IT Infrastructure: PARC Labs: 10 Key Accomplishments During First Decade After Spinning Out of Xerox

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-08-14 Print this article Print
PARC Cleantech Innovation Program

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 projects—culled from several dozen candidates—that 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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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