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

Circuit Board Maker Finds Grass Greener in S. Dakota

Legacy Electronics Moves HQ, Leaves San Clemente

Legacy Electronics has moved to South Dakota, in Technology

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Ingram Takes Aim at Higher Margins With Cloud Service

TECHNOLOGY: Distributor seeks new role, revenue in trend

Ingram Micro is branching into cloud computing

Stability, Sales Growth Eyed as Boost Shakes Out Latest Buy

TECHNOLOGY: Smith putting “life back” in Irvine hub office

Boost Mobile is seeing stability after a rocky combination with Virgin Mobile

Jazz Links to French Nonprofit in Bid for Global Deals

Deal Calls for Joint Effort on “Multi-Project Wafers”

Jazz Semiconductor inked a deal with a French nonprofit, in Technology

From $100 to $280M

Drumwright Started Trace3 With Nearly Nothing, Eyeing $500M in Sales by 2014

ENTREPRENEURS: Profiles of the Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year award winners: Hayes Drumwright, founder and Chief Executive, Trace3.

Clarke: Ups, Downs, Growing Stability for Local Search Site

TECHNOLOGY:’s seen boom, busts, Web scrutiny

ENTREPRENEURS: Profiles of the Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year award winners: Heath Clarke, Corp. cofounder and Chief Executive

Microsemi Pops on Analyst's Bullish Sales Outlook

Shares of Irvine-based Microsemi Corp., a maker of chips for military, aerospace and consumer uses, jumped on Thursday after an analyst said its March quarter sales could come in above its outlook.

San Clemente's Legacy Electronics Moving HQ to South Dakota

Legacy Electronics Inc., a local maker of memory boards for computers, is moving its headquarters to South Dakota from San Clemente.

EA Planning Push Into Blizzard’s Realm: Online Games

Console King Eyes Profits in Multiplayer PC Games

Blizzard’s top rival plans a new online game, in Technology

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Software Maker Set To Open Santa Ana Office

TECHNOLOGY: Ultimate set to join local cluster, employ 50 here

Florida’s Ultimate Software Group plans to open an office in Santa Ana

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Japan Fallout?

Kingston Had Banner 2010, $6.5B in Sales; Earthquake Poses Questions for This Year

Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami could disrupt production for Kingston

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Kingston Technology: 2010 Sales of $6.5 Billion

Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Co., the top maker of memory products for computers and consumer electronics, reported a big boost in 2010 sales after a year of rebounding prices for memory chips and improving demand.

Meeting of Minds on Tech Valuations

Low-Ball Offers Disappear, Potential for Stronger Exits Improves

Technology buyers and sellers seem to be finding a happy medium in their valuations, prompting a growing number of deals this year.

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Video Play

Online Ad Company Specific Media Focuses on Web Commercials

Irvine’s Specific Media is betting on streaming video commercials

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Irvine’s Smarthome: Skymall Gadgets, Then Some

TECHNOLOGY: Website, mail order catalog are techie nirvana

A look at Irvine gadget maker Smarthome

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Broadcom Engineer, Helicopter Buff Visits Science Fair

Hoped “I Inspired Some”; Toy Helicopter Raffled

Broadcom sponsored an Irvine science fair for kids, in Technology

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Western Digital Clear No.1 with $4B Hitachi Buy

Western Digital is set to become the leader in drives with a recent buy

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Western Digital to Lead Disk Drive Market with $4.3B Hitachi Play

Shares of Irvine’s Western Digital Corp. soared on Monday on the announcement that it’s set to buy Northern California’s Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Ltd., a move that will make it the undisputed top disk drive maker.

Conexant Boss Set Under Buyer Golden Gate

TECHNOLOGY: Chittipeddi tapped, buyer called “hands-off”

Conexant Systems’ chief executive position has been settled

Westinghouse Keeps Toehold as Vizio, Samsung Rule TVs

TECHNOLOGY: TV seller has 1% of market; hawked at Target

Westinghouse Digital is holding on as big rivals gain market share

Western Digital Tops Seagate in Disk Drives in 2010

TECHNOLOGY: Seagate still tops by sales, trails by shipments

Western Digital topped Seagate by market share but still trails in revenue

Western Digital’s Singapore Operations Expanding

Drive Maker Set To Hire, Spend $400M at Factory

Western Digital is expanding operations in Singapore, in Technology

Report: Broadcom Rumored to Buy Israeli Chipmaker Provigent

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. is thought to be in talks to buy Israeli chip startup Provigent Ltd.

Conexant's Chittipeddi Set to Run Chipmaker Under Private Equity Firm

Newport Beach chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. plans to keep its top guy in place as chief executive under its new private equity parent.


Speed Drives Executives at Circuit Board Maker

A look at the fast-paced culture at Santa Ana’s TTM Technologies

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Private Equity Firm Wins Conexant; CEO?

TECHNOLOGY: Top spot was set under Standard, unclear now

Questions remain about who will run chipmaker Conexant Systems

Tease photo Picks Up Division, Boss From Digital Post

Sawtell Back in Executive Suite; Second Buy of Year’s latest buy has ties to a past executive, in Technology

WebVisible Slashes Jobs, Looks to Consolidate HQ

Irvine-based software startup WebVisible Inc., which helps businesses buy and target online ads, is set to cut its workforce by half and consolidate its Southern California operations.

Vizio Still No. 1 in U.S., Grew Share in 2010

Irvine’s Vizio Inc., which designs and markets flat TVs here, said Thursday it grew its market share last year and stayed on top as the biggest seller of liquid-crystal display sets.

Conexant Selling to Private Equity Firm

Chipmaker Standard Microsystems Corp. is folding in a brief contest to acquire Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems Inc., which now is set to be sold for $282 million to a San Francisco private equity firm.

Conexant Sides With Private Equity Offer, Appeals to Standard

The board of Newport Beach-based chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. has sided with a higher buyout offer from a private equity firm and appealed to original suitor Standard Microsystems Corp. to up its bid.

Quest Acquisition Part of Larger Focus on Network Security

TECHNOLOGY: Four recent buys, investments, partnerships

Quest Software has been on a buying spree in the past year

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GPS Software Maker Buys Rival, Boosts Customers

Acquisition is Second for Telogis in Recent Months

Aliso Viejo’s Telogis picked up a New Jersey-based rival, in Technology

Blizzard Turns 20, Enters New Era

TECHNOLOGY: New titles in works; playing key role as Activision retools

Blizzard kicked off its 20th anniversary with banners, parties and special awards

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New Solid State Players Hit STEC Profits

TECHNOLOGY: Margin down as Western Dig, others get in

STEC is seeing more competition in the solid state drive market

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STEC's Results Top Expectations, Investors Focus on Competition

Shares of Santa Ana’s STEC Inc., a maker of flash memory drives for corporate data networks, slumped Monday, despite a better than expected outlook for the current quarter.

Quest Acquires Security Software Company

Aliso Viejo-based business software maker Quest Software Inc. on Monday said it purchased Morrisville, N.C.-based e-DMZ Security LLC, a privately held maker of security software for corporate networks.

Incipio Is Accessory to Verizon’s iPhone Sales Record

Phone Cases Seen Lifting Sales 300% for February

Incipio Technologies is profiting from soaring iPhone sales at Verizon, in Technology

Previous Chief Part of Rival Bid for Conexant

A rival bid for Conexant is being headed by the company’s former leader

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Western Dig’s HQ: Back to the Future

TECHNOLOGY: Drive maker’s settling into Irvine’s Park Place

Western Digital was thrifty in its design of a new headquarters

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Report: Kingston's $3M Investment in Taiwanese Chipmaker Confirmed

Fountain Valley’s Kingston Technology Co., the top maker of memory products for computers, on Friday was confirmed to have made a roughly $3 million investment in Taiwanese chipmaker JMicron Technology Corp., according to reports.

Ingram CEO Gives Muted Q1 Outlook, Investors Shrug

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc., the biggest distributor of computers, software and other technology products, on Thursday gave a muted outlook for the current quarter.

Circuit Board Maker TTM Technologies Slumps on Outlook

Shares of Santa Ana-based TTM Technologies Inc., a maker of printed circuit boards for networking gear and consumer electronics, slumped on Thursday after the company gave a lukewarm outlook for the current quarter.

Epicor Gives Tepid Outlook, Q4 Results Miss Expectations

Shares of Irvine-based business software maker Epicor Software Corp. fell on Wednesday after the company gave an outlook for the current quarter that failed to woo investors.

Smith Micro Plummets on Outlook, Slowing Orders

Shares of Aliso Viejo’s Smith Micro Software Inc., a maker of connection management software for mobile devices, plummeted Wednesday after the company lowered its sales outlook for the current quarter, citing a sudden drop off in orders and a slower roll out of next-generation wireless networks.

Chipmaker Conexant Soars on Rival Buyout Offer

Shares of Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems Inc. soared on Tuesday to reflect a rival buyout bid by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Private Equity Inc.

Irvine's Kofax Reports Higher Profit; Bullish Sales Outlook

Irvine software maker Kofax PLC doubled profits for the six months through December and sees sales rising 14% in the first half of the year.

Blizzard Sets Date for Local Fanfest

Irvine’s Blizzard Entertainment Inc. got a jump on things this year and announced on Monday the dates of its annual fan convention, which attracts nearly 30,000 people to Anaheim.

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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Memory Products Maker Viking Retools, Diversifies

TECHNOLOGY: Battling STEC on solid state drives

Viking Modular Solutions is looking to diversify

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