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3Com will provide Switch 5500G SFP-based stackable gigabit switches and 3Com Network Director, a stand-alone software suite with all the features necessary to monitor and control a secure, converged network infrastructure.

''We are continuing actions to reduce production levels in our wafer fabrication facilities in the U.S. and our assembly and test facility in Thailand to moderate inventory growth. We are lowering our production levels by about 40 percent in the March quarter from peak levels in the September 2008 quarter,'' he said. ''We are charging the underutilization to cost of goods sold to reflect lower than normal production levels. We are also implementing various other actions to further reduce operating expenses.''

In light of the highly uncertain global economic conditions and limited visibility, Microchip is not providing revenue guidance at this time. However, for its internal activities, we are planning revenue for the quarter ending March 31, 2009 to be approximately $173 million.

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The internal plan for earnings per diluted share for the quarter ending March 31, 2009 is approximately 9 to 11 cents on a GAAP basis.

The plan for capital expenditures for the quarter ending March 31, 2009 is approximately $15 million, predominantly consisting of previously committed capital to complete the building expansion in our Thailand factory. Capital expenditures for fiscal year 2009 are expected to be approximately $106 million. The current internal plan for capital for all of fiscal year 2010 is approximately $15 million.

PHILADELPHIA — Rich Templeton isn't doing press interviews.

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That's understandable. In his first full year of holding the three titles of chairman, president and CEO at Texas Instruments Inc., the analog and DSP company is setting records Templeton would rather not have to explain to reporters.

This quarter, TI's factory capacity utilization is expected to tumble to a record 33 percent from 48 percent and almost 70 percent in the fourth and third quarters of 2008, respectively. The last time TI's plant utilization levels fell to even the mid-40s was in the second half of 2001, during the height of what was then said to be the semiconductor industry's worst downturn.

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At least one other unpleasant milestone looms for TI. The company's revenue is forecast to slump to a seven-year low in 2009, falling 28 percent to approximately $9 billion from $12.5 billion in 2008 and the record high of $14.2 billion in 2006. With sales tanking and margins under pressure, TI expects to post a net loss for the current quarter, which would be another unusual event for the Dallas-based company.

TI is not standing still. The company is cutting 12 percent of its workforce, about 3,400 jobs, and clamping down on expenses while redirecting resources away from support functions. This is designed to ensure enough funds are available for critical operational activities in product design, engineering and sales operations, according to an internal memo sent by Templeton to employees.

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