TowerJazz and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. Announce Breakthrough RF Technology for Next-Generation 4G LTE Enabled Smartphones and IoT Applications
Sep 2 15
TowerJazz and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. announced breakthrough RF technology for next-generation 4G LTE smartphones and IoT devices. Through a collaborative effort, TowerJazz and its majority owned subsidiary, TPSCo, have developed a new 300mm RF SOI process that can reduce losses in an RF switch by as much as 30% relative to current technology, improving battery life and boosting data rates. The technology achieves a record Ron-Coff figure of merit of sub-90fs and is now being sampled to a lead customer. The Ron X Coff product is a key figure of merit for RF switching that measures the ability to pass signals with low power losses important in improving battery life and data rates in next generation smartphones. TPSCo’s ability to print 45nm dimensions also enables the integration of an increasing number of RF features in a small footprint on a single, RF-friendly, SOI die.
Towerjazz Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Second Quarter and First Half Ended June 30, 2015; Provides Revenue Guidance for the Third Quarter Ending September 30, 2015; Provides Capex Guidance for 2015
Aug 5 15
TowerJazz reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2015. Revenues for the second quarter of 2015 of $236 million are compared with $226 million in the prior quarter and $234 million in the second quarter of 2014. Gross profit, on a non-GAAP basis, for the second quarter of 2015 was $87 million, representing 37% gross profit margin with 40% increase from $62 million, or 27% gross margin, reported in the second quarter of 2014 and an increase from $81 million, representing 36% gross margin, achieved in the previous quarter. On a GAAP basis, gross profit for the second quarter of 2015 was $52 million, or 22% gross margin as compared to $7 million in the second quarter of 2014, or 3% gross margin, and as compared to $33 million in the prior quarter, or 15% gross margin. EBITDA, which is akin to non-GAAP operating profit, was $59 million for the second quarter, 77% higher than the $33 million in the second quarter of 2014 and 14% higher than the $51 million in the prior quarter. On a GAAP basis, operating profit for the second quarter of 2015 was $22 million, reflecting $20 million increase over the first quarter of 2015. Net profit for the quarter, on a non-GAAP basis, was $54 million, resulting in basic earnings per share is $0.70, or 23% net profit margin, 74% increase compared to $31 million in the second quarter of 2014, or $0.62 basic earnings per share, and 9% increase as compared to the $50 million net profit of the prior quarter. Net profit attributable to the company was $7.787 million or $0.09 per diluted share and $0.10 per basic share against net loss of $15.746 million or $1.15 per basic share a year ago. Profit before income tax was $10.618 million against loss of $34.014 million a year ago. Non-GAAP operating profit was $58.619 million against $33.110 million a year ago. Non-GAAP profit before income tax was $55.002 million against $24.356 million a year ago.
For the six months ended June 30, 2015, revenues were $462 million, a 26% increase as compared to $367 million in the six months ended June 30, 2014. Net profit on a non-GAAP basis was $103 million for the first half of 2015, greater than 2X year-over-year betterment, and GAAP loss was $65 million, mainly due to $85 million of non-cash other financing expenses recorded in the first quarter of 2015, mainly as a result of the successful accelerated conversion of Series F debenture of $162 million, compared to net profit of $23.075 million a year ago. Operating profit was $23.500 million against operating loss of $114.930 million a year ago. Loss before income tax was $75.626 million against profit of $2.353 million a year ago. Basic loss per share was $0.93 against earnings per share of $0.47 a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $66,304,000 against $49,630,000 a year ago. Investments in property and equipment, net were $66,572,000 against $25,937,000 a year ago. Net loss attributable to the company was $65,277,000 against net profit attributable to the company of $23,075,000 a year ago.
The company expects revenues for the third quarter of 2015 ending September 30, 2015 to increase to $244 million with an upward or downward range of 5%, reflecting 8% revenue growth as compared with the third quarter of 2014.
The company to add in the coming year $15 million to $20 million for new CapEx to extend capacity.
TowerJazz Ramps Mass Production of Touch Screen Controller Developed by N-Trig for Digital Pen
Jul 29 15
TowerJazz announced that it is ramping high volume production of a touch screen controller developed by N-trig, an Israeli company. Recently, this advanced digital pen technology was acquired by Microsoft for use with its Surface products. The touch screen controller, which enables special capabilities of sensing multi-fingers touch and a digital pen (stylus), will be produced using TowerJazz's advanced 0.18-micron power management process (TS18PM). N-trig's ICs were designed by N-trig with the support of TowerJazz's Netanya Design Center (NDC) in Israel and are being manufactured in its Migdal Haemek, Israel fabrication facility (Fab 2).