SAN FRANCISCO—Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products Inc., Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd. and MaxLinear Inc. Thursday (Oct. 28) reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters.
Maxim (Sunnyvale, Calif.) reported record sales for the quarter ended Sept. 25 of $626.1 million, up 11 percent from the previous quarter and up 39 percent from the same period of 2009. The company posted a net income for the quarter of $117.6 million, up 101 percent from the previous quarter and up 180 percent compared with the year ago quarter.
Consensus analyst expectations called for Maxim to report sales of $614 million, according to Yahoo Finance.
Maxim said its 90-day order backlog decreased by 2 percent to $601 million during the quarter. The company said it expects revenue for the current quarter to decrease to between $595 million and $625 million.
Alpha and Omega (Sunnyvale) reported revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 of $89.4 million, up 19.7 percent from the previous quarter and up $74.7 million for the year ago quarter. The company reported a net profit for the quarter of $8.9 million, flat with the previous quarter and down 4 percent from the year-ago quarter.
Alpha and Omega said it expects revenue for the current quarter of between $81 million and $86 million. The company expects to report an operating profit of $6 million to $7.5 million.
MaxLinear (Carlsbad, Calif.) posted third quarter revenue of $.18.5 million, up 2 percent compared to the previous quarter and up 14 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. The company reported a net income for the quarter of $1.4 million, down from $1.8 million in the previous quarter and $2.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
"Growth in our digital television receiver business and our cable system-on-chip products contributed to record revenue in the third quarter although, as previously announced, we began to see softness toward the end of the quarter," said Kishore Seendripu, MaxLinear's chairman and CEO, in a statement.
It appears we are getting out from the economic crisis. People are buying television receivers and cable set top boxes.
Let's hope this gets even better.
And it appears analog chips are still in demand. I think they will always be among us as digital can't do it all... right? will SDR catch-up?
I think analog will always be in demand. The industry and applications for analog chips is so big, and though it might overlap at times with embedded, mostly it holds its own. Within digital, there might be technologies that eat into each other, but analog and digital will remain together on every board.
But cable settop boxes are thing of past now. Now you will get televisions which have cable settop box inbuilt in it.
Definitely analog will rule the world till VLSI is present. Afterall this world is Analog..:)
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