Comparing Analog Devices, Altera Corporation, and Avago Technologies after 3Q14


Nov. 20 2020, Updated 3:07 p.m. ET

Overview of Analog Devices

In this ten-part series, we’ll focus on the performance of Analog Devices (ADI), Altera Corporation (ALTR), and Avago Technologies (AVGO), peer companies in the semiconductor industry.

Analog Devices is an American-based semiconductor company. It specializes in data conversion and signal conditioning technology. Headquartered in Massachusetts, the company was founded in 1965 and manufacturers analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing integrated circuits, which are used in electronic equipment. The market cap of Analog Devices (ADI) was $17.82 billion as of the end of 3Q15.

Analog Devices has a customer base of over 70,000. Its business is divided into the following segments:

  • Communications
  • Computer
  • Industrial
  • Instrumentation
  • Military
  • Automotive
  • Electronic Appliances

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Company overview and market cap of Altera

Altera Corporation (ALTR) is a global semiconductor company that designs and sells PLDs (programmable logic devices, power SoC (system-on-chip) devices, intellectual property cores, and proprietary development software.

Altera’s products are primarily in the industries of telecommunications and wireless, industrial automation, military and automotive, networking, computer and storage, and other vertical markets. Altera was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in California. It had a market cap of $15.98 billion at the end of 3Q15.

Company overview and market cap of Avago Technologies

Avago Technologies (AVGO) is a designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of semiconductor devices. It focuses on analog III–V based products and complex digital and mixed signal CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) based devices.

Avago was originally the semiconductor division of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ). It was included as part of the Agilent (A) spinoff and was eventually spun off from Agilent as a separate entity. Avago was founded in 1961 and had a market cap of $34.26 billion at the end of 3Q15.

Avago constitutes 0.18% of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and 0.80% of the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK).

In the next part of this series, we’ll make an informative comparison of the respective revenue growths of Analog Devices, Altera Corporation, Avago Technologies.


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