Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Seeking Alpha: IoT Continues To Support The Silicon Labs Story

Almost a year ago, I thought Silicon Labs (NASDAQ:SLAB) looked like an interesting, albeit not completely compelling, pick in the semiconductor space due to its position in microcontrollers, tuners, sensors, timers, and RF. Since then, the shares have done alright relative to comps like STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML), but not so well relative to the likes of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM), or Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN).

My primary issues with Silicon Labs continue to be competition, the pace of market growth, and valuation. I like the company, and I think its capabilities in MCU, RF, and sensors give it a good chance of gaining/holding share in the growing Internet of Things (or IoT) market. The "but" is that competing with companies like the aforementioned NXP, Broadcom, and Texas Instruments is no picnic, there is still valid uncertainty as to the real size of the IoT opportunity, and the valuation doesn't seem all that low to me.

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IoT Continues To Support The Silicon Labs Story

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