IT Infrastructure: PARC Labs: 10 Key Accomplishments During First Decade After Spinning Out of Xerox
PARC Cleantech Innovation Program
This portfolio of short- and long-term technology projects is aimed at solving pressing energy needs and environmental problems. Individual projects range from clean water and battery electrodes to solar electricity (new-generation solar panels are pictured), data center optimization and liquid carbon dioxide fuels. Power Assure, SolFocus, SolarWorld, Dowa, U.S. Army, Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Department of Energy are just a few of the organizations that have teamed up with PARC to provide solutions in their industries.
PARC, whose four-letter acronym stands for Palo Alto (Calif.) Research Center, celebrated its 40th birthday Sept. 23, 2010, with a half-day event at its San Francisco Bay area foothills campus. Now, in 2012, PARC is celebrating another milestone: the 10-year anniversary of becoming incorporated as a wholly owned yet independent subsidiary of Xerox. Currently, PARC has a long list of customers, but it still does most of its business with its parent company and government agencies. Its annual revenue is estimated at around $80 million. You may already know that many familiar IT standards were developed at PARC, including the graphical user interface for computers, laser printing, computer programming languages, Ethernet networking and VLSI (very large-scale integration) circuit design. There also has been a lot of recent innovation at PARC of which you might not be aware. Here is a selection of 10 highly successful projectsculled from several dozen candidatesthat were created, funded and empowered at PARC in the last 10 years. eWEEK created this list with help from PARC spokeswoman Kelly Brieger of KBPR.