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MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) Q2 2016 Earnings Conference Call August 8, 2016 4:30 PM ET


Gideon Massey - Head of IR

Kishore Seendripu - CEO

Adam Spice - CFO


Anil Doradla - William Blair & Company

Gary Mobley - Benchmark Capital

Quinn Bolton - Needham & Co

Ross Seymore - Deutsche Bank

Tore Svanberg - Stifel Nicolaus & Company


Good afternoon. My name is April and I'll be your conference operator today. At this time, I'd like to welcome everyone to the MaxLinear 2016 Second Quarter Earnings Release Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Thank you.

And now, I’d like to turn the call over to our host, Mr. Gideon Massey, Head of Investor Relations. Sir, you may begin your conference.

Gideon Massey

Thank you, operator. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us on today's conference call to discuss MaxLinear's second quarter 2016 financial results. Today's call is being hosted by Dr. Kishore Seendripu, CEO and Adam Spice, CFO.

During the course of this conference call, we will make projections or other statements regarding future conditions or events relating to our products and business. Among these statements, we will provide information relating to our current expectations for third quarter 2016 revenue, including expectations for revenue trends in our cable, terrestrial, satellite, high-speed interconnect, wireless infrastructure and other target markets; gross profit percentage and operating expenses; on GAAP and non-GAAP basis; the potential strategic and operational impacts of our completed acquisitions from Microsemi and Broadcom and our current views regarding opportunities and trends in our markets, including our current views of the potential for growth in each of our target markets.

These statements are forward-looking statements within the meanings of the Federal security laws and actual results may differ materially from the results reflected in these forward-looking statements. We are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties that could adversely affect our future results. Our business and future operating results could be adversely affected if our current target markets, including the terrestrial, cable, satellite, high-speed interconnect and wireless infrastructure markets do not grow as we currently expect, or if we are not successful in expanding our target addressable markets through acquisition or the introduction of new products.

Acquisitions, including our recently completed acquisition of Microsemi wireless access business unit present particular risks relating to our ability to integrate the acquired business and maintain relationships with key employees, customers, suppliers and other third parties. In addition, substantial competition in our industry, consolidation among broadband operators in our principal target markets, potential declines in average selling prices, consolidation in the semiconductor industry, the prevalence of intellectual property litigations in our industry, generally and against us specifically, and cyclicality in the semiconductor industry are all material risks that could adversely affect our future operating results.

For a more detailed discussions of these risks and other factors you should consider in evaluating MaxLinear and its prospects, please refer to the information included under the caption Risk Factors in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, in particular, our Form 10-K for fiscal 2015, which was filed with the SEC in February 2016, our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, which we filed in May of 2016 and our Form 10-Q for the second quarter and our other SEC filings. These forward-looking statements are made as of today and MaxLinear does not currently intend and has no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. The second quarter 2016 earnings release is available on the company website at

In addition, MaxLinear reports gross profit, income, loss from operations and net income loss of basic and diluted net income loss per share in accordance with GAAP and additionally on a non-GAAP basis. Our non-GAAP presentations exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense, accruals under our equity settled performance based bonus plan, outstanding patent litigations, deferred merger proceeds, change in fair value of contingent considerations, restructuring charges, impairment and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, nonreoccurring acquisition and integration-related expenses, production mask impairments and release of valuation allowance due to net deferred liability acquired.

Management believes that this non-GAAP information is useful because it can enhance the understanding of the company's ongoing economic performance and MaxLinear therefore uses non-GAAP reporting internally to evaluate and manage the company's operations. MaxLinear has chosen to provide this information to investors to enable them to perform comparisons of operating result in a manner similar to how the company internally analyzes its operating results. The full reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP financial data and a detailed explanation of our non-GAAP reporting can be found in our earnings release issued earlier today. The earnings release and reconciliation is available on our website and we ask that you review them in conjunction with this call.

In addition, we provide forward-looking gross margin and operating expense guidance on a non-GAAP basis, but do not provide a reconciliation. This non-GAAP guidance excludes estimates for stock-based compensation expense, bonus accruals, acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges. Each of these expense items is explained in greater detail in the press release. The timing and amount of these future expenses, which we would need to provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP gross margin and operating expense guidance, are inherently unpredictable or outside our control to predict. Accordingly, we cannot provide a quantitative reconciliation for forward-looking non-GAAP estimates without unreasonable efforts. Material changes to any of these items could have a significant effect on our guidance and future GAAP results.

And now, let me turn the call over to Kishore Seendripu, CEO of MaxLinear.

Kishore Seendripu

Thank you, Gideon, and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you all for joining us today. Before jumping into the details of the financial results, we are very excited by the increasing scale of our strategic footprint in the wireless access and backhaul markets, resulting from our recent acquisition of Microsemi and Broadcom wireless infrastructure assets. We also continue to aggressively pursue organic and inorganic growth opportunities in wireline network infrastructure, consisting of high-speed fiber-optic interconnect for metro long-haul and data center markets. The fundamental underpinning of our infrastructure market initiatives and our operator broadband access and connectivity markets, either core CMOS RF, mixed-signal SOC technology platform. This scalable technology platform has enabled MaxLinear to address what is now a growing, sizable and diversified served available market of approximately $4 billion in 2020.

Our revenue of $101.7 million in Q2 of 2016 is consistent with the prior guidance range. It is down 1% sequentially and up 44% year-over-year. These relatively flat sequential revenue results were achieved owing to the continued strong momentum in our high-speed optical interconnect solutions, along with seasonal strength in our cable, DOCSIS data and CPE markets. These growth drivers overcame significant expected declines in legacy video SoC shipments and a larger than previously anticipated sequential decline in legacy satellite analog channel stacking outdoor unit shipments. Our ability to maintain a relatively flat top line in the face of large declines in legacy Entropic products, namely video SoC and analog channel stacking outdoor unit products, highlight the strength and increasing diversification of our revenue streams.

Our relentless focus on product engineering and supply chain optimization as well as the favorable trend of infrastructure revenues in our product mix has resulted in another sequential expansion of GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins to 61.9% and 63.8%, respectively. Expanding gross margins and continued tight operating expense management not only resulted in sequential expansion in both GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins to 22% and 34% respectively, but also delivered strong operating cash flow generation of $32.3 million.

Now moving to the specific business highlights for the second quarter of 2016. Operator revenues grew 2% sequentially and accounted for 76% of total revenue in the quarter. Within operator based revenue mix, demand for 24 channel cabled data gateway CEP solutions consisting of our Cable Full-Spectrum Capture RF receiver front-end and MoCA connectivity SoCs was the strongest. It was accompanied by solid double-digit growth in 4K resolution satellite gateway RF front-end shipments. As I mentioned at the outset, these strengths were offset primarily by greater than expected decline in satellite analog outdoor unit channel stacking shipments and declines on receiver solutions for cable video, set-top box applications.

Within our operator family, the cable DOCSIS data gateway market continues to be an exciting and strategic growth platform for us. It enables us to address the expanding over-the-top video and data markets, our customer design wins and operator engagements around the new multi-gigabit cable DOCSIS 3.1 standard base data services are gathering very strong momentum. We expect initial product rollouts in the fourth quarter of 2016 and into the first half of 2017. We are excited about the underlying market dynamics supporting the DOCSIS 3.1 product cycle as well as our leadership position competitively in cable data front end and companion power gain amplifiers and MoCA solutions.

We expect a multiyear upgrade cycle to drive solid growth for our cable data business due to upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 deployments. Within our operator family, out satellite revenue growth resulted from an increase in 4K resolution, full spectrum capture receiver deployments, driven by the resumption of next-generation gateway rollout across multiple tier 1 satellite operators in North America and Europe. Despite the near-term headwinds presented by current and future stepdowns in our legacy Entropic analog channel stacking outdoor unit revenues and the sequential second quarter revenue flatness in digital channel stacking outdoor units, we remain excited by our longer-term prospects in the channel stacking market as it transitions from legacy analog to digital. We’re the broadest and most competitive platform solutions in the satellite outdoor unit market, ranging from satellite Ku-band RF down converters combined with our digital channel stacking SoCs to the direct satellite to IP converting SoCs for the emerging sat to IP digital outdoor unit market.

Across our operator platforms, MoCA continues to be an increasingly strategic part of our business as it expands from being simply a wholly owned PVR conduit to a critical high bandwidth backbone connectivity solution that enables robust delivery of broadband data and video throughout the connected home. For those attending CableLabs summer conference this week and IBC later in August, we will be demonstrating our latest multi-gigabit MoCA 2.5 solution, which is the industry's first 2.5 gigabits per second wired connectivity solution.

Moving to our infrastructure and other product revenues, revenue was roughly 16% of total revenues in the quarter. We witnessed a strong and continuing ramp in shipments of our high-speed optical interconnect products, specifically our long-haul 100-gigabit per second laser drivers supporting network build-out by major Chinese wireless carriers more than doubled sequentially. Along with robust customer demand, the strong growth in second quarter was enabled by the elimination of our own supply chain constraints in the prior quarters. We are increasingly confident of meeting our internal growth target of up to $20 million in high-speed interconnect revenue in 2016.

We continue to leverage MaxLinear’s world-class engineering and operations capabilities to expand our footprint in the high-speed optical interconnect market. We’re now releasing to production a range of products that we had earlier announced at the Optical Fiber Conference in March. These include our MxL2025 quad-laser driver for the Metro markets and MxL9101 quad-TIA solution inside the datacenter 100-gigabit NRZ market. We expect the initial ramp of these new products in Q4 2016, which will yield a meaningful and a more diversified revenue stream moving into 2017.

Additionally, our infrastructure and other category benefited from the initial contribution of our Microsemi wireless assets acquisition, which was limited two months of revenue contribution as the last adjustments related to a transition from sell-in to sell through distributer revenue recognition.

Lastly, legacy video SoC revenues derived from the Entropic acquisition were $8.1 million in the quarter, declining to 8% of total revenues versus approximately 16% in the prior quarter. As expected, the weakness was owing to declines in cable, HD, digital to analog convertor deployments, which were magnified further by recent consolidation of two major cable operators in North America. Internally, we are prognosticating an imminent decline of these legacy SoC revenues as the market transitions to ultra HD 4K resolution devices and legacy platform reach a terminal end of life phase.

Now for some comments on our recent wireless asset acquisitions. As noted earlier, we're excited about the strategic footprint expansion enabled by these two wireless infrastructure acquisitions, consisting of Microsemi's RF wireless access solutions and Broadcom's wireless backhaul assets. With the Microsemi wireless infrastructure, 3G, 4G access technology platform, we anticipate exciting growth potential in the longer term, represented by the migration of wireless infrastructure asset markets from 2G, 3G and 4G to, ultimately, a massive MiMo 5G deployments.

The proliferation of multiple higher frequency range cellular bands from below 6-gigahertz to millimeter wave frequency band and the dramatic increases in channel bandwidth requirements significantly enhances the complexity of wireless access technologies. It also vastly increases the number of transceivers needed in each remote radio head deployed in macro and micro wireless base stations. As the wireless network densifies further in 5G to support multi-gigabit data services, there's a multiplicative effect on the addressable market for CMOS broadband RF mixed signal transceiver technology solutions.

With the Broadcom backhaul business, we acquired a proven market-leading microwave and millimeter wave backhaul modem capability that is complementary to our organically developed microwave RF transceiver outdoor unit solution. Together, they constitute the world's first complete and most advanced wireless backhaul technology platform and the only full system solution. Broadcom's hard based software and system level expertise developed over a 15-year period has secured meaningful design wins at tier 1 wireless infrastructure OEM customers.

This acquisition of Broadcom's baseband technology platform not only accelerates the time to revenue and target wireless infrastructure market, but also enhances significantly the market share prospects of our organic microwave backlog remote radio head transceiver offering. We are currently sampling our remote outdoor unit microwave radio single-chip solution, significantly ahead of our internal target timeline. Our internally developed microwave backhaul radio transceiver solution represents an unprecedented level of performance and CMOS integration benefits, addressing carrier license bands from 5 gigahertz to 45 gigahertz. It eliminates dozens of discrete expensive RF chips, thereby simplifying design and reducing the cost of microwave backhaul deployment. Significantly, through the Broadcom and Microsemi wireless asset acquisitions; we have secured strong customer relationships with all the major tier 1 wireless carrier OEMs in the world, establishing MaxLinear as a strategic supplier into the 4G and 5G massive MiMo transceiver markets.

We have straight through to our lean operating philosophy through all these acquisitions. We've acted decisively to ensure that the recently acquired teams are rightsized in order to take full advantage of design and operating synergies. As a result, we now have talented and focused beams of approximately 30 and 55 engineering employees in Burnaby, Vancouver in Canada and Herzliya in Israel respectively. These talented resources are not only developing differentiated wireless infrastructure technologies, but are also supporting MaxLinear's core development roadmap.

Before I turn the call over to Adam Spice, our Chief Financial Officer, I would like to reiterate that we are extremely pleased to have delivered a near record revenue in the second quarter, along with growth and operating margin expansion and strong cash generation. Our expanding portfolio of market-leading broadband access and connectivity solutions has positioned MaxLinear to address the key challenges faced by our operator partners.

Simultaneously, our recently completed wireless infrastructure acquisitions, combined with our organic initiatives, significantly accelerate our ability to address and grow revenues in the large and growing wireless and wired infrastructure markets. We look forward to sharing more information regarding the progress in our infrastructure initiatives in the coming months.

Now, let me turn the call over to Mr. Adam Spice, our Chief Financial Officer, for a review of the financials and our forward guidance.

Adam Spice

Thank you, Kishore. On Q2 revenue of $101.7 million, GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins for the second quarter were approximately 61.9% and 63.8% of revenue respectively, versus our original guidance of 60% to 61% for GAAP and 62% to 63% for non-GAAP gross margin. The upside in gross margins was in part due to the mixed effect resulting from the receipt of $1.3 million in revenue from the sale and concurrent license of certain legacy video SoC intellectual property in the quarter. This compares to GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins of 59.6% and 61.3%, respectively in the first quarter of 2016, and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin of 38% and 58.4% respectively in the year-ago quarter.

The delta between GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins in the second quarter was primarily related to the amortization of $2.1 million of acquisition-related purchase intangibles and inventory step-up. Q2 GAAP operating expenses were approximately $40.5 million, $500,000 below guidance. The delta due primarily to higher purchase price accounting charges and acquisition and integration cost and expenses associated with our recent acquisitions, which were largely offset by lower than forecast operating expenses.

GAAP operating expenses included $1.3 million in acquisition and integration fees and expenses related to our recently announced acquisitions, $200,000 of restricted merger proceeds and contingent consideration related to our Physpeed acquisition and $800,000 for the amortization of purchased intangible assets. Accruals related to stock-based compensation and stock-based bonus and incentive plans were $4.8 million and $2.6 million respectively. And we incurred $200,000 of professional fees related to the Cresta Technology's patent litigation.

Consistent with 2015, payouts under our 2016 performance bonus plan are expected be settled primarily in shares of MaxLinear stock with the first half 2016 awards being made in mid-August. Net of these items, non-GAAP OpEx was $30.6 million, $1.4 million below our prior guidance of $32 million, $1.1 million higher than the Q1 2016 and up approximately $1.3 million from the year-ago quarter. As indicated in the GAAP comments earlier, the largest driver of the [indiscernible] relative to guidance resulted from continuing acquisition-related headcount-related efficiencies combined with some miscellaneous project related savings.

Second quarter GAAP OpEx attributable to R&D was up approximately $300,000 quarter-on-quarter and was approximately flat year-on-year at $24 million, which included stock based compensation of $3.1 million, $1.7 million related to the first half 2016 stock-based bonus plan and incentive awards, $200,000 in Physpeed deferred merger proceeds and contingent consideration and $100,000 for the amortization of purchased intangible assets.

Excluding these items, second quarter non-GAAP R&D was down approximately $200,000 quarter-on-quarter and was down approximately $300,000 year-on-year to $18.8 million. Within sequential R&D spending decrease, there was $400,000 related to the tapeout and prototyping expense reductions and $400,000 related to a reduction in IP spending. These sequential declines were partially offset by $300,000 in annual merit increases and higher spending of design tools and other miscellaneous expenses.

Second quarter GAAP OpEx attributable to SG&A was up approximately $2.9 million quarter-on-quarter and down $7.1 million from the year-ago quarter to $16.5 million. GAAP SG&A expenses included $1.7 million in stock-based compensation, $1.3 million in acquisition integration costs and expenses related to the recently announced acquisitions, $700,000 for the amortization of acquired intangible assets, $800,000 in stock-based bonus plan accruals and incentive compensation and $200,000 in net professional fees related to the Cresta Technology’s patent litigation. Excluding these items, second quarter non-GAAP SG&A was up $1.3 million on a quarter-on-quarter basis and up $1.6 million from the year-ago quarter to $11.8 million, with a sequential increase driven primarily by acquisition-related expenses, relocation expenses related to our Irvine facility move and higher commission expenses and annual merit increases.

At the end of the second quarter of 2016, our headcount was 525, as compared to 506 at the end of the first quarter 2016 and 531 at the end of the second quarter of 2015. We continue to evaluate our staffing levels globally, strictly following our recent acquisition activity to strike a balance between driving near-term bottom line operating leverage and staffing key long-term growth initiatives. We continue to look to derive operating leverage by appropriately balancing hiring across our locations in the U.S. India, China, Taiwan, Israel and Canada.

GAAP income from operations was $22.4 million in Q2 compared to the income from operations of $21.7 million in the prior quarter and a loss from operations of $32.1 million in the Q2 of last year, which was heavily impacted by the purchase accounting of the Entropic acquisition that closed in April 2015. GAAP earnings per share in the second quarter were $0.33 on fully diluted shares outstanding of 67.5 million shares. This compares to our adjusted GAAP EPS of $0.31 in the prior quarter and a GAAP net loss per share of $0.58 in Q2 of last year.

As you may have noted in our press release from earlier today, we adopted ASU number 2016-09 related to the changes to employee share based payment accounting in Q2 of 2016. As a result, when computing diluted EPS using the treasury method due to our stock price being higher today versus when some long-term equity awards originally granted, fewer hypotheticals shares can be repurchased at the time of vesting, resulting in a greater number of incremental shares being issued upon exercise of share based payment awards.

The impact of this adoption for the three quarters ended June 30, 2016, was a reduction to the provision for income taxes and an increase to net income of $3.5 million and an increase to basic earnings per share of $0.06 and diluted earnings per share of $0.04. Diluted earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2016, was also impacted by an increase of 910,000 shares related to the adoption of this provision. The adoption of ASU number 2016-09 also resulted in a reduction to the previously reported provision for income taxes and an increase in net income of $1.6 million and an increase to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.02 for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

Diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2016, were also impacted by an 825,000 share increase in the average shares outstanding. Non-GAAP earnings per share in Q2 were $0.50 on fully diluted shares of $67.5 million compared to adjusted $0.49 per share in Q1 of 2016 and $0.22 per share in Q2 of last year.

Moving to the balance sheet and cash flow statement. Our cash, cash equivalents and investments balance increased $9.6 million from the end of Q1 2016 to approximately $176.5 million and increased to $94.4 million as compared to the $82.1 million in Q2 of last year. Our cash flow from operations in the second quarter of 2016 was approximately $32.3 million versus $39 million generated in the first quarter of 2016 and $4.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Our days sales outstanding for the second quarter was approximately 38 days or one day more than the prior quarter and two days less than the year-ago quarter. As a reminder, we only recognize revenue on a sell-through basis and, as such, we're not subject to revenue fluctuations caused by changes in distributor inventory levels. Our inventory turns were 5.6 in the second quarter compared to 5.4 in the first quarter and 6.8 in the year-ago quarter. That leads me to our guidance.

We expect revenue in the third quarter 2016 to be in the range of $94 million to $98 million. Built into this range, we expect operator revenues to account for roughly 78% of overall revenue, infrastructure and other approximately 16% and legacy video SoC approximately 6%. More specifically, within operator, we expect growth to be driven primarily by our satellite 4K Gateway front-end and channel stacking shipments, which will be more than offset by lower cable CPE platform shipments of analog frontend and MoCA connectivity solutions, as well as lower cable video tuner-demodulator SoC shipments.

Although analog channel stacking is forecast to be flat to slightly up in the third quarter, all current indications are that the primary operator-customer for these solutions is planning a relatively hard cut over to digital channel stacking in the Q4 2016 to Q1 2017 timeframe, which leads to greater forecast uncertainty and volatility related to timing and impact of potential last time buys.

Within infrastructure and other, we expect modest declines in TV and consumer terrestrial set-top box shipments and a significant step back in high speed interconnect, reflective of seasonality and a stepping back from what was an exceptionally strong second quarter, one of which we overcame prior quarter's supply constraints.

Within infrastructure and other, we expect these declines to be largely offset by contributions from our recently acquired wireless infrastructure businesses. And lastly, within our legacy video SoC markets, we expect continued sequential declines given the end of life of certain North American cable HD-DTA deployments and significantly reduced visibility resulting from the recently closed merger of Time Warner and Entropic Communications. While in the near term we anticipate headwinds owing to the imminent decline in revenues from our legacy video SoC and analog ODU platforms, we are excited about the diversification into wireline and wireless infrastructure markets, which should lead to upward pressure to our gross margins longer term.

We expect GAAP gross profit margin to be between 58.5% and 60% of revenue with sequentially declines driven by the purchase price accounting impact of the Broadcom wireless backhaul acquisition and non-GAAP gross profit margins to be between 63% and 64% of revenue in the third quarter. Our gross profit margin percentage forecast could vary plus or minus 2% depending on product mix and other factors. We continue to fund strategic development projects targeted at delivering attractive top line growth in 2016 and beyond, with particular focus on infrastructure initiatives and our goals of increasing operating leverage in the business.

Excluding the previously referenced yet to be determined potential acquisition-related charges related to the Microsemi wireless infrastructure access acquisition, we expect Q3, I should say the Broadcom backhaul acquisition in Q3, we expect Q3 2016 GAAP operating expenses to increase approximately $3.5 million quarter-on-quarter to approximately $44 million, with the largest increases coming from purchase price accounting impacts and headcount additions primarily related to the Broadcom acquisition that closed on July 1, a full quarter effect of the Microsemi wireless acquisition that closed on April 28 and professional fees and expenses related to information systems migrations, acquisition integration and patent filing activities.

We expect that Q3 2016 non-GAAP operating expenses will increase $2 million sequentially to approximately $32.5 million, driven largely by the earlier referenced headcount additions and other expenses related to recently closed Microsemi and Broadcom asset acquisitions and the related integration activities and expenses related to information systems migrations.

In closing, we are pleased to put a cap on a very eventful second quarter of 2016, reporting record profitability and accompanying expansion of both growth and operating margins, on strong revenue and cash flow generation as we simultaneously continue to diversify our business and expand our service to addressable markets while maintaining tight operating expense management. We believe the increased diversification of our business through strategic acquisitions and organic development initiatives position us to benefit from the growing demand for bandwidth across consumer, operator and wired and wireless infrastructure platforms.

And with that, I would like to open the call to questions. Operator?

Question-and-Answer Session


[Operator Instructions] And our first question comes from the line of Anil Doradla. Please go ahead with your question please.

Anil Doradla

Hey, guys. Just a couple of clarifications here. So Adam, when we look at the guidance, clearly, there seems to be some near-term pullbacks from the two things that you talked about. Now, can you give us a little bit color as to how much of it is driven by your lack of visibility and conservativeness versus how much of it, you've got a lot of visibility and that's clearly happening. Obviously, there are a couple things going around. So can you help us appreciate some of those finer points?

Adam Spice

Yes. There are a lot of moving pieces and prior to - similar to prior quarters, there's a range on our guidance. I think what we’ve tried to do and we always tried to do is set the midpoint where we think there's a very high confidence of us getting to. And I think what the guidance really reflects, again, is we've had a tremendously strong first half of 2016 in our operator business. The cable CP platforms have done very, very well. And what we have seen in prior years and will we see playing out today is a return, a consistent return to volatility at some point in the year almost always in the second half of the year and in prior years, it's either been a Q3 or Q4 or the end of Q4.

And right now, I think what you're seeing is that we have enough visibility obviously for Q3, given where we are in the quarter that we just feel that we have certainty that the volatility - sorry the seasonality is certainly there for a portion of our business. And part of it also is the fact that we, again, we had a very, very strong Q2 also in our high speed optical interconnect business, because in prior quarters, as that business was ramping, we were really supply constrained. And so what you saw a very, very strong Q2, where it more than doubled from Q1.

So I wouldn't say there's - for example, the software guide isn't so much a function of all these businesses being necessarily weaker, but the fact that you have some kind of growing pains in some of these new businesses and they’re naturally kind of sporty [ph] and choppy and I think that we’re seeing this certainly in the interconnect business, we believe very strongly that we're going to hit the goals that we put forward for the full year 2016 growth targets.

I think when you look at our cable CPE business, again, when you step back, what we see is a very strong business year-on-year, but unfortunately, it's a business that does exhibit seasonality pretty consistently. And I think right now, we just have to be kind of in a situation where you're having seasonality coinciding with the aging of some of these legacy products from Entropic that we've been very, very clear and transparent that we're going to develop. And we're seeing those.

We saw a big step down in Q1 and Q2 in the legacy video SoC, we see more step down from Q2 to Q3. We are seeing stability in the analog channel stacking, in fact, maybe even a little bit of growth from Q2 to Q3. But as my comments indicated, we are feeling increasingly confident that we know there will be relatively hard cutover as we progress, which, again, puts little more risk into our factor, we built it into our guidance about. When you're looking at pretty certain end of licensing of certain product lines, you have to take a much more, I would say, cautious view on whatever you're built into guidance because we certainly don’t want to over commit. So hopefully, I provided you some color about what's framing our guidance. Those are most of the big movers. I think, we also had very strong growth from our satellite 4K business, which actually, again, is continuing into the third quarter. So we've got some moving pieces. This is not a simple story, we have a lot of moving pieces, and even the growing pieces of our business aren't immune to some volatility from time to time as we go into them.

Anil Doradla

When you talk about the hard cutoff on the analog to digital stacking, you talked about some near-term growth there, so is it fair to say that Q4, we'll see this hard kind of handover between analog to digital or is that something that you just are not able to predict at this stage?

Kishore Seendripu

This is Kishore. That would be a logical conclusion. And we have been informed by the primary customer that they are contemplating a hard cutover and to the extent that we are seeing in Q3 some more analog ODU, it's hard to bracket that as an end of life ordering or Q4 and Q1 would present the end of life. But it's very clear now that the analog ODU at this principal customer operator in North America has intimated us that they’re going to go a hard cutover. Having said that, a natural question would be, do you see a stronger amp in digital ODU, but as things go in life, the bad news comes first and then the later [Technical Difficulty]. So our backlog does not indicate the sort of the reciprocal to the analog ODU going away, the digital ODU improving in a lockstep in time. But as we said, we're very optimistic and actually we're positively disposed that our ODU business has long-term growth legs and it's good to do very well because we have the most comprehensive and the superior technology platform. We noticed there is another way to look at all these issues, well there is a video SoC going away legacy products going away. Once they're done, you're going to see a good strong gross margin expansion and at the same time, all the products in our portfolio will be growth portfolio of products. So we're looking forward to this, to put this behind us. Regarding which, we have been telling everybody buy side and sell side analysts about disappearance of the legacy analog ODU and video SoC business over the several quarters we have been in communication with you guys.

Anil Doradla

And if you don't mind me sneaking one final clarification. So DOCSIS 3.1 ramps, I mean, they're different operators with different strategies. How would you characterize where we are in the DOCSIS 3.1 ramps? Thanks.

Kishore Seendripu

I would say that we are still, in my calculus, they are - the North America and Canadian operators have always been more aggressive in the DOCSIS data deployment. So we have some backlog and deployment, for Rogers, in Canada and we have some preliminary backlog deals for a major cable operator in North America. But if we just were to pattern out all these guys function, I'll just say that we are at e=0 and I would say we will ship some in Q1, not something that would meaningful impact our guidance. No, it could go up strongly, these guys have done pretty strange things, just when we think things are down, they come and place large orders for new transitions. But at this point, Q4 is far away. But I really think that 2017 will be a good product cycle for us and we are very, very well positioned. You would also see later at IBC announcements regarding new DOCSIS 3.1 cable app certified products being announced with particular OEMs, this time for some major operators all over the world.


And our next question comes from the line of Gary Mobley. Go ahead.

Gary Mobley

Just a point of clarification. The analog swim business, correct if I'm wrong, but isn't that approximately 20% of the total revenue?

Adam Spice

Well, we said that in Q1, it was about $17 million, Gary. So it was about 17% of revenues roughly, a little bit less than 70% in Q1. Q2, we said it was going to be down as it was in Q2. So if you think about right now, if you think about what it means for Q3 as a percentage of total revenue, it's probably more in, call it may be in the 12%-ish kind of range for total revenue in the quarter. So it's not 20%. So it's been coming down, it’s come down from 17% to let's call it, you know, call it around, it’s around 12% - 11%, 12% in Q2. And it's kind of flat to uppish a little bit in Q3, but kind of treading water, if you will.

Gary Mobley

I realize it's difficult to predict the transition between the analog swim modules and the digital swim modules with your one main customer, but do you have any assessments of what your market share can be in digital swim, I know you'll be splitting the business with Broadcom, but do you think it will be a 50-50 split?

Kishore Seendripu

Gary, this is Kishore. At this stage, I'm very happy to tell you guys that the digital ODU market, the split is maybe 90-10 in MaxLinear's favor for the ones that are deployed. Even if it be even 10, I don't know that. I cannot point out very clearly. However, the analog outdoor unit product, this particular customer get 100%. And now, that's going to transition over to Digital outdoor unit and when the transition complete, we expect that we would be splitting maybe 60-40, in that range for the digital outdoor units or half. Let's call it - just keep it simple, 50-50. And so that's the landscape, which implies that globally, when you look at digital outdoor unit markets, we should have substantially the greater majority of the sockets worldwide. And as we speak, we are really doing a good job in winning the sockets worldwide. And the other thing on the longer-term, you need to understand that the kind of stuff we’re doing with the really, really high frequency integration of Ku-band, down conversions and the stat to IP conversions, it's a strategic platform for us and we believe we will be longstanding winner in this marketplace.

Gary Mobley

Along the lines of competition from Broadcom, can you talk a little bit about what you feel in terms of Broadcom's commitment towards DOCSIS, specifically DOCSIS 3.1 and in MoCA 2.5 and beyond?

Kishore Seendripu

Gary, I cannot speak for Broadcom's strategic plans, but I can speak for MaxLinear's plan. I would say where we stand. I would save DOCSIS 3.1, we work with Intel. It's a very great partner for us. We are pretty much close to offering all the mixed signal in front of the Intel baseband processor. And I would like to say that our platform is, by far, the most superior platform out there. Broadcom does have an offering. We don't know the state of its maturity, however, I would say in North America, with the major operators who are planning the deployment, we're extremely well positioned. With regard to MoCA 2.5, I don't think there's going to any player who is going to have MoCA 2.5 anytime soon, given that even in MoCA 2.0, the bond at MoCA 2.0, bond to Channel 1 is still being qualified or certified and they're not very strongly working solution, except MaxLinear's MoCA 2.1, because now the only fully integrated solution including the LNA, the transmitter, PA and full modem all integrated in a single chip. So I don't think we should think about competition in any manner. You should look at us as the leader in MoCA and we'll continue to be a leader in MoCA and DOCSIS 3.1, we hope to continue to preserve or grow our market share as time proceeds.


And our next question comes from the line of Quinn Bolton. Please go ahead.

Quinn Bolton

Just a couple of clarifications. Kishore, I think in your comments, you talked about an imminent decline in the legacy video SoC and obviously you talked about the hard cutover to digital channel stackers at your largest data analog stacking customers. So just kind of I hear there was comments and it sounds like both of those product lines, sounds like going to zero relatively quickly. Is that the right way to interpret your comments?

Kishore Seendripu

I would say that - I wish I could give you more color, but these guys always drag their feet more than not. But they are very good at giving you warnings, just to prepare the supply chain. I would say at this point, it’s a good assumption to work with but when you say two quarters, you have to take into account what Adam already guided for Q3, so within the context of Q3, Q4, Q1, it's a good assumption to make.

Quinn Bolton

And then, I don't think I heard but obviously, if your analog channel stacker customer has notified you of a hard cutover, I assume that you've now seen orders on the books of that customer on the digital stacking side. Can you confirm if they placed those orders?

Kishore Seendripu

We are shipping digital audio pretty robustly, but it's not to this particular operator, right. We're shipping to a major operator in North America. But with this particular operator, we still do not have the backlog that we would like to see that gives you the signal that this is a hard cutover but they're still within lead times. So we could - orders could develop for digital outdoor unit because it's a zero-sum game to some extent, right, between digital audio and analog audio for this operator, even though this shares will be split between our competitor and us. But we have not seen the backlog to indicate the converse of what they're been telling of analog audio hard cutover. But it's going to happen. We're just trying to be upfront and honest about this and giving you information as much as we have and as well as we have at this stage.

Adam Spice

Quinn, to give you a little bit more color too, I think when we talk in these terms, sometimes there can be confusion in where people put their guidepost. But we're not - I think we should not take away from the discussion is that the revenue goes to zero in Q1. There's no scenario where the revenues go to zero in Q4 and go to zero in Q1. That's not on the table. I would think that - so what you see now is a declining, what we think as a declining forecast starting now for some of these businesses, particularly in Q4 for analog ODU. And naturally these things would have tails on them. And then the question becomes, how do you manage that tail? Do you, for example, do you put last time buys in place so that we can continue to get efficiencies of our supply chain and not be distracted by smaller volumes as they tail out over time. For us, it might be a better decision for us to basically put last time buys in place, pull some of that revenue from later in 2017 into either Q4 or Q1 of 2017. So it's really hard to draw a very specific conclusions on what the profile is going to look like. But I think it's clear that it would be safe to not have any real significant revenue for those two product lines beyond, I would say, the Q1 period. So for Q2, it would be safe to taking it down to some negligible amount, but I wouldn't do that before Q2.

Quinn Bolton

Okay. And then obviously you talked about the optical business, obviously you take a step back into 3Q as you caught up to demand in the second quarter. Based on sort of your visibility, would you expect that business to recover back in the fourth quarter? And if so, do you think it has a chance to get back to the second quarter levels or would it be a more modest recovery? I know Q2 seems like with the doubling in that business, it was a particularly strong quarter.

Kishore Seendripu

So Quinn, I think there are two levels to that answer. I know you put out an article on optical super cycle, but if that doesn’t happen obviously, we would benefit from that. But at this stage, we do not - we only have anecdotal information of good things happening, but no indications of real volumes because the carriers in China, for example, have not yet given out the bids. So in that context, we don't see going to Q2 level. However, we are launching new products and they could ramp in Q4, so it's early to say that and if good things were to happen, I do not see any reason in Q4, Q1 window why we won't start seeing some more good outcomes. So we are cautiously waiting to see if the super cycle pans out, but we will really thrilled if that does pan out.


And your next question comes from the line of Ross Seymore. Please go ahead.

Ross Seymore

Just sticking in that infrastructure category. To get it down to 16%, it seems like that that fall off in high-speed interconnect has to be large, but you should have somewhat of an offset from the two wireless acquisitions in there. Can you just talk about kind of relative movements in the three main pieces in that infrastructure and other segment for 3Q?

Adam Spice

So we'll give you some color on that. So again, we mentioned there's going to be some kind of, I would say, smaller declines across TV and terrestrial set-top box and those are really driven more by just there's one of those older markets where you got some ASP compression that play, not a lot of unit growth and so forth. So that’s really not what’s moving the needle much, you're absolutely right that we've got a pretty significant falloff from Q2 to Q3 for high-speed optical. And that's the biggest kind of headwind, if you were to keeping the revenue relatively flat quarter-over-quarter. So if you look at the step down from HSI, there is a more than offsetting step up from the wireless assets that we bought, but there's also another step down, which I mentioned earlier in the call which was related to a sale of some IP and license that was nonrecurring in Q2. So there was about $1.3 million that we got in the quarter that goes away. So that's part of that sequential decline is you've got to step down HSI, you don't have the recurrence of the $1.3 million from the sale of the IP and all of that's being offset by the introduction of the wireless infrastructure revenue and it basically goes to basically keep the business roughly flat sequentially. So those are the moving pieces.

Ross Seymore

So that IP revenue was in the infrastructure and another category, I take it?

Adam Spice

Yes. We just call it other, because it is what it is.

Ross Seymore

Because it’s other, exactly. And then getting back to your answering the questions about how fast stuff goes to zero. Can you remind us in the analog channel stacking side versus the legacy video SoC, rather than when they might decline. Is there things that would offset that or the glide path down to a low amount be different, you know, different customers in analog channel stacking, single customer and legacy video SoC so that the probability of going to zero might be different between the two?

Kishore Seendripu

So Ross, this is Kishore. As you pointed out, the cable video SoC ship to cable operators and analog channel [indiscernible] ships to a major operator in North America. So they are two, these are diversity of two. And to that extent, they could split a bit in terms of time. However, on the video SoC, the consolidation between - the primary customer was, the remaining customer was the Time Warner charter configuration and their consolidation has created a pause or the indication that they may not be interested to further prolong this platform. I've talked about end of life in the SoC platform, so that's what caused these abruptness in my statement about imminent decline. On the analog [indiscernible], I think Adam’s comments are still valid, there will be a small tail. As Adam responded to Quinn, it's not going to go to zero, but it's good idea to assume that it will be a very small tail in Q1 and could be zero in Q2.

Ross Seymore

I guess there's one final question for Adam. You guys obviously do a good job on controlling the OpEx side of the equation. Off of that base in the third quarter that you guided to, the $32.5 million, how should we think about that changing going forward?

Adam Spice

I think it's relatively - we normally don't give guidance beyond the current quarter, but I can say that we're relatively flat, I would say Q3 to Q4 right now is what we're looking at.


And our next question comes from the line of [indiscernible]. Please go ahead with your question.

Unidentified Analyst

I appreciate the [indiscernible] and obviously it’s a lot of moving parts and pieces here. As we look at - it seems like working the band aid off where we knew some businesses were going to decline eventually and we’ve kind of come to that day. Can you maybe frame up for us what, absent these next two to three quarters where we have the end of life of other unit and obviously, the SoC, what we're looking at and in aggregate shape in terms of our growth engine for the infrastructure and the remaining businesses, the digital stacking and what not, maybe to framing up in that sense as opposed to what’s going on here in the near term with the noise, if you will.

Kishore Seendripu

Hi Brian, this is Kishore. I think I agree very well to the categories here, right? So I would like to still focus first on our operator business, it’s still a substantial part of our business. We have cable data, which is a very setting platform with all the top stuff over-the-top stuff. And the DOCSIS 3.1 would present a great product-cycle growth story moving forward as, if you follow-up Comcast for any of these guys, the subscribers and the data consumption, subscription is really increasing, and they're very excited about increasing the data raise and they will be - and then the ASP improves on these things. Okay, that's one part of it. Second is, they're launching these new MoCA platforms. Obviously, there is some timing risk on the deployments of these new platform, what we call, [indiscernible], which is call MoCA 2.1 for about 1 gigabit per second and MoCA 2.5, what we call [indiscernible] that has 2.5 gigabit per second data backbone for precisely the DOCSIS 3.1 kind of deployment inside the home.

So as a platform category that's a pretty good solid growth vehicle, right? And then we move to satellite. We got our 4K satellite gateway front-end. They're doing very, very well. We shipped to the major tier-1 operator in Europe and in North America, and they will prove to be a very strong vehicle for us as well. As the world is now, indeed, switching over ultra HD platforms from all the video and over-the-top operators and their deployment. And then we want to talk about our offerings in infrastructure and other categories, which will very much infrastructure at that time. So that's a growth vehicle right? Our high speed internet connect products for telecom, which is basically long-haul and metro, are really doing very well. We have been really reliant on one product along all driver, but major of all most all of revenue into the state. But now we're launching these products for TIAs, for long-haul. We're launching these products for drivers and TIAs with metro. We've also launched in the TIAs for inside the data [indiscernible].

I think these are uncapped growth drivers for us, and we are just being cautious until we get confirmation of the design wins design wins and what they ramp rates are. And also, if you look at our wireless assets, right now we are kind of clearing up and cleaning up all these things that we've acquired. There's always a lot of stuff that needs to be cleaned up. So while we're cautious about the cleanup and what that means, but by the timing to second-half of next year, you'll see a robust pick-up because of revenue synergies between the backhaul platform and the RF front-end microwave platform that we've organically developed, that's really doing very well. That should be growing pretty robustly as well. So you'll have the wireless assets growing, the high-speed optical components growing as well. And so you see that all the business has pretty much one in analog - I didn't mention digital outdoor unit, naturally. Suffice it to say that the analog outdoor unit is going away. Digital outdoor unit is going to do even better. And then operators outside North American are also deploying them. We will get traction there too, we have traction there.

So if you see that once you remove the analog outdoor unit and you remove the video SoC legacy, it is substantial amount compared to last year, you will see that all these revenues growing very nicely, robustly, once we get through first half of next year. So I think here we are, with the day that had got delayed and postponed more than we had thought earlier. So we've done very well on cash flow and things like that. These are top legacy businesses. But now we look forward to deploying that cash and having this nice growth vehicles to improving or operating sustainable operating margin, our gross margin will expand in a positive direction for sure. And then we have proven that we can do wonderful things as a corporate M&A team to be able to really do some very good strategic organic and inorganic acquisitions that are accretive to our business moving forward. So I think, all in all, we are - you can see that we are still pretty excited about where we have brought the company forward here. It's a legitimate RF mixed signal, 65% gross margin, $300 million-plus run rate company. And I think that's pretty remarkable in this day and age.

Brian Alger

So if I can summarize, there is obviously a lot of growth drivers that are a bit on the comp. And in the meantime, over the next two to three quarters, as we're winding down these businesses, those growth drivers won't offset the headwind. But it sounds as, though, by the time we get into Q2, I know you were talking about the second half of next year, but it seems like in terms of inflections with seasonality and the end of purchasing, shouldn't we be hitting that inflection point more around Q2 than the second half of next year? Or is it something that takes a little bit longer for the growth engines to kick in?

Kishore Seendripu

I mean, sitting here at this point, I want to be conservative in my tone and my approach to next year, naturally, because we need to regroup in how we look at the outward years and the timing of each of these units. But yes, you could be right. But at this point, our second half would be a safer inflection point to think about.

Adam Spice

Yes, I think Brian, also is that I would say that - just want to reiterate, too, that we are seeing these - we're seeing the declines in the - declines are in front of us for analog ODU and for the video SoC. But at the same time, I think part of the challenge that we faced that it contributed to our guidance in - for our guidance for Q3 is seasonality in our core business, right? And again, that's something that's new. People that have been familiar with MaxLinear for an extended period of time will realize that, that the seasonality presents itself. And I think that last year, the seasonality was there, and we talked about it, but it was really kind of swamped and overcome by the Entropic accretion and the synergies that we opt in that deals so aggressively. So I think a little bit - 2015 was a little bit of a head-fake, right, because it was there, but people didn't pay attention to it even though we spoke to it. And I don't think the seasonality in the core business across cable in particular shouldn't be a huge shock to investors because it's been a perpetual piece of your business. But just legacy, but there's also core seasonality. So I think that's what people need to think about. I think the big question that we have for ourselves right now is what is the extent of that seasonality. I've said in my earlier comments that it's been there every year. It's either been Q3 or Q4 or Q3 and Q4, and there's been combinations where you had Q3 - like last year, Q3 cable was down strongly - down sharply in Q3 and then basically flattish to Q4. So we don't yet have enough visibility to know whether that's going to play out again this year, as it did last year, or whether you've got even more seasonality on top of that weather could see a little bit of a balance. So it's too early to call Q4, I don't think you can take seasonality for Q4 off the table at this point either.


And our next question comes from the line of Tore Svanberg.

Tore Svanberg

So obviously, you've talked about these legacy declines and other here. So maybe to ask or frame Brian's question a little differently, once you get through this sort of transition period, what type of a growth rate do think you will be seeing from MaxLinear going forward?

Adam Spice

Now that's a tough one, Tore. I think that - again, I think Kishore addressed it the right way, which is, if you look at the various pieces, or if you really look at our infrastructure and other, which is now - it is more infrastructure than other, right, and that's where the focus of the investment is, that's where growth of the revenues are coming from. I mean, that we are very confident. You got solid double-digit growth coming in the foreseeable future for that business. And I think that's one that even, again, should be a grower sequentially from Q3 to Q4. That's not going to suffer from the - kind of the, I would say, the legacy headwinds. When you certainly have the operator business, I think the operator business is one where historically we've talked about that business being a 10%-ish grower, plus or minus, depending. It could be a little bit less in the year where there's not a lot of new deployment news. It's going to - should be able deal better when there is a heavy new deployment cycling like DOCSIS 3.1 or 4K satellite gateway front-ends. And certainly, we're seeing that very nice growth on 4K satellite front-ends right now.

We had a very good first half year in 2016 driven by the 24- or 32-channel adoptions with DOCSIS market. So yes, I think that when you strip out the analog headwinds - the analog ODU headwind, you should look at our core operator business, which is comprised of all the front-ends, the MoCA plus the digital channel stacking that should be a double-digit growth business. I don't think there's any reason to change from that framework of view. I think that the infrastructure should be multiples of that as far as percentage growth. It should be certainly a solid, solid double-digit grower. And then, of course, that leaves the only remaining categories of the SoC, which we talked about, would be largely out of mix, once you get out of Q1 time frame in 2017. So I think we're still - we've not changed our goal of we believe that we can grow the business over a 3- to 5-year time period at a 15% to 20% top line CAGR, and we're very confident that we can do that. And that view was even in - taking into perspective that we knew that these legacy businesses were going away. So that's all factored in. It's net of that. So I think the question really is, as Brian pointed out, is when the turn the corner as far as where you return to true net growth, once all these headwinds are kind of moving past, and think if anybody is back, whether it's Q2 or - second half of next year, but I think - I don't think our confidence has not changed at all the fact that we're going to there. It's just a matter of - and I think, when you're talking about the matter of a quarter or two, I think that's a little bit splitting hairs in this kind of dynamic.

Tore Svanberg

That's helpful. Then coming back to the outdoor unit business. So you mentioned you kind of foresee a pretty steep decline in analog but you haven't really seen the backlog yet in digital. How do you think that's going to play out? Or, I guess, the question is, if digital would potentially ramp for some of your customers in Q1, when would you typically get that backlog or with that visibility?

Kishore Seendripu

Tore, this is Kishore. I think that we do get visibility quarter out for sure. And at this point, we have a major operator in North America outside of these analog ODU operators that's ramped very nicely. We got some operators in Europe just ramping, little sputtering. But those should be in solid ramp phase in Q1. And then coming back to this North American operator, there is analog ODU base today and wants to switch over to digital outdoor unit, we expect a 50-50 split. We're going to share the split from 100%. And then the ASPs themselves are down another 30% to 40% relative to analog outdoor units. So all in all, the amount of uplift you get from transition to digital ODU from this primary operator is decent but nothing significant relative to the analog ODU. So you have to keep that in perspective. So if you think about this and, say, fast forward three to four years from now, can satellite be $100 million business? Yes, absolutely. But right now, on a run-rate basis, it's going to be well below that. That's the bottom line.

Tore Svanberg

Sounds good. And on the Cable business, I know you typically don't guide more than a quarter out, but it does seem like per-items mentioning of seasonality in the second half. It does look like that business is maybe correcting a little bit earlier than usual. As you look at Q4, it does look like you also have the growth of the D1s - I mean 3, DOCSIS 3.1 starting in Q4. So is there a chance for Q4 to be flattish in the core Cable business? Or do you think if it's to be down sequentially?

Kishore Seendripu

It's very hard to say, because - I'll tell you one thing right, the previous two years, the cable data side, we have seen some very schizophrenic ordering patterns. We thought things are going to go down in Q3, and we guide so. And they started placing orders in a hurry in Q4. And then - and there was a two years before that, typically doing exactly a similar tradition to 3.0, we saw a situation where we actually preannounced a negative outcome, and then at the end of the quarter, they started ordering and we felt like fools, right? So given that situation, we are trying to be at a place where we don't make that mistake. So how Q4 would turn out? Hopefully, it's better. But at this stage visibility, even it's available, is really not good visibility in the sense that it's absolutely volatile and not dependable. And if you add on top of that the DOCSIS 3.1 transition dynamics, I think I am not willing to measure how it's going to play out. But hopefully, it's better than what I'm telling you today.

Tore Svanberg

Fair enough. Just one last question for Adam. Adam, your inventory days came in at 63 days in the quarter, which I believe is an all-time low. Is that just simply a function of some of these end-of-life products that you have with the legacy businesses? Or is it anything else going on there?

Adam Spice

No, I think, certainly, we depleted our inventory significantly of our high-speed optical interconnect, and we were supply-constrained pretty severely in Q2, even - we basically shipping out pretty much everything that we had orders for. So I think that we certain step that we have very lean inventories in interconnect products. We're basically building to backlog for these end-of-life products because we don't want to be left with inventory in hand. So I would say it's fair to say that the end-of-life for legacy products is having a pretty big an influence in how we manage our inventory levels right now, and it's all building to backlog. Very little reliance on any forecast at this point, because we ought to be left for stuff on hand.


And there are no questions at this time. Do you have any closing remarks?

Kishore Seendripu

Thank you very much, operator. As a reminder, we'll be participating in the Roth Capital's Second Annual Data Center Technology Conference on September 7 in San Francisco, the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference on September 13 in Las Vegas, and we hope to see many of you there. With that being said, we thank you all for joining us today, and we look forward to reporting on our progress to you in the next quarter. Thank you.


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