Bear Stearns Raises Advanced Micro Devices Outlook

Analyst Gurinder Kalra cites the chipmaker's extended lead times for high-density flash memory products

Bear Stearns raised its estimates on Advanced Micro Devices (AMD ).

Analyst Gurinder Kalra says lead times for high-density NOR flash chips (greater than 16 megabytes) from Intel and AMD have extended to 10 to 12 weeks, from 6 to 8 weeks, on the back of handset strength. NOR flash chips are used in some cellular phones.

Kalra says AMD has fully booked its high-density NOR sales for the fourth quarter, and has started to take orders for the first quarter of 2004. Strength in low-density NOR pricing (less than or equal to 16 megabytes) continues, as last month saw an average price-per-density increase of 4%.

Kalra raised the 8 cents fourth-quarter earnings per share estimate on $1.06 billion revenues to 10 cents earnings per share on $1.10 billion in revenues.

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