San Diego Business Journal

S.D. to Get Some Work From Andromeda Systems' Navy Contract

Andromeda Systems Inc. stands to make millions of dollars over five years by providing logistics and technical support services at Naval Air Station North Island.

Qualcomm Inc. Reaches Licensing Deal With Chinese Electronics Manufacturer

Qualcomm Inc. said on Dec. 26 that it has reached a license agreement with a large Chinese electronics manufacturer. With the move, Qualcomm has license agreements with all of the top 10 Chinese players.

GA-ASI Gets $349.1 Million Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a one-year, $349.1 million contract covering support and services for the Air Force’s fleet of Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Receives $55.3M Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $55.3 million, one-year contract modification to operate what one can simplistically call an internet server on a business jet that flies over a battlefield. Work will be split between San Diego and international locations.

BAE Systems Receives $19.7M Order for Aerial Decoys

It looks like a little missile, complete with fins, and its job is to keep an aircraft out of trouble.

ViaSat, Boeing Begin Design of ViaSat-3 Satellites in Earnest

ViaSat Inc. said its first two ViaSat-3 satellites have completed their first important step toward production and launch — a stage in the process called preliminary design review.

Qualcomm, Partners to Conduct Trials of 5G Network

South Korea will host field trials of a fifth-generation telecom network during the second half of 2017, according to partners Qualcomm Inc., equipment maker Ericsson and South Korean carrier SK Telecom.

It Is President Obama’s Move on Defense Authorization Act

DEFENSE: Approval Would Allow Contractors To Start New Projects

A lame-duck Congress approved a final 2017 defense budget in early December and sent it to President Obama for his signature.

Snapdragon 835's Capabilities to be on Display at CES

Qualcomm Inc. plans to show off the capabilities of its new, top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chip with a virtual reality demonstration during CES, the Las Vegas consumer electronics show, in early January.

Cubic Awarded $7.6M Transit Contract in Australia

Cubic Corp. said its transportation business won a $7.6 million contract to deliver a trial of “open loop” payments ticketing technology for the mass transit system in Sydney, Australia.

NASSCO Has Record Year on Ship Delivery

General Dynamics NASSCO said on Dec. 16 that it delivered a record six ships in 2016.

San Diego to Get Some of Undersea Vehicle Work From Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Metron Inc. a contract for a project called advanced autonomy for undersea vehicles.

Qualcomm's Tricorder X Prize Finalists Announced

The Qualcomm Foundation-sponsored Tricorder X Prize competition is down to two finalists: a company from Pennsylvania and a company from Taiwan.

Navy Awards $187.7 Million Contract for Coronado Project

The U.S. Navy awarded Indiana-based Energy Systems Group LLC a $187.7 million task order to make improvements at Naval Base Coronado.

Port Commissioners OK Plan for 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

Port commissioners approved a plan to modernize the San Diego waterfront’s 10th Avenue Marine Terminal beginning in the summer.

Kevin Walden Appointed CIO at Kratos Defense

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said Dec. 13 that it has appointed Kevin Walden as its chief information officer. Walden, who will continue to work at the company’s University City headquarters, has been acting CIO since earlier this year. He was previously chief technology officer at High Technology Solutions Inc., a defense contractor that Kratos bought in 2004.

Qualcomm, Google to Collaborate on Operating System

Qualcomm Inc. said it plans to collaborate with Google on the Android Things operating system, which Google announced on Dec. 13.

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Two Senior Execs Join Cubic Mission Solutions

Cubic Mission Solutions named two executives to vice president posts, announcing the moves on Dec. 12. Mission Solutions is a business division of Kearny Mesa-based Cubic Corp (NYSE: CUB).

Part of Helmet Work Heads to San Diego

TopOwl — a high-tech helmet display worn by U.S. Marine Corps aviators — is getting some support under a recently awarded defense contract.

Four Small Local Businesses to Bid on Navy Construction Contracts

Four small businesses from San Diego County and one from Alaska were selected to bid on U.S. Navy construction projects and may have up to five years of work ahead of them.

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BAE Dry Dock Completes Transpacific Journey

Tugboats hired by BAE Systems towed the company’s new, 950-foot floating dry dock to the company’s Barrio Logan shipyard on Dec. 8, following a transpacific journey from its builders in China.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon to Power Microsoft's Windows 10

Engineers with Qualcomm Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are at work on a new type of computer that will run the Windows 10 operating system on the San Diego company’s next generation Snapdragon processor.

LRAD Corp. Records Net Loss of $1.3M

LRAD Corp., which makes a unique sort of loudspeaker for militaries and governments, reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or 4 cents per share, on revenue of $16.4 million in its 2016 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30.

Here’s A Sneak Peek into Cox’s Latest Fiber Optic Technology

What does it mean when you say technology is state of the art? As time passes, that definition morphs into something new. Research, ingenuity and capital investment (by both individuals and governments) spur technology forward. Things get faster. Cheaper. And we hope, better.

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It’s Not Surprising CycloPure Has Smart Way to Take Out Toxics

CLEAN-TECH: Purifying Water, Air May Be Done In a More Targeted Way

A typical startup business is often too frail and vulnerable to make it to adulthood. A couple of things, however, give San Diego-based CycloPure Inc. a remarkably robust start.

Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $9.6 Million Contract

The U.S. Navy said Dec. 5 that it placed a $9.6 million software order with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Qualcomm Demonstrates First Processor for Data Centers

Qualcomm Inc. said it demonstrated its first processor for data centers in a move interpreted as a challenge to rival processor-maker Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) added that it was distributing samples of its Centriq 2400 server processor to potential industry partners.

Anderson Audio Visual Acquired By Florida-Based Company

San Diego-based Anderson Audio Visual has been acquired by Tampa, Fla.-based AVI-SPL.

Qualcomm Spinoff Gimbal Acquired By a Santa Monica-Based Mobile Media Company

Gimbal, a tech business that was spun out of Qualcomm Inc. in 2014, has been sold to a Santa Monica business called The Mobile Majority.

Varioscale Inc. Gets $23.8M Air Force Contract to Develop a Prototype Analysis Tool

The Defense Department buys big-ticket items, but sometimes it concentrates on the very small.

MiraCosta College Receives $6M Grant for Training Underserved Populations in Needed Job Skills

MiraCosta College said it received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to administer workforce development programs in four community college districts in San Diego and San Bernardino counties.

GA-ASI Prepares to Fill a King-Size Contract for Predator B

A $1 billion British order for Predator unmanned aircraft is winding its bureaucratic way toward General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. GA-ASI said it expects to start deliveries to the U.K. Royal Air Force in late 2018.

Navy Awards Raytheon Five-Year Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Co. a five-year deal to provide engineering technical services and field services for specialty radar systems that go on small aircraft such as F/A-18 Hornets, EA-18G Growlers and Harrier jump jets.

Cubic Corp. Closes $10 Million Acquisition of U.K.-Based Tech Firm

Cubic Corp. closed a $10 million acquisition of Vocality, a U.K.-based specialist in secure communications technology, the companies announced on Nov. 30.

AttackIQ Inc. Raises $8.8M in Series A Funding

Sorrento Mesa-based AttackIQ Inc. recently closed $8.8 million in series A funding, the company announced on Nov. 30.

Gov't Orders Vista-Built Scanners in Deal Worth As Much As $66 Million

Leidos — a Virginia corporation with roots in San Diego — said on Nov. 29 that it will deliver 22 of its VACIS X-ray scanners to customs inspectors at various U.S. ports of entry under a new deal that could be worth up to $66 million.

Qualcomm Lines Up $2 Billion in Letters of Credit for NXP Deal

Qualcomm Inc. told securities regulators Nov. 29 that it arranged $2 billion in letters of credit with four banks to help with its acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors N.V.

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NASSCO President Fred Harris to Retire; Kevin Graney Named Successor

Kevin Graney will take over as president of General Dynamics NASSCO on Jan. 1, following the retirement of the shipyard’s longtime president, Fred Harris.

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Gateway Founder Ted Waitt Named Chairman of Salk Institute's Board

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies named computer entrepreneur Ted Waitt as chairman of its board, effective immediately.

Two Local Companies Are Sure Winners at CES in Las Vegas

Two San Diego companies will bask in recognition during the annual consumer electronics show, set for early January in Las Vegas.

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E-Commerce Site Aims to Serve Those Who Serve the Nation

RETAIL: GovX Includes Ticketing Division for Events, Hotel Rooms

GovX Inc. — which recently pulled in $3.7 million in new investment — does not operate a typical e-commerce website.

Kratos Prices Shares of Common Stock Offering

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said Nov. 18 that it priced a new offering of 11.67 million shares of common stock at $6 a share.

Qualcomm Begins Cash Tender Offer for NXP Semiconductors' Shares

Qualcomm Inc. said Nov. 18 that it started its tender offer for all outstanding shares of NXP Semiconductors N.V.

Cohu Inc. to Acquire Japanese Manufacturing Company

Cohu Inc. announced plans to acquire Japan-based Kita Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a maker of metal probes used in electronics testing.

Kratos Plans to Sell $50 Million in Stock Offering

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Nov. 17 that it plans to sell more stock. The corporation plans to sell up to $50 million to fund the company’s high-performance unmanned combat aerial system program, and to pay down debt, CEO Eric DeMarco said via email.

Mission Change Comes With Name Change for Drone

The fiercely named Predator has drawn another humanitarian assignment. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. announced that it is making a company-owned and operated Predator C aircraft available for humanitarian aid missions.

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Personalization Platform Takes Guesswork Out of E-Commerce

SOFTWARE: Aim Is to Personalize the Experience In a Variety of Ways

There is a reason supermarkets put candy bars and copies of the National Enquirer by the check-out line.

Kratos Gets $17.8 Million Contract for Drones

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Nov. 16 that it received a $17.8 million contract for target drones.

Qualcomm Announces Joint Venture With China-based Tencent

Qualcomm Inc. announced plans to join China-based Tencent in a videogame and entertainment venture built on mobile communication devices.

ViaSat to Sell 6.5 Million Shares in a Follow-on Offering

ViaSat Inc. announced late Nov. 15 that it has decided to sell 6.5 million shares of common stock in a follow-on offering.

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