Altera Announces Second Quarter Results

(PRNewswire) — Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced second quarter sales of $421.8 million, up 3 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and down 9 percent from the second quarter of 2012. Second quarter net income was $101.5 million, $0.31 per diluted share, compared with net income of $120.2 million, $0.37 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013 and $162.7 million, $0.50 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012.

Year-to-date cash flow from operating activities was $214.0 million. Altera repurchased 1.7 million shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $55.0 million. Altera ended the quarter with $3.6 billion in cash and investments.

As previously announced, Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, to be paid on September 3, 2013 to stockholders of record on August 12, 2013.

"As anticipated, the pace of business picked up, and backlog has increased," said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. "We have announced our next generation of FPGAs sourced by TSMC for 20 nm devices and, for the first time, Intel, for 14 nm FinFET devices. This combination gives us an ideal blend of manufacturing processes to optimize performance across our next generation of FPGAs. As the only major FPGA company with access to the generation-ahead Intel FinFET technology for our high end devices, which typically are about half of the FPGA market, our competitive advantage is substantial."

Several recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:

  • Altera has announced its Generation 10 FPGAs and SoCs, offering system developers breakthrough levels of performance and power efficiencies. Stratix® 10 FPGAs and SoCs leverage Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate process and an enhanced architecture to deliver core performance two times higher than current high-end Altera FPGAs, while enabling an up to 70 percent power savings. Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs provide more than 4 million logic elements (LEs) on a single die, 56-Gbps transceivers, a third-generation ultra-high-performance processor system, and multi-die 3D solutions capable of integrating SRAM, DRAM and ASICs.

    Arria® 10 FPGAs and SoCs use TSMC's 20 nm process and reinvent the midrange by simultaneously surpassing Altera's current high-end FPGAs in performance while delivering 40 percent lower power than today's midrange devices. Reflecting the industry trend toward silicon convergence, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs offer the highest degree of system integration available in midrange devices, including 1.15 million LEs, integrated hard intellectual property and a second-generation processor system that features a 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor. Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs also provide four times greater bandwidth compared to the current generation, including 28-Gbps transceivers, and three times higher system performance.

    Early access customers are using the Quartus® II software today for Arria 10 product development.

    Initial samples of Arria 10 devices will be available in early 2014 with 14 nm Stratix 10 FPGA test chips coming in 2013.

  • Altera acquired Enpirion, Inc., the industry's leading provider of high-efficiency, integrated power conversion products known as PowerSoCs (power system-on-chip). The combination of Altera's FPGAs with Enpirion's PowerSoCs offers customers higher performance, lower system power, higher reliability, smaller footprint and faster time-to-market. Enpirion's key enabling power technologies—high-frequency switching, magnetics and packaging—are engineered into complete power system-on-chip products. Enpirion's portfolio of DC-DC converter PowerSoCs with integrated inductors enable the industry's smallest solution footprints and are recognized for their high efficiency, low noise, exceptional thermal performance, high reliability and ease-of-use. Unlike discrete power products, Enpirion's turnkey solutions give designers complete power systems that are fully simulated, characterized, validated and production qualified. Enpirion's technology, when used with an Altera FPGA, increases Altera's share of the customer's bill of materials while, at the same time, reducing the customer's overall bill of materials cost.



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