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analog devices inc (ADI) Key Developments

Analog Devices, Inc. Introduces Two Low-Cost Blackfin® Processor-Based Development Platforms

Analog Devices, Inc. introduced two low-cost Blackfin® processor-based development platforms targeting demanding ultra-low-power, real-time applications for image sensing and advanced audio. The Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLIP) leverages the ADSP-BF707 Blackfin processor as well as Analog Devices’ optimized software libraries for video occupancy sensing. The ADSP-BF706 EZ-KIT Mini® development platform targets power-sensitive embedded applications from portable audio to sound processing and effects. Both platforms include a license for ADI’s latest CrossCore® Embedded Studio development tools and all hardware for real-time debug and development. The BLIP ADSP-BF707 is a small-form-factor development platform that offers end equipment manufacturers multiple functional profiles covering intelligent motion sensing, people counting, vehicle detection, and face detection use cases. The BLIP ADSP-BF707 platform includes an intuitive configuration GUI and enables real-time analysis of captured video, as well as video output/display through an on-board USB port. This makes it a highly valuable tool for product development and accelerating time to market. Additional key features include: Advanced occupancy detection with optimized imaging modules and demos. ADSP-BF707 Blackfin processor with more than 1-Mbyte of internal SRAM and LPDDR support. On-board CMOS image sensors from Omnivision and Aptina. USB powered, complete with ICE-1000 and CrossCore Embedded Studio development tool. The ADSP-BF706 EZ-KIT Mini development platform offers designers a complete, small-form-factor, low-cost starter platform with on-board, high-quality audio I/O, large internal SRAM and multiple connectivity options including USB. The platform leverages ADI’s optimized development tools and includes DSP Concepts’ graphical-based Audio Weaver® software tool to provide a full-featured audio module library with efficient code generation and profiling. Additional key features include: Low-cost, ultra-low-power ADSP-BF706 Blackfin processor with an ADAU1761 audio codec; Multiple audio project options including use of Audio Weaver® as well as development with the Arduino-compatible interface; USB powered with on-board debug agent and CrossCore Embedded Studio development tools.

Analog Devices, Inc. Introduces 12-Bit, 8-Channel ADC/DAC/GPIO Combination Chip

Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a 12-bit, 8-channel ADC/DAC/GPIO combination chip which is user-configurable in any functional combination. The AD5592R ADC/DAC/GPIO combination device includes a 400-Ksps ADC (analog-to-digital converter), 6-µsec settling time DAC (digital-to-analog converter), digital inputs/outputs, and a reference on a single chip. The new device can be user-configured in any combination of up to eight devices, allowing designers to use a single IC to complete multiple system monitoring and control functions. The combination of on-chip features allows system designers to reduce bill of materials costs and increase design portability and reuse with only minor software changes. The single-chip AD5592R saves up to 85% of the space required by discrete implementations by using a small 2-mm × 2-mm WLCSP package. The small package suits the device for high-density and space-constrained applications such as wired and wireless communications, building control or any general monitoring or control application where size and design flexibility are key requirements. The new device not only simplifies system architectures but enables greater system functionality because of the ability to add extra control and monitoring capabilities within a single part. AD5592RFeatures are safe power-up functionality prevents conflict with external circuitry if set up incorrectly, digital Temperature Indictor/Alert signals fault condition and allows system shutdown, 2.5 V, 25 ppm/°C internal reference, and -40°C to +105° operating temperature range.

Analog Devices, Inc. Reports Unaudited Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended January 31, 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015

Analog Devices, Inc. reported unaudited earnings results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported net income of $178.76 million or $0.57 per diluted share compared to $152.59 million or $0.48 per share a year ago. Revenue was $771.99 million compared to $628.24 million a year ago. Operating income was $207.93 million compared to $179.60 million a year ago. Income before income tax was $200.77 million compared to $175.89 million a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $168.65 million compared to $157.47 million a year ago. Additions to property, plant and equipment were $23.76 million compared to $48.12 million a year ago. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.63 compared to $0.49 a year ago. The company provided earnings guidance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. For the quarter, the company expects GAAP and Non-GAAP revenue of $810 to $830 million, GAAP and Non-GAAP gross margin of approx. 66.5%, interest & other expense of $5.0 million, GAAP tax rate of approx. 16.5% and Non-GAAP tax rate of approx. 15%, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.62 to $0.66 and Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.70 to $0.74.

Analog Devices, Inc. Reports Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended November 1, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the First Quarter, Second Quarter and Full Year of Fiscal 2015

Analog Devices, Inc. reported earnings results for the fourth quarter ended November 1, 2014. For the quarter, the company's net income was $108.7 million or $0.34 per share, compared with the prior-year period's $201.6 million or $0.64 per share. Non-GAAP earnings would have been $0.69 per share versus $0.62 per share in the same quarter the previous year. Revenue was $814 million, up from $678.1 million in the same quarter last year. Analysts were expecting revenue of $804.57 million. Operating profit before tax was $242 million were 31.4% of sales, decreased 180 basis points from the prior quarter but increased 240 basis points over the prior year. During the first quarter, capital additions were $24 million or approximately 3% of sales. The company expects for the first quarter EPS of $0.58 - $0.64 on revenue of $745 million - $775 million. The company is planning for revenue in the second quarter to be in the range of $810 million to $830 million or up approximately 5% to 8% sequentially. At the midpoint of this range, revenue would increase 18% year-over-year or at a high single-digit rate on an organic basis. The company is planning for gross margins to increase to approximately 66.5% on higher utilization and a continued favorable mix. Based on these estimates and excluding any onetime items, diluted earnings per share are planned to be in the range of $0.70 to $0.74 in second quarter. The capital expenditure plan in 2015 is to be between $150 million and $165 million. The company expects its net interest expense to be approximately $5 million per quarter for the remainder of fiscal 2015.

Analog Devices, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend, Payable on March 10, 2015

Analog Devices, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has voted to increase its quarterly dividend to $0.40 from $0.37 per outstanding share of common stock. The new dividend rate represents an increase of 8%, marking the Company's 12th dividend increase in the last 11 years. The increase is effective with the quarterly dividend payable on March 10, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 27, 2015.

 

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