Lattice Semiconductor

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Lattice Semiconductor
Type Public (NASDAQLSCC)
Industry Integrated Circuits
Founded 1983, public since 1989
Headquarters Hillsboro, Oregon,
United States
45°31′38″N 122°55′36″W / 45.527216°N 122.926626°W / 45.527216; -122.926626Coordinates: 45°31′38″N 122°55′36″W / 45.527216°N 122.926626°W / 45.527216; -122.926626
Key people Darin Billerbeck, CEO
Products FPGAs, CPLDs
Revenue $332.5 million (2013)[1]
Net income Increase $22.3 million (2013)[1]
Employees 700 (2011)[2]
Website www.latticesemi.com

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation is a United States based manufacturer of high-performance programmable logic devices (FPGAs, CPLDs, & SPLDs).[3] Founded in 1983, the company employs about 700 people and has annual revenues of around $300 million, with Darin Billerbeck as the chief executive officer.[4] The Oregon-based company is the number three ranked company in world market share for field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices,[5] and number two for CPLDs & SPLDs.[6] The company went public in 1989 and is traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol LSCC.

History[edit]

Lattice was founded on April 3, 1983, by C. Norman Winningstad, Rahul Sud, and Ray Capece.[7] Winningstad, Harry Merlo, Tom Moyer, and John Piacentini were the early investors in the company.[7] Co-founder Sud left as president in December 1986, and Winningstad left in 1991 as chairman of the board.[7] Lattice was incorporated in Oregon in 1983 and reincorporated in Delaware in 1985. Early struggles led to chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in July 1987.[7] The company emerged from bankruptcy after 62 days and moved into a smaller headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon, from what was then an unincorporated area near Beaverton.[8]

The next year the company posted then record revenues while shrinking from 140 employees to 75 employees after the bankruptcy.[9] Cyrus Tsui became the company's chief executive officer in 1988.[10] On November 9, 1989, Lattice became a publicly traded company when its shares were listed on the NASDAQ after in initial public offering.[11] The initial share price was $6, and raised almost $14 million in capital for the company.[11] In July 1990, Lattice raised an additional $22.6 million from a second stock offering, selling nearly 1.5 million new shares at $16.25 per share.[12]

In 1995, the company attempted to assert trademark rights in the term Silicon Forest beyond the use of its trademark for the use in semiconductor devices.[13] They had registered the mark in 1985, but later conceded they could not prevent the usage of the term as a noun.[13] Forbes ranked the company as their 162nd best small company in the United States in 1996.[14]

In 1996, Lattice began expansions at its Hillsboro, Oregon, headquarters to double the size of the facility.[10] The company grew to annual revenues of more than $560 million and profits in excess of $160 million in 2000.[15] Its stock price reached an all-time high that year of $41.34 per share, as adjusted for stock splits.[15] Lattice purchased Agere Corporation's FPGA division in 2002.[16] Steve Skaggs was hired as CEO in 2005, replacing Cyrus Tsui.[16] That year, Lattice had layoffs for the first time in company history.[16] For fiscal year 2006 Lattice posted a profit of $3.1 million on revenues of $245.5 million, this was the first annual profit for the company since 2000.[17]

In 2004 the company settled charges with the United States government that it had illegally exported certain technologies to China, paying a fine of $560,000.[18] In June 2008, Bruno Guilmart was named as chief executive officer of the company, replacing Steve Skaggs.[19] For fiscal year 2008, Lattice had a loss of $32 million on annual revenues of $222.3 million.[20] In 2009, the company began moving all of its warehouse operations for parts from Oregon to Singapore.[21] Through July 2009, the company had lost money for ten straight quarters,[22] and had its first profitable quarter in three years during the fourth quarter of 2009.[23] Bruno Guilmart left the company in August 2010, and Darin Billerbeck who just sold Zilog in last year, was named the new CEO in October of that year, starting in November.[24] The company reported 2011 revenue of $318 million.[25] For the first quarter of 2012 Lattice reported revenue of $71.7 million.[26] Lattice reported revenue of $70.8 million for the second quarter of 2012.[27] Lattice started a stock buy-back program in 2010 that continued into 2012 that would total about $35 million if fully implemented.[28]

On December 9, 2011, Lattice announced it was acquiring SiliconBlue for $63.2 million in cash.[29][30][31] Lattice announced in July 2012 a foundry agreement with United Microelectronics Corporation. In October 2012, the company announced third quarter revenue of $70.9 million and restructuring that included job lay-offs.[32] Lattice returned to profitability in 2013 with a profit of $22.3 million on $332.5 million in revenues.[1]

Operations[edit]

Company headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon

In addition to CPLDs & SPLDs, Lattice also manufactures field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), programmable mixed-signal and interconnect products, related software and intellectual property (IP).[33] Lattice's main products are the ECP and XP series of FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), the Mach series of CPLDs (complex programmable logic devices), the ispPAC POWR series of programmable power management products (programmable mixed signal FPAA) and Lattice Diamond design software.[34] At the 90 nm node, Lattice offers a variety of FPGA devices. Products are used in a variety of end uses, such as flat-panel televisions and laptops.[19]

The company is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, in the high-tech area known as the Silicon Forest.[35] The company employs 700 people worldwide, with approximately 250 of those at company headquarters. Darin Billerbeck is Lattice's chief executive officer and president.[2][36] Among its chief competitors are Xilinx, Altera, Actel and QuickLogic.[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Rogoway, Mike (January 27, 2011). Lattice concludes comeback year, but says growth will slow The Oregonian.
  3. ^ Ken Cheung, EDA Geek. "Lattice Semiconductor Unveils ispLEVER Classic v1.2 Design Tool Suite." August 25, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Stevens, Suzanne (October 12, 2010). Lattice hires Darin Billerbeck as CEO Portland Business Journal.
  5. ^ FPGA Developer, July 15, 2011 List and comparison of FPGA companies
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  9. ^ Colby, Richard (April 1, 1988). "Lattice profit yields final pay to creditors". The Oregonian. pp. E7. 
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  11. ^ a b "Lattice stock brings company cash flow". November 10, 1989. pp. E10. 
  12. ^ "Lattice finishes stock offering". The Oregonian. July 24, 1990. pp. C13. 
  13. ^ a b Francis, Mike (December 3, 1995). "Who owns 'Silicon Forest'?". The Oregonian. p. G1. 
  14. ^ "The Bottom Line Briefcase: Forbes ranks six of region's small firms among nation's best". The Oregonian. October 24, 1996. pp. B1. 
  15. ^ a b Earnshaw, Aliza (January 24, 2008). "Lattice's 2007 sales and earnings slide". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  16. ^ a b c Earnshaw, Aliza (August 18, 2006). "Lattice hopes good news isn't fleeting". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  17. ^ Earnshaw, Aliza (January 25, 2007). "Lattice: First annual profits since 2000". High Tech - Semiconductors. Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
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  19. ^ a b Earnshaw, Aliza (November 14, 2008). "Lattice CEO focuses on the bottom line". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  20. ^ Njus, Elliot (August 6, 2010). "Chief executive who helmed turnaround at Lattice Semiconductor resigns". The Oregonian. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "Lattice to eliminate 64 jobs". Portland Business Journal. July 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  22. ^ Rogoway, Mike (July 23, 2009). "Lattice posts 10th straight quarterly loss, plans job cuts". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  23. ^ Rogoway, Mike (January 28, 2010). "Lattice Semiconductor back in the black during fourth quarter". The Oregonian. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  24. ^ Rogoway, Mike (October 12, 2010). "Lattice Semi names Intel vet its new CEO". The Oregonian. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  25. ^ Njus, Elliot. "Lattice Semiconductor posts higher fourth quarter, 2011 earnings amid lower demand". The Oregonian. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  26. ^ Rogoway, Mike (April 19, 2012). "Lattice Semi slips into the red as sales fall 13 percent in first quarter". The Oregonian. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  27. ^ Rogoway, Mike (July 19, 2012). Lattice Semiconductor reports lower quarterly results The Oregonian.
  28. ^ Siemers, Erik (February 29, 2012). "Lattice to repurchase up to $20 million in stock". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  29. ^ Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian. "As sales slide, Lattice Semiconductor pays $62 million for Silicon Valley mobile chip company." Dec 9, 2011. Retrieved Dec 19, 2012.
  30. ^ Maxfield, Max, Programmable Logic DesignLine, December 9, 2011 OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
  31. ^ Morris, Kevin, EE Journal, Silicon Symbiosis-Lattice Acquires SiliconBlue, December 13, 2011 Silicon Symbiosis
  32. ^ Siemers, Eric, Portland Business Journal, October 18, 2012 Lattice Semiconductor to cut 109 jobs, 30 in Hillsboro
  33. ^ Clive Maxfield, EE Times. "Lattice enhances its wireless base station portfolio." Jun 23, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
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  35. ^ Brian Chappatta, Bloomberg Businessweek. "Silicon Forest Baseball Wager Penalizes Oregon City: Muni Credit." Sep 25, 2012. Retrieved Dec 21, 2012.
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  37. ^ John Edwards (June 1, 2006). "No room for Second Place." EDN. Retrieved May 10, 2012.

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