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Palm's SVP of Engineering Leaves the Company

Palm's Senior Vice President of Engineering, Mike Farese, has left the company according to a recent Palm SEC filing. Farese led the development of multiple Treo Smartphones including the Treo 700 and Treo 750. Mr. Farese apparently left the company to take a new CEO position at BitWave Semiconductor.

From the press release announcing his new position at BitWave:

Mike FareseMike Farese is a recognized leader in the handset and semiconductor business. Over the last 35 years, he has led and contributed to many aspects of wireless business for companies including Palm, Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia Mobile Phones, Tropian and WJ Communications. He also held management positions at ITT, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories. Farese has extensive experience in all facets of the business including responsibility for business strategy, product planning, product development, partnership strategies and equity financing. He has introduced some of the first GSM/TDMA Smartphones, developed ASICs for WCDMA/UMTS and been at the forefront of development of the latest multi-mode devices in the wireless industry. Farese's execution and breadth of experience in wireless and at startups has made him ideally suited for the leadership of BitWave where their Softransceiver RFIC has just recently begun sampling to key partners. "Mike's semiconductor experiences, Smartphone handset knowledge and business network will accelerate the growth of BitWave at this critical juncture in the company's development," said Russ Cyr, the Chief Marketing Officer and one of the company co-founders.

A Palm spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment in time for this article.

Thanks, Seldom Visitor.

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I think it was a great move for him

SeldomVisitor @ 9/19/2007 4:30:13 PM # Q
PALM apparently is ending in-house innovation to out-source everything, hardware and software; his new company apparently is bleeding-edge new.

Excellent move.

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The Genius behind removing the external antenna?

Gekko @ 9/19/2007 6:54:17 PM # Q

wow - what a loss for Palm. what an innovator.

RE: The Genius behind removing the external antenna?
retrospooty @ 9/19/2007 7:33:56 PM # Q
"wow - what a loss for Palm. what an innovator."

LOL... But seriously, you can't necessarily blame him, he was only there a few years (if that). The culture of ineptitude within Palm's engineering and upper management is far more than one person could possibly have overcome.

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no surprise

mlap oert @ 9/19/2007 7:31:55 PM # Q

The rats are jumping ship! One more sign that
Palm is going belly up.
RE: no surprise
Gekko @ 9/19/2007 7:47:01 PM # Q

"Death can come swiftly to a market leader. By the time you have lost the positive-feedback cycle it's often too late to change what you've been doing, and all of the elements of a negative spiral come into play." - Bill Gates, "The Road Ahead", Chapter 3



RE: no surprise
rpa @ 9/20/2007 4:24:51 AM # Q
If Palm needs 12-18 months for a new break thru product, they will be toast. Too bad but the time wasted on the Foleo might prove to be the proverbial straw.

rpa
Palm Pilot >> Palm Tungsten E user
RE: no surprise
EdH @ 9/20/2007 1:14:47 PM # Q
Palm isn't going belly up. It is all FUD. Just be patient.

Here. Read this while you are waiting.

http://www.palminfocenter.com/news/3626/editorial-why-the-palm-os-is-the-inevitable-winner/



RE: no surprise
Surur @ 9/20/2007 2:21:47 PM # Q
That gave me a laugh when it first came out, and I have been laughing ever since.

Surur

RE: no surprise
hkklife @ 9/20/2007 2:49:34 PM # Q
"Microsoft has missed the boat. Palm was asleep at the wheel, just coasting along for a couple of years. This was Microsoft's only hope to take over the market. But that time is over. PalmSource is aggressively improving the Palm OS. It already has 87% of retail sales in the United States and sells about twice as many handhelds in the Enterprise market as Microsoft does. Expect PPC's share to drop back to single figures. Especially during the burst of sales caused by Palm users upgrading to the new operating system.

The PPC won't go away. Microsoft has tons of money to pour into it and hates to admit it has failed at anything. But any other company would see the writing on the wall and drop it.

There are still plenty of "experts" who are predicting that the Pocket PC will take over the lead from the Palm OS in a few years. Keep in mind, though, these are the same people who have been predicting the same thing for years. Every year, they move back the year that Microsoft will take over. "

****************************************************

Fast-forward 5 years:

1. Palm is STILL asleep at the wheel, still coasting with retread products

2. No one (Access, Palm) is improving any "Palm" OS. And even if they are, it has to be released in an actual device. And THEN the carriers have to buy it and offer it for sale.

3. Palm has no more retail sales since they sold their souls to the carrier devils and Microsoft & RIM have wrapped up the enterprise market.

4. Microsoft still has tons of money to pour into whatever they want to.

5. Really, Microsoft "took over" in 2003, when Palm released their T3 and never gave it a proper followup device. If you want to cut them some slack, for all intents and purposes we'll give 'em another 12-16 months. That's when Palm entered 2005 riding on the coattails of the good-but-not-great Treo 650 but with NO new Treos in the pipeline, NO new OS, NO compelling new handhelds and NO direction other than start flailing around as a "me too" WinMob licensee.

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

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PALM made notice of Farese's departure a little more formal

SeldomVisitor @ 9/19/2007 8:08:53 PM # Q
The filing mentioned above in the PiC article actually was made by/for Mr. Farese - not sufficient for a "PALM notice". They included the OFFICIAL notice of his departure in the just-filed 8K that is used to support their search for funding for that $400 million loan:

-- http://tinyurl.com/352lla

They don't mention the JUST-STARTED search for funding in the 8K, but they do in their PR-fluff about their to-come earnings:

== "...The Company is initiating the process of marketing its proposed
== Senior Secured Loan Facilities in conjunction with its recapitalization
== transaction, which was approved by shareholders on Sept. 12, 2007..."

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Bitwave

Poopie @ 9/19/2007 8:50:40 PM # Q
http://www.bitwavesemiconductor.com/change.htm


Imagine a cellular operator adding WiFi services to a customer's phone after the original sale of the mobile device

Mike Farese should have spent more time at Palm trying to imagine adding WiFi services to a customer's phone *BEFORE* the original sale.

USR Palm Pilot 1000 --> Palm Pilot Professional --> TRG SuperPilot --> Palm IIIc --> Palm V --> Palm M505 --> Palm M515 --> Tungsten T|2 --> Treo 600 --> LifeDrive --> iPhone

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Does anyone know if Celeste Baranski (sp?) is...

SeldomVisitor @ 9/26/2007 12:25:25 PM # Q
...still at PALM?

RE: Does anyone know if Celeste Baranski (sp?) is...
TreoUserToo @ 9/28/2007 6:41:29 PM # Q
No she isn't there, and hasn't been for well over a year.
RE: Does anyone know if Celeste Baranski (sp?) is...
SeldomVisitor @ 9/28/2007 8:08:43 PM # Q
Tenkuveddymuch.

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