I am not an Atmel pumper or hypster. I have genuine concerns about Atmel especially concerning Windows 8. I, like several others, wish I had sold at $16. But NOOOOOOOOOO I had to listen to the Atmel pumpers then and wanted to wait till $20. You damn pumpers.
I have 42,000 shares of Atmel, 30,000 I bought at $0.78 years ago. (No I am not lying; yes it may be crazy to hold for so long, especially when no dividend). The other 12,000 I bought on the ramp up to $16. I guess I am what you would call a value, buy and hold kind of investor. I am not really interested in momentum or speculation at this point. Too near retirement, must conserve capital.
When I first came to the Atmel board the raging battle was if it was going to $0.50 or to $1.00. The 52 week high was around $32#$%$ (and the Blacketts) was a big part of the board then. XSense was not known then.
I have nothing against UNXL. I may buy some when (if?) they get a purchase contract.
All I want is for me to be me and not someone else. That does not seem all that unreasonable.
I believe that the downturn for Atmel is over and the recovery will start today not tomorow.
Atmel is seriously in control of Windows 8 touch.
With the MAxFussion, MaxTouch T series, MaxStylus and XSense there is not stopping Atmel this year.
The design cycle for Xmas season is almost over and Atmel gained over 100 Windows 8 programs.
This Xmas Santa will bring home touch devices powered by Atmel.
Plus the end of the Europeam foundry contact will increase Atmel's margins and make it more competitive againt SYNA.
Analyst will start upgrading ATML and rising their price targets by next week.
Regarding the claims by Laub of numerous design wins and Atmel's greatness and superiority in touch technology, those were also made a year ago when Laub also declared that the bottom had been reached and there were high barriers to entry into the high performance touch segment. The proof is in the actual revenues numbers which have been poor in the recent quarters. There are strong competitors and the profit margins in touch controllers have been declining . Meanwhile, all of Atmel's other businesses have languished. That said, I do believe that Atmel's results will improve in the next few quarters but the share price will struggle to reach the double digit level. The stock is bloated with shares and stock-based compensation is a hit of about 12 cents/year on earnings. The analysts were made fools, a couple of years ago, assigning price targets in the high teens low twenties. Remembering that, the analysts will be shy and hesitant in raising their price targets.