NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -12/02/11)- Chipmakers focused on PCs have struggled immensely this year as consumers are choosing hand-held devices like the iPad that use about 75 percent fewer of the chips than a typical laptop. On the other end, Semiconductor firms that have focused on the burgeoning mobile market have performed admirably this year in a difficult global economy. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD - News) and Trident Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRID - News). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
Researchers Gartner Inc. and IDC said that PC shipments climbed a mere 3.2 percent to 92 million units last quarter, compared with an earlier projection for 5.1 percent growth. Apple has sold approximately 40 million iPads since the product's debut, generating $25.3 billion in revenue. Apple may sell a record 20 million iPads globally during the holiday quarter, Forrester Research Inc. reports.
DRAM prices fell 32 percent in the third quarter, the most in almost three years. On the upside, demand for NAND flash will climb 49 percent in the five years to 2015 while the DRAM market will be little changed, according to IHS iSuppli.
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RF Micro Devices designs, develops, manufactures, and markets radio frequency (RF) components and compound semiconductor technologies in the United States and internationally. Last month the company announced the introduction of a new product family of high performance differential amplifiers for cable television (CATV) networks.
Trident Microsystems designs, develops, and markets integrated circuits and related software for processing, displaying, and transmitting audio, graphics, and images in home consumer electronics applications, such as digital TVs, PC and analog TVs, and set-top boxes. The company announced on Sept. 26, 2011 that was implementing a restructuring program to lower its breakeven point through a realignment of its workforce, from approximately 1,275 employees worldwide to approximately 1,000 employees by early 2012.
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