National Semiconductor posts loss, cautious about PC market

National Semiconductor posts loss, cautious about PC market
Tom Foremski
National Semiconductor has reported a loss $27.2m for its fiscal third quarter and said that slowing demand for PCs and a price war is affecting its future prospects.
“We are going into the fourth quarter more cautiously than we would have expected three months ago because of competitive uncertainties in the personal computer markets,” said National CEO Brian Halla.
The company said sales in the third quarter were $500m compared with $650m for the same period last year. National reported a profit of $26.2m for the same quarter last year.
Despite the loss, National said it is seeing multiple design wins for its system-on-a-chip products with applications in digital scanners, Windows based terminals and digital set top boxes.


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