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Motley Fool  Apr 14  Comment 
The semiconductor company's fiscal second quarter is typically a weak period, but Linear Technology posted solid results tempered by longer-term challenges.
TheStreet.com  Apr 14  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Linear Technology  are down 0.93% to $45.58 in midday trading Tuesday, ahead of its third quarter fiscal 2015 earnings release after the market closes later today. For the quarter, Wall Street analysts are...
Forbes  Apr 10  Comment 
Wall Street is optimistic about Linear Technology, which is slated to report its third quarter results on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Analysts project a profit of 53 cents a share, a rise from 50 cents per share a year ago.The consensus estimate...
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Forbes  Mar 5  Comment 
Among the underlying components of the S&P 500 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Netflix Inc. (NASD: NFLX), where a total of 33,620 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 3.4 million underlying shares. That...
Benzinga  Feb 20  Comment 
Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC), a leading, independent manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, today reported that it has been notified of an unsolicited "mini-tender offer" made by TRC Capital Corporation to...
Market Intelligence Center  Feb 20  Comment 
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Linear is a high performance analog semiconductor company. Its products are instrumental in converting digital streams to analog waves and vise versa. People experience the world in analog waves (e.g. sound and light) and not in digital. So the digital revolution thereby increases the need to high performance analog conversion.

Linear also manufactures devices that are used in MP3 players, noise canceling headphones, instrumentation, automobiles, cell phones & cell base stations, and many other leeding edge applications. Devices include; high performance amplifiers, filters, ADC's, DAC's, voltage regulators (boost, buck, and various power devices), voltage references, intelligent battery chargers, battery monitors, high side current amplifiers, oscillators, comparators, RF devices, and many more.

Something that makes LLTC different is that most of the sales force are actually engineers- there are fewer analog engineers than digital engineers. So when they meet with a customer, the sales person can actually aid the process of creating a solution. A colorful anecdote occurred in the making of a camera that takes pictures, a feature that took a long time to come to fruition. The linear salesman was flying back from the meeting and trying to fall asleep but his mind was wondering about how to create a camera flash that could work with a cell phone. With eyes closed the plane passed through a series of clouds creating a strobe like flicker behind his eyelids. It was a eureka moment. When the plane landed, he had already worked up how to substitute a strobe light for a typical camera flash, and the camera phone came to life.

Sales are spread throughout the following industries:

  • Industrial 33%
  • Communications 33% (8% handsets, 10% base stations, 15% networking)
  • Computer 13%
  • Automotive 8%
  • High end consumer 9%
  • Military 4%

Military used to be a much higher percentage but opportunities to enrich features in other areas created significant growth.

Automobiles are of particular challenge. Most electronics work well when temperatures are steady, the machine is not bumped around, and there is no surge in electrical supply. In an automobile all of these harsh conditions exist. Linear's products are used for items such as: LED backlighting, adaptive cruise control, electronic steering and braking, and hybrid/electric car battery monitors. Cars are becoming electronic feature rich and it has been estimated that 40% of the cost of a car in 2010 will be for electronics.

Linear avoids making products that are commodities, and their gross margins are more like a software company than a semiconductor company.

The founder of the company, Mr. Swanson, stepped down as CEO in January of 2005 but continues to serve as Executive Chairman.

The company announced in Mid 2007, the authorization to repurchase $3 billion (approximately 30%) of the outstanding shares.

Linear Technology's competitors include: Analog Devices, Intersil, Maxim, Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor.




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