SOURCE: InsideChips

July 17, 2008 08:00 ET

InsideChips Announces Semiconductor Financial STARs for Latest Reporting Quarter

BELLINGHAM, WA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) - InsideChips, the Internet channel for semiconductor entrepreneurs and investors, has released the latest results of its quarterly financial performance benchmarking for publicly-held semiconductor companies for the Q1-2008 calendar quarter. The financial metrics measured are revenues and net income for the latest reported quarter, previous quarter and year-ago quarter.

The InsideChips "STAR" ranking system looks at the financial performance of 135 public chip makers and ranks them by percent gain in revenues for the current quarter compared to the year-ago-quarter. Only those which achieved profitable growth make it to the InsideChips financial performance STAR rating category. Often, many semiconductor companies achieve good revenue gains, but they are not generating those sales profitably.

The InsideChips semiconductor financial performance STARs for Q1-2008 period ending are:

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Company        Symbol         # STARS   President/CEO

Solitron       SODI           1-STAR    Shevach Saraf
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Source: InsideChips

The number of "STARs" designated refers to the number of quarters in which the company was on the STAR list since InsideChips initiated the STAR rating system for chip companies (January 1, 2006). Solitron, a newcomer to the STAR ratings, is the only company in Q1-2008 which met the criteria. Normally about a dozen chip makers make the cut. In the prior reporting period, Nvidia, Sigma Designs, Mellanox, Diodes, Pericom, Spreadtrum Communications, Silicon Motion Technology, Himax, Intel, Atheros, Triquint, Amkor, and Emulex made the STAR list. This may signify a weakening in the overall financial health of the semiconductor sector in the first calendar quarter of 2008.

Financial criteria needed to merit the InsideChips Financial STAR rating are:

1. Positive revenue growth in the quarter when compared with the YAQ and PQ
2. Positive net income growth in the quarter when compared with the YAQ and
   PQ
3. Positive trailing 12 months revenue growth when compared to the previous
   12-month period
4. Positive trailing 12 months net income growth when compared to the
   previous 12-month period

InsideChips members can download an Excel table of all 135 chip companies' financial metrics for current and past quarters.

About InsideChips:

Founded in 2000, InsideChips is the Internet channel for semiconductor entrepreneurs and investors. The site's premium channels provide startup analysis, investment information, and resources for entrepreneurs and investors. For more information, visit http://www.insidechips.com.

Contact Information

  • North America Media Contact:
    Steve Szirom
    InsideChips
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    MSC, Ltd. for InsideChips
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