SAN JOSE, Calif., Sep 06, 2005 -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:ALTR) today announced an update to its sales, gross margin, and research and development guidance.
We expect that third quarter sales will be in line with prior guidance for 1% to 3% sequential growth. New product sales, quarter-to-date, are up strongly compared to the similar point in the prior quarter, led by the Stratix(R) FPGA family.
Third quarter gross margin will be lower than previously anticipated. We now expect third quarter gross margin will be in the range of 66% to 67% of sales versus earlier guidance of 68% to 69%. Across multiple end markets, high-margin, low-volume turns business quarter-to-date has been less than anticipated, leading to lower gross margins overall. We are now assuming that this mix change is permanent and are modifying our gross margin guidance for fourth quarter 2005, and 2006. For these periods we anticipate gross margins will be in the range of 65% to 67%.
As a result of lower mask and wafer purchases, third quarter research and development spending is now projected to be approximately $48 million, down from prior guidance of $52 million.
On September 7th, at 11:20 am Eastern Time, Nathan Sarkisian, our chief financial officer, will discuss this update during his presentation at the Citigroup Global Technology Conference. The Altera presentation may be accessed via live web cast through the investor relations section of our website at www.altera.com.
Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) is the world's pioneer of system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at http://www.altera.com.
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