SIMO +7.3% AH on strong guidance, surging NAND controller sales

|By:, SA News Editor

Silicon Motion (NASDAQ:SIMO) expects Q3 revenue to be up 15%-20% Q/Q. That's well above a consensus for revenue to grow 3% Q/Q to $71.7M. The chipmaker also now expects 22%-27% full-year revenue growth, above a 16.7% consensus.

Q2 revenue was in-line with SIMO's revised guidance. SSD/embedded revenue grew over 55% Q/Q, and made up "well over 50%" of total revenue. Within the segment, eMMC controller revenue grew 65%. SIMO asserts its eMMC controllers are now used by all top-10 smartphone OEMs not named Apple.

The company has also begun shipping its LTE-Advanced RF transceiver to its Korean phone partner (Samsung?), and says it has scored two more LTE-Advanced design wins with the partner.

SSD controller revenue grew rapidly, and a new SSD platform win was scored with a PC OEM that will go into production in 1H15. The company also expects multiple program wins with SSD vendors to ramp in 1H15.

Q2 gross margin was 52.2%, up from 48.6% in Q1 and 48.4% a year ago. GM is expected be in a 50%-52% range in Q3, and a 49.5%-51.5% range for the whole of 2014.

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