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Silicon Image

Silicon Image sets standard for mobile and consumer electronics connectivity

By Philippe Le Saux
- Jul 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

Silicon Image Chief Executive Officer Camillo Martino

For nearly 20 years, Silicon Image has set the benchmark for delivering connectivity solutions across a wide array of devices in the home, office and on the go.

The company led the creation of the highly successful DVI™, HDMI® and MHL® standards, and more recently became a driving force behind the 60GHz WirelessHD ® standard.

Chances are, your mobile phone, tablet, DTV or notebook PC all include Silicon Image’s technology. The majority of global brands in the mobile, consumer electronics and PC markets include either the company’s semiconductor products or intellectual property to let these devices connect and interact with each other.

In marketing Silicon Image’s connectivity products, Chief Executive Officer Camillo Martino continues to develop partnerships in Japan and establish relationships that have greatly contributed to the company’s success.

“Our typical model has been to form a founding group with industry leading companies and work together to develop the best technology for a given market application. From there, we continue our collaboration with the top industry leaders and partners who can truly make the technology a worldwide standard. Japanese companies have played a very important role in that process,” said Martino.

“Japan has always been an advanced technology partner for us, pushing the limits of technology innovations to drive richer product features ultimately providing a better consumer experience." 

-  Silicon Image Chief Executive Officer Camillo Martino

The Sunnyvale, California-based company, founded in 1995, made its first foray into the industry standards business with the creation of DVI in 1999, followed in 2002 by the creation of the highly successful HDMI specification, the digital interface technology that can now be found in over four billion products worldwide.

Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba joined Silicon Image in developing the HDMI specification, in addition to Philips and Technicolor S.A. (formerly Thomson S.A.).

“Our customers in Japan were amongst the first to adopt HDMI technology in their products and helped pave the way for the worldwide adoption of the HDMI standard,” said Martino. “Japan has always been an advanced technology partner for us, pushing the limits of technology innovations to drive richer product features ultimately providing a better consumer experience. This is why Japan is very important to Silicon Image and why we will continue to work on building long-term, mutually beneficial strategic relationships with our Japanese customers for many years to come.”

Following the creation of HDMI, Silicon Image was joined by Sony, Toshiba, Samsung and Nokia to develop MHL, the mobile connectivity standard now found in four of the top five smartphone brands and in nine of the top ten DTV brands.

The MHL technology standard, launched in 2010, is now in more than half a billion products across the globe.

For 2014, the company hopes to see Japan account for 25 percent of total business revenue, driven by continuing advancements in its HDMI, MHL and 60GHz solutions. Martino points out that Japan is critical to Silicon Image’s model for growth worldwide, as Japan is recognized globally for its early adoption of the latest technology innovations and standards.

- This Special Report on Northern California originally appeared in The Japan Times on July 29, 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le Saux)

Synergy Ventures

Creating successful U.S.-Japan medical device partnerships

By Conrad Becker
- Jul 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

Based in Menlo Park, California, Synergy Ventures has brought together pioneering medical technology companies in the United States and Japanese corporations and investors for nearly two decades.  

Led by founders Allan Johnston and Robert Okun, Synergy has fostered more than 30 Japan-U.S. medical devicerelationships and has been involved in transactions totaling over $700 million — including Synergy Fund investments and Japan partnerships.

“By understanding the needs of both sides, we help establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships in Japan,” said Dr.Johnston. This ability to understand the needs of investors and the acuity to form strong connections with partners comprise the company’s prescription for success.  

“Our company is called Synergy because we value the importance of blending the strengths of all sides. This is the best formula for success when collaboration takes place between the U.S. and Japan. It has to bea win–win situation,” Okun explained.

“We strive to establish long term success for each side. This philosophy is critical to our successin corporate deals and Synergy’s venture funds, and we’re continuing this mission in the Synergy Ventures III fund, witha select group of forward thinking Japan corporate investors,” he added.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on Northern California 2014 (Credit: Conrad Becker)

Applied Predictive Technologies

Skylark Group taps Applied Predictive Technologies’ advanced software

By Philippe Le Saux
- Jul 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

American-owned Applied Predictive Technologies, the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company, announced in April that the Skylark Group has licensed APT’s Test & Learn software.  

Skylark will be using the software to test a variety of critical business issues, including promotions, pricing, chirashi (newspaper inserts) and remodels to accurately measure the impact of such initiatives and target program rollouts.

An advanced test management solution, APT’s Text & Learn software helps organizations efficiently design and execute tests to analyze a variety of programs.  It also allows them to accurately understand the profit impact of new programs, identify which areas or customers respond best and fine-tune elements of the program to maximize profitability.  

Headed by Chief Executive Officer Anthony Bruce, APT currently works with more than 100 companies across the globe, including Walmart, Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, Subway and Hilton Hotels.  With offices on the East and West coasts of the United States, APT also has regional offices in Taipei, Tokyo and London.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on Northern California 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le Saux)


Empowering employees, powering projects

By Conrad Becker
- Jul 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post


Clarizen Chief Executive Officer Avinoam Nowogrodski

Clarizen has unveiled a game changing solution to project management. Based on its robust growth around the world, the San Mateo-based company has attracted a host of early adopters in only nine years.

Developed mainly to raise productivity and profitability, Clarizen’s software can be found powering projects within more than 2,500 organizations in 76 countries across the globe, including more than a quarter of Fortune 500 companies.

“There are three microtrends happening in the market right now supporting Clarizen’s growth. The first trend is that enterprises have moved to using cloud computing. The second trend is social networking for enterprises. We see a lot of promise in this area because we are basically bringing a new type of collaboration for the workplace that drives results,” Chief Executive Office Avinoam Nowogrdski explained.

“Thirdly, we are also in the era of user empowerment, wherein users have a voice in the company. We provide a platform where employees can collaborate together with coworkers and truly be impactful for the company,” Nowogrodski added.

In Japan, where the ethos of kaizen (continuous improvement) is deeply ingrained, award-winning Clarizen has experienced huge success and is close to finalizing joint ventures with several companies in the country.

“We have partnerships in Singapore and other countries in the Asia Pacific. However, our current partnerships and potential partnerships in Japan are the most essential to Clarizen’s future,” Nowogrodski stressed.

- Note: This Special Report on Northern California originally appeared in The Japan Times on July 29, 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le Saux)

Marvell Semiconductor

An early focus on Japan pays off

By Philippe Le Saux
- Dec 31, 1969
Credit : GMI Post

Chief Executive Officer and Co- Founder Dr. Sehat Sutardja

Driven by Silicon Valley’s ethos of innovation, Marvell Semiconductor ventured into uncharted areas of silicon technology and semiconductor devices for the communication and storage markets. By using conventional digital technology, Marvell enables high-performance, low-power and cost-effective storage and communication solutions.

“When we started in 1995, we had zero percent market share, but we have a 60 percent market share now. By applying our competitive advantage technologies to the storage device business, we became today’s market leader,” said Chief Executive Officer and Co- Founder Dr. Sehat Sutardja.

When Marvell was established almost 20 years ago, it quickly focused on Japan, a decision that positively impacted the company significantly and eventually catapulted Marvell to the top if its segment.

Today, Marvell is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions from storage to mobile communications, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery.

Marvell Semiconductor headquarters in Silicon Valley

“We owe our success in this business to our Japanese friends. Today, we are a much larger company and we have significantly improved our technology because of Japan. We would love to engage with more customers in Japan now and in the years to come,” said Sutardja.

Reaping the benefits of an early focus on Japan, Marvell looks forward to more collaboration in that very tech–savvy market.

This Special Report on Northern California originally appeared in The Japan Times on July 29, 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le Saux)

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