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Phoenix Technologies Ltd is an American company that designs, develops and supports core system software for personal computers and other computing devices. The company's products — commonly referred to as BIOS or firmware — support and enable the compatibility, connectivity, security and management of the various components and technologies used in such devices. Phoenix Technologies and IBM developed the El Torito standard.Phoenix was incorporated in Massachusetts in September 1979, and its headquarters are in Campbell, California. Wikipedia.

Storm M.C.,Phoenix Technologies
INTER-NOISE 2015 - 44th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering

Solo inventors can become emotionally attached to their perceived breakthroughs and may experience difficulty in recognizing or acknowledging technical or commercialization challenges. This can lead to waste of resources and loss of marketing opportunities. To avoid such potential waste, and in an effort to get impartial and critical feedback on the commercial prospects of a new kind of engine exhaust muffler, one inventor planned a request of his peers to band together and conduct a "tiger team" invention review. Consistent with this type of problem-solving diligence that is more widely known in the realms of aerospace and information technology, response from invited subject matter experts would ideally include concepts to help overcome identified technical flaws and market application limitations. This paper describes both the proposed review process and the type of information it would yield as an example of how rigorous voluntary critique of a proposed new noise control technique or product could help an innovator face and better adapt to what might be uncomfortable realities with his invention. The pros and cons of such a review, including considerations of potential bias, confidentiality, intellectual property, incentive, and conflict of interest are also presented. © 2015 by ASME. Source

Shapiro V.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Tsukanov I.,Florida International University | Grishin A.,Phoenix Technologies
Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering

The long-standing goal of computer aided design (CAD)/computer aided engineering (CAE) integration demands seamless interfaces between geometric design and engineering analysis/simulation tasks. The key challenge to this integration stems from the distinct and often incompatible roles geometric representations play, respectively, in design and analysis. This paper critically examines and compares known mesh-based and meshfree approaches to CAD/CAE integration, focusing on the basic tasks and components required for building fully integrated engineering applications. For each task, we identify the fundamental requirements and challenges and discuss how they may be met by known techniques and proposed solutions. © 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Source

A method of processing PCR plastic is disclosed, the method including a step of providing a bulk quantity of flakes of PCR plastic having a particle size of about 10 mm or larger separating ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the bulk of flakes of PCR plastic, comminuting the flake to a particle size less than 10 mm, such as about 4 mm, and thermally treating the flake to reduce a moisture content therein. The process may further including mixing the thermally treated flake with virgin plastic pellet and processing the mixture directly in an injection molding device.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.72K | Year: 2008

This proposal outlines the design of a very low weight blower system that will provide cathode air for a small ( ~ 2 kW) Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power system. This design (the HTCAB) will derive from a proven blower system that PADT has already developed (LCAB). The improved HTCAB blower system will offer the following advances: 50% more flow, a 10% improvement in efficiency, an 85% increase in power density, a 15% reduction in volume, integration of a sensorless controller, and an increase in allowable inlet temperature to 100C. The aerodynamic improvments be will be built and tested in phase I, but the rest of the changes will be designed and reviewed but not built until phase II. The proposed benefits will be achieved by increasing the width of the aerodynamic flowpath, eliminating the aft bearing carrier, eliminating a number of heat sinks, changing to low density plastic (Ultem)for some parts, changeing to magnesium for the motor housing, and providing space for a sensorless controller.

News Article | February 1, 2012
Site: www.wired.com

When Dale Fuller was trying to resuscitate Apple’s PowerBook division in the late 1990s, he didn’t see eye-to-eye with Steve Jobs. Fuller saw all those PC makers selling Windows laptops to big businesses, and as he struggled to inject new life into Apple’s moribund PowerBook division, he wanted to do the same. But Jobs said no. According to Fuller, Jobs saw business IT departments as a barrier. In those days, CIOs believed in “JEDI,” or Just Enough Desktop Infrastructure — meaning they only wanted to invest in the minimum amount of computing an employee needed to do his job, and nothing more. An IT department, Jobs argued, is about control — and not about empowering the user. Jobs’ central belief was that computers should be about the user, and that’s why he wouldn’t let Fuller sell PowerBooks to businesses. “I don’t think Steve ever cared about money,” Fuller says. “He just wanted to do this stuff the right way.” Fifteen years after he left Apple, Dale Fuller still thinks Macs are good for business. His new company, MokaFive, carries the tagline: “Finally, Apple for the Enterprise.” But the world has changed, and his efforts to push Apple machines onto businesses are no longer at odds with the Jobsian vision — or least, not entirely. MokaFive offers a way of running a company’s official Windows environment on a Mac. The idea is that employees can do whatever they like on the Mac’s native operating system, but then toggle over to a window running, well, Windows, where they can use official corporate copies of Outlook, Office, Photoshop and other business software. The company seeks to ride a larger wave across the business world. Increasingly, employees are bringing their own machines into the workplace, including not only iPads, iPhones and Android devices, but also Mac laptops. Terry Cosgrove, an analyst with research outfit Gartner, estimates that Macs now account for almost 10 percent of the computers used in today’s businesses — and that the majority of those are owned by the employee. Apple is what these employees use at home, and they want to use it at work too. They’re breaking the control that IT departments once wielded. MokaFive’s aim is to offer software that lets businesses manage these rogue machines — offering a kind of compromise between employees and their Windows-centric IT departments. After leaving Apple in 1997, Fuller served as CEO of onetime software giant Borland and later took the reigns at anti-virus outfit McAfee, before holding board seats at various other big tech names, including AVG and Phoenix Technologies. Then, in 2008, he stumbled onto a desktop virtualization project at Stanford University. Professor Monica Lam and her research team had built software that allowed users to run a separate operating system — such as Windows — atop Mac OS X. The idea was not a new one. The Seattle-based Parallels has offered this sort of virtualization software for the Mac for years, and similar tools are available on other platforms from the likes of VMware and Citrix. But Fuller’s aim was to take the Stanford technology and turn it into a tool that could bring Macs to big business, offering the sort of security and management tools that IT departments require. The result was MokaFive. MokaFive runs Windows in what it calls a secure container on Mac OS X and backs up work onto a company’s servers. IT managers can create a common Windows image that they can then push down to an employee’s Mac over the network. They can also update the image over the network, but that virtualized Windows desktop still works when the machine is offline. Managers can also prevent employees from moving data out of their virtualized Windows desktop, and when data is moved over the network, it’s encrypted. But Gartner’s Cosgrove questions whether the tool is suited for those that are handling extremely sensitive data, such as healthcare outfits and government agencies. “[Client-side virtualization tools] tend to be [used] in areas with low security,” he tells Wired. MokaFive — which first began offering its software in 2009 — has already signed up some large customers, including Electronic Arts, which inked a 8,000-seat deal, and a “large petroleum company based in England,” which plumped for 33,000 seats. And MokaFive is not alone. In July, Parallels introduced a business version of its Mac virtualization tool: Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition. And Steve Perlman’s new-age gaming outfit, OnLive, is offering a web service that streams Windows desktops onto iPads. Apple still doesn’t sell machines to businesses — at least not officially — but Macs are business machines nonetheless. Even the man himself was willing to at least acknowledge the trend. When bootstrapping MokaFive, Fuller felt the need to ask Jobs’ blessing. This was partly out of respect for his old boss and partly an exercise in self-preservation. Fuller asked a friend — a senior manager at Apple — to run the idea by Jobs, and Jobs responded. “I’m not going to put money into it,” he said. “But I’m not going to stop it.” At that tells you everything you need to know about Apple’s view of the business market. At least for now.

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