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On January 26, microprocessor giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) will report its financial results and provide financial guidance for the coming quarter and, likely, the entirety of 2017.

Although the company is planning to host its financial analyst day shortly thereafter, on February 9, during which the company will go into deeper dives into each of its business units, there are still several questions I’d like to hear answered during the company’s upcoming earnings call. Here are three.

Will the memory business be profitable this year?
Over the course of 2016, Intel’s non-volatile memory business — which builds and sells products based mainly on NAND flash and will soon begin shipping products based on its 3D XPoint technology — has lost a bunch of money.

Intel solid-state drive

A NAND flash-based solid-state drive. Image source: Intel

The losses Intel has racked up here during the first three quarters of 2016 are $453 million, with more losses likely on the way during the fourth quarter.

I’d like to see Intel management answer the following question: When will the memory business stop losing money and begin turning an operating profit?

Indeed, if Intel just brought this business up to break even, it would add $453 million in operating profit.

To put this into perspective, current estimates peg Intel’s operating profit for 2016 at roughly $16.3 billion. An additional $453 million would represent approximately 2.8% operating profit growth alone, all else equal. A move into solid profitability would help even more.

Update on manufacturing technology
It has been a while since Intel has updated investors on its chip manufacturing technologies, and some information about the strategy and recent developments on the earnings call would be most welcome.

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A wafer of chips manufactured in Intel’s 14nm-plus technology. Image source: Intel.

I’d like to see the company provide some insight into its manufacturing strategy for both personal computer products as well as its data center products. What manufacturing technologies does the company intend to use for what product lines/segments over the next couple of years?

Some preliminary insight on the earnings call followed by a deeper dive at the company’s investor meeting would be quite reasonable.

Data center growth rate?
For a while now, Intel’s publicly stated long-term growth rate expectations for its Data Center Group (DCG), the company’s second largest business unit by revenue, is 15%. However, the company is expected to miss this target in 2016 because of a slowdown in sales of enterprise servers.


Image source: Intel.

Since Intel is likely going to give its revenue growth forecast for 2017 on the call, it would be helpful if the company also provided its growth expectations for DCG in 2017 and, if it has changed, over the next five years or so.

Then, during the company’s investor meeting in February, Intel can go into more of the details, such as growth rate by sub-segment within the data center segment (enterprise servers, cloud, networking, and so on). It could also go into more detail on operating margin expectations, and its view of the competitive landscape longer term.

There are definitely some things best saved for the investor meeting since earnings calls are generally about an hour long, but getting the expected long-term DCG growth rate out there as soon as possible — if it has changed — would be a good thing.


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Scott and Julie Brusaw

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Scott and Julie Brusaw met growing up in California when they were preschoolers. They founded Solar Roadways in 2006, and are now headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho. The idea came to Julie out of concern for the environment, and Scott used his engineering skills to turn her vision into reality.

Scott and Julie Brusaw

Scott and Julie Brusaw

Scott is a veteran Marine Corps Ammunition Technician who later earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Julie has an M.A in Counseling Psychology. Scott has worked on engineering projects in various U.S. states, Canada, and Italy.

Julie was a counselor in private practice for many years. She juggled both counseling and Solar Roadways until the demands of Solar Roadways became such that her full-time attention was required. She enjoys all “people” aspects of Solar Roadways: meetings, social media, email, working with employees and talking to people at events.

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Scott and Julie Brusaw’s roadway modules

Scott loves the technology and working with his team to make it all happen. He also enjoys speaking to audiences about Solar Roadways.

Scott and Julie have grown children and a young granddaughter. They want more than anything to leave the world a better place for all of our children.

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Route 66 to Become America’s First Public Solar Road?

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It’s the age of technology, and nothing is off-limits—not even the highway.

According to an article from the Christian Science Monitor, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to build America’s first public solar-powered road along a section of the famous Route 66.

The idea is to line a portion of the well-traveled highway with energy-generating photovoltaic pavers (say that three times fast!), which are in-road panels. Each panel (pictured below) weighs about 70 pounds and can allegedly support the weight of semi trucks. They have a surface similar to asphalt that prevents slipping and skidding, and they’re even fitted with LED lights to create lines and markers without paint. If all of that wasn’t high-tech enough, the panels can also warm up to thaw ice on the roads.

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Scott and Julie Brusaw’s roadway modules

The panels will be installed near a rest top, and the hope is that the panels will produce not only enough electricity to keep the rest stop facilities running but also fund future projects.
The solar road is made possible by the Idaho startup Solar Roadways. The company is trying to create renewable energy from the lost solar energy that hits surfaces we walk and drive over.

Five years ago, founders Scott and Julie Brusaw, a husband and wife team, won a two-year $750,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to further research their solar panel project. With these funds, they built the world’s first prototype solar parking lot in Idaho. In 2014, the Brusaws held a wildly successful crowdfunding effort and raised more than $2.2 million to bring their technology to life.

The Brusaws say America could generate more than three times our electricity consumption from the year 2009 if the roads and parking lots are paved with these solar panels. Critics say that transportation officials already struggle to fund our existing roads. Solar Roadways counters with the claim that departments of transportation don’t receive enough money from the gas tax to repair roads and that their proposed solar freeways would help increase energy savings by a wide margin.

If this all sounds too futuristic to be true, don’t worry. There have already been several similar experiments in Europe, and they’ve been quite successful. Last year, the Netherlands built a 230-foot bike path paved with glass-coated solar panels that generated enough electricity to power a house after only six months. France also intends to resurface more than 600 miles of road with a similar panel that will create renewable energy.

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Gear Eye – Never forget your gear before heading out!

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As describes, “GearEye is a smart gear management system for on-the-go professionals. It enables you to manage your equipment through thick and thin: organization, tracking, and making sure you always have everything you need whether at home or on the job. GearEye is a game-changer for anything from the smallest messenger bag to the largest camera suitcase.

The bond between professionals and their work equipment is special: anyone who’s experienced this can tell you that there are few things worse than losing your essential gear. We’ve been there too, and that’s why we created a system to put an end to this problem. Simply place the RFID GearTag on your gear, and voilá! Everything in your bag can now be easily accounted for, with a simple tap on your smartphone.

GearEye is more than just a safety net: it enables you to organize your most important equipment into gig specific groups – so that you always have exactly what you need when you need it. This way, you can quickly and easily make sure you have what you need for today’s studio session (not last week’s beach shoot).”

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The future with Organic LED or OLED looks amazing!

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What is an OLED?

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) is a flat light emitting technology, made by placing a series of organic thin films between two conductors. When electrical current is applied, a bright light is emitted. OLEDs can be used to make displays and lighting. Because OLEDs emit light they do not require a backlight and so are thinner and more efficient than LCD displays(which do require a white backlight).

OLEDs are not just thin and efficient – they can also be made flexible (even roll-able) and transparent.


OLED displays have the following advantages over LCD displays:

  • Improved image quality – better contrast, higher brightness, fuller viewing angle, a wider color range and much faster refresh rates.
  • Lower power consumption
  • Simpler design that enables ultra-thin, flexible and transparent displays
  • Better durability – OLEDs are very durable and can operate in a broader temperature range

Read more about OLED vs LED TVs.

The future – flexible and transparent OLED displays

As we said, OLEDs can be used to create flexible and transparent displays. This is pretty exciting as it opens up a whole world of possibilities:

  • Curved OLED displays, placed on non-flat surfaces
  • Wearable OLEDs
  • Transparent OLEDs embedded in windows
  • OLEDs in car windshields
  • New designs for lamps
  • And many more we cannot even imagine today…

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