Poly Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

Poly | November 05, 2019

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) ("Poly" or the "Company") today announced second quarter fiscal year 2020 results for the period ending September 30, 2019. Highlights of the second quarter include the following: “During the second quarter, we made further progress reducing our debt and managing corporate spend,” said Chuck Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “As we analyze inventory levels across our value chain, in light of the evolving macroeconomic conditions and significant product transitions underway, we believe it is prudent to reduce channel inventory at this time by reducing sales to channel partners. This reduction will primarily impact our fiscal Q3 results and is incorporated into the guidance we are providing today.” At Zoom's annual user conference, Poly announced the Studio X family, two new purpose-built all-in-one video bars designed to dramatically simplify the video conferencing experience. Combined with the Poly Studio and Poly G7500 the Company now has a full portfolio of software-driven video endpoints positioned to capture the rapid growth in the video conferencing market.

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Lenovo Think Report Reveals Barriers to Critical Thinking and How Technology Can Empower Progress for a Better World

Lenovo | October 07, 2022

To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years. This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving. “It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.” Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo The Thinking Gap Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking. Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking. 75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking. 64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements. In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years. The Power of Thinking Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking. 65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions. 79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” Thinking Habits While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday. 37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings. 25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings. Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking. Better Thinking Empowered by Technology Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits. 66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking. 40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully. 39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise. Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking. Thinking for Humanity Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come. 62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking. The full Think Report can be viewed here. Methodological Note Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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SiFive’s New High-Performance Processors Offer a Significant Upgrade for Wearable and Consumer Products

SiFive | November 07, 2022

SiFive, Inc. the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, today announced two new products that address the need for high performance and efficiency in a small size in high volume applications like wearables, smart home, industrial automation, AR/VR, and other consumer devices. The SiFive Performance™ P670 and P470 RISC-V processors bring unparalleled compute performance and efficiency that is significantly raising the bar for innovative designs in these high-volume markets. The modern and innovative SiFive design methodologies bring raw compute density that is a substantial advantage for SiFive Performance products and also translates into significant cost savings for customers. “The P670 and P470 are specifically designed for, and capable of handling the most demanding workloads for wearables and other advanced consumer applications. These new products offer powerful performance and compute density for companies looking to upgrade from legacy ISAs,” said Chris Jones, SiFive VP of Product. “We have optimized these new RISC-V Vector enabled products to deliver the performance and efficiency improvements the industry has long been asking for, and we are in evaluations with a number of top-tier customers. Additionally, as the upstream enablement of RISC-V has started within the Android Open Source Project, (AOSP), designers will have unrivaled choice and flexibility as they consider the positive implications with that platform for future designs.” "We are excited to see RISC-V solutions for wearable and consumer devices becoming a reality, and we are looking at possibilities of integrating SiFive’s latest products into Snapdragon platforms,” Ziad Asghar, Vice President, Product Management- Snapdragon Technologies and Roadmap at Qualcomm "Samsung’s System LSI Business holds a wide portfolio of solutions for various applications, such as mobile, wearables and other consumer devices. We look forward to evaluating how the latest RISC-V innovations from SiFive can enhance our offerings,” said Jinpyo Park, VP of the Innovative AP Development Team, Samsung Electronics System LSI Business. “SiFive continues to be a market leader in the growing and maturing RISC-V space and again shows its leadership with its new SiFive Performance P670 and P470 RISC-V processors,” said Todd R. Weiss, an analyst with Futurum Research. “These latest and powerful new processors give SiFive feature and performance advantages that will gain plenty of attention from device makers and consumers who want more from their devices. SiFive has been growing its reputation for some time and is truly ready to shake up the marketplace.” Features The SiFive Performance P470 and P670 products offer a finely-tuned combination of compute-density, power efficiency, and robust feature sets ideal for a wide range of applications and markets: Support for virtualization, including a separate IOMMU for accelerating virtualized device IO Full, Out-of-Order, RISC-V Vector implementation, based on the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 Specification First to market with the RISC-V Vector Cryptography extensions SiFive WorldGuard system security Full RISC-V RVA22 profile compliance New, Advanced Interrupt Architecture (AIA) compliant interrupt controller, with better support for Message Signal Interrupts (MSI) and virtualization Enhanced scalability with fully coherent multi-core, multi-cluster, with support for up to 16 cores SiFive Performance P670 The P670 is ideal for applications like premium wearables, networking, robotics, and mobile. The P650, which excludes the vector unit, is already shipping to lead customers and is being used in applications that do not require the additional capabilities that vector compute offers or are more area constrained. The feature rich P670 achieves a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, has performance of greater than 12 SpecINT2k6/GHz, offering optimized performance in a constrained area and power envelope, offers higher single threaded performance and 2x compute density compared to legacy solutions, and includes a 2x 128-bit Vector ALUs compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive Performance™ P470 The P470 is SiFive’s first efficiency-focused Out-of-Order, area optimized, vector processor, ideal for applications like wearables, consumer, and smart home devices. Expanding on the proven P500-Series, the P470 is significantly smaller than competing solutions and optimized to have best-in-class performance efficiency and area density. The P470 was designed to also serve as a companion to the P670 processor for demanding applications that require a sharing of compute resources while optimizing power consumption. The P470 offers a significant upgrade to legacy efficiency cores, achieving a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, and greater than 8 SpecINT2k6/GHz, within a minimal area and power envelope. Other P470 features include: 4x compute density in comparison to leading competitor Includes 1x 128-bit RISC-V Vector ALU compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive will also release the P450 – an area-optimized version of the P470 that excludes the Vector Unit. A presentation highlighting the benefits of the new products will be made at the Linley Fall Microprocessor Conference later today. About SiFive As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, data center, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

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Radioip partners with nextnav for vertical location intelligence in vpn client

NextNav | November 17, 2022

RadioIP, a leader in secure mobile communications, has selected NextNav, the leader in vertical location positioning, to empower its industry-leading VPN solutions with mission-critical z-axis location intelligence. While mobile apps are used in many operations, many users need options that provide the ability to be tracked without being visible to others. With this partnership, first responders and security agencies can ensure personnel are safe and securely located, and that command can have the situational awareness required, without fear of their mission being compromised. Through the NextNav Pinnacle network, RadioIP will be positioned to bring a new level of efficiency and connectivity intelligence, providing end users with a secure and location-intelligent network node that allows precise tracking without the screen presence of a traditional mobile app. Whereas RadioIP's Armada™ VPN mobile app currently allows for x/y location, adding NextNav's Pinnacle z-axis service will allow for command to not only know the health of the connection but discreetly locate personnel in complex urban environments where vertical location is a must-have. When combined with RadioIP's Synopsis Metrics platform, agencies will have a complete view of all location services and network performance so that responders are secured and the connectivity they rely upon performs as required. "One of the most critical aspects of communication today is how the path is secured, As we have frequently seen from location spoofing and the risk it places on responders, it is critical that not only are communications secured but, when combined with NextNav's z-axis service, encrypted end-to-end. We designed Armada VPN to secure and measure connectivity of responder end points, and as we explored how to solve unique customer needs, we recognized that including z-axis is highly necessary in today's day and age." Roch Tremblay, COO at RadioIP "As the use of mobile apps increases in public safety, new and highly unique capabilities continue to emerge that will provide critical capabilities for public safety and security operations", said Dan Hight, VP of Business Development at NextNav. "RadioIP is a natural partner and, with NextNav's Pinnacle solution and service embedded in their ecosystem, agencies and end-users will benefit from having a "headless app" that protects those who serve with precision vertical location and secure connectivity. This partnership is one we see having tremendous benefit to not only agencies but our partner ecosystem as well." The Pinnacle network delivers precise vertical location in 4,400 cities and towns – capturing 90% of buildings greater than three stories – in the United States. NextNav Pinnacle powers applications across the public safety community to support stronger situational awareness for first responders. Earlier this year, a tier-one wireless carrier selected NextNav Pinnacle to bring z-axis capabilities to wireless 9-1-1 phone calls to enhance caller geolocation and emergency response outcomes. About RadioIP : A leader in mobile communications, Radio IP Software offers a portfolio of mobile VPN solutions to overcome the performance, security, connectivity and roaming challenges associated with wireless networks to achieve faster response times. Designed for today's wireless and mobile environments, our solutions enable mobile users to seamlessly roam across all network environments. Radio IP provides award-winning services for mission-critical and business-critical communication. We work with corporations, utilities, and government agencies in North America, Europe, South East Asia, and Australia. About NextNav: NextNav Inc. is a leader in next generation GPS, enabling a whole new ecosystem of applications and services that rely upon vertical location and resilient geolocation technology. The company's Pinnacle network delivers highly accurate vertical positioning to transform location services, reflecting the 3D world around us and supporting innovative, new capabilities. NextNav's TerraPoiNT network delivers accurate, reliable, and resilient 3D positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services to support critical infrastructure and other GPS-reliant systems in the absence or failure of GPS.

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x-cellent technologies Selects Lightbits for metalstack.cloud

Lightbits | November 21, 2022

Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) data platform for any cloud, today announced that x-cellent technologies, a German-based technology consultancy, will integrate their high-performance, persistent storage running on Intel® high-performance technologies into their metalstack.cloud infrastructure. metalstack.cloud is a new cloud service offering that was initiated by x-cellent technologies on base of Open-Source solutions like Gardener as an alternative to public cloud solutions. metalstack.cloud targets customers and developers who require a secure tech platform to run Kubernetes as a Service for their applications from different industries and market domains, such as manufacturing companies, software companies, consulting companies, and startups. The service is produced and operated in Germany. metalstack.cloud is a set of microservices that implements Kubernetes (K8s) as a service on bare metal and enables elastic cloud infrastructure. It leverages K8s clusters so that end users can easily, securely, and cost-effectively launch their apps on the platform without having to worry about server hardware, networking, and storage management. The architecture is based on their open-source software, metal-stack.io, which was developed for the highly regulated financial sector and is being used successfully by CSPs, including Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FI-TS), which is also the developer of metal-stack.io and a Lightbits customer. By using metalstack.cloud end users have access to a full K8s stack to develop and run their applications on and can be up and running within 15 minutes. “We have found Lightbits to be a perfect match for K8s workloads, a much simpler, and higher performing alternative to Ceph and other enterprise storage solutions, We have integrated Lightbits software with Intel high-performance hardware into our state-of-the-art Platform as a Service (PaaS), metalstack.cloud, because it allows us to manage the entire infrastructure of the data center with a lot of flexibility and in a highly available way.” Stefan Majer, Chief Technology Officer at x-cellent technologies GmbH The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and cost-efficiency for any cloud. Together, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, like metalstack.cloud, to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. “We are proud that x-cellent technologies have chosen Lightbits for their cloud platforms. It’s a good match, as their business philosophy closely aligns with our own—build state-of-the-art cloud data platforms that are simple to consume and deliver an unbeatable price-to-performance ratio at scale,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits Labs. “Our solutions help rid customers of the costly dependencies to hyperscalers, and vendor lock-in, but without compromising high-performance, security, scalability, and ease of use.” metalstack.cloud is in beta release, with general availability in 2023. About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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