Innovators and Microchips
By Mark Richardson on Oct 25, 2007
Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal held a couple of events this week at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, Calif. Jonathan Schwartz and David Yen were key participants.
Last night The WSJ gave out its annual Technology Innovation Awards. Jonathan was the keynote speaker, which makes sense because Sun is the only two-time winner of the top “Gold” category (Proximity Interconnect, 2004; DTrace, 2006).
Sun didn’t win this year, but according to Jonathan, “Innovation is Sun’s lifeblood. We invest $2 billion a year in R&D.” It is through innovation that Sun grows its business. And it is through innovation that we’re helping to make a difference in the world.
Then this morning Ken Anderson, editorial director at Dow Jones, interviewed David Yen onstage at the Dow Jones VentureWires Microventures forum.
The audience was made-up of start-up companies and venture capitalists. Yen touched on Sun creating the standalone Sun Microelectronics group, how Sun was able to lead the way with chip multithreading, Sun’s commitment to developing eco-efficient processors, and Sun’s OpenSPARC program.