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Love virtualization/cloud computing ? Buy this SAN company’s stock instead!

What was cutting-edge back in the 1970's - in the days of mainframe computers and centralized computing is new again. I am talking about virtualization. The current version of virtualization is significantly different in that the computing equipment need not necessarily be centralized. In fact, in its current iteration, distributed "clouds" of computers can be ...

Five issues that will survive the semiconductor industry’s nuclear winter – Part-II.

Among the companies that we looked at in the prior article, many can be eliminated with ease. So, let's get the job done systematically. The five companies that will survive this down-turn in the semiconductor market, and thrive afterwards, have a few things in common. a. A strong balance sheet, with a large cash position [or ...

Five issues that will survive the semiconductor industry’s nuclear winter – Part-I.

Yesterday morning, Gartner and IDC had sobering news for the semiconductor business. Sales will be down anywhere from 15% to 33% from about $250 Billion in 2008, and with sales exceeding 2008 levels only in 2012 or 2013. ASP's [average selling price] for all memory makers is in the trash, and even high margin ...

Semiconductor stocks worth buying.

Q: When is it the correct time to buy into a cyclical stock/company/industry ? A: The correct time to nibble is when the leading company is losing money – while the second and third tier companies have NO pricing power.  The clear time to buy more is when pricing power returns to the industry – ...

nVidia revisited.

09.15.2008 · Posted in AMD, ATI, GPU, INTC, Intel, NVDA, nVidia, Stream Computing, Uncategorized

A little over a month ago, I wrote that the worst was not yet behind nVidia. UBS was second in line, and they based their decision on competition and growth worries. My basis for the need to hold-off on NVDA’s stock was based on both research and intuition. For starters, they had a manufacturing issue that cost ...

Is Apple losing its mojo?

09.11.2008 · Posted in AAPL, Apple, INTC, Intel, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Mac, Macintosh, Microsoft, MOT, MSFT

Back in October of 2001, Apple introduced the first iPod.   Apple’s press release read – an “Ultra-Portable MP3 Music Player Puts 1,000 Songs in Your Pocket”. Priced at $399 a pop and aided by really slick advertising, it was an instant hit – that put Apple on the fast track – from a company ...

Altera vs. Xilinx. Who is better ?

08.10.2008 · Posted in ACTL., Altera, ALTR, AMD, CY, INTC, LSCC, MOT, QUIK, T, Xilinx, XLNX

In the semiconductor business, there are two niches that have had gross margins in excess of 60%. One of them is programmable logic. I worked for ten years in companies that wanted to emulate the success of Xilinx and Altera. It took me ten years [and a $35 million dollar judgement against my last Programmable ...

SunPower is a Semiconductor Company, and deserves to be valued like one.

08.02.2008 · Posted in BRCM, INTC, SPWR, STP, SunPower, Suntech Power, TXN., YGE, Yingli Green

SunPower is on a roll. Revenues for Q2-2008 were $383 Million – up 120% yoy. Guidance for 2009 was excellent, I think that SPWR’s management is excellent, and their products are the best in the industry. Until someone comes up with a cheap multi-junction solar cell, SPWR will be the top dog for cell efficiency ...