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The Bedford Report

September 20, 2011 08:16 ET

ARM Holdings and Broadcom -- Shining Stars in a Struggling Sector

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on ARM Holdings & Broadcom Corp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2011) - The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMH) (LSE: ARM) and Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Shares of companies focused on the manufacturing of chips used in various products including PCs and smartphones have fallen dramatically in recent months as weakened consumer confidence has affected chip demand. Earlier this month the Semiconductor Industry Association said that the three-month moving average of sales to the Americas fell 1.4 percent from the April-to-June period, sales to Europe fell 2.4 percent, and sales to Asia Pacific fell 0.4 percent. The lone upside in the report was that Japan saw an increase of 4.9 percent in the month of July.

Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group, argues that the PC chip market is probably affected due to high inventories at Acer and HP, while the market for semiconductors used in low-end handsets and automotive were likely among the more robust sectors.

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ARM Holdings plc and its subsidiaries design microprocessors, physical IP, and related technology and software, as well as sells development tools to enhance the performance of high-volume embedded applications. Last quarter alone, 1.1 billion of the company's microprocessors were shipped in phones and tablets. In recent months, the company has discussed plans to get its chip designs into PCs and servers as well.

Broadcom Corporation designs and develops semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. It provides a portfolio of system-on-a-chip (SoC) and software solutions for the manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. Earlier this month Broadcom said it is buying NetLogic Microsystems for 3.7 Billion dollars in cash.

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