Sarah Tolkoff

Staff Reporter

Sarah Tolkoff covers technology and international Trade for the Business Journal. She can be reached at

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Recent Stories

Memory Products Maker Viking Retools, Diversifies

TECHNOLOGY: Battling STEC on solid state drives

Viking Modular Solutions is looking to diversify

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Smith Micro’s Shares Fall Back to Reality on 4G Concerns

TECHNOLOGY: Long rollouts dim outlook; hot-spot boost?

4G’s bumpy path for Smith Micro

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Quest Continues To Slide on Mixed Results

Shares of Aliso Viejo’s Quest Software Inc., a maker of business software, continued their bearish slide on Friday, a day after the company gave mixed fourth quarter results. Makes "Social Shopping" Buy

Aliso Viejo-based Inc., an online retailer, said Thursday it agreed to buy Maryland-based DecisionStep Inc. for undisclosed terms.

Broadcom Results Top Expectations, But Shares Sag: Focus on Margins?

Shares of Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. slumped Tuesday as investors looked past fourth-quarter results that topped expectations and an in-line forecast for the current quarter and seemed to seize instead upon a slip in profit margins.

Oakley Leads Job Gain at Largest Foreign-Owned Companies

THE LIST: Oakley, Blizzard rule; 560 new jobs in past year

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest foreign-owned companies saw an uptick in hiring. Includes the 2011 OC's FOREIGN-OWNED COs List for download (pdf)

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Microsoft Adding Second Store to Local Empire

TECHNOLOGY: 250 people at tech center, stores, acquisition

Microsoft is planning a second store here

Quest Expanding in Ireland, Plans for 150 Workers by 2013

Already Has Dublin Site, Joins Other OC Companies

Quest Software is expanding in Ireland, in Technology

QLogic Rises on Better Than Expected Profits

Shares of Aliso Viejo’s QLogic Corp., a maker of electronics for data storage networks, rose Thursday after the company’s December quarter profits trounced Wall Street’s expectations.

Microsemi's Outlook In Line

Shares of Irvine-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. rose Thursday after the company gave an outlook for the current quarter that was in line with Wall Street’s expectations.

Acacia Moves Licensing Business to Texas

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research Corp. said Tuesday it moved its patent licensing unit to Texas. The unit, dubbed Acacia Research Group LLC, has relocated its corporate headquarters to Frisco, Texas.

Chipmaker Mindspeed's Outlook In Line

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies Inc., a maker of networking chips, on Monday reported an outlook for the current quarter that’s in line with Wall Street’s expectations.

Report: Kingston Invests in Taiwanese Chipmaker JMicron

Fountain Valley’s Kingston Technology Co., the top maker of memory products for computers, is said to be making an investment in Tawainese chipmaker JMicron Technology Corp., according to reports.

Broadcom, Rival Settle Longstanding Dispute on GPS Chips

Settlement With CSR Ends Five-Year Case on Patent

Broadcom settled a lawsuit over GPS chips, in Technology

Financial Rock Star

Shah Does Books, Streamlines Onetime Maker of Amps for Zeppelin, Cream

Profile, CFO of the Year, Rising Star award - Jatan Shah, QSC Audio Products LLC

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Johnsen Cleaned House, Boosted View of Mindspeed

Profile, CFO of the Year, Public Company award - Bret Johnsen, Mindspeed Technologies Inc.

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Kofax Selling Unit

TECHNOLOGY: Scanner unit has seen slipping sales; frees up focus for software

Kofax is selling its scanner business

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Faster Pace at U.S. Patent Office Seen as Boost for IP

Obama administration aims to cut process time by half

Faster pace on patents spur IP work

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Emulex Slumps on Outlook

Shares of Costa Mesa-based Emulex Corp., a maker of electronics for data storage networks, slumped on Thursday after the company gave a tepid outlook for the current quarter.

Quest Software Expands in Ireland

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software Inc., a maker of business software, said Thursday it’s set to expand its operations in Ireland.

Western Digital Pops on Results, Beats Street

Shares of Irvine’s Western Digital Corp., a maker of disk drives for computers, servers and consumer electronics, rose on Tuesday after the company reported results for the December quarter that bested Wall Street’s expectations.

Irvine's Kofax to Sell European Scanner Unit

Irvine’s Kofax PLC, a maker of software that helps businesses cut down on paper and data entry, said Monday it’s shedding its European division that distributes scanners and servers in a private equity buyout valued at about $23 million.

Conexant Boss: Bigger Role in Buyout

TECHNOLOGY: set to run unit, products, engineering for parent

Conexant’s Sailesh Chittipeddi will play a big role after the chipmaker is bought

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Mixed Reviews, Strong Sales for D-Link’s Boxee Box

Box sends media from PCs to TVs; social media apps

D-Link Systems is seeing growing sales for its Boxee Box, in Technology

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Bigger Toshiba Unit Eyes ‘Connected Home’

TECHNOLOGY: combined PC, TV units want to link “screens”

Toshiba hopes its combined PC and TV units will connect with consumers

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Report: Broadcom Rumored to Buy Taiwanese Chipmaker Ralink

There’s chatter that Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. could be looking to buy Taiwan’s Ralink Technology Corp.

TTM Soars on Q4 Outlook, Strong Demand

Shares of Santa Ana’s TTM Technologies Inc., a maker of printed circuit boards, soared on Thursday after the company boosted its outlook for the fourth quarter.

QLogic Boosts Profit Outlook

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic Corp., a maker of electronics that speed up the flow of data on corporate storage networks, on Wednesday boosted its profit outlook and narrowed its sales outlook for the December quarter.

Smith Micro Pops on Sales Outlook

Shares of Aliso Viejo’s Smith Micro Software Inc., a maker of software for cell phones and for connecting mobile devices to wireless networks, rose Tuesday after the company narrowed its outlook for the fourth quarter in line with Wall Street’s expectations.

Conexant Being Bought for $284M

Newport Beach chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. is being acquired for $284 million by Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Standard Microsystems Corp., which is offering nearly 20% more than what the company was worth before the deal was announced.

BlueCava Looks to Recruit Talent With Food Trucks

HID Set to Put Mountain View Firm Into Fold; ‘Warcraft’ Boosts Claim on Gamers’ Time

Blue Cava aims to recruit with a gourmet food truck, in Technology

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Uniloc Win Hints at New Precedent on Patent Damages

TECHNOLOGY: Court plans new way of considering award to close case against Microsoft

Uniloc won a patent fight against Microsoft, but what it will reap is unclear

Tablets in Spotlight, Locals Co-Star at CES

TECHNOLOGY: Vizio joins fray; Broadcom’s big claims

Companies made their way to CES to show off their newest products

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Mindspeed Slumps on Sales Outlook

Shares of Newport Beach-based chipmaker Mindspeed Technologies Inc. plummeted after the company gave a glimpse at its first quarter results, which fall below Wall Street’s expectations

CES Kickoff: Going Gaga for Gadgets

Retail buyers, businesspeople, press and thousands of gadget-gawkers descended on Las Vegas Wednesday to kick off the year’s biggest technology trade show.

Irvine's Uniloc Claims Victory in Microsoft Infringement Suit

Irvine’s Uniloc USA Inc., a maker of security, anti-piracy and fraud prevention software, claimed a final victory on Tuesday in its long-running legal battle with software kingpin Microsoft Corp.

Broadcom Rises on Tablet Talk

Shares of Irvine’s Broadcom Corp., a maker of chips for computers, cell phones and consumer electronics, rose on Monday after an analyst said it's set to be among the big winners at this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Broadcom Moves on Android, IP Get Strong Reviews

European Sales Boost Outlook on Ingram Micro; HID Global Pays $162M for Fremont Firm

Irvine’s Broadcom made a series of new product announcements at its annual analyst conference in December, in the Technology column

Gadgets, Consumer Recovery Spur Optimism for CES Show

TECHNOLOGY: Companies do bigger booths, send more people, book more meetings

Local companies are spending more on this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

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New Leader at Sage Software Set to Turn Focus to Growth

TECHNOLOGY: Frenchman takes over after restructuring led by outgoing boss Swenson

Sage Software has tapped Frenchman Pascal Houillon as CEO to replace Sue Swenson

Deal in Israel Puts Pressure on Niche Line for QLogic

TECHNOLOGY: Competitor eyes bigger share on Infiniband

Aliso Viejo electronics maker QLogic could see a threat to a niche line from the combination of two Israeli competitors

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Businessperson of the Year in Technology: David Sun, John Tu

Kingston Technology Leaders Rode Rebound, Expanded Industry Dominance

The Business Journal takes a look at the businesspeople who excelled in 2010. Kingston Technology Co. cofounders David Sun and John Tu

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Vizio’s Growth Play: Upgrade, Grab Share

MARKETING: New features, add-ons; sights on bigger players

Irvine’s Vizio is looking to grab more market share from its competitors in the maturing market for flat TVs

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Seagate Rebuff Could Mean Rising Tide for Western Dig

Spierkel’s Pair of Influential Listings; Tech Sector Ranks 14th; Lawyer Blogs Latest Patents

Western Digital’s recent failed attempt to buy its biggest rival may bode well for the Lake Forest chipmaker, in the Technology column

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Broadcom Wins Early Round in Patent Suit Against Emulex

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. said Wednesday it won an early round in a patent dispute with onetime acquisition target Emulex Corp. of Costa Mesa.

Report: Drive Maker Western Digital To Stay on Top in Q4

Lake Forest disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. can expect a happy holiday due to an end-of-the-year boost in shipments, according to recent data from El Segundo-based market researcher iSuppli Corp.

Sage Software CEO Swenson to Step Down

The chief executive of Irvine-based Sage Software Inc., one of the highest ranking female technology executives in the area, is set to leave the company next year.

Chipmaker Conexant Secures $20M Credit Line

Newport Beach chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. said Wednesday it renewed a $20 million line.

Broadcom Narrows Sales Outlook at High-End of Prior Range

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. forecast sales for the current quarter to come in at the high-end of an earlier projection.

Epicor Makes Small Buy, Forms HR Software Unit

Irvine-based Epicor Software Corp., a maker of business software for manufacturers, retailers and distributors, said Monday it agreed to buy Denver’s Spectrum Human Resource Systems Corp. for $16 million.