reported a net loss of $9.2 million on record quarterly revenue of $113.6 million.

AbacusNext Acquires U.K.-based Document Automation Company

San Diego-based AbacusNext has acquired U.K.-based HotDocs.

Broadcom Chief Speaks to the Importance of San Diego

Broadcom went public with its unsolicited, $70 per share bid for Qualcomm on Nov. 6. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan answered a few questions.

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Inseego Corp. Posts Net Loss of $13.8 million in Q3

Inseego Corp., a specialist in electronics hardware and software as a service, reported a net loss of $13.8 million on net revenues of $57.5 million in its third quarter ending Sept. 30.

Bose Corp. Buys Hush

Bose Corp., the Massachusetts consumer electronics maker, has acquired Hush, a former tenant of the EvoNexus incubator in the University Towne Center neighborhood. Hush is the company founded by three UC San Diego students — all named Daniel — who brought a set of noise-cancelling earplugs to market. It seemed they saw a wide market opportunity in college-area apartments where students attempted to get a little undisturbed rest. The Business Journal profiled Hush in April 2015.

ViaSat Busy in Both Commercial And Government Spaces

Satellite communications specialist ViaSat Inc. publicly opened the books on its second quarter, reporting a net loss of $13.7 million on revenue of $393.1 million. ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) has an unusual fiscal year, so its second quarter ends Sept. 30 (yes, it’s the midpoint of fiscal 2018).

SmartDrive Turns Attention To Monitoring Drivers’ Focus, Actions

TECH: Co. Captures, Analyzes Video and Makes Report to Client

We’ve all done it while driving: taken our eyes off the road to peek at an incoming text message or take a bite of a snack. That very human tendency is a big liability for everyone on the highway, and a big liability for trucking companies.

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Broadcom Aims Low With Qualcomm Offer

TECH: Its 5G Efforts, Other Tech Could Put Share Price Near $100

Is Qualcomm Inc. worth $70 per share? That simple question may be the beginning of a long negotiation process. Or it could be the key that determines whether Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) survives in its current form as a San Diego-based corporation.