Touch is the new mouse when it comes to mobile.
Behind those capacitive touchscreen interactions sits a touchscreen microcontroller (MCU). Chances are that behind that microcontroller sits Cypress Semiconductor
Revenue for the quarter came in at $242.4 million, with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.32. Both of these figures topped the consensus estimates of $237.1 million and $0.28 per share in profit. Full-year results similarly topped Cypress' internal expectations, with its TrueTouch revenue topping its guided annual range of $230 million to $250 million.
Handset revenues jumped a healthy 140%, thanks to a little thing I like to call "the mobile revolution." OK, other people call it that, too.
Forward-looking guidance was a tad ominous, with Cypress saying continued inventory adjustments and global macro issues continue to weigh. Cypress expects first-quarter sales to fall "at a rate greater than normal." Much of this decline is tied back to underwhelming tablet sales -- the non-iPad ones, that is. The slow start of Google
Cypress was able to land NVIDIA's
The Consumer and Computation Division (CCD), which includes the touchscreen and programmable system-on-a-chip (PSoC) offerings, continues to be the belle of the ball, growing 30% to $130.7 million in sales. The CCD now makes up more than half of revenue.
Cypress continues to patently duke it out with GSI Technology
The company continues to grow its PSoC and touchscreen MCU business, which is largely why I'm a shareholder. Slow Android tablet growth continues to hold back Cypress and Atmel alike, but tablets are a growing pie and Android adoption is inevitable. This thesis may take time to play out, but I have plenty of time on my hands. Until then, Cypress remains locked and loaded.
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