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Old 31st December 2006, 01:05 AM   #11
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Yeah, why buy the company with premises and staff when you don't need to.
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Old 31st December 2006, 01:10 AM   #12
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I did a little search and the financing was put together Aug 05, and is cap'd at $3.6 million!

the financing requires that the company gets about $7 million of junior capital and equity by 1Q06 and 2Q06, respectively.

apparently, that never took place.

when did the hype on the T-amp start?
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Old 31st December 2006, 01:17 AM   #13
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Yeah, why buy the company with premises and staff when you don't need to.

with a PP&E of just over $700K, I am less confident if they own any "premises".

and it sounds like they have shut down the entire operation and laid off the staff to reduce payroll expenses.

I can see someone buying them for the IP portfolio, or to revolutionize the audio industry with those little wonder chips, .
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Old 31st December 2006, 01:22 AM   #14
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the financials for this company is just awful:

a) gross margin about 20%. for a fabless semi, it should be in the 50%+ range.

b) R&D + SG&A is more than its sales. you cannot survive too long that way.

c) they have about $5 million in inventory as of june. so maybe we will get a blow-out sales of their chips?

this is a werid company. they appointed their controller as acting CFO on 8/9/06. two days later, she told them that she would take that position until 8/30/06. how did that happen?
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Old 31st December 2006, 01:31 AM   #15
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those guys are pretty good at losing money: since inception, they have lost $211 million! vs shareholder equity of $205 million.

a lot of pain for those investors, I guess.
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Old 31st December 2006, 01:34 AM   #16
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looks like it ipo'd at $10 / share, and went as high as $30 / share. with 65 million sharas issued, that meant that tripath was worth some $2 billion at its peak.

now, it is worth about zip.
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Old 31st December 2006, 01:40 AM   #17
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Default Re: right about now...

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might be a Factor...

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....lar&id=903643&
Any time something like this happens:
Lawyers get money. people get screwed.
eventually the lawyers will have all the money then they will have to start eating their own kind.
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Old 31st December 2006, 11:23 AM   #18
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continue seeing those chips under another name.
it is a tall ask. sounds like if the company has some IP issues and if they find a buyer for the IP portfolio, they will have to wash their liabilities through a bankruptcy filing which will take at least half to a million dollars off the table. a huge sum given that they couldn't fetch <3.5 million on the market after going to 20+ potential buyers for over 5 montnhs now.
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Old 31st December 2006, 11:52 AM   #19
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in my view, tripath's death is due to its poor market positioning.

class d's selling point is its efficiency (its sound quality is either no better than traditional class ab or the mass market doesn't care). effciency is very important in the battery-powered portable markets: cell phones, laptops, ipods, etc. where power output is <1w (<100mw mostly). that's where smart guys like TI/National play: low-power class D chips in tiny packages.

high efficiency can also be quite valuable in very high power output (PA for example) as it saves significant money and footprint from heatsink and output transistors. However, those guys have moved to their own class D / H / G designs and need the design to be a differentiating factor so they cannot use or aren't willing to use independent chips.

in the <100w market, well, class D's efficiency gain isn't significant enough. while Class D can achieve *maximum* efficiency of >80% at full power, its efficency at lower output levels are significantly less than that. Class D needs expensive inductors (usually two per channel in a BTL configuration), and engineers have to be reeducated to deal with EMI issues. part count is about the same between a class AB chip solution (3875 for example) and a Class D chip solution.

the same thing can be said about UcD.

what may have value is for someone to come up with a scalable fully integrated solution that takes an input (analog or digital) and sends it all the way to the output stage (either outboard or integrated) + filter, similar to the class AB chip amps.
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Old 31st December 2006, 04:58 PM   #20
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Nonsense removed. The sinbin is awaiting for the first person to start it up again.
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