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DSPG earnings call for the period ending June 30, 2021.

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DSP Group (DSPG)
Q2 2021 Earnings Call
Aug 02, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to today's Q2 2021 DSP Group earnings conference call. [Operator instructions] I must advise you that this conference is being recorded today. And I would now like to hand the conference over to your first speaker, Tali Chen, chief business officer. Please go ahead.

Tali Chen -- Chief Business Officer

Thank you, Valerie. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Tali Chen, chief business officer of DSP Group. Welcome to our second-quarter 2021 earnings conference call.

On today's call, we also have with us Mr. Ofer Elyakim, chief executive officer; and Mr. Dror Levy, chief financial officer. Before we begin, I would like to remind you that during this conference call, we will be making forward-looking statements about our financial guidance for the third quarter of 2021.

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We believe that our expertise in product offerings uniquely position us to capitalize on growth opportunities associated with the increasing voice-centric usage and devices and hybrid work models, our ability to successfully manage the supply chain challenges and optimism about the continued demand for cordless phones, increased adoption of ULE debt, prospects for our Unified Communications, SmartVoice and SmartHome market verticals as well as our engagement pipeline and customer product launches. We assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. For more information about the risks and factors that could affect the forward-looking statements made herein, please refer to the risk factor discussed in our 2020 Form 10-K and other SEC reports we have filed. Now, I would like to turn the call over to Ofer Elyakim, our chief executive officer.

Ofer, the floor is yours.

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Tali. Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us today. I hope that you had the opportunity to read our press release, which we distributed earlier this morning. I'd like to begin this call by reviewing the highlights of the second quarter and to provide you context for our outlook.

And in a short while, Tali will provide you with details on the progression of our business plan, followed by Dror, who will discuss our financial results for the second quarter and our projections for the third quarter. To start, we are pleased with outstanding second-quarter results, posting a record quarter on just the -- virtually all fronts, exceeding our guidance on most financial metrics and successfully navigating the impact of substantial supply chain challenges. We ended the second quarter with revenues of $35.8 million at the high end of our guidance range, growing by 26% year over year and by 10% sequentially. These strong revenues were driven by rising demand for voice-centric products, resulting in record revenues for our IoAT businesses for the second consecutive quarter.

In total, IoAT businesses generated almost $25 million. This translates to 35% growth year over year and 19% and on a sequential basis that accounts for 69% of second-quarter revenue. The higher total revenues, which contributed to a lower proportion of the fixed portion of our cost of goods sold, combined [Inaudible] from IoAT businesses propelled our non-GAAP gross margins to a record high of 54.1%. The global pandemic created new models of the living, working and interacting, all of which are increasingly relying on voice-centric usage, which is in turn stimulating records across all of our IoAT businesses.

The breadth and depth of our software and silicon offerings, combined with our core expertise, market focus, partnership and leadership, uniquely position DSP Group to capitalize on large growth opportunities associated with the voice-centric trends. So now let me elaborate. In the Unified Communications and in the new paradigm of working from anywhere, companies need to effectively handle and manage a distributed workforce, utilize intelligent technologies to support and complement day-to-day operations in this hybrid working environment and quickly adapt and respond to change. It's clear that technology is the underlying enabler for businesses to adapt to this new paradigm.

More and more companies are investing in remodeling of spaces that are incorporating new IT infrastructure concept to employ new flexible technologies that meet the needs of a rapidly evolving hybrid working environment. Incumbents, as well as new players, are defining and building at record base innovative hardware and software, focused on providing best-in-class communication and productivity tools. DSP Group is at the forefront of these new developments and these emerging opportunities. Our focus, expertise and successful track record in the Unified Communications domain positions us well to continue and play a leadership role in addressing the demand for high quality and performance for the increasingly essential voice and video communications.

In the voice user interface, VUI, became mainstream through its ubiquitous adoption across different applications. And in addition, in the next wave of mass adoption, we see a clear shift toward local intelligence and real-time processing on Edge devices to enable the proliferation of AI algorithms to fully run locally on the Edge. More products are incorporated such on-device smart assistant with local speech recognition and our command processing without an Internet connection. Processing such requests of flying alleviates privacy concerns reduces your latency to support immediate responsiveness.

And our SmartVoice portfolio is very well positioned to support local voice processing and EdgeAI, combining ultra-low power consumption, flexible architecture, and our best-in-class far field performance. Unlike competing solutions that cover only the natural language processing part of such equation, our SmartVoice products also leverage our proven acoustic single processing capabilities to provide superior performance in challenging existing environment. In the IoT and connectivity solutions, increasing availability of smart security, well-being and home monitoring solution at a reasonable price is the dominant catalyst for home automation's further development and widespread deployment. At the same time, customers are becoming more technically savvy and are demanding more from their devices in terms of features, ease of use, reliability, and timely response, which really translates to a seamless, frictionless user experience.

In addressing these growing demands, our ULE products provide a perfect match through a secure, low latency, long range, low-power IoT connectivity with two voice and data capabilities, offering users frictionless experience. And we have successfully established ULE as a key enabling technology in the U.S. and global home security market with most leading participants realizing and leveraging the unique value proposition this technology provides. This recognition is also opening for DSP Group an even larger and more promising market segment.

Lastly, on cordless phones. And that during these past four quarters, we have experienced unprecedented demand for cordless phone products. However, this demand was, and still is, constrained by supply chain challenges. Nevertheless, we are expecting this strong momentum to continue into the third quarter.

This demand is mainly driven by end customer's refreshing home telephones with multiple handset packages as a result of increased remote work reality and social distancing restrictions that still apply. In summary, we are excited by the progress made across all of our IoT businesses and we believe that we are extremely well positioned for solid revenue growth ahead. These are exciting times for DSP Group as markets shift favorably in our direction, driving record demand for our core expertise. We expect that the momentum in our business to retain strength in the third quarter.

Taking into account the robust demand across our different product lines and factoring in the ongoing supply chain constraints that we face in our business, we expect our third-quarter revenues to be in the range of $36 million to $39 million. The midpoint of this guidance range implies both year over year and our sequential revenue growth. We also project that our IoAT businesses will continue to outperform and drive our revenue growth into third quarter and comprise 68% to 72% of our revenue. To summarize, the digital transformation created new ways of living, working, and interacting.

These new models are not temporary. They are here to stay in various forms and, as such, create sustainable continued demand for voice-centric products that are supported by the expertise, innovation, partnerships, and diverse portfolio of DSP Group's products and our technologies. We are also thrilled about the strong business momentum and are confident that our continued leadership in voice, AI and IoT technologies and solutions will drive our future success. We are benefiting from a very strong pipeline of design wins with a record number of new customers that are expected to contribute to solid performance and revenue growth ahead.

Now I'd like to turn the call over to Tali to discuss our performance in each of the product segments. Tali, the floor is yours.

Tali Chen -- Chief Business Officer

Thank you, Ofer. I would like to begin by providing you with an update on our SmartVoice business. During the quarter, we generated revenues of approximately $7.2 million from sales of SmartVoice products, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 82% and a sequential increase of 20%. These strong results match our highest SmartVoice quarter on record and were driven by solid increased adoption of voice user interface and AI on the Edge across a wide range of applications.

And that this increase underscores what we see as a market shift in consumer preference in favor of voice-based interfaces. DSP Group is playing a key role in addressing these needs with our SmartVoice portfolio and our Edge AI sort of algorithms, which, together, are powering a broad array of applications and products, allowing greater flexibility, accuracy and reliability. Moreover, during the quarter, we also continued to expand and diversify our product reach and engagements with leading consumer electronic brands as demonstrated by the following achievements. In the entertainment domain, a Tier 1 platform company, selected our SmartVoice solution for its TV accessories and public products to really enable us -- robust and flawless, far-field voice activation and control as well as high-quality two-way voice interaction.

These devices also support dual trigger word and include additional audio-related features. A leading U.S. consumer brand launched a wearable device that relies on our SmartVoice DSP solution to enable more complete augmented reality experience. The solution also supports the -- up to 40 local voice commands in addition to cloud-based trigger words.

GoSund chose our SmartVoice solution to enable voice control in its smart switch product. Voice has already made significant inroads into, I think, the -- smart home space and the COVID pandemic accelerated this trend by transforming the use of voice in devices like light switch or other commonly touched control surfaces from an interesting feature into a necessity in an effort to avoid contact spread and improve overall hygiene. This achievement, coupled with strong momentum in our voice user interface and EdgeAI as reflected by our pipeline of opportunities, position our SmartVoice franchise as a very pivotal growth driver in our ability to enable a broad array of exciting new applications. Moving on to the Unified Communications segment.

In the second quarter, we have generated revenues of $11.8 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 16% and a sequential increase of 19%, reflecting solid market demand and -- that was only partially met due to the supply constraints. Within the new hybrid environment, businesses and employers around the globe had to renovate and adapt in our office space to cope with the new challenges derived from a hybrid workforce. This triggered a hardware replacement cycle and purchases of additional devices that support employees at their home or virtual office as well as their main office. In addition, in this new environment, IT leaders are worried about compatibility, usability, security and digital parity among all our employees.

DSP Group is at the forefront of addressing these needs through our end-to-end portfolio of solutions for portable and fixed terminals, headsets, speakers and other collaboration tools. During this quarter, we demonstrated our continued commitment to this market by passing Microsoft Teams' compliance and testing for voice conferencing, Microsoft Teams usage has jumped to 145 million daily active users, driving demand for Teams-certified devices such as speakers and additional portable devices. This achievement will enable our customer faster time to market when launching new Teams-certified devices. Moreover, we -- that during the quarter, we continued to expand our pipeline and achieved the following noteworthy gains: a major Unified Communications player chose our SmartVoice solution for its work-from-home devices, an indication of the level of adaptation traditional [Inaudible] suppliers had to initiate.

In addition, Sangoma launched a line of IP phones, based on our highly integrated DVF System on Chip platform. We also remain very bullish about the growth prospects of this segment, propelled by the market dynamics we described, coupled with remarkable pipeline of engagement and pending opportunities. Turning to SmartHome product line. During second quarter, we have delivered record revenues of $5.7 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 33% and 19% on a sequential basis.

During the year, we experienced unparallel interest attraction from security service providers. This interest translated to healthy design win pipeline, starting with ADT Blue continuing with an additional in the European security service providers to now one of the largest players in this domain, adding ULE-enabled products to the mainstream security system. We believe this solid design pipeline will be a major growth driver for our smart home business performance in the future. Moreover, during the quarter, we continued to expand our partnership and ecosystem as demonstrated by the aforementioned wins.

Cloud of Things, introduced a fully managed and then certified IoT cloud services gateway based on our ULE model. This solution will enable customers that want to leverage ULE benefits without investing in a hub development. This solution was also demonstrated recently at the ISC West, the first in-person event we have participated in since the beginning of the pandemic. And second, we continue to see increased adoption of DECT/ULE by telecommunication service providers, driven by the need to deliver higher quality of service, more reliable communications and full home coverage at low power but also enabling IoT data and two-wave voice services.

This quarter, additional European service provider launched a new broadband gateway that includes our DECT/ULE connectivity to really enable us such features. To summarize, the momentum behind DECT/ULE technology is strong, and we expect our engagement pipeline to further accelerate this business going forward. And now that -- for an update on the cordless phone market. During this second quarter, we continue to experience solid demand for cordless products.

Revenues increased by 11% year over year while declining 7% sequentially. Demand for cordless product is strong, and we are currently affected by severe supply constraints. We are working diligently with our customers, balancing the rising needs with the supply limitations. From-home lifestyles are relly also what's driving increased usage in voice calling in [Inaudible] phones, propelling demand for cordless phones, and we expect cordless revenues to remain at similar levels in the next quarter.

Now I would like to turn the call over to Dror to provide you with an update on our financial results and third-quarter projections. Dror?

Dror Levy -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Tali. I will now review the income statement for the second quarter of 2021 from top to bottom. For each line item, I will provide the U.S. GAAP results as well as equity-based compensation expenses included in that line item, and the expenses related to previous acquisitions.

Our revenues for this second quarter of 2021 were $35.8 million. Gross margin for the quarter was 53.4%. Gross margin for the quarter included equity-based compensation expenses in the amount of $0.2 million and amortization of some intangible assets that are related to SoundChip acquisition in the amount of $0.1 million. R&D expenses were $10.6 million, including $1.3 million of equity-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses related to SoundChip acquisitions.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $19.5 million and equity-based compensation expenses in the amount of $2.8 million and amortization expenses related to acquisitions in the amount of $0.7 million. Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis, including the items just mentioned, were $16.1 million. Financial income for the quarter was $0.1 million. Our financial income for this quarter included expenses of $0.2 million due to exchange differences related to accounting standard related to long-term leases.

These exchange rate differences were excluded from our non-GAAP results for the quarter. The financial income on a non-GAAP basis was $0.3 million. Income tax for the quarter was $0.1 million. Our income tax for the quarter also included benefits in the deferred tax changes related to intangible assets and equity-based compensation expenses in the amount of $0.3 million.

Net loss was $0.4 million, including equity-based compensation expenses of $3 million, amortization expenses related to [Inaudible] acquisition of $0.7 million, expenses of exchange rate differences in the amount of $0.2 million and tax benefit related to deferred taxes in the amount of about $0.3 million. Non-GAAP net income, excluding these items just described, was $3.2 million for the second quarter. GAAP loss per share for the quarter was $0.02. The negative impact of equity-based compensation expenses on the EPS was $0.12.

The negative impact of the amortization of acquired these intangible assets on the EPS was $0.02. The negative impact of the exchange differences on the EPS was $0.01, and the positive impact of the deferred taxes was $0.01. Non-GAAP diluted income per share, excluding these items I've just described, were $0.12 for the quarter. Please see the our report on Form 8-K that we have filed with the SEC this morning for a full reconciliation of the non-GAAP presentation to the GAAP presentation.

Now turning to the balance sheet. Accounts receivable at the end of the second quarter of 2021 increased to $13.5 million, compared to $11.2 million at the end of the first quarter, representing a level of 34 days of sales. Inventory decreased from some $7.9 million as of the end of this first quarter to $6.4 million, representing a level of 35 days. Our cash and marketable securities increased by $0.9 million during the second quarter and were at the level of $129.9 million as of June 30.

Our cash amount less security position during the quarter was affected by the following: $6.8 million of cash generated by operations; $0.3 million of cash was used for purchase of property and our equipment; $5.2 million of cash used for the purchase of approximately 330,000 shares; and $0.4 million of cash was a change in market price and amortization of marketable securities. Now I will provide the projections for the third quarter of 2021. Our third-quarter projections, including the impact of equity-based compensation expenses and acquisition-related amortization expenses, are as follows: revenues are expected to be in the range of $36 million to $39 million. We also expect that gross margin to be in the range of 53% and 54%.

R&D expenses are expected to be in the range of $11 million to $12 million. Operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $19 million to $21 million. Financial income is expected to be in such range, $200,000 to $300,000. Taxes on income are expected to be approximately 15% of pre-tax income on a non-GAAP basis and approximately $0.5 million on a year GAAP basis.

Shares outstanding on a diluted basis are expected to be approximately 26 million shares. Our third-quarter projections include the $0.4 million of amortization of intangible assets. Our third-quarter projections also include the following amounts forecasted for equity-based compensation expenses and intangible assets related to previous acquisitions. Cost of goods include $0.2 million.

Our R&D expenses include $1.1 million to $1.3 million. Sales and marketing expenses include $0.7 million to $0.9 million and G&A expenses include $0.6 million to $0.8 million. Now, we'd like to open up the line for questions and answers. Operator, please.

Questions & Answers:


[Operator instructions] And your first question comes from the line of Matt Ramsay from Cowen. Please go ahead.

Matt Ramsay -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Yes. Thank you very much. Good morning, everybody. Ofer, obviously really strong results in a challenging supply environment.

If you could maybe help quantify for us some of the supply chain challenges, particularly in the cordless business, just a sense of the magnitude would be helpful. Thank you.

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Matt. Thanks for the question. So with respect to the supply chain challenges, so I think as most of you are well familiar with what's going on in the industry in general and in our industry more specifically, and we do see a very strong demand and visibility, but supply is fairly tight pretty much across for us, who sits in along the traditional technology nodes. The other thing, today challenge the supply environment in a number of our product lines.

This includes, of course, to you're question, cordless phone but it doesn't end there. Also, Unified Communication is constrained, as well as the SmartHome and in some portions also the SmartVoice. When we look at the overall imbalance between demand and supply, we can say that right now when you look at the second quarter to third quarter, around 25% to 30% of demand is challenged by our inability today to supply it. So this is where it is currently.

We do hope that the future will enable us to deliver more goods and the ability to serve our customers with more products. But all of that has caused you know the entire supply chain to increase lead times, and we're working through that, so far, I think this year successfully, but still not being able to meet the demand out there.

Matt Ramsay -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Got it. Got it. Thanks for that. One of the things that piqued my interest on the call was I think you announced sort of the main product line win for ULE with a home security vendor.

I wonder if you might be able to elaborate on that a little bit. Is that a furthering engagement with ADT or you were in the DIY business before? Is it another service provider? And if it is, could you may be shed some light on which geography that's in? Thanks.

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, sure. So this is another security service provider. It's more of a global European. It's part of -- it's probably one of the top three worldwide.

And basically this design is in our products in ULE as the connectivity standards are to-date part of their main security gate that is launched around Europe and also in other geographies as well. So for us, it does represent a pretty significant win. An endorsement for this -- for ULE, and it's a fit within the main market players. And I think that really opens up the door for many more service providers in the security domain as well as their ecosystem partners.

As you know when there is a professional install, and this is professional type of install -- a design win, it doesn't just come with the security product. It also comes with an ecosystem of other smart, well-being type of products and services. So it definitely opens up the market for more ULE adoptions. And I think that we are very happy with that and as we discussed on this call and also on previous calls, it's a pipeline.

So this is not the last one. So there are many additional such service providers in the pipeline that are going to launch products and new services based on what we believe is really the best-in-class standard for -- to meet their needs.

Matt Ramsay -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Got it. Just the last quick one from me on, Dror, on gross margin. 54% is a heck of a milestone. I think since you guys have been working with my team over the last six or seven years, that's 15 points higher than I remember margins back in the day.

So congratulations on that. It's quite an achievement. I wonder if you might give us just a little context if you think those kind of levels in the low to mid-50's are sustainable from here. Thanks.

Dror Levy -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So firstly, it's true the thing that which you recall, and this is something that we have been discussing for a couple of years and now, saying that basically we see and we will continue to see the correlation between the percentage of the growth -- what we used to call growth initiative, today we call the IoT. So this is something that we've been discussing for a couple of years now that once we will see these products pick up, we'll also see like a correlation to the percentage of gross margin, because these products are like coming with higher margin, this is one thing. And the second thing is also related to I think the [Inaudible], like the percentage of the fixed cost.

So once we grow revenues on an absolute basis, the percentage of the fixed cost by [Inaudible] the market decreases. And this also pushed the gross margin to these level of low 50s. And yes definitely, we believe and if you look at our guidance for the third quarter, this is still like in this range of 53, 54, and we believe that we'll continue to see margins running in these levels.

Matt Ramsay -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Thanks. I appreciate it.

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Matt.


Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Jaeson Schmidt of Lake Street. Please go ahead.

Jaeson Schmidt -- Lake Street Advisors -- Analyst

Hey, guys! Thanks for taking my questions. I just want to follow up on the supply chain. Just curious if you're seeing any programs or designs, maybe not getting officially canceled, but maybe getting pushed out indefinitely just given the tightness out there?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Jaeson, and thanks for the question. So with respect to the supply chain, I think that at the moment, and again this is -- at the moment, we don't really know what the features hold but customers are pretty much also our customers as well as their customers. So pretty much appreciative of the ability to supply, even if it's delayed. I think everyone is trying to do the their best, which respect to transportation, with respect to applying all kinds of tools to expedite the goods.

And so, so far I think that there is patience and customers are appreciative of the efforts that are being made. It is true that based on the fact that demand does exceed the ability to supply. By [Inaudible], it does imply that certain customers or products are not being served as well as it should be. This is, of course, impacting.

But at the moment, I believe that the demand out there is fairly healthy and the need -- this need for product is there, and we hope that it remains. So for now I think that the -- we believe that the end markets continue to stay healthy and products are being shipped. And usually to the most of what we could check in terms of doing certain channel checks, the supply chain is fairly healthy.

Jaeson Schmidt -- Lake Street Advisors -- Analyst

OK. That's really helpful. I'm just curious if you're seeing anything significant from the inflationary pressure standpoint? And if so, if you're passing along those costs to customers?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

I think it is no secret that with this tight supply chain and situation, costs have moved upwards. I think we see it in almost every aspect of our lives when we consume products and services, but also we see that in certain parts of our supply chain. And I think that what we tried to do is create a healthy balance between certain costs that we have got certain costs that we must pass on, but I would say that it's a healthy balance between the two.

Jaeson Schmidt -- Lake Street Advisors -- Analyst

OK. And then just the last one from me and I'll jump back into queue. Looking at that SmartVoice segment, really, nice momentum. I think in the past, you've sort of highlighted the PC and tablet market as being some of the near-term drivers.

Just curious, as we look into the second half of this year, do you think those same end markets are really going to be the ones that propel this segment?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, so I think that according to our expectations, these markets of markets of PCs and tablets are going to be important players in the product mix of SmartVoice, as well as the entertainment segment, which I think we announced now a number of products. And I think the third part of that puzzle will be on the wearable front. So I think these are the three main movers and growers with respect to the mix.

Jaeson Schmidt -- Lake Street Advisors -- Analyst

OK. Thanks a lot, guys.

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.


Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Suji Desilva from ROTH Capital. Please go ahead.

Suji Desilva -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Hi, Ofer, Dror, Tali, congratulations on the progress here. So just a quick question on the SmartVoice. As you talk about the EdgeAI capabilities, which sound very compelling, what percent of the design wins your seeing now for SmartVoice are leveraging EdgeAI or is it really kind of all of them -- it's a feature in the SmartVoice?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Suji, and thanks for the question. So with respect to our SmartVoice portfolio, also with the older parts in the portfolio, we were able to support EdgeAI processing. This was done in mainly utilizing the digital signal processing code, where we can run this type of machine learning classifiers, as well as a traditional type of algorithm. In some of our new products, we do have today a dedicated hardware accelerator to run such products.

And then I think that most of the new designs are really based on such a capability and some also are leveraging EdgeAI using some of the multi-core DSPs that we have that really provide a lot of on-chip memory together with pretty robust and capable and efficient multi-core processor. So if you were to ask me about, let's say, the revenue composition this year, probably over a third, will use -- will run EdgeAI processing on our silicon.

Suji Desilva -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

OK. That's helpful, Ofer. And then, can you update us on the headset market and the design wins there, the opportunity, how that's tracking?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, absolutely. So as a matter of fact, just now or in the next coming days, we are expecting another very important model of headsets to launch with our ANC and also EdgeAI capabilities. And this is something that is planned to launch, as I said, very soon that will incorporate our hybrid best-in-class ANC together with SmartVoice, smart processing. And that is -- that will be, I think, a fourth or fifth product that is being launched with our silicon.

Suji Desilva -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

OK. Look forward to that as well, and then last question from me on the Unified Communications front. Hey, just -- I mean, the enterprise demand replacement cycle seems very strong. Can you talk about your visibility into the sustainability of that? And can you talk of Microsoft Windows 11 upgrade next year coming? Is a Voice UI upgrade cycle option for you as well?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Suji, thanks. I didn't quite capture -- the question was on the comments made on the Unified Communication, right?

Suji Desilva -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Correct. Enterprise demand and then more broadly Microsoft Windows 11 as a driver for enterprise.

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, so at this console, we're seeing in a way a number of drivers in the enterprise. One has to do with the traditional business, where we see the need to support over-the-top content. So basically be fully open to a cloud-based platform because this is what people have being using during the pandemic. It brought in a lot more capabilities, the need to be always connected and then collaborate.

And that stays today as the work force gradually returns to the office, and I think that does bring a need to refresh and bring a lot more hardware that does support over-the-top capabilities. In addition, the fact that in a hybrid working environment, not all the team members are going to be joining a session in person. Some are going to be joining remotely. You need to accommodate a lot of the on-prem facilities to do so that where a team can meet, some in-person, some are joining over video.

And so that will necessitate the need to do a more upgrade in hardware. And I think the third is the emergence of new hardware and software products that are coming to facilitate mainly those -- the professionals that are working from home or from anywhere that will need to equip themselves with better cameras, better speakers, better accessories, headsets, etc., to be able to collaborate with the right quality and performance. And then, some of the platforms that have been emerging as fairly in wide use of platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom and WebEx, and many others, where these over-the-top capabilities are also being complemented with dedicated hardware that can further facilitate and enhance the performance and the quality and I think the experience of both sides, both the front that is utilizing it as a mic and speaker, but also the other part as well so that people can listen in and be heard very well as we believe voice is the lowest common denominator in this online collaboration environment and without it, we don't have any collaboration. You can still have a call, voice-only, without video.

Of course, video is great. But the need for high and great quality voice is mandated, and this is where we feel the investment going and this is what we're supporting. Also now, with this Microsoft Team Certification. And of course, as the version do -- get updated, we will, of course, support all as a necessary certification and criteria.

Suji Desilva -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

OK. Thank you very much. Thanks, guys.


Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Derek Soderberg from Colliers Securities. Please go ahead.

Derek Soderberg -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Hi, everyone! Thanks for taking my questions. I want to start with the guidance. You know we can sort of back out cordless and IoAT revenues, but I'm wondering if you can give us any directional guidance to Q3 within those IoAT segments?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So, Derek, we did not break down the IoAT guide. I think we have not done so for the last couple of quarters but I think in general as we said on the prepared comments, we do see fairly healthy and robust demand all across. And so this is also our expectations for Q3 to continue to see a good trajectory of the performance.

And so right now, all the market verticals that we serve do seem healthy and I think that is also reflected in the IoAT guidance, which you see is almost double from where it was there in the same time, Q3 2020.

Derek Soderberg -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Awesome. Very fair. And then as my follow-up, you guys bought back a decent amount of shares in the quarter. I guess what are your plans going forward on share buybacks? Do you have an authorized program currently in place and do you expect to continue to repurchase shares? Thanks.

Dror Levy -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, so the plan that we had in place -- actually, we utilize all of it. So it was like a $10 million that we started utilizing, I think, early 2020 and now it's fully utilized. So this is, of course, something that will bring to the board. And overall, if you look at like the buyback that we've done in the last couple of years, you see that we have done, I think, in average over $10 million a year.

So you can assume that we'll continue to be buying in the market.

Derek Soderberg -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Awesome. Thanks.


Thank you. And your next question comes from the line of Rajvindra Gill of Needham. Please go ahead.

Unknown speaker -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Hi, guys! Thanks for taking my question. I'm here to ask on behalf of Roger, Dennis. I'm just wondering, could you provide any more color potentially on the manufacturing capacity situation and wafer capacity from the manufacturing partners? Have they provided any kind of time frame for when they expect alleviation or what can we expect going through the rest of this calendar year or the next one?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Dennis! So with respect to the manufacturing capacity, so as we all see and from what gets publicized and announced by the vendors, so there is investment in adding a lot more capacity with record capex plans, etc. And we do hope that we will also benefit some from such capacity expansions. But at the moment, I think it's based on what you can see, we are getting very strong support from our manufacturing partners. And we do hope that such a tight collaboration and partnerships does continue and enable us to continue to do well also in the future, meaning the remainder of this year and also into next year.

But the availability of such a new capacity buildup, I think we're starting perhaps to see that in our back end and less on the front end. But of course, we're keeping pretty close touch with all of our partners to see when exactly this new dry powder can be utilized.

Unknown speaker -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Thank you. That was helpful. And then is there anything you can share about the kind of progress at your new facility in Germany, your Straubing facility, any new projects, any kind of designer wins? Kind of what are your plan going forward for that facility?

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So you're talking about our new Straubing facility that basically was launched a couple of months ago and we have there a best-in-class type of quality and lab facilities that enable us to take our game one notch higher with respect to our ability to test and prototype that. And what we did announce is that our goal with this facility is also to be able to have an offering of our core competence, which regarding voice processing, in audio processing, also for the automotive market, which has not been part of the markets that we focused on. And I think that we were very lucky and also successful in landing a team that does come exactly from that market that has been serving the Tier 1 players in the automotive markets for decades.

So really a team of top experts in the domain of the voice processing and audio in the automotive market, and this is where we plan to invest resources and this is exactly what this team is now doing, both supporting our existing opportunities, our existing roadmap map items that relate to enhancing and further securing top notch performance and also in this, creating a diverse skill of such core competence into the automotive market offering.

Unknown speaker -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

Got it. I appreciate the color. That's it from me. Thank you.


[Operator instructions] We don't seem to have any additional questions. I would now like to turn the call back to Tali Chen for closing remarks. Please go ahead.

Tali Chen -- Chief Business Officer

Thank you. I would like to mention that during the coming months, we are scheduled to present at the following investor conferences: Jefferies Semi-Conference on Aug 31st; Colliers Investor Conference on September 9th; and Lake Street Capital Market Conference on September 13th. Thank you for listening in and for your interest in DSP Group, and we are looking forward to report back to you in 90 days.


[Operator signoff]

Duration: 53 minutes

Call participants:

Tali Chen -- Chief Business Officer

Ofer Elyakim -- Chief Executive Officer

Dror Levy -- Chief Financial Officer

Matt Ramsay -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Jaeson Schmidt -- Lake Street Advisors -- Analyst

Suji Desilva -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Derek Soderberg -- Colliers Securities -- Analyst

Unknown speaker -- Needham & Company -- Analyst

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