Are Those Five Semiconductors on Track to Bounce Back This Year?

       Are Those Five Semiconductors on Track to Bounce Back This Year?

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 14, 2013

LONDON, January 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Semiconductor manufacturers, which include ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:
ONNN), Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN), Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
(NYSE: AMD), STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM) and Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC),
are optimistic that they can build upon the momentum generated at the end of
2012. After a dismal start, chip sales did not improve on a year-over-year
basis until November according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The
SIA reported global sales reaching $25.73 billion in November marking a 2%
increase over the year prior period. The key markets of the Asia/Pacific
region, North America and Europe also saw sequential increases in chip sales
while Japan posted a notable decline. See how companies in this industry have
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Share prices for many have risen along with chip sales over the last three
months. ON Semiconductor Corp. has been one of the more impressive chipmakers;
shares improved by over 25% in the last 90 days. Optimism for a strong 2013 is
further evident in the flurry of activity from several of the industry's
leaders in the past few weeks. Our financial experts can give you insight on
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Higher levels of competition not only pressured prices but also put increased
importance on innovation and getting new products to market. Chipmakers
aggressively rolling out new designs and products are among the best
positioned to better their fortunes in 2013. Texas Instruments Inc. has
excelled in this regard through the first two weeks of the year. The chipmaker
rolled out its latest SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module which facilitates the
integration of displayless appliances and devices into wireless networks
capable of being operated by a smartphone or tablet. The product's concurrent
launch with the recovering housing market makes it a particularly interesting
technology for investors to keep an eye on. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has
also been active on the product launch front. The California-based tech outfit
rolled out a new line of graphic processing units (GPUs) for use within
Ultrabooks and desktops. Asustek, Lenovo and Samsung are among companies
incorporating its mobile GPUs into their products. Get our analysts' take on
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Collaborative efforts will likely continue to be a theme this year for
semiconductor manufacturers. Uneven demand and macroeconomic headwinds have
led many companies to favor joint efforts. They typically provide less of an
upfront investment and subsequently less risk but at the same time normally
yield less than solo ventures. STMicroelectronics NV recently teamed up with
Quantenna Communications on a new reference design for Wi-Fi set top boxes to
improve multi-room digital video recorders. The innovative solution will allow
users to view, record and delete recordings from any room in the house. 

Tapping into markets offering high operating margins will also create
opportunities for several chipmakers this year. The burgeoning data center
space currently offers some of the best growth prospects despite relatively
high levels of competition. This is primarily because demand and data volumes
keep growing seemingly independent of broader macroeconomic trends. Intel
Corp.'s strong presence in high-end, high-barrier-to-entry, data center
submarkets, makes it one of the more attractive plays in the industry at this
time. Find out more about Intel by talking to one of our financial
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A variety of headwinds will still challenge chipmakers looking to reverse
their fortunes this year. Pricing pressure will affect nearly every company.
The difficult pricing environment is the direct result of uneven demand. Low
demand led to increased competition which in turn caused companies to accept
narrower margins. Weak performances from end-markets in some regions like
personal computers, telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics have
also compounded the problems created by soft demand and a difficult pricing
environment. 

Moving forward, chipmakers will certainly face difficulties this year but
there are several factors pointing towards a bounce-back year for the
industry. Renewed focus on innovation and diversifying product lines should
help combat pricing pressure and uneven demand. Improving macroeconomic
fundamentals and a greater willingness to embrace partnerships and
collaborative efforts also bodes well for a better industry-wide performance
in 2013. See how companies each of these five companies are projected to
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