National Semiconductor has made a large profit in its second quarter, even after its takeover of clone chipmaker Cyrix earlier this year.
The company made $28.9 million on a turnover of $720 million after the Cyrix charge. Without the charge, that compares favourably to the same period last year.
Brian Halla, chief executive of the company, said that Cyrix chips had performed well in its November quarter and, so far, units using its cut-down Media GX were the only ones able to drive the lucrative home and sub-$1,000 market.
Bookings for its future products, were strong, said Halla, reflecting a Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) report published last month, which said the market was entering a bullish period.
Last week, both Motorola and Texas Instruments showed their commitment to the stronger chip market by investing extra money in fabrication plants.
The second quarter figures from Nat Semi show a rise in orders for its Lan products, which many of the large networking companies rebrand. Its audio and video range also grew while its monitors, portable PCs and telephone handsets showed growth too.
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