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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)    

ý

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended January 3, 2015

or

o

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from            to          

Commission file number: 000-29823

SILICON LABORATORIES INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  74-2793174
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

400 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)

 

78701
(Zip Code)

(512) 416-8500
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class   Name of exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

         Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. ý Yes    o No

         Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. o Yes    ý No

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Sections 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. ý Yes    o No

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). ý Yes    o No

         Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ý

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer ý   Accelerated filer o   Non-accelerated filer o   Smaller reporting company o

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). o Yes    ý No

         The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold as of the last business day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter (June 27, 2014) was $1,981,015,271 (assuming, for this purpose, that only directors and officers are deemed affiliates).

         There were 42,137,503 shares of the registrant's common stock issued and outstanding as of January 27, 2015.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

         Portions of the Proxy Statement for the registrant's 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

   


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Part I

     

 

       

  Item 1.  

Business

    2  

  Item 1A.  

Risk Factors

    12  

  Item 1B.  

Unresolved Staff Comments

    26  

  Item 2.  

Properties

    27  

  Item 3.  

Legal Proceedings

    27  

  Item 4.  

Mine Safety Disclosures

    28  

Part II

     

 

       

  Item 5.  

Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

    29  

  Item 6.  

Selected Financial Data

    31  

  Item 7.  

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

    32  

  Item 7A.  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

    46  

  Item 8.  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

    46  

  Item 9.  

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

    46  

  Item 9A.  

Controls and Procedures

    47  

  Item 9B.  

Other Information

    47  

Part III

     

 

       

  Item 10.  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

    48  

  Item 11.  

Executive Compensation

    51  

  Item 12.  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

    51  

  Item 13.  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

    51  

  Item 14.  

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

    51  

Part IV

     

 

       

  Item 15.  

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

    52  


Cautionary Statement

        Except for the historical financial information contained herein, the matters discussed in this report on Form 10-K (as well as documents incorporated herein by reference) may be considered "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include declarations regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of Silicon Laboratories Inc. and its management and may be signified by the words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "plan," "project," "will" or similar language. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include those discussed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this report. Silicon Laboratories disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Part I

Item 1.    Business

General

        Silicon Laboratories Inc. designs and develops proprietary, analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of applications. Mixed-signal ICs are electronic components that convert real-world analog signals, such as sound and radio waves, into digital signals that electronic products can process. Therefore, mixed-signal ICs are critical components in products addressing a variety of markets, including communications, consumer, industrial and automotive.

        Our world-class, mixed-signal ICs leverage standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS), a low cost, widely available process technology. This enables smaller, more cost effective and energy efficient solutions. Our expertise in analog-intensive, mixed-signal IC design in CMOS allows us to develop new and innovative products that are highly integrated, simplifying our customers' designs and improving their time-to-market.

Industry Background

        The pervasiveness of connectivity and the explosion in mobile computing is driving semiconductor consumption. Intelligence is being added to electronic systems to enable remote monitoring, power efficiency and an improved user experience. This in turn is increasing the demand for bandwidth, requiring more infrastructure to support higher performance networks. The nearly ubiquitous availability of Internet access and the increasing intelligence of electronic devices and mobility are enabling what is called the Internet of Things (IoT), a term that describes the exponential increase in IP-enabled devices connected to the Internet.

        These trends require more and more interaction between the analog world we live in and the digital world of computing, and therefore require analog-intensive, mixed-signal circuits. Traditional mixed-signal designs relied upon solutions built with numerous, complex discrete analog and digital components. While these traditional designs provide the required functionality, they are often inefficient and inadequate for use in markets where size, cost, power consumption and performance are increasingly important product differentiators. In order to improve their competitive position, electronics manufacturers need to reduce the cost and complexity of their systems and enable new features or functionality to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

        Simultaneously, these manufacturers face accelerating time-to-market demands and must be able to rapidly adapt to evolving industry standards and new technologies. Because analog-intensive, mixed-signal IC design expertise is difficult to find, these manufacturers increasingly are turning to third parties, like us, to provide advanced mixed-signal solutions. Mixed-signal design requires specific expertise and relies on creative, experienced engineers to deliver solutions that optimize speed, power and performance, despite the noisy digital environment, and within the constraints of standard manufacturing processes. The development of this design expertise typically requires years of practical analog design experience under the guidance of a senior engineer, and engineers with the required level of skill and expertise are in short supply.

        Many IC providers lack sufficient analog expertise to develop compelling mixed-signal ICs. As a result, manufacturers of electronic devices value IC providers that can supply them with mixed-signal solutions with greater functionality, smaller size and lower power requirements at a reduced cost and shorter time-to-market.

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Products

        We provide analog-intensive, mixed-signal solutions for use in a variety of electronic products in a broad range of applications including portable devices, AM/FM radios and other consumer electronics, networking equipment, test and measurement equipment, industrial monitoring and control, home automation and customer premises equipment. Our products integrate complex mixed-signal functions that are frequently performed by numerous discrete components in competing products into a single chip or chipset. By doing so, we are able to create products that, when compared to many competing products:

    Require less printed circuit board (PCB) space;

    Reduce the use of external components lowering the system cost and simplifying design;

    Offer superior performance improving our customers' end products;

    Provide increased reliability and manufacturability, improving customer yields; and/or

    Reduce system power requirements enabling smaller form factors and/or longer battery life.

        We group our products into the following categories:

    Broad-based products, which include our microcontroller (MCU), wireless and sensor products, timing products (clocks and oscillators), and power and isolation devices;

    Broadcast products, which include our broadcast audio and video products; and

    Access products, which include our Voice over IP (VoIP) products, embedded modems and our Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices.

        The following table summarizes the diverse product areas and applications for the various ICs that we have introduced to customers:

Product Areas and Description
  Applications
Broad-based Products    

Microcontrollers

 

 

We offer a family of products ideal for embedded systems that include, 8-bit mixed-signal microcontrollers, 32-bit wireless MCUs and ultra low-power 32-bit MCUs based on scalable, ARM® Cortex-M0/M3/M4 cores, as well as peripheral devices such as our EZRadio® family of fully integrated, low power transceivers. These products generally integrate intelligent data capture, high performance processing, and communication interfaces in a single system on a chip. This family of products addresses a variety of end-markets, including the IoT, automotive, communications, consumer, industrial, medical and power management markets.

 

Connected devices for the IoT

Home automation

Security systems

Smart energy

Automotive sensors and controls

Medical instrumentation

Electronic test and measurement equipment

Industrial automation and control

Consumer electronics

Wearables

Computer peripherals

White goods

Smart metering

Remote controls

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Product Areas and Description
  Applications
Timing Devices    

Robust demand for bandwidth is driving the deployment of next-generation Internet infrastructure equipment to deliver higher speed, higher performance and more flexible networks. This transition puts unique requirements on the clocks and oscillators used to provide timing and synchronization for the equipment responsible for switching, transporting, processing and storing network traffic. To meet this need, we provide low jitter, frequency flexible, easily customizable timing solutions that simplify design, minimize cost and improve system reliability. Our high-performance "clock-tree-on-a-chip" family offers highly integrated single-chip IC solutions for clock synthesis and jitter attenuation, offering superior jitter performance and frequency flexibility for high data rate applications.

 

Networking equipment

Telecommunications

Optical networking

Wireless base stations and backhaul

Broadcast video systems

Servers and storage systems

Test and measurement equipment

HDTV cameras

High-speed data acquisition


Power and Isolation Products

 

 

Our isolation techniques enable customers to meet safety standards for isolation and solve difficult electronic noise issues. Products include multi-channel isolators and isolated drivers that simplify design, improve reliability, minimize noise emissions, and reduce system cost.

 

Motor control

Solar inverters

Hybrid / Electric automotive drive trains

Industrial networking

Switch mode power supplies

Isolated analog data acquisition

Electronic ballasts for lighting


Sensors

 

 

Our sensor products include optical, proximity, ambient light and relative humidity (RH) / temperature sensors. These devices leverage our mixed-signal capability to provide high accuracy, quicker response time and lower power consumption than competing parts.

 

Smart home sensing

Consumer health & fitness (wearables)

Industrial controls

Toys and consumer electronics

Monitors and lavatory controls


Broadcast Products

 

 

Video Tuners and Demodulators

 

 

Our complete, globally-compliant hybrid TV tuners with analog TV demodulator in a single CMOS IC leverage our proven digital low-IF architecture and exceed the performance of traditional discrete TV tuners, enabling TV makers to deliver improved picture quality and better reception for both analog and digital broadcasts. Our small, low power and high performance digital video demodulators support DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2, and/or DVB-C/C2 in a single chip and are ideal for equipment receiving digital terrestrial, satellite and/or cable services.

 

Integrated digital televisions (iDTV)

Free-to-Air (FtA) or pay-TV set-top box receivers

PC-TV applications

DVD/HDD personal video recorders

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Product Areas and Description
  Applications

Broadcast Radio Receivers and Transmitters

 

 

Our AM and FM receivers deliver the entire tuner from antenna input to audio output in a single chip. The broadcast audio products are based on an innovative digital architecture that enables significant improvements in performance, which translates to a better consumer experience, while reducing system cost and board space for our customers.

 

Automotive infotainment systems

Stand-alone AM/FM radios

Portable audio devices

MP3/digital media players

Navigation/GPS devices

Satellite radios

Home stereos


Access Products

 

 

ProSLIC® Subscriber Line Interface Circuits for VoIP

 

 

Our ProSLIC provides the analog subscriber line interface on the source end of the telephone which generates dial tone, busy tone, caller ID and ring signal. Our offerings are well suited for the rapidly expanding market for Voice over IP telephony applications deployed over cable, DSL, optical and wireless fixed terminal networks.

 

Voice functionality for cable, DSL and optical digital modems and terminal adapters

VoIP residential gateways

Wireless local loop remote access systems

PBXs


ISOmodem® Embedded Modems

 

 

The ISOmodem embedded modems leverage innovative silicon direct access arrangement (DAA) technology and a digital signal processor to deliver a globally compliant, compact analog modem for embedded applications.

 

Fax machines and multi-function printers

Industrial monitoring

Postage meters

Security systems

Remote medical monitoring

Point of sale (POS) terminals


Power over Ethernet

 

 

Our Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device ICs offer highly differentiated solutions with a reduced total bill of materials (BOM) and improved performance and reliability. Our solutions offer a higher level of integration not available with competing solutions.

 

Enterprise networking routers and switches

Wireless access points (WAP)

VoIP phones

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers

POS terminals

Security cameras

        Revenues during fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012 were generated predominately by sales of our mixed-signal products. The following summarizes our revenue by product category (in thousands):

 
  Fiscal Year  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

Broad-based

  $ 317,128   $ 281,777   $ 270,098  

Broadcast

    204,256     199,837     186,067  

Access

    99,320     98,473     107,129  

Revenues

  $ 620,704   $ 580,087   $ 563,294  

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Customers, Sales and Marketing

        We market our products through our direct sales force and through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors. Direct and distributor customers buy on an individual purchase order basis, rather than pursuant to long-term agreements.

        We consider our customer to be the end customer purchasing either directly from a distributor, a contract manufacturer or us. An end customer purchasing through a contract manufacturer typically instructs such contract manufacturer to obtain our products and incorporate such products with other components for sale by such contract manufacturer to the end customer. Although we actually sell the products to, and are paid by, the distributors and contract manufacturers, we refer to such end customer as our customer.

        Two of our distributors, Edom Technology and Avnet, represented 20% and 12% of our revenues during fiscal 2014, respectively. No other distributor accounted for 10% or more of revenues for fiscal 2014.

        During fiscal 2014, our ten largest end customers accounted for 36% of our revenues. We had one customer, Samsung, whose purchases across a variety of product areas represented 12% of our revenues during this period. Our major customers include Cisco, Garmin, Harman Becker, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pace, Samsung, Technicolor, Varian Medical Systems and ZTE.

        We maintain numerous sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Revenue is attributed to a geographic area based on the shipped-to location. The percentage of our revenues derived from outside of the United States was 86% in fiscal 2014. For further information regarding our revenues and long-lived assets by geographic area, see Note 18, Segment Information, to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

        Our direct sales force is comprised of a number of sales professionals who possess varied levels of responsibility and experience, including directors, country managers, regional sales managers, district sales managers, strategic account managers, field sales engineers and sales representatives. We also utilize independent sales representatives and distributors to generate sales of our products. We have relationships with many independent sales representatives and distributors worldwide whom we have selected based on their understanding of the mixed-signal IC marketplace and their ability to provide effective field sales applications support for our products.

        Our marketing efforts are targeted at both identified industry leaders and emerging market participants. Direct marketing activities are supplemented by a focused marketing communications effort that seeks to raise awareness of our company and products. Our public relations efforts are focused on leading trade and business publications. Our external website is used to deliver corporate and product information. We also pursue targeted advertising in key trade publications and we have a cooperative marketing program that allows our distributors and representatives to promote our products to their local markets in conjunction with their own advertising activities. Finally, we maintain a presence at strategic trade shows and industry events. These activities, in combination with direct sales activities, help drive demand for our products.

        Due to the complex and innovative nature of our ICs, we employ experienced applications engineers who work closely with customers to support the design-win process, and can significantly accelerate the customer's time to market. A design-win occurs when a customer has designed our ICs into its product architecture and ordered product from us. A considerable amount of effort to assist the customer in incorporating our ICs into its products is typically required prior to any sale. In many cases, our innovative ICs require significantly different implementations than existing approaches and, therefore, successful implementations may require extensive communication with potential customers. The amount of time required to achieve a design-win can vary substantially depending on a customer's development cycle, which can be relatively short (such as three months) or very long (such as two

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years) based on a wide variety of customer factors. Not all design wins ultimately result in revenue. However, once a completed design architecture has been implemented and produced in high volumes, our customers are reluctant to significantly alter their designs due to this extensive design-win process. We believe this process, coupled with our intellectual property protection, promotes relatively longer product life cycles for our ICs and high barriers to entry for competitive products, even if such competing products are offered at lower prices. Our close collaboration with our customers provides us with knowledge of derivative product ideas or completely new product line offerings that may not otherwise arise in other new product discussions.

Research and Development

        Through our research and development efforts, we leverage experienced analog and mixed-signal engineering talent and expertise to create new ICs that integrate functions typically performed inefficiently by multiple discrete components. This integration generally results in lower costs, smaller die sizes, lower power demands and enhanced price/performance characteristics. We attempt to reuse successful techniques for integration in new applications where similar benefits can be realized. We believe that we have attracted many of the best engineers in our industry. We believe that reliable and precise analog and mixed-signal ICs can only be developed by teams of engineers who have significant analog experience and are familiar with the intricacies of designing these ICs for commercial volume production. The development of test methodologies is just one example of a critical activity requiring experience and know-how to enable the rapid release of a new product for commercial success. We have accumulated a vast set of trade secrets that allow us to pursue innovative approaches to mixed-signal problems that are difficult for competitors to duplicate. We highly value our engineering talent and strive to maintain a very high bar when bringing new recruits to the company.

        Research and development expenses were $173.0 million, $157.8 million and $138.0 million in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Technology

        Our product development process facilitates the design of highly-innovative, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Our engineers' deep knowledge of existing and emerging standards and performance requirements helps us to assess the technical feasibility of a particular IC. We target areas where we can provide compelling product improvements. Once we have solved the primary challenges, our field application engineers continue to work closely with our customers' design teams to maintain and develop an understanding of our customers' needs, allowing us to formulate derivative products and refined features.

        In providing mixed-signal ICs for our customers, we believe our key competitive advantages are:

    Analog and RF design expertise in CMOS;

    Digital signal processing, firmware and system design expertise;

    Microcontroller and system on a chip design expertise;

    Software expertise; and

    Our broad understanding of systems technology and trends.

        To fully capitalize on these advantages, we have assembled a world-class development team with exceptional analog and mixed-signal design expertise led by accomplished senior engineers.

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    Analog and RF Design Expertise in CMOS

        We believe that our most significant core competency is world-class analog and RF design capability. Additionally, we strive to design substantially all of our ICs in standard CMOS processes. While it is often significantly more difficult to design analog ICs in CMOS, CMOS provides multiple benefits versus existing alternatives, including significantly reduced cost, reduced technology risk and greater worldwide foundry capacity. CMOS is the most commonly used process technology for manufacturing digital ICs and as a result is most likely to be used for the manufacturing of ICs with finer line geometries. These finer line geometries can enable smaller and faster ICs. By designing our ICs in CMOS, we enable our products to benefit from this trend towards finer line geometries, which allows us to integrate more digital functionality into our mixed-signal ICs.

        Designing analog and mixed-signal ICs is significantly more complicated than designing stand alone digital ICs. While advanced software tools exist to help automate digital IC design, there are far fewer tools for advanced analog and mixed-signal IC design. In many cases, our analog circuit design efforts begin at the fundamental transistor level. We believe that we have a demonstrated ability to design the most difficult analog and RF circuits using standard CMOS technologies.

    Digital Signal Processing, Firmware and System Design Expertise

        We consider the partitioning of a circuit to be a proprietary and creative design technique. Deep systems knowledge allows us to use our digital signal processing (DSP) design expertise to maximize the price/performance characteristics of both the analog and digital functions and allow our ICs to work in an optimized manner to accomplish particular tasks. Generally, we attempt to move analog functions into the digital domain as quickly as possible, creating system efficiencies without compromising performance. These patented approaches require our advanced DSP and systems expertise. We then leverage our firmware know-how to change the 'personality' of our devices, optimizing features and functions needed by various markets we serve. For example, our broadcast audio products use a proven digital low-IF receiver and transmitter architecture to deliver superior RF performance and interference rejection compared to traditional, analog-only approaches. Digital signal processing is utilized to optimize sound quality under varying signal conditions, enabling a better consumer experience. Firmware has enabled us to rapidly expand the portfolio to address multiple markets without substantial silicon changes, including shortwave, longwave, analog tuned, digital tuned and even high performance HD-capable automotive radios.

    Microcontroller and System on a Chip Design Expertise

        We have the talent and circuit integration methodologies required to combine precision analog, high-speed digital, flash memory and in-system programmability into a single, monolithic CMOS integrated circuit. Our microcontroller products are designed to capture an external analog signal, convert it to a digital signal, compute digital functions on the stream of data and then communicate the results through a standard digital interface. The ability to develop standard products with the broadest possible customer application base while being cost efficient with the silicon area of the monolithic CMOS integrated circuit requires a keen sense of customer value and engineering capabilities. Additionally, to manage the wide variety of signals on a monolithic piece of silicon including electrical noise, harmonics and other electronic distortions requires a fundamental knowledge of device physics and accumulated design expertise.

    Software Expertise

        Our software expertise allows us to develop products for markets where intelligent data capture, high-performance processing and communication are increasingly important product differentiators. The software we have developed to address these markets enable machine-to-machine communications,

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providing intelligence to electronic systems. Our products integrate high-performance, low-power wireless and microcontroller ICs with reliable and scalable software into a flexible and robust networking platform.

        The demand for low-power, small-footprint wireless technology is accelerating as more and more IP-enabled end points are being connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Our software enables a broad range of power-sensitive applications for the IoT, including smart energy, home automation, security and other connected products. We believe that the combination of our software and IC design expertise differentiates us from many of our competitors.

    Understanding of Systems Technology and Trends

        Our focused expertise in mixed-signal ICs is the result of the breadth of engineering talent we have assembled with experience working in analog-intensive CMOS design for a wide variety of applications. This expertise, which we consider a competitive advantage, is the foundation of our in-depth understanding of the technology and trends that impact electronic systems and markets. Our expertise includes:

    Isolation, which is critical for existing and emerging industrial applications and telecom networks;

    Frequency synthesis, which is core technology for wireless and clocking applications;

    Integration, which enables the elimination of discrete components in a system; and

    Signal processing and precision analog, which forms the heart of consumer, industrial, medical and automotive electronics applications.

        Our understanding of the role of analog/digital interfaces within electronic systems, standards evolution, and end market drivers enables us to identify product development opportunities and capitalize on market trends.

Manufacturing

        As a fabless semiconductor company, we conduct IC design and development in our facilities and electronically transfer our proprietary IC designs to third-party semiconductor fabricators who process silicon wafers to produce the ICs that we design. Our IC designs typically use industry-standard CMOS manufacturing process technology to achieve a level of performance normally associated with more expensive special-purpose IC fabrication technology. We believe the use of CMOS technology facilitates the rapid production of our ICs within a lower cost framework. Our IC production employs submicron process geometries which are readily available from leading foundry suppliers worldwide, thus increasing the likelihood that manufacturing capacity will be available throughout our products' life cycles. We currently partner with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) or TSMC's affiliates and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) to manufacture the majority of our semiconductor wafers. We believe that our fabless manufacturing model significantly reduces our capital requirements and allows us to focus our resources on design, development and marketing of our ICs.

        Once the silicon wafers have been produced, they are shipped directly to our third-party assembly subcontractors. The assembled ICs are then moved to the final testing stage. This operation can be performed by the same contractor that assembled the IC, other third-party test subcontractors or within our internal facilities prior to shipping to our customers. During fiscal 2014, most of our units shipped were tested by offshore third-party test subcontractors. We expect that our utilization of offshore third-party test subcontractors will remain substantial during fiscal 2015.

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Backlog

        As of January 3, 2015, our backlog was approximately $122.4 million, compared to approximately $109.9 million as of December 28, 2013. We include in backlog accepted product purchase orders from customers and worldwide distributor stocking orders. We only include orders with an expected shipping date from us within six months. Product orders in our backlog are subject to changes in delivery schedules or cancellation at the option of the purchaser typically without penalty. Our backlog may fluctuate significantly depending upon customer order patterns which may, in turn, vary considerably based on rapidly changing business circumstances. Shipments to distributors are not recognized as revenue until the products are sold by the distributors. Additionally, our arrangements with distributors typically provide for price protection and stock rotation activities. Accordingly, we do not believe that our backlog at any time is necessarily representative of actual sales for any succeeding period.

Competition

        The markets for semiconductors generally, and for analog and mixed-signal ICs in particular, are intensely competitive. We anticipate that the market for our products will continually evolve and will be subject to rapid technological change. We believe the principal competitive factors in our industry are:

 

Product size;

 

Power requirement;

 

Level of integration;

 

Customer support;

 

Product capabilities;

 

Reputation;

 

Reliability;

 

Ability to rapidly introduce new products to market;

 

Price;

 

Intellectual property; and

 

Performance;

 

Software.

        We believe that we are competitive with respect to these factors, particularly because our ICs typically are smaller in size, are highly integrated, achieve high performance specifications at lower price points than competitive products and are manufactured in standard CMOS which generally enables us to supply them on a relatively rapid basis to customers to meet their product introduction schedules. However, disadvantages we face include our relatively short operating history in certain of our markets and the need for customers to redesign their products and modify their software to implement our ICs in their products.

        Due to our diversified product portfolio and the numerous markets and applications we serve, we target a relatively large number of competitors. We compete with Analog Devices, Atmel, Conexant, Cypress, Epson, Freescale, IDT, Laird, Lantiq, Marvell Technology Group, Maxim Integrated Products, MaxLinear, Microchip, Microsemi, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Vectron International and others. We expect to face competition in the future from our current competitors, other manufacturers and designers of semiconductors and start-up semiconductor design companies. Our competitors may also offer bundled solutions offering a more complete product, which may negatively impact our competitive position despite the technical merits or advantages of our products. In addition, our customers could develop products or technologies internally that would replace their need for our products and would become a source of competition. We could also face competition from module makers or other systems suppliers that may include mixed-signal components in their products that could eliminate the need for our ICs.

        Many of our competitors and potential competitors have longer operating histories, greater name recognition, access to larger customer bases, complementary product offerings, and significantly greater financial, sales and marketing, manufacturing, distribution, technical and other resources than us. Current and potential competitors have established or may establish financial and strategic relationships between themselves or with our existing or potential customers, resellers or other third parties. Accordingly, it is possible that new competitors or alliances among competitors could emerge and rapidly acquire significant market share.

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Intellectual Property

        Our future success depends in part upon our proprietary technology. We seek to protect our technology through a combination of patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and confidentiality procedures. As of January 3, 2015, we had approximately 1,484 issued or pending United States patents in the IC field. We also frequently file for patent protection in a variety of international jurisdictions with respect to the proprietary technology covered by our U.S. patents and patent applications. There can be no assurance that patents will ever be issued with respect to these applications. Furthermore, it is possible that any patents held by us may be invalidated, circumvented, challenged or licensed to others. In addition, there can be no assurance that such patents will provide us with competitive advantages or adequately safeguard our proprietary rights. While we continue to file new patent applications with respect to our recent developments, existing patents are granted for prescribed time periods and will expire at various times in the future.

        We claim copyright protection for proprietary documentation for our products. We have filed for registration, or are in the process of filing for registration, the visual images of certain ICs with the U.S. Copyright Office. We have registered the "Silicon Labs" logo and a variety of other product and product family names as trademarks in the United States and selected foreign jurisdictions. All other trademarks, service marks or trade names appearing in this report are the property of their respective owners. We also attempt to protect our trade secrets and other proprietary information through agreements with our customers, suppliers, employees and consultants, and through other customary security measures. We intend to protect our rights vigorously, but there can be no assurance that our efforts will be successful. In addition, the laws of other countries in which our products are sold may not protect our products and intellectual property rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States.

        While our ability to effectively compete depends in large part on our ability to protect our intellectual property, we believe that our technical expertise and ability to introduce new products in a timely manner will be an important factor in maintaining our competitive position.

        Many participants in the semiconductor and electronics industries have a significant number of patents and have frequently demonstrated a readiness to commence litigation based on allegations of patent and other intellectual property infringement. From time to time, third parties may assert infringement claims against us. We may not prevail in any such litigation or may not be able to license any valid and infringed patents from third parties on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. Litigation, regardless of the outcome, is likely to result in substantial cost and diversion of our resources, including our management's time. Any such litigation could materially adversely affect us.

        Our licenses include industry standard licenses with our vendors, such as wafer fabrication tool libraries, third-party core libraries, computer-aided design applications and business software applications.

Employees

        As of January 3, 2015, we employed 1,107 people. Our success depends on the continued service of our key technical and senior management personnel and on our ability to continue to attract, retain and motivate highly skilled analog and mixed-signal engineers. The competition for such personnel is intense. We have never had a work stoppage and none of our U.S. employees are represented by a labor organization. We consider our employee relations to be good.

Environmental Regulation

        Federal, state and local regulations impose various environmental controls on the storage, use, discharge and disposal of certain chemicals and gases used in the semiconductor industry. Our compliance with these laws and regulations has not had a material impact on our financial position or results of operations.

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Available Information

        Our website address is www.silabs.com. Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are available through the investor relations page of our website free of charge as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Our website and the information contained therein or connected thereto are not intended to be incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 1A.    Risk Factors

Risks Related to our Business

We may not be able to maintain our historical growth and may experience significant period-to-period fluctuations in our revenues and operating results, which may result in volatility in our stock price

        Although we have generally experienced revenue growth in our history, we may not be able to sustain this growth. We may also experience significant period-to-period fluctuations in our revenues and operating results in the future due to a number of factors, and any such variations may cause our stock price to fluctuate. In some future period our revenues or operating results may be below the expectations of public market analysts or investors. If this occurs, our stock price may drop, perhaps significantly.

        A number of factors, in addition to those cited in other risk factors applicable to our business, may contribute to fluctuations in our revenues and operating results, including:

    The timing and volume of orders received from our customers;

    The timeliness of our new product introductions and the rate at which our new products may cannibalize our older products;

    The rate of acceptance of our products by our customers, including the acceptance of new products we may develop for integration in the products manufactured by such customers, which we refer to as "design wins";

    The time lag and realization rate between "design wins" and production orders;

    The demand for, and life cycles of, the products incorporating our ICs;

    The rate of adoption of mixed-signal ICs in the markets we target;

    Deferrals or reductions of customer orders in anticipation of new products or product enhancements from us or our competitors or other providers of ICs;

    Changes in product mix;

    The average selling prices for our products could drop suddenly due to competitive offerings or competitive predatory pricing;

    The average selling prices for our products generally decline over time;

    Changes in market standards;

    Impairment charges related to inventory, equipment or other long-lived assets;

    The software used in our products, including software provided by third parties, may not meet the needs of our customers;

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    Significant legal costs to defend our intellectual property rights or respond to claims against us; and

    The rate at which new markets emerge for products we are currently developing or for which our design expertise can be utilized to develop products for these new markets.

        The markets for consumer electronics, for example, are characterized by rapid fluctuations in demand and seasonality that result in corresponding fluctuations in the demand for our products that are incorporated in such devices. Additionally, the rate of technology acceptance by our customers results in fluctuating demand for our products as customers are reluctant to incorporate a new IC into their products until the new IC has achieved market acceptance. Once a new IC achieves market acceptance, demand for the new IC can quickly accelerate to a point and then level off such that rapid historical growth in sales of a product should not be viewed as indicative of continued future growth. In addition, demand can quickly decline for a product when a new IC product is introduced and receives market acceptance. Due to the various factors mentioned above, the results of any prior quarterly or annual periods should not be relied upon as an indication of our future operating performance.

If we are unable to develop or acquire new and enhanced products that achieve market acceptance in a timely manner, our operating results and competitive position could be harmed

        Our future success will depend on our ability to develop or acquire new ICs and product enhancements that achieve market acceptance in a timely and cost-effective manner. The development of mixed-signal ICs is highly complex, and we have at times experienced delays in completing the development and introduction of new products and product enhancements. Successful product development and market acceptance of our products depend on a number of factors, including:

    Requirements of customers;

    Accurate prediction of market and technical requirements;

    Timely completion and introduction of new designs;

    Timely qualification and certification of our ICs for use in our customers' products;

    Commercial acceptance and volume production of the products into which our ICs will be incorporated;

    Availability of foundry, assembly and test capacity;

    Achievement of high manufacturing yields;

    Quality, price, performance, power use and size of our products;

    Availability, quality, price and performance of competing products and technologies;

    Our customer service, application support capabilities and responsiveness;

    Successful development of our relationships with existing and potential customers;

    Technology, industry standards or end-user preferences; and

    Cooperation of third-party software providers and our semiconductor vendors to support our chips within a system.

        We cannot provide any assurance that products which we recently have developed or may develop in the future will achieve market acceptance. We have introduced to market or are in development of many ICs. If our ICs fail to achieve market acceptance, or if we fail to develop new products on a timely basis that achieve market acceptance, our growth prospects, operating results and competitive position could be adversely affected. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) market is dependent

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on the adoption of industry standards to permit devices to connect and communicate with each other. If the industry cannot agree on a common set of standards, then the growth of the IoT market may be slower than expected.

Our research and development efforts are focused on a limited number of new technologies and products, and any delay in the development, or abandonment, of these technologies or products by industry participants, or their failure to achieve market acceptance, could compromise our competitive position

        Our ICs are used as components in electronic devices in various markets. As a result, we have devoted and expect to continue to devote a large amount of resources to develop products based on new and emerging technologies and standards that will be commercially introduced in the future. Research and development expense during fiscal 2014 was $173.0 million, or 27.9% of revenues. A number of large companies are actively involved in the development of these new technologies and standards. Should any of these companies delay or abandon their efforts to develop commercially available products based on new technologies and standards, our research and development efforts with respect to these technologies and standards likely would have no appreciable value. In addition, if we do not correctly anticipate new technologies and standards, or if the products that we develop based on these new technologies and standards fail to achieve market acceptance, our competitors may be better able to address market demand than we would. Furthermore, if markets for these new technologies and standards develop later than we anticipate, or do not develop at all, demand for our products that are currently in development would suffer, resulting in lower sales of these products than we currently anticipate.

We depend on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues, and the loss of, or a significant reduction in orders from, any key customer could significantly reduce our revenues

        The loss of any of our key customers, or a significant reduction in sales to any one of them, would significantly reduce our revenues and adversely affect our business. During fiscal 2014, our ten largest customers accounted for 36% of our revenues. Some of the markets for our products are dominated by a small number of potential customers. Therefore, our operating results in the foreseeable future will continue to depend on our ability to sell to these dominant customers, as well as the ability of these customers to sell products that incorporate our IC products. In the future, these customers may decide not to purchase our ICs at all, purchase fewer ICs than they did in the past or alter their purchasing patterns, particularly because:

    We do not have material long-term purchase contracts with our customers;

    Substantially all of our sales to date have been made on a purchase order basis, which permits our customers to cancel, change or delay product purchase commitments with little or no notice to us and without penalty;

    Some of our customers may have efforts underway to actively diversify their vendor base which could reduce purchases of our ICs; and

    Some of our customers have developed or acquired products that compete directly with products these customers purchase from us, which could affect our customers' purchasing decisions in the future.

        While we have been a significant supplier of ICs used in many of our customers' products, our customers regularly evaluate alternative sources of supply in order to diversify their supplier base, which increases their negotiating leverage with us and protects their ability to secure these components. We believe that any expansion of our customers' supplier bases could have an adverse effect on the prices we are able to charge and volume of product that we are able to sell to our customers, which would negatively affect our revenues and operating results.

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Significant litigation over intellectual property in our industry may cause us to become involved in costly and lengthy litigation which could seriously harm our business

        In recent years, there has been significant litigation in the United States involving patents and other intellectual property rights. From time to time, we receive letters from various industry participants alleging infringement of patents, trademarks or misappropriation of trade secrets or from customers or suppliers requesting indemnification for claims brought against them by third parties. The exploratory nature of these inquiries has become relatively common in the semiconductor industry. We respond when we deem appropriate and as advised by legal counsel. We have been involved in litigation to protect our intellectual property rights in the past and may become involved in such litigation again in the future. We are currently involved in litigation with Cresta Technology in which we and certain of our customers have been accused of patent infringement related to our television tuner products. In the future, we may become involved in additional litigation to defend allegations of infringement asserted by others, both directly and indirectly as a result of certain industry-standard indemnities we may offer to our customers or suppliers. Legal proceedings could subject us to significant liability for damages or invalidate our proprietary rights. Legal proceedings initiated by us to protect our intellectual property rights could also result in counterclaims or countersuits against us. Any litigation, regardless of its outcome, would likely be time-consuming and expensive to resolve and would divert our management's time and attention. Intellectual property litigation also could force us to take specific actions, including:

    Cease selling or manufacturing products that use the challenged intellectual property;

    Obtain from the owner of the infringed intellectual property a right to a license to sell or use the relevant technology, which license may not be available on reasonable terms, or at all;

    Redesign those products that use infringing intellectual property; or

    Pursue legal remedies with third parties to enforce our indemnification rights, which may not adequately protect our interests.

Any acquisitions we make could disrupt our business and harm our financial condition

        As part of our growth and product diversification strategy, we continue to evaluate opportunities to acquire other businesses, intellectual property or technologies that would complement our current offerings, expand the breadth of our markets or enhance our technical capabilities. The acquisitions that we have made and may make in the future entail a number of risks that could materially and adversely affect our business and operating results, including:

    Problems integrating the acquired operations, technologies or products with our existing business and products;

    Diversion of management's time and attention from our core business;

    Need for financial resources above our planned investment levels;

    Difficulties in retaining business relationships with suppliers and customers of the acquired company;

    Risks associated with entering markets in which we lack prior experience;

    Risks associated with the transfer of licenses of intellectual property;

    Increased operating costs due to acquired overhead;

    Tax issues associated with acquisitions;

    Acquisition-related disputes, including disputes over earn-outs and escrows;

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    Potential loss of key employees of the acquired company; and

    Potential impairment of related goodwill and intangible assets.

        In contrast to the ICs that we have historically developed, our acquisition of Bluegiga will entail additional efforts to develop modules, which are products that incorporate ICs as well as additional software. We have limited experience with developing modules. Modules tend to have higher average selling prices but lower overall gross margins than ICs. Bluegiga's modules currently incorporate products from some of our competitors. Any disruption in supply of those products would adversely affect our business.

        Future acquisitions also could cause us to incur debt or contingent liabilities or cause us to issue equity securities that could negatively impact the ownership percentages of existing shareholders.

We may be unable to protect our intellectual property, which would negatively affect our ability to compete

        Our products rely on our proprietary technology, and we expect that future technological advances made by us will be critical to sustain market acceptance of our products. Therefore, we believe that the protection of our intellectual property rights is and will continue to be important to the success of our business. We rely on a combination of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws and restrictions on disclosure to protect our intellectual property rights. We also enter into confidentiality or license agreements with our employees, consultants, intellectual property providers and business partners, and control access to and distribution of our documentation and other proprietary information. Despite these efforts, unauthorized parties may attempt to copy or otherwise obtain and use our proprietary technology. Monitoring unauthorized use of our technology is difficult, and we cannot be certain that the steps we have taken will prevent unauthorized use of our technology, particularly in foreign countries where the laws may not protect our proprietary rights as fully as in the United States. We cannot be certain that patents will be issued as a result of our pending applications nor can we be certain that any issued patents would protect or benefit us or give us adequate protection from competing products. For example, issued patents may be circumvented or challenged and declared invalid or unenforceable. We also cannot be certain that others will not develop effective competing technologies on their own.

Failure to manage our distribution channel relationships could impede our future growth

        The future growth of our business will depend in large part on our ability to manage our relationships with current and future distributors and sales representatives, develop additional channels for the distribution and sale of our products and manage these relationships. During fiscal 2014, 62% of our revenue was derived from distributors. As we execute our indirect sales strategy, we must manage the potential conflicts that may arise with our direct sales efforts. For example, conflicts with a distributor may arise when a customer begins purchasing directly from us rather than through the distributor. The inability to successfully execute or manage a multi-channel sales strategy could impede our future growth. In addition, relationships with our distributors often involve the use of price protection and inventory return rights. This often requires a significant amount of sales management's time and system resources to manage properly.

We are subject to increased inventory risks and costs because we build our products based on forecasts provided by customers before receiving purchase orders for the products

        In order to ensure availability of our products for some of our largest customers, we start the manufacturing of our products in advance of receiving purchase orders based on forecasts provided by these customers. However, these forecasts do not represent binding purchase commitments and we do not recognize sales for these products until they are shipped to the customer. As a result, we incur inventory and manufacturing costs in advance of anticipated sales. Because demand for our products

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may not materialize, manufacturing based on forecasts subjects us to increased risks of high inventory carrying costs, increased obsolescence and increased operating costs. These inventory risks are exacerbated when our customers purchase indirectly through contract manufacturers or hold component inventory levels greater than their consumption rate because this causes us to have less visibility regarding the accumulated levels of inventory for such customers. A resulting write-off of unusable or excess inventories would adversely affect our operating results.

Our products are complex and may contain errors which could lead to product liability, an increase in our costs and/or a reduction in our revenues

        Our products are complex and may contain errors, particularly when first introduced or as new versions are released. Our new products are increasingly being designed in more complex processes which further increases the risk of errors. We rely primarily on our in-house testing personnel to design test operations and procedures to detect any errors prior to delivery of our products to our customers. Because our products are manufactured by third parties, should problems occur in the operation or performance of our ICs, we may experience delays in meeting key introduction dates or scheduled delivery dates to our customers. These errors also could cause us to incur significant re-engineering costs, divert the attention of our engineering personnel from our product development efforts and cause significant customer relations and business reputation problems. Any defects could require product replacement or recall or we could be obligated to accept product returns. Any of the foregoing could impose substantial costs and harm our business.

        Product liability claims may be asserted with respect to our products. Our products are typically sold at prices that are significantly lower than the cost of the end-products into which they are incorporated. A defect or failure in our product could cause failure in our customer's end-product, so we could face claims for damages that are disproportionately higher than the revenues and profits we receive from the products involved. Furthermore, product liability risks are particularly significant with respect to medical and automotive applications because of the risk of serious harm to users of these products. There can be no assurance that any insurance we maintain will sufficiently protect us from any such claims.

We rely on third parties to manufacture, assemble and test our products and the failure to successfully manage our relationships with our manufacturers and subcontractors would negatively impact our ability to sell our products

        We do not have our own wafer fab manufacturing facilities. Therefore, we rely on third-party vendors to manufacture the ICs we design. We also currently rely on Asian third-party assembly subcontractors to assemble and package the silicon chips provided by the wafers for use in final products. Additionally, we rely on these offshore subcontractors for a substantial portion of the testing requirements of our products prior to shipping. We expect utilization of third-party subcontractors to continue in the future.

        The cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry drives wide fluctuations in available capacity at third-party vendors. On occasion, we have been unable to adequately respond to unexpected increases in customer demand due to capacity constraints and, therefore, were unable to benefit from this incremental demand. We may be unable to obtain adequate foundry, assembly or test capacity from our third-party subcontractors to meet our customers' delivery requirements even if we adequately forecast customer demand.

        There are significant risks associated with relying on these third-party foundries and subcontractors, including:

    Failure by us, our customers or their end customers to qualify a selected supplier;

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    Potential insolvency of the third-party subcontractors;

    Reduced control over delivery schedules and quality;

    Limited warranties on wafers or products supplied to us;

    Potential increases in prices or payments in advance for capacity;

    Increased need for international-based supply, logistics and financial management;

    Their inability to supply or support new or changing packaging technologies; and

    Low test yields.

        We typically do not have long-term supply contracts with our third-party vendors which obligate the vendor to perform services and supply products to us for a specific period, in specific quantities, and at specific prices. Our third-party foundry, assembly and test subcontractors typically do not guarantee that adequate capacity will be available to us within the time required to meet demand for our products. In the event that these vendors fail to meet our demand for whatever reason, we expect that it would take up to 12 months to transition performance of these services to new providers. Such a transition may also require qualification of the new providers by our customers or their end customers.

        Most of the silicon wafers for the products that we sold during fiscal 2014 were manufactured either by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) or TSMC's affiliates or by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). Our customers typically complete their own qualification process. If we fail to properly balance customer demand across the existing semiconductor fabrication facilities that we utilize or are required by our foundry partners to increase, or otherwise change the number of fab lines that we utilize for our production, we might not be able to fulfill demand for our products and may need to divert our engineering resources away from new product development initiatives to support the fab line transition, which would adversely affect our operating results.

        We monitor the financial condition of our third-party foundries and subcontractor partners. In August 2014, we received notice that Telefunken Semiconductors GmbH & Co (TSG), a wafer supplier for our high-voltage products, had filed an insolvency proceeding in Germany. Currently, the operations of TSG are being managed by a trustee appointed by the local court of Heilbronn, Germany.

        It is unclear whether TSG will emerge from its insolvency as an ongoing business. We have negotiated with the trustee to purchase a limited number of wafers from TSG through the end of the first quarter of 2015 in an attempt to mitigate the impact of TSG's insolvency on our customers. In addition, we have expedited our previously-planned transition of the manufacturing of certain high-voltage products to another of our foundry partners, Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation. If there is a disruption in the supply of wafers or if our customers or their end-customers take longer than expected to qualify our replacement products, we may experience a short term decline in revenue or a longer term decline in revenue if our customers shift their demand to alternative suppliers. Either of these conditions would adversely affect our operating results.

Our customers require our products to undergo a lengthy and expensive qualification process without any assurance of product sales

        Prior to purchasing our products, our customers require that our products undergo an extensive qualification process, which involves testing of the products in the customer's system as well as rigorous reliability testing. This qualification process may continue for six months or longer. However, qualification of a product by a customer does not ensure any sales of the product to that customer. Even after successful qualification and sales of a product to a customer, a subsequent revision to the IC or software, changes in the IC's manufacturing process or the selection of a new supplier by us may

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require a new qualification process, which may result in delays and in us holding excess or obsolete inventory. After our products are qualified, it can take an additional six months or more before the customer commences volume production of components or devices that incorporate our products. Despite these uncertainties, we devote substantial resources, including design, engineering, sales, marketing and management efforts, toward qualifying our products with customers in anticipation of sales. If we are unsuccessful or delayed in qualifying any of our products with a customer, such failure or delay would preclude or delay sales of such product to the customer, which may impede our growth and cause our business to suffer.

We have substantial international activities, which subjects us to additional business risks including logistical and financial complexity, political instability and currency fluctuations

        We have established international subsidiaries and have opened offices in international markets to support our activities in Europe and Asia. This has included the establishment of a headquarters in Singapore for non-U.S. operations. The percentage of our revenues derived from outside of the United States was 86% during fiscal 2014. We may not be able to maintain or increase international market demand for our products. Our international operations are subject to a number of risks, including:

    Complexity and costs of managing international operations and related tax obligations, including our headquarters for non-U.S. operations in Singapore;

    Protectionist laws and business practices that favor local competition in some countries;

    Difficulties related to the protection of our intellectual property rights in some countries;

    Multiple, conflicting and changing tax and other laws and regulations that may impact both our international and domestic tax and other liabilities and result in increased complexity and costs;

    Longer sales cycles;

    Greater difficulty in accounts receivable collection and longer collection periods;

    High levels of distributor inventory subject to price protection and rights of return to us;

    Political and economic instability;

    Greater difficulty in hiring and retaining qualified technical sales and applications engineers and administrative personnel; and

    The need to have business and operations systems that can meet the needs of our international business and operating structure.

        To date, all of our sales to international customers and purchases of components from international suppliers have been denominated in U.S. dollars. As a result, an increase in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies could make our products more expensive for our international customers to purchase, thus rendering our products less competitive. Similarly, a decrease in the value of the U.S. dollar could reduce our buying power with respect to international suppliers.

Our products incorporate technology licensed from third parties

        We incorporate technology (including software) licensed from third parties in our products. We could be subjected to claims of infringement regardless of our lack of involvement in the development of the licensed technology. Although a third-party licensor is typically obligated to indemnify us if the licensed technology infringes on another party's intellectual property rights, such indemnification is typically limited in amount and may be worthless if the licensor becomes insolvent. See Significant litigation over intellectual property in our industry may cause us to become involved in costly and lengthy litigation which could seriously harm our business. Furthermore, any failure of third-party technology to perform properly would adversely affect sales of our products incorporating such technology.

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Our inability to manage growth could materially and adversely affect our business

        Our past growth has placed, and any future growth of our operations will continue to place, a significant strain on our management personnel, systems and resources. We anticipate that we will need to implement a variety of new and upgraded sales, operational and financial enterprise-wide systems, information technology infrastructure, procedures and controls, including the improvement of our accounting and other internal management systems to manage this growth and maintain compliance with regulatory guidelines, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements. To the extent our business grows, our internal management systems and processes will need to improve to ensure that we remain in compliance. We also expect that we will need to continue to expand, train, manage and motivate our workforce. All of these endeavors will require substantial management effort, and we anticipate that we will require additional management personnel and internal processes to manage these efforts and to plan for the succession from time to time of certain persons who have been key management and technical personnel. If we are unable to effectively manage our expanding global operations, including our international headquarters in Singapore, our business could be materially and adversely affected.

We are subject to risks relating to product concentration

        We derive a substantial portion of our revenues from a limited number of products, and we expect these products to continue to account for a large percentage of our revenues in the near term. Continued market acceptance of these products, is therefore, critical to our future success. In addition, substantially all of our products that we have sold include technology related to one or more of our issued U.S. patents. If these patents are found to be invalid or unenforceable, our competitors could introduce competitive products that could reduce both the volume and price per unit of our products. Our business, operating results, financial condition and cash flows could therefore be adversely affected by:

    A decline in demand for any of our more significant products;

    Failure of our products to achieve continued market acceptance;

    Competitive products;

    New technological standards or changes to existing standards that we are unable to address with our products;

    A failure to release new products or enhanced versions of our existing products on a timely basis; and

    The failure of our new products to achieve market acceptance.

We are subject to credit risks related to our accounts receivable

        We do not generally obtain letters of credit or other security for payment from customers, distributors or contract manufacturers. Accordingly, we are not protected against accounts receivable default or bankruptcy by these entities. Our ten largest customers or distributors represent a substantial majority of our accounts receivable. If any such customer or distributor, or a material portion of our smaller customers or distributors, were to become insolvent or otherwise not satisfy their obligations to us, we could be materially harmed.

We depend on our key personnel to manage our business effectively in a rapidly changing market, and if we are unable to retain our current personnel and hire additional personnel, our ability to develop and successfully market our products could be harmed

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be dependent on retaining the services of our key personnel, developing their successors and certain internal processes to reduce our reliance on specific individuals, and on properly managing the transition of key roles when they occur. There is currently a shortage of qualified personnel with significant experience in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of analog and mixed-signal ICs. In particular, there is a shortage of engineers who are familiar with the intricacies of the design and manufacturability of analog elements, and competition for such personnel is intense. Our key technical personnel represent a significant asset and serve as the primary source for our technological and product innovations. We may not be successful in attracting and retaining sufficient numbers of technical personnel to support our anticipated growth. The loss of any of our key employees or the inability to attract or retain qualified personnel both in the United States and internationally, including engineers, sales, applications and marketing personnel, could delay the development and introduction of, and negatively impact our ability to sell, our products.

Any dispositions could harm our financial condition

        Any disposition of a product line would entail a number of risks that could materially and adversely affect our business and operating results, including:

    Diversion of management's time and attention from our core business;

    Difficulties separating the divested business;

    Risks to relations with customers who previously purchased products from our disposed product line;

    Reduced leverage with suppliers due to reduced aggregate volume;

    Risks related to employee relations;

    Risks associated with the transfer and licensing of intellectual property;

    Security risks and other liabilities related to the transition services provided in connection with the disposition;

    Tax issues associated with dispositions; and

    Disposition-related disputes, including disputes over earn-outs and escrows.

Our stock price may be volatile

        The market price of our common stock has been volatile in the past and may be volatile in the future. The market price of our common stock may be significantly affected by the following factors:

    Actual or anticipated fluctuations in our operating results;

    Changes in financial estimates by securities analysts or our failure to perform in line with such estimates;

    Changes in market valuations of other technology companies, particularly semiconductor companies;

    Announcements by us or our competitors of significant technical innovations, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures or capital commitments;

    Introduction of technologies or product enhancements that reduce the need for our products;

    The loss of, or decrease in sales to, one or more key customers;

    A large sale of stock by a significant shareholder;

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    Dilution from the issuance of our stock in connection with acquisitions;

    The addition or removal of our stock to or from a stock index fund;

    Departures of key personnel; and

    The required expensing of stock awards.

        The stock market has experienced extreme volatility that often has been unrelated to the performance of particular companies. These market fluctuations may cause our stock price to fall regardless of our performance.

Most of our current manufacturers, assemblers, test service providers, distributors and customers are concentrated in the same geographic region, which increases the risk that a natural disaster, epidemic, labor strike, war or political unrest could disrupt our operations or sales

        Most of our foundries and several of our assembly and test subcontractors' sites are located in Taiwan and most of our other foundry, assembly and test subcontractors are located in the Pacific Rim region. In addition, many of our customers are located in the Pacific Rim region. The risk of earthquakes in Taiwan and the Pacific Rim region is significant due to the proximity of major earthquake fault lines in the area. Earthquakes, tsunamis, fire, flooding, lack of water or other natural disasters, an epidemic, political unrest, war, labor strikes or work stoppages in countries where our semiconductor manufacturers, assemblers and test subcontractors are located, likely would result in the disruption of our foundry, assembly or test capacity. There can be no assurance that alternate capacity could be obtained on favorable terms, if at all.

        A natural disaster, epidemic, labor strike, war or political unrest where our customers' facilities are located would likely reduce our sales to such customers. North Korea's geopolitical maneuverings have created unrest. Such unrest could create economic uncertainty or instability, could escalate to war or otherwise adversely affect South Korea and our South Korean customers and reduce our sales to such customers, which would materially and adversely affect our operating results. In addition, a significant portion of the assembly and testing of our products occurs in South Korea. Any disruption resulting from these events could also cause significant delays in shipments of our products until we are able to shift our manufacturing, assembling or testing from the affected subcontractor to another third-party vendor.

The semiconductor manufacturing process is highly complex and, from time to time, manufacturing yields may fall below our expectations, which could result in our inability to satisfy demand for our products in a timely manner and may decrease our gross margins due to higher unit costs

        The manufacturing of our products is a highly complex and technologically demanding process. Although we work closely with our foundries and assemblers to minimize the likelihood of reduced manufacturing yields, we have from time to time experienced lower than anticipated manufacturing yields. Changes in manufacturing processes or the inadvertent use of defective or contaminated materials could result in lower than anticipated manufacturing yields or unacceptable performance deficiencies, which could lower our gross margins. If our foundries fail to deliver fabricated silicon wafers of satisfactory quality in a timely manner, we will be unable to meet our customers' demand for our products in a timely manner, which would adversely affect our operating results and damage our customer relationships. Additionally, we are beginning to utilize microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in certain of our timing products rather than the pure CMOS manufacturing process that we have traditionally utilized. We have less operating history with MEMS IC design and MEMS IC manufacturing processes. If we are unable to successfully execute the design and product qualification of MEMS-based products we may encounter lower yields and reduced manufacturing capacity.

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We depend on our customers to support our products, and some of our customers offer competing products

        We rely on our customers to provide hardware, software, intellectual property indemnification and other technical support for the products supplied by our customers. If our customers do not provide the required functionality or if our customers do not provide satisfactory support for their products, the demand for these devices that incorporate our products may diminish or we may otherwise be materially adversely affected. Any reduction in the demand for these devices would significantly reduce our revenues.

        In certain products, some of our customers offer their own competitive products. These customers may find it advantageous to support their own offerings in the marketplace in lieu of promoting our products.

Our debt could adversely affect our operations and financial condition

        We believe we have the ability to service our debt under our credit facilities, but our ability to make the required payments thereunder when due depends upon our future performance, which will be subject to general economic conditions, industry cycles and other factors affecting our operations, including risk factors described under this Item 1A, many of which are beyond our control. Our credit facilities also contain covenants, including financial covenants. If we breach any of the covenants under our credit facilities and do not obtain appropriate waivers, then, subject to any applicable cure periods, our outstanding indebtedness thereunder could be declared immediately due and payable.

We could seek to raise additional debt or equity capital in the future, but additional capital may not be available on terms acceptable to us, or at all

        We believe that our existing cash, cash equivalents, investments and credit under our credit facilities will be sufficient to meet our working capital needs, capital expenditures, investment requirements and commitments for at least the next 12 months. However, our ability to borrow further under the credit facilities is dependent upon our ability to satisfy various conditions, covenants and representations. It is possible that we may need to raise additional funds to finance our activities or to facilitate acquisitions of other businesses, products, intellectual property or technologies. We believe we could raise these funds, if needed, by selling equity or debt securities to the public or to selected investors. In addition, even though we may not need additional funds, we may still elect to sell additional equity or debt securities or obtain credit facilities for other reasons. However, we may not be able to obtain additional funds on favorable terms, or at all. If we decide to raise additional funds by issuing equity or convertible debt securities, the ownership percentages of existing shareholders would be reduced.

We are a relatively small company with limited resources compared to some of our current and potential competitors and we may not be able to compete effectively and increase market share

        Some of our current and potential competitors have longer operating histories, significantly greater resources and name recognition and a larger base of customers than we have. As a result, these competitors may have greater credibility with our existing and potential customers. They also may be able to adopt more aggressive pricing policies and devote greater resources to the development, promotion and sale of their products than we can to ours. In addition, some of our current and potential competitors have already established supplier or joint development relationships with the decision makers at our current or potential customers. These competitors may be able to leverage their existing relationships to discourage their customers from purchasing products from us or persuade them to replace our products with their products. Our competitors may also offer bundled solutions offering a more complete product despite the technical merits or advantages of our products. These competitors may elect not to support our products which could complicate our sales efforts. These and other

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competitive pressures may prevent us from competing successfully against current or future competitors, and may materially harm our business. Competition could decrease our prices, reduce our sales, lower our gross margins and/or decrease our market share.

Provisions in our charter documents and Delaware law could prevent, delay or impede a change in control of us and may reduce the market price of our common stock

        Provisions of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws could have the effect of discouraging, delaying or preventing a merger or acquisition that a stockholder may consider favorable. For example, our certificate of incorporation and bylaws provide for:

    The division of our Board of Directors into three classes to be elected on a staggered basis, one class each year;

    The ability of our Board of Directors to issue shares of our preferred stock in one or more series without further authorization of our stockholders;

    A prohibition on stockholder action by written consent;

    Elimination of the right of stockholders to call a special meeting of stockholders;

    A requirement that stockholders provide advance notice of any stockholder nominations of directors or any proposal of new business to be considered at any meeting of stockholders; and

    A requirement that a supermajority vote be obtained to amend or repeal certain provisions of our certificate of incorporation.

        We also are subject to the anti-takeover laws of Delaware which may discourage, delay or prevent someone from acquiring or merging with us, which may adversely affect the market price of our common stock.

Risks related to our industry

We are subject to the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, which has been subject to significant fluctuations

        The semiconductor industry is highly cyclical and is characterized by constant and rapid technological change, rapid product obsolescence and price erosion, evolving standards, short product life cycles and wide fluctuations in product supply and demand. The industry has experienced significant fluctuations, often connected with, or in anticipation of, maturing product cycles and new product introductions of both semiconductor companies' and their customers' products and fluctuations in general economic conditions. Deteriorating general worldwide economic conditions, including reduced economic activity, concerns about credit and inflation, increased energy costs, decreased consumer confidence, reduced corporate profits, decreased spending and similar adverse business conditions, would make it very difficult for our customers, our vendors, and us to accurately forecast and plan future business activities and could cause U.S. and foreign businesses to slow spending on our products. We cannot predict the timing, strength, or duration of any economic slowdown or economic recovery. If the economy or markets in which we operate deteriorate, our business, financial condition, and results of operations would likely be materially and adversely affected.

        Downturns have been characterized by diminished product demand, production overcapacity, high inventory levels and accelerated erosion of average selling prices. In the recent past, we believe the semiconductor industry suffered a downturn due in large part to adverse conditions in the global credit and financial markets, including diminished liquidity and credit availability, declines in consumer confidence, declines in economic growth, increased unemployment rates and general uncertainty

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regarding the economy. Such downturns may have a material adverse effect on our business and operating results.

        Upturns have been characterized by increased product demand and production capacity constraints created by increased competition for access to third-party foundry, assembly and test capacity. We are dependent on the availability of such capacity to manufacture, assemble and test our ICs. None of our third-party foundry, assembly or test subcontractors have provided assurances that adequate capacity will be available to us.

The average selling prices of our products could decrease rapidly which may negatively impact our revenues and gross margins

        We may experience substantial period-to-period fluctuations in future operating results due to the erosion of our average selling prices. We have reduced the average unit price of our products in anticipation of or in response to competitive pricing pressures, new product introductions by us or our competitors and other factors. If we are unable to offset any such reductions in our average selling prices by increasing our sales volumes, increasing our sales content per application or reducing production costs, our gross margins and revenues will suffer. To maintain our gross margin percentage, we will need to develop and introduce new products and product enhancements on a timely basis and continually reduce our costs. Our failure to do so could cause our revenues and gross margin percentage to decline.

Competition within the numerous markets we target may reduce sales of our products and reduce our market share

        The markets for semiconductors in general, and for mixed-signal ICs in particular, are intensely competitive. We expect that the market for our products will continually evolve and will be subject to rapid technological change. In addition, as we target and supply products to numerous markets and applications, we face competition from a relatively large number of competitors. We compete with Analog Devices, Atmel, Conexant, Cypress, Epson, Freescale, IDT, Lantiq, Maxim Integrated Products, Marvell Technology Group, MaxLinear, Microchip, Microsemi, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Vectron International and others. We expect to face competition in the future from our current competitors, other manufacturers and designers of semiconductors, and start-up semiconductor design companies. As the markets for communications products grow, we also may face competition from traditional communications device companies. These companies may enter the mixed-signal semiconductor market by introducing their own ICs or by entering into strategic relationships with or acquiring other existing providers of semiconductor products. In addition, large companies may restructure their operations to create separate companies or may acquire new businesses that are focused on providing the types of products we produce or acquire our customers.

Our products must conform to industry standards and technology in order to be accepted by end users in our markets

        Generally, our products comprise only a part of a device. All components of such devices must uniformly comply with industry standards in order to operate efficiently together. We depend on companies that provide other components of the devices to support prevailing industry standards. Many of these companies are significantly larger and more influential in affecting industry standards than we are. Some industry standards may not be widely adopted or implemented uniformly, and competing standards may emerge that may be preferred by our customers or end users. If larger companies do not support the same industry standards that we do, or if competing standards emerge, market acceptance of our products could be adversely affected which would harm our business.

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        Products for certain applications are based on industry standards that are continually evolving. Our ability to compete in the future will depend on our ability to identify and ensure compliance with these evolving industry standards. The emergence of new industry standards could render our products incompatible with products developed by other suppliers. As a result, we could be required to invest significant time and effort and to incur significant expense to redesign our products to ensure compliance with relevant standards. If our products are not in compliance with prevailing industry standards for a significant period of time, we could miss opportunities to achieve crucial design wins.

        Our pursuit of necessary technological advances may require substantial time and expense. We may not be successful in developing or using new technologies or in developing new products or product enhancements that achieve market acceptance. If our ICs fail to achieve market acceptance, our growth prospects, operating results and competitive position could be adversely affected.

We may be subject to information technology failures that could damage our reputation, business operations and financial condition

        We rely on information technology for the effective operation of our business. Our systems are subject to damage or interruption from a number of potential sources, including natural disasters, accidents, power disruptions, telecommunications failures, acts of terrorism or war, computer viruses, physical or electronic break-ins, cyber attacks, sabotage, vandalism, or similar events or disruptions. Our security measures may not detect or prevent such security breaches. Any such compromise of our information security could result in the theft or unauthorized publication or use of our confidential business or proprietary information, result in the unauthorized release of customer, supplier or employee data, result in a violation of privacy or other laws, expose us to a risk of litigation or damage our reputation. In addition, our inability to use or access these information systems at critical points in time could unfavorably impact the timely and efficient operation of our business, which could negatively affect our business and operating results.

        Third parties with which we conduct business, such as foundries, assembly and test contractors, and distributors, have access to certain portions of our sensitive data. In the event that these third parties do not properly safeguard our data that they hold, security breaches could result and negatively impact our business, operations and financial results.

Customer demands and new regulations related to conflict-free minerals may adversely affect us

        The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act imposes new disclosure requirements regarding the use of "conflict" minerals mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries in products, whether or not these products are manufactured by third parties. These new requirements could affect the pricing, sourcing and availability of minerals used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices (including our products). There will be additional costs associated with complying with the disclosure requirements, such as costs related to determining the source of any conflict minerals used in our products. Our supply chain is complex and we may be unable to verify the origins for all metals used in our products. We may also encounter challenges with our customers and stockholders if we are unable to certify that our products are conflict free.

Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments

        None.

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Item 2.    Properties

        Our corporate headquarters, housing engineering, sales and marketing, administration and test operations, is located in Austin, Texas. Our headquarters facilities consist of two buildings, which we purchased in 2012, that are located on land which we have leased through 2099. The buildings contain approximately 441,000 square feet of floor space, of which approximately 141,000 square feet were leased to other tenants. In addition to these properties, we lease smaller facilities in various locations in the United States, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom for engineering, sales and marketing, administrative and manufacturing support activities. We believe that these facilities are suitable and adequate to meet our current operating needs.

Item 3.    Legal Proceedings

Patent Litigation

        On January 21, 2014, Cresta Technology Corporation ("Cresta Technology"), a Delaware corporation, filed a lawsuit against us, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., LG Electronics Inc. and LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. in the United States District Court in the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of United States Patent Nos. 7,075,585, 7,265,792 and 7,251,466. The lawsuit relates to our family of television tuner products. Cresta Technology seeks unspecified compensatory and enhanced damages, attorney fees and a permanent injunction. On January 28, 2014, Cresta Technology also filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission ("ITC") alleging infringement of the same patents against us, Samsung and LG Electronics and seeking to prevent the importation and sale of allegedly infringing products in the United States. The ITC instituted an investigation based on Cresta Technology's complaint on February 27, 2014. An evidentiary hearing in this ITC Investigation concluded on December 5, 2014. The ITC Administrative Law Judge is scheduled to issue an Initial Determination on February 27, 2015, and the Final Determination by the ITC is scheduled to issue on June 29, 2015. The Delaware District Court action has been stayed pending completion of the proceedings in the ITC. We intend to vigorously defend against these allegations.

        On April 11, 2014, we filed a lawsuit against Cresta Technology in the United States District Court in the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, alleging infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,308,055, 6,965,761 and 7,353,011. On July 14, 2014, the Court dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice due to the lack of commercial activity by Cresta Technology in the Western District of Texas. On July 16, 2014, we refiled our claims for the '055, '761 and '011 patents in a lawsuit in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. In addition, we added additional claims alleging infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,304,146, 6,137,372 and 6,233,441. We are seeking a permanent injunction stopping the sale of all allegedly infringing Cresta Technology products and an award of damages and attorney fees.

        On May 6, 2014, we filed a complaint with the ITC alleging infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,137,372 and 6,233,441 against Cresta Technology, Hauppauge Digital, Inc., Hauppague Computer Works, Inc., PCTV Systems, S.a.r.l., Luxembourg and PCTV Systems S.a.r.l., seeking to prevent the importation and sale of allegedly infringing products in the United States. On June 6, 2014, the ITC instituted an investigation based on our complaint. On June 13, 2014, Cresta Technology proposed a consent order whereby Cresta Technology will not sell for importation, import or sell in the United States television tuners that infringe the patent claims asserted by us. On July 1, 2014, the Administrative Law Judge accepted the proposed consent order. Accordingly, this ITC investigation has been terminated in its entirety. Under the consent order, Cresta Technology is prohibited from selling for importation, importing or selling in the United States television tuners that infringe our United States Patent Nos. 6,137,372 and 6,233,441.

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        As is customary in the semiconductor industry, we provide indemnification protection to our customers for intellectual property claims related to our products. We have not accrued any material liability on our consolidated balance sheet related to such indemnification obligations in connection with the Cresta Technology litigation.

        At this time, we cannot predict the outcome of these matters or the resulting financial impact to us, if any.

Other

        We are involved in various other legal proceedings that have arisen in the normal course of business. While the ultimate results of these matters cannot be predicted with certainty, we do not expect them to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial statements.

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures

        Not applicable.

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Part II

Item 5.    Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Market Information and Holders

        Our registration statement (Registration No. 333-94853) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, relating to our initial public offering of our common stock became effective on March 23, 2000. Our common stock is quoted on the NASDAQ National Market (NASDAQ) under the symbol "SLAB". The table below shows the high and low per-share sales prices of our common stock for the periods indicated, as reported by NASDAQ. As of January 27, 2015, there were 97 holders of record of our common stock.

 
  High   Low  

Fiscal Year 2013

             

First Quarter

  $ 47.41   $ 39.65  

Second Quarter

    44.00     38.04  

Third Quarter

    46.21     38.16  

Fourth Quarter

    44.19     37.57  

Fiscal Year 2014

   
 
   
 
 

First Quarter

  $ 54.00   $ 41.19  

Second Quarter

    53.78     42.41  

Third Quarter

    50.05     39.28  

Fourth Quarter

    48.50     36.29  

Dividend Policy

        We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on our common stock and we do not intend to pay cash dividends in the foreseeable future. We currently expect to retain any future earnings to fund the operation and expansion of our business.

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Stock Performance Graph

        The graph depicted below shows a comparison of cumulative total stockholder returns for an investment in Silicon Laboratories Inc. common stock, the NASDAQ Composite Index and the PHLX Semiconductor Index.

GRAPHIC

Company / Index
  01/02/10   01/01/11   12/31/11   12/29/12   12/28/13   01/03/15  

Silicon Laboratories Inc. 

  $ 100.00   $ 95.12   $ 89.75   $ 85.76   $ 87.54   $ 98.20  

NASDAQ Composite

  $ 100.00   $ 118.02   $ 117.04   $ 134.77   $ 191.67   $ 220.62  

PHLX Semiconductor Index

  $ 100.00   $ 115.90   $ 103.96   $ 109.37   $ 156.59   $ 206.44  

(1)
The graph assumes that $100 was invested in our common stock and in each index at the market close on January 2, 2010, and that all dividends were reinvested. No cash dividends have been declared on our common stock.

(2)
Stockholder returns over the indicated period should not be considered indicative of future stockholder returns.

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Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

        The following table summarizes repurchases of our common stock during the three months ended January 3, 2015 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

Period
  Total Number
of Shares
Purchased
  Average Price
Paid per
Share
  Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs
  Approximate
Dollar Value of
Shares that May Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans
or Programs
 

September 28, 2014 - October 25, 2014

    263   $ 40.01     263   $ 100,000  

October 26, 2014 - November 22, 2014

   
63
 
$

44.74
   
63
 
$

97,197
 

November 23, 2014 - January 3, 2015

   
98
 
$

44.82
   
98
 
$

92,785
 

Total

    424   $ 41.83     424        

        In October 2014, the Board of Directors authorized a program to repurchase up to $100 million of our common stock through December 2015 (and terminated the $35.6 million remaining authorization under the previously announced share repurchase program). The programs allow for repurchases to be made in the open market or in private transactions, including structured or accelerated transactions, subject to applicable legal requirements and market conditions.

Item 6.    Selected Financial Data

        Please read this selected consolidated financial data in conjunction with "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," our Consolidated Financial Statements and the notes to those statements included in this Form 10-K.

 
  Fiscal Year  
 
  2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  
 
  (in thousands, except per share data)
 

Consolidated Statements of Income Data

                               

Revenues

 
$

620,704
 
$

580,087
 
$

563,294
 
$

491,625
 
$

493,341
 

Operating income

  $ 51,421   $ 64,310   $ 85,675   $ 50,074   $ 86,671  

Net income

  $ 38,021   $ 49,819   $ 63,548   $ 35,472   $ 73,242  

Earnings per share:

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Basic

 
$

0.88
 
$

1.17
 
$

1.51
 
$

0.82
 
$

1.63
 

Diluted

  $ 0.87   $ 1.14   $ 1.47   $ 0.79   $ 1.57  

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Cash, cash equivalents and investments (1)

 
$

342,614
 
$

286,025
 
$

293,360
 
$

324,967
 
$

383,362
 

Working capital

    365,223     350,170     361,304     370,211     414,073  

Total assets

    1,042,561     991,150     871,966     705,991     727,658  

Long-term obligations

    121,191     143,441     115,615     24,214     22,372  

Total stockholders' equity

    758,056     738,562     649,973     598,939     625,430  

(1)
Reflects repurchases of $72 million, $26 million, $62 million, $110 million and $140 million of our common stock in fiscal 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

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Item 7.    Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

        The following discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes thereto included elsewhere in this report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements. Please see the "Cautionary Statement" and "Risk Factors" above for discussions of the uncertainties, risks and assumptions associated with these statements. Our fiscal year-end financial reporting periods are a 52-or 53-week year ending on the Saturday closest to December 31st. Fiscal 2014 was a 53-week year with the extra week occurring in the fourth quarter of the year and ended on January 3, 2015. Fiscal 2013 and 2012 were 52-week years and ended on December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012, respectively.

Overview

        We design and develop proprietary, analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of applications. Mixed-signal ICs are electronic components that convert real-world analog signals, such as sound and radio waves, into digital signals that electronic products can process. Therefore, mixed-signal ICs are critical components in products addressing a variety of markets, including communications, consumer, industrial and automotive. Our major customers include Cisco, Garmin, Harman Becker, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pace, Samsung, Technicolor, Varian Medical Systems and ZTE.

        As a fabless semiconductor company, we rely on third-party semiconductor fabricators in Asia, and to a lesser extent the United States and Europe, to manufacture the silicon wafers that reflect our IC designs. Each wafer contains numerous die, which are cut from the wafer to create a chip for an IC. We rely on third parties in Asia to assemble, package, and, in most cases, test these devices and ship these units to our customers. Testing performed by such third parties facilitates faster delivery of products to our customers (particularly those located in Asia), shorter production cycle times, lower inventory requirements, lower costs and increased flexibility of test capacity.

        Our expertise in analog-intensive, high-performance, mixed-signal ICs enables us to develop highly differentiated solutions that address multiple markets. We group our products into the following categories:

    Broad-based products, which include our microcontroller (MCU), wireless and sensor products, timing products (clocks and oscillators), and power and isolation devices;

    Broadcast products, which include our broadcast audio and video products; and

    Access products, which include our Voice over IP (VoIP) products, embedded modems and our Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices.

        Through acquisitions and internal development efforts, we have continued to diversify our product portfolio and introduce next-generation ICs with added functionality and further integration. On February 28, 2014, we purchased the full product portfolio and intellectual property of Touchstone Semiconductor, including op-amps, current sense amplifiers, low-power analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), comparators, power management ICs, timers, and voltage detectors and references.

        In fiscal 2014, we introduced digital TV demodulators offering expanded support for emerging and established satellite, terrestrial and cable standards; a new family of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen1/2/3 fanout buffers designed for data center applications; next-generation EZRadio and EZRadioPRO® wireless ICs offering outstanding power efficiency, wireless range and flexibility; the sixth generation of our high-performance TV tuner ICs addressing global hybrid TV and digital TV markets; a small PCIe-compliant clock generator targeting consumer and embedded applications; sensor development kits to accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) system design; high-performance automotive tuner ICs designed to enhance AM/FM digital radio performance for car radio systems supporting broadcast

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standards worldwide; ultra-low-jitter, frequency-flexible clock solutions for high-speed data centers and Internet infrastructure; digital isolators offering high channel count, reliability and data rates for cost-sensitive consumer electronics applications; energy-efficient capacitive sensing MCUs for human-machine interfaces (HMI); a comprehensive software solution designed to simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters; a 32-bit hardware and firmware development kit designed to accelerate the design of Made for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® (MFi) accessories; a new version of the Simplicity Studio™ development ecosystem that provides unified support for our energy-friendly 32-bit EFM32™ Gecko MCUs and 8-bit MCUs; the expansion of our ARM-based Ember® ZigBee® system-on-chip (SoC) family for advanced smart energy and home automation applications; and single-chip digital ultraviolet (UV) index sensors designed to track UV exposure, ambient light and biometrics for smartphones and wearables. We plan to continue to introduce products that increase the content we provide for existing applications, thereby enabling us to serve markets we do not currently address and expand our total available market opportunity.

        During fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, we had one customer, Samsung, whose purchases across a variety of product areas represented 12%, 15% and 19% of our revenues, respectively. In addition to direct sales to customers, some of our end customers purchase products indirectly from us through distributors and contract manufacturers. An end customer purchasing through a contract manufacturer typically instructs such contract manufacturer to obtain our products and incorporate such products with other components for sale by such contract manufacturer to the end customer. Although we actually sell the products to, and are paid by, the distributors and contract manufacturers, we refer to such end customer as our customer. Two of our distributors, Edom Technology and Avnet, represented 20% and 12% of our revenues during fiscal 2014, 21% and 11% of our revenues during fiscal 2013, and 22% and 11% of our revenues during fiscal 2012, respectively. There were no other distributors or contract manufacturers that accounted for more than 10% of our revenues in fiscal 2014, 2013 or 2012.

        The percentage of our revenues derived from outside of the United States was 86% in fiscal 2014, 88% in fiscal 2013 and 88% in fiscal 2012. All of our revenues to date have been denominated in U.S. dollars. We believe that a majority of our revenues will continue to be derived from customers outside of the United States.

        The sales cycle for our ICs can be as long as 12 months or more. An additional three to six months or more are usually required before a customer ships a significant volume of devices that incorporate our ICs. Due to this lengthy sales cycle, we typically experience a significant delay between incurring research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses, and the corresponding sales. Consequently, if sales in any quarter do not occur when expected, expenses and inventory levels could be disproportionately high, and our operating results for that quarter and, potentially, future quarters would be adversely affected. Moreover, the amount of time between initial research and development and commercialization of a product, if ever, can be substantially longer than the sales cycle for the product. Accordingly, if we incur substantial research and development costs without developing a commercially successful product, our operating results, as well as our growth prospects, could be adversely affected.

        Because many of our ICs are designed for use in consumer products such as televisions, set-top boxes and radios, we expect that the demand for our products will be typically subject to some degree of seasonal demand. However, rapid changes in our markets and across our product areas make it difficult for us to accurately estimate the impact of seasonal factors on our business.

Results of Operations

        The following describes the line items set forth in our Consolidated Statements of Income:

        Revenues.    Revenues are generated predominately by sales of our ICs. We recognize revenue on sales when all of the following criteria are met: 1) there is persuasive evidence that an arrangement

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exists, 2) delivery of goods has occurred, 3) the sales price is fixed or determinable, and 4) collectibility is reasonably assured. Generally, we recognize revenue from product sales to direct customers and contract manufacturers upon shipment. Certain of our sales are made to distributors under agreements allowing certain rights of return and price protection on products unsold by distributors. Accordingly, we defer the revenue and cost of revenue on such sales until the distributors sell the product to the end customer. A small portion of our revenues is derived from the sale of patents. The above revenue recognition criteria for patent sales are generally met upon the execution of the patent sale agreement. Our products typically carry a one-year replacement warranty. Replacements have been insignificant to date.

        Our revenues are subject to variation from period to period due to the volume of shipments made within a period, the mix of products we sell and the prices we charge for our products. The vast majority of our revenues were negotiated at prices that reflect a discount from the list prices for our products. These discounts are made for a variety of reasons, including: 1) to establish a relationship with a new customer, 2) as an incentive for customers to purchase products in larger volumes, 3) to provide profit margin to our distributors who resell our products or 4) in response to competition. In addition, as a product matures, we expect that the average selling price for such product will decline due to the greater availability of competing products. Our ability to increase revenues in the future is dependent on increased demand for our established products and our ability to ship larger volumes of those products in response to such demand, as well as our ability to develop or acquire new products and subsequently achieve customer acceptance of newly introduced products.

        Cost of Revenues.    Cost of revenues includes the cost of purchasing finished silicon wafers processed by independent foundries; costs associated with assembly, test and shipping of those products; costs of personnel and equipment associated with manufacturing support, logistics and quality assurance; costs of software royalties, other intellectual property license costs and certain acquired intangible assets; and an allocated portion of our occupancy costs.

        Research and Development.    Research and development expense consists primarily of personnel-related expenses, including stock-based compensation, as well as new product masks, external consulting and services costs, equipment tooling, equipment depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, and an allocated portion of our occupancy costs. Research and development activities include the design of new products, refinement of existing products and design of test methodologies to ensure compliance with required specifications.

        Selling, General and Administrative.    Selling, general and administrative expense consists primarily of personnel-related expenses, including stock-based compensation, as well as an allocated portion of our occupancy costs, sales commissions to independent sales representatives, applications engineering support, professional fees, legal fees and promotional and marketing expenses.

        Interest Income.    Interest income reflects interest earned on our cash, cash equivalents and investment balances.

        Interest Expense.    Interest expense consists of interest on our short and long-term obligations, including our Credit Facilities.

        Other Income (Expense), Net.    Other income (expense), net consists primarily of foreign currency remeasurement adjustments as well as other non-operating income and expenses.

        Provision for Income Taxes.    Provision for income taxes includes both domestic and foreign income taxes at the applicable tax rates adjusted for non-deductible expenses, research and development tax credits and other permanent differences.

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        The following table sets forth our Consolidated Statements of Income data as a percentage of revenues for the periods indicated:

 
  Fiscal Year  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

Revenues

    100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %

Cost of revenues

    39.0     39.2     40.0  

Gross margin

    61.0     60.8     60.0  

Operating expenses:

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Research and development

    27.9     27.2     24.5  

Selling, general and administrative

    24.8     22.5     20.3  

Operating expenses

    52.7     49.7     44.8  

Operating income

    8.3     11.1     15.2  

Other income (expense):

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Interest income

    0.2     0.2     0.2  

Interest expense

    (0.6 )   (0.6 )   (0.2 )

Other income (expense), net

    0.0     0.0     0.1  

Income before income taxes

    7.9     10.7     15.3  

Provision for income taxes

    1.8     2.1     4.0  

Net income

    6.1 %   8.6 %   11.3 %

Comparison of Fiscal 2014 to Fiscal 2013

Revenues

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
 
   
  %
Change
 
(in millions)
  2014   2013   Change  

Broad-based

  $ 317.1   $ 281.8   $ 35.3     12.5 %

Broadcast

    204.3     199.8     4.5     2.2 %

Access

    99.3     98.5     0.8     0.9 %

Revenues

  $ 620.7   $ 580.1   $ 40.6     7.0 %

        The change in revenues in fiscal 2014 was due primarily to:

    Increased revenues of $35.3 million for our Broad-based ICs, due primarily to market share gains for our MCU, wireless and sensor products, including products acquired from Energy Micro in July 2013. Broad-based revenue growth was offset in part by a decline in revenue for our touch controller ICs due to our exit from this market.

    Increased revenues of $4.5 million for Broadcast, due primarily to an increase in market share for our video ICs and the sale of patents of $7.1 million. The increase in Broadcast revenues was offset by decreased revenues for our audio ICs due to declines in market share.

        Unit volumes of our products increased compared to fiscal 2013 by 5.2%. Average selling prices increased compared to the same period by 0.7%. The average selling prices of our products may fluctuate significantly from period to period. In general, as our products become more mature, we expect to experience decreases in average selling prices. We anticipate that newly announced, higher priced, next generation products and product derivatives will offset some of these decreases.

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Gross Margin

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
(in millions)
  2014   2013   Change    
 

Gross margin

  $ 378.6   $ 352.9   $ 25.7        

Percent of revenue

    61.0 %   60.8 %   0.2 %      

        The increased dollar amount of gross margin in fiscal 2014 was due to increases in gross margin of $25.3 million for our Broad-based products and $2.2 million for our Broadcast products, offset by a decrease in gross margin of $1.9 million for our Access products. Fiscal 2014 includes gross margin from the sale of patents of $7.1 million, which had no associated cost of revenues.

        We may experience declines in the average selling prices of certain of our products. This creates downward pressure on gross margin as a percentage of revenues and may be offset to the extent we are able to: 1) introduce higher margin new products and gain market share with our ICs; 2) reduce costs of existing products through improved design; 3) achieve lower production costs from our wafer suppliers and third-party assembly and test subcontractors; 4) achieve lower production costs per unit as a result of improved yields throughout the manufacturing process; or 5) reduce logistics costs.

Research and Development

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
 
   
  %
Change
 
(in millions)
  2014   2013   Change  

Research and development

  $ 173.0   $ 157.8   $ 15.2     9.6 %

Percent of revenue

    27.9 %   27.2 %            

        The increase in research and development expense in fiscal 2014 was principally due to increases of (a) $11.0 million for personnel-related expenses, including personnel costs associated with (i) increased headcount, and (ii) the acquisition of Energy Micro, and (b) $2.9 million for the amortization of intangible assets primarily related to our acquisition of Energy Micro. We expect that research and development expense will increase in absolute dollars in the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to costs associated with the acquisition of Bluegiga.

        Recent development projects include digital TV demodulators offering expanded support for emerging and established satellite, terrestrial and cable standards; a new family of PCIe Gen1/2/3 fanout buffers designed for data center applications; next-generation EZRadio and EZRadioPRO wireless ICs offering outstanding power efficiency, wireless range and flexibility; the sixth generation of our high-performance TV tuner ICs addressing global hybrid TV and digital TV markets; a small PCIe-compliant clock generator targeting consumer and embedded applications; sensor development kits to accelerate IoT system design; high-performance automotive tuner ICs designed to enhance AM/FM digital radio performance for car radio systems supporting broadcast standards worldwide; ultra-low-jitter, frequency-flexible clock solutions for high-speed data centers and Internet infrastructure; digital isolators offering high channel count, reliability and data rates for cost-sensitive consumer electronics applications; energy-efficient capacitive sensing MCUs for HMI; a comprehensive software solution designed to simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters; a 32-bit hardware and firmware development kit designed to accelerate the design of MFi accessories; a new version of the Simplicity Studio development ecosystem that provides unified support for our energy-friendly 32-bit EFM32 Gecko MCUs and 8-bit MCUs; the expansion of our ARM-based Ember ZigBee SoC family for advanced smart energy and home automation applications; and single-chip digital UV index sensors designed to track UV exposure, ambient light and biometrics for smartphones and wearables.

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Selling, General and Administrative

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
 
   
  %
Change
 
(in millions)
  2014   2013   Change  

Selling, general and administrative

  $ 154.1   $ 130.8   $ 23.3     17.9 %

Percent of revenue

    24.8 %   22.5 %            

        The increase in selling, general and administrative expense in fiscal 2014 was principally due to increases of (a) $11.0 million for adjustments to the fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration, (b) $7.5 million for legal fees, primarily related to litigation, and (c) $7.5 million for personnel-related expenses, primarily associated with (i) increased headcount, and (ii) the acquisition of Energy Micro. The increase in selling, general and administrative expense in fiscal 2014 was offset in part by acquisition-related costs of $1.5 million in fiscal 2013. We expect that selling, general and administrative expense will decrease in absolute dollars in the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to declines in legal fees related to patent litigation.

Interest Income

        Interest income in fiscal 2014 was $1.0 million compared to $0.9 million in fiscal 2013.

Interest Expense

        Interest expense in fiscal 2014 was $3.2 million compared $3.3 million in fiscal 2013.

Other Income (Expense), Net

        Other income (expense), net in fiscal 2014 was $(0.2) million compared to $0.2 million in fiscal 2013.

Provision for Income Taxes

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
(in millions)
  2014   2013   Change    
 

Provision for income taxes

  $ 11.0   $ 12.2   $ (1.2 )      

Effective tax rate

    22.5 %   19.7 %            

        The effective tax rate for fiscal 2014 increased from fiscal 2013, primarily due to the recognition of the fiscal 2012 federal research and development tax credit in fiscal 2013 due to the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on January 2, 2013, as well as a decrease in the foreign tax rate benefit in fiscal 2014. This increase in the effective tax rate was partially offset by the reduction to a valuation allowance recorded in a prior year related to certain state loss and research and development tax credit carryforwards and the release in fiscal 2014 of prior year unrecognized tax benefits due to the lapse of the statute of limitations applicable to a tax deduction claimed on a prior year foreign tax return. We expect our effective tax rate for fiscal 2015 to decrease, primarily due to an expected increase in the ratio of foreign income to total income resulting from the completion of payments related to an intercompany licensing transaction. This expected decrease in the effective tax rate will be partially offset by the expiration of the federal research and development tax credit on December 31, 2014.

        The effective tax rates for each of the periods presented differ from the federal statutory rate of 35% due to the amount of income earned in foreign jurisdictions where the tax rate may be lower than the federal statutory rate, research and development tax credits and other permanent items including changes to the liability for unrecognized tax benefits.

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Comparison of Fiscal 2013 to Fiscal 2012

Revenues

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
 
   
  %
Change
 
(in millions)
  2013   2012   Change  

Broad-based

  $ 281.8   $ 270.1   $ 11.7     4.3 %

Broadcast

    199.8     186.1     13.7     7.4 %

Access

    98.5     107.1     (8.6 )   (8.1 )%

Revenues

  $ 580.1   $ 563.3   $ 16.8     3.0 %

        The change in revenues in fiscal 2013 was due primarily to:

    Increased revenues of $11.7 million for our Broad-based ICs, due primarily to the addition of revenues from the acquisition of Energy Micro in July 2013 and Ember in July 2012 and market share gains for our timing ICs. Broad-based revenue growth was offset in part by declines in revenue for our touch controller ICs due to our planned exit from this market.

    Increased revenues of $13.7 million for our Broadcast ICs, due primarily to market share gains for our video ICs. Broadcast revenue growth was offset in part by declines in revenue for our audio ICs, which decreased primarily due to declines in market share.

    Decreased revenues of $8.6 million for our Access ICs. The decrease in Access revenues resulted primarily due to declines in market share for our VoIP ICs.

        Unit volumes of our products decreased compared to fiscal 2012 by 8.1%. Average selling prices increased compared to the same period by 12.1%.

Gross Margin

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
(in millions)
  2013   2012   Change    
 

Gross margin

  $ 352.9   $ 338.0   $ 14.9             

Percent of revenue

    60.8 %   60.0 %   0.8 %      

        The increased dollar amount of gross margin in fiscal 2013 was due primarily to increases in gross margin of $15.2 million for our Broad-based products and $11.4 million for our Broadcast products, offset by a decrease in gross margin of $11.7 million for our Access products.

Research and Development

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
 
   
  %
Change
 
(in millions)
  2013   2012   Change  

Research and development

  $ 157.8   $ 138.0   $ 19.8     14.4 %

Percent of revenue

    27.2 %   24.5 %            

        The increase in research and development expense in fiscal 2013 was principally due to increases of (a) $11.4 million for personnel-related expenses, including personnel costs associated with (i) increased headcount, and (ii) the acquisition of Energy Micro and Ember, and (b) $4.0 million for the amortization of intangible assets primarily related to our acquisition of Energy Micro.

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Selling, General and Administrative

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
 
   
  %
Change
 
(in millions)
  2013   2012   Change  

Selling, general and administrative

  $ 130.8   $ 114.4   $ 16.4     14.3 %

Percent of revenue

    22.5 %   20.3 %            

        The increase in selling, general and administrative expense in fiscal 2013 was principally due to a net gain of $8.5 million in fiscal 2012 from the purchase of our headquarters. Furthermore, the increase in selling, general and administrative expense in fiscal 2013 was also due to increases of (a) $2.5 million for sales commissions, (b) $2.1 million for personnel-related expenses, primarily associated with (i) increased headcount, and (ii) the acquisition of Energy Micro and Ember, and (c) $1.5 million for legal fees, primarily related to litigation and acquisition-related costs.

Interest Income

        Interest income in fiscal 2013 was $0.9 million compared to $1.3 million in fiscal 2012.

Interest Expense

        Interest expense in fiscal 2013 was $3.3 million compared $1.1 million in fiscal 2012. The increase in fiscal 2013 was principally due to higher average debt balances in the period on our Term Loan Facility under our Credit Agreement.

Other Income (Expense), Net

        Other income (expense), net in fiscal 2013 was $0.2 million compared to $0.5 million in fiscal 2012.

Provision for Income Taxes

 
  Fiscal Year    
   
 
(in millions)
  2013   2012   Change    
 

Provision for income taxes

  $ 12.2   $ 22.8   $ (10.6 )      

Effective tax rate

    19.7 %   26.4 %            

        The effective tax rate for fiscal 2013 decreased from fiscal 2012, primarily due to the fiscal 2012 tax charge related to the intercompany license of certain technology associated with the acquisition of Ember during fiscal 2012 and the recognition of the fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013 federal research and development tax credits in fiscal 2013 as a result of the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") on January 2, 2013. The decrease in the effective tax rate for fiscal 2013 was partially offset by the release during fiscal 2012 of unrecognized tax benefits that were determined to be effectively settled during fiscal 2012.

        The effective tax rates for each of the periods presented differ from the federal statutory rate of 35% due to the amount of income earned in foreign jurisdictions where the tax rate may be lower than the federal statutory rate, research and development tax credits and other permanent items including changes to the liability for unrecognized tax benefits.

Business Outlook

        We expect revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 to be in the range of $156 to $162 million. Furthermore, we expect our diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.08 to $0.14.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

        Our principal sources of liquidity as of January 3, 2015 consisted of $335.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, of which approximately $225.7 million was held by our U.S. entities. The remaining balance was held by our foreign subsidiaries. Our cash equivalents and short-term investments consisted of municipal bonds, money market funds, corporate bonds, commercial paper, variable-rate demand notes, certificates of deposit, asset-backed securities, international government bonds, U.S. government agency and U.S. government bonds.

        Our long-term investments consisted of auction-rate securities. In fiscal 2008, auctions for many of our auction-rate securities failed because sell orders exceeded buy orders. As of January 3, 2015, we held $8.0 million par value auction-rate securities, all of which have experienced failed auctions. These securities have contractual maturity dates ranging from 2033 to 2046. We are receiving the underlying cash flows on all of our auction-rate securities. The principal amounts associated with failed auctions are not expected to be accessible until a successful auction occurs, the issuer redeems the security, a buyer is found outside of the auction process or the underlying securities mature. We are unable to predict if these funds will become available before their maturity dates. We do not expect to need access to the capital represented by any of our auction-rate securities prior to their maturities.

Operating Activities

        Net cash provided by operating activities was $137.4 million during fiscal 2014, compared to net cash provided of $120.2 million during fiscal 2013. Operating cash flows during fiscal 2014 reflect our net income of $38.0 million, adjustments of $72.4 million for depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and deferred income taxes, and a net cash inflow of $27.0 million due to changes in our operating assets and liabilities.

        Net cash provided by operating activities was $120.2 million during fiscal 2013, compared to net cash provided of $97.1 million during fiscal 2012. Operating cash flows during fiscal 2013 reflect our net income of $49.8 million, adjustments of $62.7 million for depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and deferred income taxes, and a net cash inflow of $7.7 million due to changes in our operating assets and liabilities.

        Accounts receivable decreased to $70.4 million at January 3, 2015 from $72.1 million at December 28, 2013. The decrease in accounts receivable resulted primarily from normal variations in the timing of collections and billings. Our average days sales outstanding (DSO) was 39 days at January 3, 2015 and 44 days at December 28, 2013.

        Inventory increased to $52.6 million at January 3, 2015 from $45.3 million at December 28, 2013. Our inventory level is primarily impacted by our need to make purchase commitments to support forecasted demand and variations between forecasted and actual demand. Our average days of inventory (DOI) was 73 days at January 3, 2015 and 71 days at December 28, 2013.

Investing Activities

        Net cash used in investing activities was $26.3 million during fiscal 2014, compared to net cash used of $105.9 million during fiscal 2013. The decrease in cash outflows was principally due to a net payment of $86.4 million for the acquisition of Energy Micro during fiscal 2013, offset by a decrease of $6.5 million of net proceeds from sales and maturities of marketable securities. In fiscal 2013, we acquired Energy Micro for approximately $140.6 million. See Note 9, Acquisitions, for additional information.

        Net cash used in investing activities was $105.9 million during fiscal 2013, compared to net cash used of $139.3 million during fiscal 2012. The decrease in cash outflows was principally due to a

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decrease of $91.6 million for purchases of property and equipment, offset by an increase of $46.1 million for net purchases of marketable securities.

        We anticipate capital expenditures of approximately $14 to $16 million for fiscal 2015. Additionally, as part of our growth strategy, we expect to evaluate opportunities to invest in or acquire other businesses, intellectual property or technologies that would complement or expand our current offerings, expand the breadth of our markets or enhance our technical capabilities.

Financing Activities

        Net cash used in financing activities was $65.2 million during fiscal 2014, compared to net cash used of $23.9 million during fiscal 2013. The increase in cash outflows was principally due to an increase of $45.7 million for repurchases of our common stock. In October 2014, the Board of Directors authorized a program to repurchase up to $100 million of our common stock through December 2015 (and terminated the $35.6 million remaining authorization under the previously announced share repurchase program).

        Net cash used in financing activities was $23.9 million during fiscal 2013, compared to net cash provided of $52.7 million during fiscal 2012. The increase in cash outflows was principally due to net proceeds of $98.3 million from the issuance of long-term debt in fiscal 2012, offset by a decline of $36.0 million for repurchases of our common stock in fiscal 2013.

Debt

        On July 31, 2012, we entered into a $230 million five-year Credit Agreement (the "Agreement"). The Agreement consists of a $100 million Term Loan Facility and a $130 million Revolving Credit Facility.

        The Term Loan Facility provides for quarterly principal amortization (equal to 5% of the principal in each of the first two years and 10% of the principal in each of the next three years) with the remaining balance payable upon the maturity date. The Revolving Credit Facility includes a $25 million letter of credit sublimit and a $10 million swingline loan sublimit. We have an option to increase the size of the Revolving Credit Facility by up to an aggregate of $50 million in additional commitments, subject to certain conditions. On September 27, 2012, we borrowed $100 million under the Term Loan Facility. To date, we have not borrowed under the Revolving Credit Facility.

        The Term Loan Facility and Revolving Credit Facility, other than swingline loans, will bear interest at LIBOR plus an applicable margin or, at our option, a base rate (defined as the highest of the Bank of America prime rate, the Federal Funds rate plus 0.50% and a daily rate equal to one-month LIBOR plus 1.00%) plus an applicable margin. Swingline loans accrue interest at the base rate plus the applicable margin for base rate loans. The applicable margins for the LIBOR rate loans range from 1.50% to 2.50% and for base rate loans range from 0.50% to 1.50%, depending in each case, on the leverage ratio as defined in the Agreement. We also pay a commitment fee on the unused amount of the Revolving Credit Facility.

        In connection with the closing of the Credit Agreement, we entered into a security and pledge agreement. Under the security and pledge agreement, we pledged equity securities of certain of our subsidiaries, subject to exceptions and limitations. The Credit Facilities contain various conditions, covenants and representations with which we must be in compliance in order to borrow funds and to avoid an event of default, including financial covenants that we must maintain a leverage ratio (funded debt/EBITDA) of no more than 2.5 to 1 and a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (EBITDA/debt payments, income taxes and capital expenditures) of no less than 1.50 to 1. As of January 3, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all covenants of the Credit Facilities. See Note 11, Debt, to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

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        We have entered into an interest rate swap agreement as a hedge against the LIBOR portion of the variable interest payments under the Term Loan Facility and effectively converted the LIBOR portion of the interest on the Term Loan Facility to a fixed interest rate through the maturity date. See Note 5, Derivative Financial Instruments, to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

        Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including the rate of sales growth, market acceptance of our products, the timing and extent of research and development projects, potential acquisitions of companies or technologies and the expansion of our sales and marketing activities. We believe our existing cash, cash equivalents, investments and credit under our Credit Facilities are sufficient to meet our capital requirements through at least the next 12 months, although we could be required, or could elect, to seek additional funding prior to that time. We may enter into acquisitions or strategic arrangements in the future which also could require us to seek additional equity or debt financing.

Contractual Obligations

        The following table summarizes our contractual obligations as of January 3, 2015 (in thousands):

 
  Payments due by period  
 
  Total   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019   Thereafter  

Long-term debt obligations (1)

  $ 87,500   $ 10,000   $ 10,000   $ 67,500   $   $   $  

Interest on long-term debt obligations (2)

    5,926     2,496     2,241     1,189              

Operating lease obligations (3)

    22,403     4,463     4,137     3,398     2,517     1,490     6,398  

Purchase obligations (4)

    38,156     38,156                      

Other long-term obligations (5)

    21,012         8,993     5,054     4,493     2,472      

(1)
Long-term debt obligations represent the principal due under our Term Loan Facility and include amounts classified as current portion of long-term debt.

(2)
Interest on our long-term debt obligations is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin. We have entered into an interest rate swap agreement as a hedge against the LIBOR portion of such variable interest payments and effectively converted the LIBOR portion of the interest on the Term Loan Facility to a fixed interest rate through the maturity date. As of January 3, 2015, the combined interest rate on the Term Loan Facility was 2.514%. The impact of the interest rate swap was factored into the calculation of the future interest payments on our long-term debt obligations.

(3)
Operating lease obligations include amounts for leased facilities.

(4)
Purchase obligations include contractual arrangements in the form of purchase orders with suppliers where there is a fixed non-cancelable payment schedule or minimum payments due with a reduced delivery schedule.

(5)
Other long-term obligations represent estimated contingent consideration payments due in connection with the acquisition of Energy Micro and software license obligations.

We are unable to make a reasonably reliable estimate as to when or if cash settlement with taxing authorities will occur for our unrecognized tax benefits. Therefore, our liability of $3.9 million for unrecognized tax benefits is not included in the table above. See Note 17, Income Taxes, to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

        As of January 3, 2015, we had no significant off-balance sheet arrangements.

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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

        The preparation of financial statements and accompanying notes in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires that we make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported. Changes in facts and circumstances could have a significant impact on the resulting estimated amounts included in the financial statements. We believe the following critical accounting policies affect our more complex judgments and estimates. We also have other policies that we consider to be key accounting policies, such as our policies for revenue recognition, including the deferral of revenues and cost of revenues on sales to distributors; however, these policies do not meet the definition of critical accounting estimates because they do not generally require us to make estimates or judgments that are difficult or subjective.

        Inventory valuation—We assess the recoverability of inventories through the application of a set of methods, assumptions and estimates. In determining net realizable value, we write down inventory that may be slow moving or have some form of obsolescence, including inventory that has aged more than 12 months. We also adjust the valuation of inventory when its manufacturing cost exceeds the estimated market value less selling costs. We assess the potential for any unusual customer returns based on known quality or business issues and write-off inventory losses for scrap or non-saleable material. Inventory not otherwise identified to be written down is compared to an assessment of our 12-month forecasted demand. The result of this methodology is compared against the product life cycle and competitive situations in the marketplace to determine the appropriateness of the resulting inventory levels. Demand for our products may fluctuate significantly over time, and actual demand and market conditions may be more or less favorable than those that we project. In the event that actual demand is lower or market conditions are worse than originally projected, additional inventory write-downs may be required.

        Stock-based compensation—We recognize the fair-value of stock-based compensation transactions in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The fair value of our full-value stock awards (with the exception of market-based performance awards) equals the fair market value of our stock on the date of grant. The fair value of our market-based performance awards is estimated at the date of grant using a Monte-Carlo simulation. The fair value of our stock option and employee stock purchase plan grants is estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. In addition, we are required to estimate the expected forfeiture rate of our stock grants and only recognize the expense for those shares expected to vest. If our actual experience differs significantly from the assumptions used to compute our stock-based compensation cost, or if different assumptions had been used, we may have recorded too much or too little stock-based compensation cost. See Note 13, Stock-Based Compensation, to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

        Investments in auction-rate securities—We determine the fair value of our investments in auction-rate securities using a discounted cash flow model. The assumptions used in preparing the discounted cash flow model include estimates for interest rates, amount of cash flows, expected holding periods of the securities and a discount to reflect our inability to liquidate the securities. For available-for-sale auction-rate securities, if the calculated value is below the carrying amount of the securities, we then determine if the decline in value is other-than-temporary. We consider various factors in determining whether an impairment is other-than-temporary, including the severity and duration of the impairment, changes in underlying credit ratings, forecasted recovery, our intent to sell or the likelihood that we would be required to sell the investment before its anticipated recovery in market value and the probability that the scheduled cash payments will continue to be made. When we conclude that an other-than-temporary impairment has occurred, we assess whether we intend to sell the security or if it is more likely than not that we will be required to sell the security before recovery. If either of these two conditions is met, we recognize a charge in earnings equal to the entire difference between the security's amortized cost basis and its fair value. If we do not intend to sell a

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security and it is not more likely than not that we will be required to sell the security before recovery, the unrealized loss is separated into an amount representing the credit loss, which is recognized in earnings, and the amount related to all other factors, which is recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss.

        Acquired intangible assets—When we acquire a business, a portion of the purchase price is typically allocated to identifiable intangible assets, such as acquired technology and customer relationships. Fair value of these assets is determined primarily using the income approach, which requires us to project future cash flows and apply an appropriate discount rate. We amortize intangible assets with finite lives over their expected useful lives. Our estimates are based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable but which are inherently uncertain and unpredictable. Assumptions may be incomplete or inaccurate, and unanticipated events and circumstances may occur. Incorrect estimates could result in future impairment charges, and those charges could be material to our results of operations.

        Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets—We review long-lived assets which are held and used, including fixed assets and purchased intangible assets, for impairment whenever changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be recoverable. Such evaluations compare the carrying amount of an asset to future undiscounted net cash flows expected to be generated by the asset over its expected useful life and are significantly impacted by estimates of future prices and volumes for our products, capital needs, economic trends and other factors which are inherently difficult to forecast. If the asset is considered to be impaired, we record an impairment charge equal to the amount by which the carrying value of the asset exceeds its fair value determined by either a quoted market price, if any, or a value determined by utilizing a discounted cash flow technique.

        We test our goodwill for impairment annually as of the first day of our fourth fiscal quarter and in interim periods if certain events occur indicating that the carrying value of goodwill may be impaired. The goodwill impairment test is a two-step process. The first step of the impairment analysis compares our fair value to our net book value. In determining fair value, the accounting guidance allows for the use of several valuation methodologies, although it states quoted market prices are the best evidence of fair value. If the fair value is less than the net book value, the second step of the analysis compares the implied fair value of our goodwill to its carrying amount. If the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its implied fair value, we recognize an impairment loss equal to that excess amount.

        Income taxes—We are required to calculate income taxes in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate. This process involves calculating the actual current tax liability together with assessing temporary differences in recognition of income (loss) for tax and accounting purposes. These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are included in our Consolidated Balance Sheet. We record a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. In assessing the need for a valuation allowance, we are required to estimate the amount of expected future taxable income. Judgment is inherent in this process and differences between the estimated and actual taxable income could result in a material impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements.

        We recognize liabilities for uncertain tax positions based on a two-step process. The first step requires us to determine whether the weight of available evidence indicates that the tax position has met the threshold for recognition. Therefore, we must evaluate whether it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained on audit, including resolution of any related appeals or litigation processes. The second step requires us to measure the tax benefit of the tax position taken, or expected to be taken, in an income tax return as the largest amount that is more than 50% likely of being realized upon ultimate settlement. This measurement step is inherently complex and requires subjective estimations of such amounts to determine the probability of various possible outcomes. We re-evaluate the uncertain tax positions each quarter based on factors including, but not limited to, changes in facts

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or circumstances, changes in tax law, expirations of statutes of limitation, effectively settled issues under audit, and new audit activity. Such a change in recognition or measurement would result in the recognition of a tax benefit or an additional charge to the tax provision in the period.

        Although we believe the measurement of our liabilities for uncertain tax positions is reasonable, no assurance can be given that the final outcome of these matters will not be different than what is reflected in the historical income tax provisions and accruals. If additional taxes are assessed as a result of an audit or litigation, it could have a material effect on our income tax provision and net income in the period or periods for which that determination is made. We operate within multiple taxing jurisdictions and are subject to audit in these jurisdictions. These audits can involve complex issues which may require an extended period of time to resolve and could result in additional assessments of income tax. We believe adequate provisions for income taxes have been made for all periods.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

        In June 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-12, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period. The amendments in this update require that a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period should be treated as a performance condition. A reporting entity should apply existing guidance in Topic 718 as it relates to awards with performance conditions that affect vesting to account for such awards. As such, the performance target should not be reflected in estimating the grant-date fair value of the award. ASU 2014-12 is effective for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Earlier adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of this ASU will have on our financial statements.

        In May 2014, the FASB issued FASB ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in ASC 605, Revenue Recognition. The core principle of ASU 2014-09 is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The guidance provides a five-step process to achieve that core principle. ASU 2014-09 requires disclosures enabling users of financial statements to understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. Additionally, qualitative and quantitative disclosures are required about contracts with customers, significant judgments and changes in judgments, and assets recognized from the costs to obtain or fulfill a contract. ASU 2014-09 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within that reporting period, using one of two retrospective application methods. Early application is not permitted. We are currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of this ASU will have on our financial statements.

        In April 2014, the FASB issued FASB ASU No. 2014-08, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity. The amendments in this update require a disposal of a component of an entity or a group of components of an entity to be reported in discontinued operations if the disposal represents a strategic shift that has (or will have) a major effect on an entity's operations and financial results. ASU 2014-08 expands disclosure requirements about discontinued operations and adds new disclosures for individually significant dispositions that do not qualify as discontinued operations. ASU 2014-08 is effective prospectively for annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2014, and interim periods within annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted, but only for disposals that have not been reported in financial statements previously issued. The adoption of this ASU is not expected to have a material impact on our financial statements.

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Item 7A.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Interest Income

        Our investment portfolio includes cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and long-term investments. Our main investment objectives are the preservation of investment capital and the maximization of after-tax returns on our investment portfolio. Our interest income is sensitive to changes in the general level of U.S. interest rates. Our investment portfolio holdings as of January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013 yielded less than 100 basis points. A decline in yield to zero basis points on our investment portfolio holdings as of January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013 would decrease our annual interest income by approximately $1.0 million and $0.9 million, respectively. We believe that our investment policy, which defines the duration, concentration, and minimum credit quality of the allowable investments, meets our investment objectives.

Interest Expense

        We are exposed to interest rate fluctuations in the normal course of our business, including through our Credit Facilities. The interest payments on the facility are calculated using a variable-rate of interest. We have entered into an interest rate swap agreement with an original notional value of $100 million (equal to the full amount borrowed under the Term Loan Facility) and, effectively, converted the variable-rate interest payments on the Term Loan Facility to fixed-rate interest payments through July 2017.

Foreign currency exchange rate risk

        We are exposed to foreign currency exchange rate risk primarily through assets and liabilities of our subsidiaries denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Gains and losses resulting from remeasuring transactions denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars are recorded in other income (expense), net in the Consolidated Statements of Income. We use foreign currency forward contracts to manage exposure to foreign exchange risk. Gains and losses on foreign currency forward contracts are recognized in earnings in the same period as the remeasurement loss and gain of the related foreign currency denominated asset or liability.

Investments in Auction-rate Securities

        In fiscal 2008, auctions for many of our auction-rate securities failed because sell orders exceeded buy orders. As of January 3, 2015, we held $8.0 million par value auction-rate securities, all of which have experienced failed auctions. The principal amounts associated with failed auctions are not expected to be accessible until a successful auction occurs, the issuer redeems the securities, a buyer is found outside of the auction process or the underlying securities mature. We are unable to predict if these funds will become available before their maturity dates. Additionally, if we determine that an other-than-temporary decline in the fair value of any of our available-for-sale auction-rate securities has occurred, we may be required to adjust the carrying value of the investments through an impairment charge.

Item 8.    Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

        The Financial Statements and supplementary data required by this item are included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Form 10-K and are presented beginning on page F-1.

Item 9.    Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

        None.

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Item 9A.    Controls and Procedures

        We have performed an evaluation under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act). Based on that evaluation, our management, including our CEO and CFO, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of January 3, 2015 to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports filed or submitted by us under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms. Such disclosure controls and procedures include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our CEO and CFO, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures. There was no change in our internal controls during the fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2015 that materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.

Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

        Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Our internal control system was designed to provide reasonable assurance to our management and Board of Directors regarding the preparation and fair presentation of published financial statements.

        Our management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of January 3, 2015. In making this assessment, it used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013 framework). Based on our assessment we concluded that, as of January 3, 2015, our internal control over financial reporting is effective based on those criteria.

        Our independent registered public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP, issued an attestation report on our internal control over financial reporting. This report appears on page F-1.

Item 9B.    Other Information

        None.

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Part III

        Certain information required by Part III is omitted from this report because we intend to file a definitive Proxy Statement pursuant to Regulation 14A (the "Proxy Statement") no later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by this report, and certain information to be included therein is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 10.    Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

        Set forth below is information regarding the executive officers and directors of Silicon Laboratories as of January 31, 2015.

Name
  Age   Position
Navdeep S. Sooch   52   Chairman of the Board
G. Tyson Tuttle   47   Chief Executive Officer and Director
William G. Bock   64   President and Director
John C. Hollister   45   Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Kurt W. Hoff   57   Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Sandeep Kumar   50   Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations
David R. Welland   59   Vice President and Director
Alf-Egil Bogen   48   Director
Harvey B. Cash   76   Director
R. Ted Enloe III   76   Director
Jack R. Lazar   49   Director
Laurence G. Walker   66   Director
William P. Wood   59   Director

        Navdeep S. Sooch co-founded Silicon Laboratories in August 1996 and has served as Chairman of the Board since our inception. Mr. Sooch served as our Chief Executive Officer from our inception through the end of fiscal 2003 and served as interim Chief Executive Officer from April 2005 to September 2005. From March 1985 until founding Silicon Laboratories, Mr. Sooch held various positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic, a designer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, including Vice President of Engineering, as well as Product Planning Manager of Strategic Marketing and Design Engineer. From May 1982 to March 1985, Mr. Sooch was a Design Engineer with AT&T Bell Labs. Since October 2011, Mr. Sooch has served as the CEO of Ketra, Inc., a private company in the field of solid state lighting. Mr. Sooch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Sooch's prior experience as our Chief Executive Officer as well as a semiconductor designer provides him with extensive insight into our industry and our operations and qualifies him to serve as Chairman of our Board of Directors.

        G. Tyson Tuttle has served as a director and our Chief Executive Officer since April 2012. Mr. Tuttle served as our Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President from May 2011 to April 2012. From January 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Tuttle served as our Chief Technical Officer. From May 2005 to December 2009, he was our Vice President and General Manager of Broadcast products including the audio and video product families. Mr. Tuttle joined Silicon Laboratories in 1997 as a senior design engineer. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Tuttle served in a variety of product management, marketing and business leadership positions. Previously, Mr. Tuttle held senior design engineering positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic and Broadcom Corporation where he focused on high-speed mixed-signal circuit design for mass storage and Ethernet applications. Mr. Tuttle holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Tuttle has been granted over 70 patents covering many fundamental semiconductor inventions including key aspects of wireless communications. Mr. Tuttle's intimate knowledge of our

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company and the industry and his service as our Chief Executive Officer qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        William G. Bock has served as our President since June 2013. He served Silicon Laboratories as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President from February 2013 until June 2013. He served as Chief Financial Officer from November 2006 to July 2011 and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration from July 2011 through December 2011. He joined Silicon Laboratories as a director in March 2000, and served as Chairman of the audit committee until November 2006 when he stepped down from the Board of Directors to assume the CFO role. Mr. Bock rejoined Silicon Laboratories' Board of Directors in July of 2011. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Bock participated in the venture capital industry, principally as a partner with CenterPoint Ventures. Before his venture career, Mr. Bock held senior executive positions with three venture-backed companies, Dazel Corporation, Tivoli Systems and Convex Computer Corporation. Mr. Bock began his career with Texas Instruments. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Borderfree and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Bock currently serves on the Board of Directors of Entropic Communications and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Bock holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Bock's extensive financial and executive experience and his in-depth knowledge of Silicon Laboratories qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        John C. Hollister has served Silicon Laboratories as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2013. Prior to this role, Mr. Hollister was our Vice President, Business Development since April 2012, and also served as our Chief Information Officer since November 2012. Mr. Hollister served as our Vice President, Manufacturing and Asia Operations from November 2009 to April 2012. From April 2007 to October 2009, he was Managing Director, Asia Operations. Mr. Hollister joined Silicon Laboratories in 2004 and held financial management positions until April 2007. Prior to joining Silicon Laboratories, Mr. Hollister's experience included Vice President of Finance at Cicada Semiconductor as well as various finance positions at Cirrus Logic, Veritas DGC, 3-D Geophysical and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Hollister is a Certified Public Accountant and has a master's degree in Accounting and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

        Kurt W. Hoff has served as our Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales since April 2012. He previously served as our Vice President of Worldwide Sales from July 2007 to April 2012. From 2005 until July 2007, he managed the company's European sales and operations. Prior to joining Silicon Laboratories in 2005, Mr. Hoff served as president, Chief Executive Officer and director of Cognio. Mr. Hoff also managed the operations and sales of C-Port Corporation, a network processor company acquired by Motorola in May 2000. Additionally, Mr. Hoff spent 10 years in various sales positions at AMD. Mr. Hoff holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

        Dr. Sandeep Kumar has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations since July 2013. He previously served as Vice President of Operations Engineering from September 2009 to July 2013. He joined Silicon Laboratories in July 2006 as Engineering Director. Prior to joining Silicon Laboratories, Dr. Kumar managed global test engineering teams and was responsible for worldwide product and test engineering for the storage business at Agere Systems, Lucent technologies and AT&T Bell Labs. Dr. Kumar has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

        David R. Welland co-founded Silicon Laboratories in August 1996, has served as a Vice President and director since our inception and was appointed Fellow in March 2004. From November 1991 until founding Silicon Laboratories, Mr. Welland held various positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic, a designer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, including Senior Design Engineer.

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Mr. Welland holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Welland's years of experience as a semiconductor designer provide him with extensive insight into our operations and qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        Alf-Egil Bogen has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since October 2013. Mr. Bogen is a 20-year semiconductor veteran and one of the inventors of the highly successful AVR microcontroller. He is currently the chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Novelda AS, a privately held semiconductor company based in Norway specializing in nanoscale wireless low-power technology for ultra-high-resolution impulse radar. Prior to Novelda, he was chief marketing officer of Energy Micro AS until it was acquired by Silicon Laboratories in July 2013. Mr. Bogen also held various management positions during his 17 years at Atmel Corporation, including managing director of the AVR business unit as well as vice president of corporate marketing and chief marketing officer. He began his career at Nordic VLSI in Norway. Mr. Bogen holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a B.S. in Electrical and Computing Engineering from Trondheim University College. Mr. Bogen's combination of independence and his experience, including past experience in the semiconductor industry, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        Harvey B. Cash has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since June 1997. Mr. Cash has served as general partner of InterWest Partners, a venture capital firm, since 1986. Mr. Cash currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: Ciena Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of dense wavelength division multiplexing systems for fiber optic networks; Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., a specialty insurance company; and First Acceptance Corp, a provider of low-cost auto insurance. Mr. Cash holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University. Mr. Cash's independence and experience as a director of various public companies, as well as his prior operational experience as an executive, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        R. Ted Enloe III has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since April 2003. Mr. Enloe is currently the Managing General Partner of Balquita Partners, Ltd., a family investment firm. Mr. Enloe formerly served as Vice Chairman and member of the office of chief executive of Compaq Computer Corporation. He also served as President of Lomas Financial Corporation and Liberté Investors for more than 15 years. Mr. Enloe co-founded a number of other publicly held firms, including Capstead Mortgage Corp., Tyler Cabot Mortgage Securities Corp., and Seaman's Corp. Mr. Enloe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Leggett & Platt, Inc. and Live Nation, Inc. Mr. Enloe holds a B.S. in Engineering from Louisiana Polytechnic University and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Enloe's combination of independence, qualification as an audit committee financial expert and his experience, including past experience as an executive officer and current and past experience as a director of various public companies, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        Jack R. Lazar has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since April 2013. Mr. Lazar is currently the Chief Financial Officer of GoPro, a leading provider of wearable and mountable camera products and accessories. From January 2013 to January 2014, he was an independent business and financial consultant. Mr. Lazar was previously employed by Qualcomm and served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Manager of Qualcomm Atheros from 2011 to 2013. Prior to the acquisition of Atheros Communications by Qualcomm in 2011, Mr. Lazar served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Atheros from 2010 to 2011. Atheros Communications was a publicly traded provider of communications semiconductor solutions. From 2003 to 2010 Mr. Lazar held the positions including Vice President, Corporate Development, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Previously, from 2002 to 2003, Mr. Lazar was an independent business and financial consultant. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Lazar served in a variety of positions at NetRatings, a publicly traded Internet audience measurement and analysis company (acquired by The Nielsen Company in 2007), most recently as Executive Vice President of Corporate

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Development, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Prior to joining NetRatings, Mr. Lazar held a variety of executive and management positions at Apptitude, Inc., Electronics for Imaging and Price Waterhouse from 1987 to 1999. Mr. Lazar currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the audit committee of TubeMogul, a publicly traded enterprise software company for digital branding. Mr. Lazar is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Commerce with an emphasis in Accounting from Santa Clara University. Mr. Lazar's combination of independence and his experience, including past experience as an executive officer, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        Laurence G. Walker has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since June 2003. Previously, Mr. Walker co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of C-Port Corporation, a pioneer in the network processor industry, which was acquired by Motorola in 2000. Following the acquisition, Mr. Walker served as Vice President of Strategy for Motorola's Network and Computing Systems Group and then as Vice President and General Manager of the Network and Computing Systems Group until 2002. From August 1996 to May 1997, Mr. Walker served as Chief Executive Officer of CertCo, a digital certification supplier. Mr. Walker served as Vice President and General Manager, Network Products Business Unit, of Digital Equipment Corporation, a computer hardware company, from January 1994 to July 1996. From 1998 to 2007, he served on the Board of Directors of McData Corporation, a provider of storage networking solutions. From 1981 to 1994, he held a variety of other management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Walker holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Walker's combination of independence and his experience, including past experience as an executive officer, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        William P. Wood has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since March 1997 and as Lead Director since December 2005. Since 1996, Mr. Wood has also served as general partner of various funds associated with Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm. From 1984 to 2003, Mr. Wood was a general partner, and for certain funds created since 1996, a special limited partner, of various funds associated with Austin Ventures, a venture capital firm. Mr. Wood holds a B.A. in History from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Wood's combination of independence and his experience, including past experience as an investor in numerous semiconductor and technology companies, qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

        The remaining information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to the Proxy Statement under the sections captioned "Proposal One: Election of Directors," "Executive Compensation," "Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance" and "Code of Ethics."

Item 11.    Executive Compensation

        The information under the caption "Executive Compensation" and "Proposal One: Election of Directors" appearing in the Proxy Statement, is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 12.    Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

        The information under the caption "Ownership of Securities" and "Equity Compensation Plan Information" appearing in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 13.    Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

        The information under the caption "Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence" appearing in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 14.    Principal Accounting Fees and Services

        The information under the caption "Proposal Two: Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm" appearing in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference.

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Part IV

Item 15.    Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

(a)
1.    Financial Statements


Index

 
  Page

Report of independent registered public accounting firm

  F-1

Report of independent registered public accounting firm

 
F-2

Consolidated Balance Sheets at January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013

 
F-3

Consolidated Statements of Income for the fiscal years ended January 3, 2015, December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012

 
F-4

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the fiscal years ended January 3, 2015, December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012

 
F-5

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity for the fiscal years ended January 3, 2015, December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012

 
F-6

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended January 3, 2015, December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012

 
F-7

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 
F-8
    2.
    Schedules

            Schedule II—Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

            All other schedules have been omitted since the information required by the schedule is not applicable, or is not present in amounts sufficient to require submission of the schedule, or because the information required is included in the Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto.

    3.
    Exhibits

            The exhibits listed on the accompanying index to exhibits immediately following the Consolidated Financial Statements are filed as part of, or hereby incorporated by reference into, this Form 10-K.

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(b)
Exhibits

Exhibit
Number
 
  2.1 * Share Purchase Agreement, dated June 6, 2013, by and between Silicon Laboratories International Pte. Ltd. and Energy AS and Silicon Laboratories Inc. (filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Form 8-K filed on June 7, 2013).
        
  2.2 * Sale and Purchase Agreement dated January 30, 2015, by and between Silicon Laboratories International Pte. Ltd. and the holders of shares, options and capital loans in Bluegiga Technologies Oy (filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Form 8-K filed on February 4, 2015).
        
  3.1 * Form of Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant's Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 333-94853) (the "IPO Registration Statement")).
        
  3.2 * Second Amended and Restated Bylaws of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (filed as Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2004).
        
  4.1 * Specimen certificate for shares of common stock (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the IPO Registration Statement).
        
  10.1 * Form of Indemnification Agreement between Silicon Laboratories Inc. and each of its directors and executive officers (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the IPO Registration Statement).
        
  10.2 * Credit Agreement, dated July 31, 2012, by and among Silicon Laboratories Inc., the subsidiaries of the borrower identified therein, Bank of America, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, and Regions Bank (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 8-K filed August 1, 2012).
        
  10.3 * Security and Pledge Agreement, dated July 31, 2012, by and among Silicon Laboratories Inc., with the other parties identified as "Obligors" (as defined therein) and such other parties that may become Obligors thereunder after the date thereof, and Bank of America, N.A (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Form 8-K filed August 1, 2012).
        
  10.4 * Silicon Laboratories Inc. 2009 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated on April 15, 2014 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 16, 2014).
        
  10.5 * Silicon Laboratories Inc. 2009 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated on April 15, 2014 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 16, 2014).
        
  10.6 * Form of Restricted Stock Units Grant Notice and Global Restricted Stock Units Award Agreement under Registrant's 2009 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 16, 2014).
        
  10.7 * Form of Market Stock Units Grant Notice and Global Market Stock Units Award Agreement under Registrant's 2009 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 16, 2014).
        
  10.8 * Form of Stock Option Grant Notice and Global Stock Option Award Agreement under Registrant's 2009 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (filed as Exhibit 10.5 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 16, 2014).
        
  10.9 * Silicon Laboratories Inc. 2015 Bonus Plan (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on January 30, 2015).

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Exhibit
Number
 
  21   Subsidiaries of the Registrant.
        
  23.1   Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.
        
  24   Power of Attorney (included on signature page to this Form 10-K).
        
  31.1   Certification of the Principal Executive Officer, as required by Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
        
  31.2   Certification of the Principal Financial Officer, as required by Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
        
  32.1   Certification as required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
        
  101.INS   XBRL Instance Document
        
  101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
        
  101.CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
        
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Incorporated herein by reference to the indicated filing.

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SCHEDULE II

SILICON LABORATORIES INC.
VALUATION AND QUALIFYING ACCOUNTS

 
   
  Additions    
   
 
Valuation Allowance for
Deferred Tax Assets
  Balance at
Beginning of
Period
  Charged to
Expenses
  Charged to
Goodwill
  Deductions   Balance at
End of Period
 
 
   
   
  (in thousands)
   
   
 

Year ended January 3, 2015

  $ 3,775   $   $   $ (320 ) $ 3,455  

Year ended December 28, 2013

  $ 2,114   $ 2,335   $   $ (674 ) $ 3,775  

Year ended December 29, 2012

  $   $   $ 2,114   $   $ 2,114  

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SIGNATURES

        Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Austin, Texas, on February 6, 2015.

  SILICON LABORATORIES INC.

 

By:

 

/s/ G. TYSON TUTTLE


G. Tyson Tuttle
Chief Executive Officer


POWER OF ATTORNEY

        KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints G. Tyson Tuttle and John C. Hollister and each of them, acting individually, as his or her attorney-in-fact, each with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments to this annual report on Form 10-K and other documents in connection herewith and therewith, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection herewith and therewith and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or any of them, or their or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated:

Name
 
Title
 
Date

 

 

 

 

 
/s/ NAVDEEP S. SOOCH

Navdeep S. Sooch
  Chairman of the Board   February 6, 2015

/s/ G. TYSON TUTTLE

G. Tyson Tuttle

 

Chief Executive Officer and Director (Principal Executive Officer)

 

February 6, 2015

/s/ WILLIAM G. BOCK

William G. Bock

 

President and Director

 

February 6, 2015

/s/ JOHN C. HOLLISTER

John C. Hollister

 

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)

 

February 6, 2015

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Name
 
Title
 
Date

 

 

 

 

 
/s/ DAVID R. WELLAND

David R. Welland
  Vice President and Director   February 6, 2015

/s/ ALF-EGIL BOGEN

Alf-Egil Bogen

 

Director

 

February 6, 2015

/s/ HARVEY B. CASH

Harvey B. Cash

 

Director

 

February 6, 2015

/s/ ROBERT TED ENLOE, III

Robert Ted Enloe, III

 

Director

 

February 6, 2015

/s/ JACK R. LAZAR

Jack R. Lazar

 

Director

 

February 6, 2015

 

Laurence G. Walker

 

Director

 

February 6, 2015

/s/ WILLIAM P. WOOD

William P. Wood

 

Director

 

February 6, 2015

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Stockholders of Silicon Laboratories Inc.

        We have audited Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting as of January 3, 2015, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) (the COSO criteria). Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

        We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

        A company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

        Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

        In our opinion, Silicon Laboratories Inc. maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 3, 2015, based on the COSO criteria.

        We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheets of Silicon Laboratories Inc. as of January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, changes in stockholders' equity and cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended January 3, 2015 of Silicon Laboratories Inc. and our report dated February 6, 2015 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

    /s/ ERNST & YOUNG LLP

Austin, Texas
February 6, 2015

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Stockholders of Silicon Laboratories Inc.

        We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Silicon Laboratories Inc. as of January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, changes in stockholders' equity and cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended January 3, 2015. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15(a). These financial statements and schedule are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and schedule based on our audits.

        We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

        In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Silicon Laboratories Inc. at January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended January 3, 2015, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also, in our opinion, the related financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole, present fairly in all material respects the information set forth therein.

        We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting as of January 3, 2015, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) and our report dated February 6, 2015 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

    /s/ ERNST & YOUNG LLP

Austin, Texas
February 6, 2015

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share data)

 
  January 3,
2015
  December 28,
2013
 

Assets

             

Current assets:

   
 
   
 
 

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 141,706   $ 95,800  

Short-term investments

    193,489     179,593  

Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $786 at January 3, 2015 and $797 at December 28, 2013

    70,367     72,124  

Inventories

    52,631     45,271  

Deferred income taxes

    21,173     18,878  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    49,171     47,651  

Total current assets

    528,537     459,317  

Long-term investments

    7,419     10,632  

Property and equipment, net

    132,820     132,445  

Goodwill

    228,781     228,781  

Other intangible assets, net

    115,021     131,593  

Other assets, net

    29,983     28,382  

Total assets

  $ 1,042,561   $ 991,150  

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

             

Current liabilities:

   
 
   
 
 

Accounts payable

  $ 38,922   $ 22,126  

Current portion of long-term debt

    10,000     7,500  

Accrued expenses

    73,646     45,975  

Deferred income on shipments to distributors

    38,662     30,853  

Income taxes

    2,084     2,693  

Total current liabilities

    163,314     109,147  

Long-term debt

    77,500     87,500  

Other non-current liabilities

    43,691     55,941  

Total liabilities

    284,505     252,588  

Commitments and contingencies

             

Stockholders' equity:

             

Preferred stock—$0.0001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding

         

Common stock—$0.0001 par value; 250,000 shares authorized; 42,225 and 42,779 shares issued and outstanding at January 3, 2015 and December 28, 2013, respectively

    4     4  

Additional paid-in capital

    29,501     48,630  

Retained earnings

    728,633     690,612  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (82 )   (684 )

Total stockholders' equity

    758,056     738,562  

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

  $ 1,042,561   $ 991,150  

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)

 
  Year Ended  
 
  January 3,
2015
  December 28,
2013
  December 29,
2012
 

Revenues

  $ 620,704   $ 580,087   $ 563,294  

Cost of revenues

    242,153     227,183     225,277  

Gross margin

    378,551     352,904     338,017  

Operating expenses:

                   

Research and development

    172,985     157,799     137,952  

Selling, general and administrative

    154,145     130,795     114,390  

Operating expenses

    327,130     288,594     252,342  

Operating income

    51,421     64,310     85,675  

Other income (expense):

                   

Interest income

    1,007     853     1,338  

Interest expense

    (3,154 )   (3,293 )   (1,149 )

Other income (expense), net

    (234 )   157     484  

Income before income taxes

    49,040     62,027     86,348  

Provision for income taxes

    11,019     12,208     22,800  

Net income

  $ 38,021   $ 49,819   $ 63,548  

Earnings per share:

                   

Basic

  $ 0.88   $ 1.17   $ 1.51  

Diluted

  $ 0.87   $ 1.14   $ 1.47  

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Basic

    42,970     42,715     42,136  

Diluted

    43,793     43,537     43,106  

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In thousands)

 
  Year Ended  
 
  January 3,
2015
  December 28,
2013
  December 29,
2012
 

Net income

  $ 38,021   $ 49,819   $ 63,548  

Other comprehensive income, before tax:

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Net changes to available-for-sale securities:

                   

Unrealized gains (losses) arising during the period

    1,107     (535 )   1,000  

Reclassification for gains included in net income

        (232 )    

Net changes to cash flow hedges:

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Unrealized gains (losses) arising during the period

    (799 )   611     (956 )

Reclassification for losses included in net income

    618     560     2,295  

Other comprehensive income, before tax

   
926
   
404
   
2,339
 

Provision for income taxes

   
324
   
142
   
818
 

Other comprehensive income

    602     262     1,521  

Comprehensive income

 
$

38,623
 
$

50,081
 
$

65,069
 

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity
(In thousands)

 
  Common Stock    
   
   
 
 
   
  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
   
 
 
  Number
of Shares
  Par
Value
  Additional
Paid-In
Capital
  Retained
Earnings
  Total
Stockholders'
Equity
 

Balance as of December 31, 2011

    42,068   $ 4   $ 14,749   $ 586,653   $ (2,467 ) $ 598,939  

Net income

   
   
   
   
63,548
   
   
63,548
 

Other comprehensive income

                    1,521     1,521  

Stock issuances under employee plans, net of shares withheld for taxes

    1,560         15,148             15,148  

Income tax benefit (shortfall) from stock-based awards

            1,675             1,675  

Repurchases of common stock

    (1,749 )       (52,611 )   (9,408 )       (62,019 )

Stock-based compensation

            31,161             31,161  

Balance as of December 29, 2012

    41,879     4     10,122     640,793     (946 )   649,973  

Net income

   
   
   
   
49,819
   
   
49,819
 

Other comprehensive income

                    262     262  

Stock issuances under employee plans, net of shares withheld for taxes

    1,057         15,301             15,301  

Income tax benefit (shortfall) from stock-based awards

            (772 )           (772 )

Repurchases of common stock

    (661 )       (26,022 )           (26,022 )

Stock-based compensation

            30,753             30,753  

Stock issued in business combination

    504         19,248             19,248  

Balance as of December 28, 2013

    42,779     4     48,630     690,612     (684 )   738,562  

Net income

   
   
   
   
38,021
   
   
38,021
 

Other comprehensive income

                    602     602  

Stock issuances under employee plans, net of shares withheld for taxes

    1,124         13,320             13,320  

Income tax benefit (shortfall) from stock-based awards

            120             120  

Repurchases of common stock

    (1,678 )       (71,676 )           (71,676 )

Stock-based compensation

            39,107             39,107  

Balance as of January 3, 2015

    42,225   $ 4   $ 29,501   $ 728,633   $ (82 ) $ 758,056  

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

 
  Year Ended  
 
  January 3,
2015
  December 28,
2013
  December 29,
2012
 

Operating Activities

                   

Net income

  $ 38,021   $ 49,819   $ 63,548  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

                   

Depreciation of property and equipment

    12,561     13,491     13,621  

Net gain on the purchase of property and equipment

            (8,457 )

Amortization of other intangible assets and other assets           

    17,923     15,911     14,154  

Impairment of long-lived assets

            708  

Stock-based compensation expense

    39,067     30,800     31,176  

Income tax benefit (shortfall) from stock-based awards

    489     (606 )   1,827  

Excess income tax benefit from stock-based awards

    (632 )   (290 )   (1,294 )

Deferred income taxes

    3,054     3,319     4,725  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

                   

Accounts receivable

    1,757     8,972     (20,743 )

Inventories

    (7,170 )   5,588     (13,056 )

Prepaid expenses and other assets

    9,332     (2,514 )   10,629  

Accounts payable

    11,475     (3,979 )   7,217  

Accrued expenses

    27,671     463     3,247  

Deferred income on shipments to distributors

    7,809     (2,381 )   4,623  

Income taxes

    (3,371 )   5,189     (7,816 )

Other non-current liabilities

    (20,543 )   (3,632 )   (7,059 )

Net cash provided by operating activities

    137,443     120,150     97,050  

Investing Activities

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Purchases of available-for-sale investments

    (166,094 )   (213,883 )   (192,450 )

Proceeds from sales and maturities of available-for-sale investments

    156,520     210,824     235,517  

Purchases of property and equipment

    (11,225 )   (10,472 )   (102,043 )

Purchases of other assets

    (5,514 )   (5,939 )   (8,508 )

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

        (86,441 )   (71,852 )

Net cash used in investing activities

    (26,313 )   (105,911 )   (139,336 )

Financing Activities

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of shares withheld for taxes

    13,320     15,301     15,148  

Excess income tax benefit from stock-based awards

    632     290     1,294  

Repurchases of common stock

    (71,676 )   (26,022 )   (62,019 )

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net

            98,325  

Payments on debt

    (7,500 )   (13,434 )    

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    (65,224 )   (23,865 )   52,748  

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

   
45,906
   
(9,626

)
 
10,462
 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    95,800     105,426     94,964  

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

  $ 141,706   $ 95,800   $ 105,426  

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:

                   

Interest paid

  $ 2,950   $ 2,925   $ 677  

Income taxes paid

  $ 11,587   $ 3,838   $ 23,564  

Supplemental Disclosure of Non-Cash Activity:

                   

Stock issued in business combination

  $   $ 19,248   $  

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015

1. Description of Business

        Silicon Laboratories Inc. (the "Company"), a Delaware corporation, develops and markets mixed-signal analog intensive integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of applications for global markets. Within the semiconductor industry, the Company is known as a "fabless" company meaning that the ICs are manufactured by third-party foundry semiconductor companies.

2. Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

        The Company prepares financial statements on a 52- or 53-week fiscal year that ends on the Saturday closest to December 31. Fiscal 2014 had 53 weeks with the extra week occurring in the fourth quarter of the year and ended on January 3, 2015. Fiscal 2013 and 2012 were 52-week years and ended on December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012, respectively. The accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Foreign Currency Transactions

        The Company's foreign subsidiaries are considered to be extensions of the U.S. Company. The functional currency of the foreign subsidiaries is the U.S. dollar. Accordingly, gains and losses resulting from remeasuring transactions denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars are included in other income (expense), net in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

Use of Estimates

        The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Among the significant estimates affecting the financial statements are those related to inventories, stock-based compensation, investments in auction-rate securities, acquired intangible assets, goodwill, long-lived assets and income taxes. Actual results could differ from those estimates, and such differences could be material to the financial statements.

Reclassifications

        Certain reclassifications have been made to prior year financial statements to conform to current year presentation.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

        The fair values of the Company's financial instruments are recorded using a hierarchal disclosure framework based upon the level of subjectivity of the inputs used in measuring assets and liabilities. The three levels are described below:

    Level 1—Inputs are unadjusted, quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities at the measurement date.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

2. Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

    Level 2—Inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

    Level 3—Inputs are unobservable for the asset or liability and are developed based on the best information available in the circumstances, which might include the Company's own data.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

        Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash deposits, money market funds and investments in debt securities with original maturities of ninety days or less when purchased.

Investments

        The Company's investments typically have original maturities greater than ninety days as of the date of purchase and are classified as either available-for-sale or trading securities. Investments in available-for-sale securities are reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Investments in trading securities are reported at fair value, with both realized and unrealized gains and losses recorded in other income (expense), net in the Consolidated Statement of Income. Investments in which the Company has the ability and intent, if necessary, to liquidate in order to support its current operations (including those with contractual maturities greater than one year from the date of purchase) are classified as short-term.

        The Company reviews its available-for-sale investments as of the end of each reporting period for other-than-temporary declines in fair value based on the specific identification method. The Company considers various factors in determining whether an impairment is other-than-temporary, including the severity and duration of the impairment, changes in underlying credit ratings, forecasted recovery, its intent to sell or the likelihood that it would be required to sell the investment before its anticipated recovery in market value and the probability that the scheduled cash payments will continue to be made. When the Company concludes that an other-than-temporary impairment has occurred, the Company assesses whether it intends to sell the security or if it is more likely than not that it will be required to sell the security before recovery. If either of these two conditions is met, the Company recognizes a charge in earnings equal to the entire difference between the security's amortized cost basis and its fair value. If the Company does not intend to sell a security and it is not more likely than not that it will be required to sell the security before recovery, the unrealized loss is separated into an amount representing the credit loss, which is recognized in earnings, and the amount related to all other factors, which is recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss.

Derivative Financial Instruments

        The Company uses derivative financial instruments to manage certain exposures to the variability of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates. The Company's objective is to offset increases and decreases in expenses resulting from these exposures with gains and losses on the derivative contracts, thereby reducing volatility of earnings. The Company does not use derivative contracts for speculative or trading purposes. The Company recognizes derivatives, on a gross basis, in the Consolidated Balance Sheet at fair value. Cash flows from derivatives are classified according to the nature of the cash receipt or payment in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

2. Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

        The Company uses interest rate swap agreements to manage exposure to interest rate risks. The swap agreements are designated and qualify as cash flow hedges. The effective portion of the gain or loss on the interest rate swaps is recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss as a separate component of stockholders' equity and is subsequently recognized as interest expense in the Consolidated Statement of Income when the hedged exposure affects earnings.

        The Company uses foreign currency forward contracts to manage exposure to foreign exchange risk. These instruments are used to reduce the earnings impact that exchange rate fluctuations have on non-U.S. dollar balance sheet exposures. The Company recognizes gains and losses on the foreign currency forward contracts in other income (expense), net in the Consolidated Statement of Income in the same period as the remeasurement loss and gain of the related foreign currency denominated asset or liability. The Company does not apply hedge accounting to its foreign currency derivative instruments.

Inventories

        Inventories are stated at the lower of cost, determined using the first-in, first-out method, or market. The Company writes down the carrying value of inventory to net realizable value for estimated obsolescence or unmarketable inventory based upon assumptions about the age of inventory, future demand and market conditions. Inventory impairment charges establish a new cost basis for inventory and charges are not subsequently reversed to income even if circumstances later suggest that increased carrying amounts are recoverable.

Property and Equipment

        Property and equipment are stated at cost, net of accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the useful lives of the assets ranging from three to seven years. Leasehold improvements are depreciated over the contractual lease period or their useful life, whichever is shorter.

        In fiscal 2012, the Company purchased the facilities it had previously leased for its headquarters in Austin, Texas. The buildings are located on land which is leased through 2099 from a third party. The rents for these ground leases were prepaid for the term of the leases by the previous lessee. The buildings and leasehold interest in ground leases are being depreciated on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives of 40 years and 86 years, respectively.

Business Combinations

        The Company records business combinations using the acquisition method of accounting and accordingly, allocates the fair value of purchase consideration to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their fair values at the acquisition date. The excess of the fair value of purchase consideration over the fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed is recorded as goodwill. The results of operations of the businesses acquired are included in the Company's consolidated results of operations beginning on the date of the acquisition.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

2. Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

Long-Lived Assets

        Purchased intangible assets are stated at cost, net of accumulated amortization, and are amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives, ranging from four to twelve years. Fair values are determined primarily using the income approach, in which the Company projects future expected cash flows and applies an appropriate discount rate.

        Long-lived assets "held and used" by the Company are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their net book value may not be recoverable. When such factors and circumstances exist, the Company compares the projected undiscounted future cash flows associated with the related asset or group of assets over their estimated useful lives, against their respective carrying amounts. Impairment, if any, is based on the excess of the carrying amount over the fair value of those assets and is recorded in the period in which the determination was made.

        The carrying value of goodwill is reviewed at least annually by the Company for possible impairment. The goodwill impairment test is a two-step process. The first step of the impairment analysis compares the fair value of the reporting unit to the net book value of the reporting unit. In determining fair value, several valuation methodologies are allowed, although quoted market prices are the best evidence of fair value. If the results of the first step demonstrate that the net book value is greater than the fair value, the Company must proceed to step two of the analysis. Step two of the analysis compares the implied fair value of goodwill to its carrying amount. If the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its implied fair value, an impairment loss is recognized equal to that excess. The Company tests goodwill for impairment annually as of the first day of its fourth fiscal quarter and in interim periods if events occur that would indicate that the carrying value of goodwill may be impaired.

Revenue Recognition

        Revenues are generated predominately by sales of the Company's ICs. The Company recognizes revenue when all of the following criteria are met: 1) there is persuasive evidence that an arrangement exists, 2) delivery of goods has occurred, 3) the sales price is fixed or determinable, and 4) collectibility is reasonably assured. Generally, revenue from product sales to direct customers and contract manufacturers is recognized upon shipment.

        A portion of the Company's sales are made to distributors under agreements allowing certain rights of return and price protection related to the final selling price to the end customers. Accordingly, the Company defers revenue and cost of revenue on such sales until the distributors sell the product to the end customers. The net balance of deferred revenue less deferred cost of revenue associated with inventory shipped to a distributor but not yet sold to an end customer is recorded in the deferred income on shipments to distributors liability on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Such net deferred income balance reflects the Company's estimate of the impact of rights of return and price protection.

        A small portion of the Company's revenues is derived from the sale of patents. The above revenue recognition criteria for patent sales are generally met upon the execution of the patent sale agreement.

Shipping and Handling

        Shipping and handling costs are classified as a component of cost of revenues in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

2. Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

Stock-Based Compensation

        The Company has stock-based compensation plans, which are more fully described in Note 13, Stock-Based Compensation. The Company accounts for those plans using a fair-value method and recognizes the expense in its Consolidated Statement of Income.

Research and Development

        Research and development costs are expensed as incurred. Research and development expense consists primarily of personnel-related expenses, including stock-based compensation, as well as new product masks, external consulting and services costs, equipment tooling, equipment depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, and an allocated portion of our occupancy costs. Assets purchased to support the Company's ongoing research and development activities are capitalized when related to products which have achieved technological feasibility or have an alternative future use, and are amortized over their estimated useful lives.

Advertising

        Advertising costs are expensed as incurred. Advertising expenses were $1.7 million, $2.0 million and $1.7 million in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Income Taxes

        The Company accounts for income taxes using the asset and liability method whereby deferred tax asset and liability account balances are determined based on differences between the financial reporting and the tax bases of assets and liabilities and are measured using the enacted tax laws and related rates that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse. These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are included in the Company's Consolidated Balance Sheet. The Company then assesses the likelihood that the deferred tax assets will be realized. A valuation allowance is established against deferred tax assets to the extent the Company believes that it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized, taking into consideration the level of historical taxable income and projections for future taxable income over the periods in which the temporary differences are deductible.

        Uncertain tax positions must meet a more-likely-than-not threshold to be recognized in the financial statements and the tax benefits recognized are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon final settlement. See Note 17, Income Taxes, for additional information.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

        In June 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-12, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period. The amendments in this update require that a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period should be treated as a performance condition. A reporting entity should apply existing guidance in Topic 718 as it

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

2. Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

relates to awards with performance conditions that affect vesting to account for such awards. As such, the performance target should not be reflected in estimating the grant-date fair value of the award. ASU 2014-12 is effective for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Earlier adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of this ASU will have on its financial statements.

        In May 2014, the FASB issued FASB ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in ASC 605, Revenue Recognition. The core principle of ASU 2014-09 is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The guidance provides a five-step process to achieve that core principle. ASU 2014-09 requires disclosures enabling users of financial statements to understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. Additionally, qualitative and quantitative disclosures are required about contracts with customers, significant judgments and changes in judgments, and assets recognized from the costs to obtain or fulfill a contract. ASU 2014-09 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within that reporting period, using one of two retrospective application methods. Early application is not permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of this ASU will have on its financial statements.

        In April 2014, the FASB issued FASB ASU No. 2014-08, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity. The amendments in this update require a disposal of a component of an entity or a group of components of an entity to be reported in discontinued operations if the disposal represents a strategic shift that has (or will have) a major effect on an entity's operations and financial results. ASU 2014-08 expands disclosure requirements about discontinued operations and adds new disclosures for individually significant dispositions that do not qualify as discontinued operations. ASU 2014-08 is effective prospectively for annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2014, and interim periods within annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted, but only for disposals that have not been reported in financial statements previously issued. The adoption of this ASU is not expected to have a material impact on the Company's financial statements.

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

3. Earnings Per Share

        The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share (in thousands, except per share data):

 
  Year Ended  
 
  January 3,
2015
  December 28,
2013
  December 29,
2012
 

Net income

  $ 38,021   $ 49,819   $ 63,548  

Shares used in computing basic earnings per share

   
42,970
   
42,715
   
42,136
 

Effect of dilutive securities:

   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Stock options and other stock-based awards

    823     822     970  

Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share

    43,793     43,537     43,106  

Earnings per share:

                   

Basic

  $ 0.88   $ 1.17   $ 1.51  

Diluted

  $ 0.87   $ 1.14   $ 1.47  

        For fiscal years ended January 3, 2015, December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2012, approximately 0.1 million, 0.4 million and 0.5 million shares, respectively, were not included in the diluted earnings per share calculation since the shares were anti-dilutive.

4. Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments

        The Company's cash equivalents and short-term investments as of January 3, 2015 consisted of municipal bonds, money market funds, corporate bonds, commercial paper, variable-rate demand notes, certificates of deposit, asset-backed securities, international government bonds, U.S. government agency and U.S. government bonds. The Company's long-term investments consisted of auction-rate securities. In fiscal 2008, auctions for many of the Company's auction-rate securities failed because sell orders exceeded buy orders. As of January 3, 2015, the Company held $8.0 million par value auction-rate securities, all of which have experienced failed auctions. The underlying assets of the securities consisted of student loans and municipal bonds, of which $6.0 million were guaranteed by the U.S. government and the remaining $2.0 million were privately insured. As of January 3, 2015, $6.0 million of the auction-rate securities had credit ratings of AA and $2.0 million had a credit rating of A. These securities have contractual maturity dates ranging from 2033 to 2046 at January 3, 2015. The Company is receiving the underlying cash flows on all of its auction-rate securities. The principal amounts associated with failed auctions are not expected to be accessible until a successful auction occurs, the issuer redeems the securities, a buyer is found outside of the auction process or the underlying securities mature. The Company is unable to predict if these funds will become available before their maturity dates.

        The Company does not expect to need access to the capital represented by any of its auction-rate securities prior to their maturities. The Company does not intend to sell, and believes it is not more likely than not that it will be required to sell, its auction-rate securities before their anticipated recovery in market value or final settlement at the underlying par value. The Company believes that the credit ratings and credit support of the security issuers indicate that they have the ability to settle

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

4. Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments (Continued)

the securities at par value. As such, the Company has determined that no other-than-temporary impairment losses existed as of January 3, 2015.

        The Company's cash, cash equivalents and investments consisted of the following (in thousands):

 
  January 3, 2015  
 
  Cost   Gross
Unrealized
Losses
  Gross
Unrealized
Gains
  Fair Value  

Cash and Cash Equivalents:

                         

Cash on hand

  $ 52,144   $   $   $ 52,144  

Available-for-sale securities:

                         

Money market funds

    71,415             71,415  

Certificates of deposit

    7,739             7,739  

Commercial paper

    5,348             5,348  

Municipal bonds

    1,756         1     1,757  

U.S. government agency

    1,202             1,202  

Corporate bonds

    1,101             1,101  

U.S. government bonds

    1,000             1,000  

Total available-for-sale securities

    89,561         1     89,562  

Total cash and cash equivalents

 
$

141,705
 
$

 
$

1
 
$

141,706
 

Short-term Investments:

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Available-for-sale securities:

                         

Municipal bonds

  $ 129,005   $ (25 ) $ 172   $ 129,152  

Corporate bonds

    33,043     (35 )   25     33,033  

Variable-rate demand notes

    12,915             12,915  

Commercial paper

    8,995             8,995  

Asset-backed securities

    5,380     (3 )       5,377  

International government bonds

    2,526     (10 )       2,516  

U.S. government bonds

    650             650  

U.S. government agency

    601             601  

Certificates of deposit

    250             250  

Total short-term investments

  $ 193,365   $ (73 ) $ 197   $ 193,489  

Long-term Investments:

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Available-for-sale securities:

                         

Auction rate securities

  $ 8,000   $ (581 ) $   $ 7,419  

Total long-term investments

  $ 8,000   $ (581 ) $   $ 7,419  

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Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
January 3, 2015 (Continued)

4. Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments (Continued)

 
  December 28, 2013  
 
  Cost   Gross
Unrealized
Losses
  Gross
Unrealized
Gains
  Fair Value  

Cash and Cash Equivalents:

                         

Cash on hand

  $ 45,544   $   $   $ 45,544  

Available-for-sale securities:

                         

Money market funds

    39,538             39,538  

Certificates of deposit

    7,768             7,768  

Commercial paper

    2,499             2,499  

Municipal bonds

    451             451  

Total available-for-sale securities

    50,256             50,256  

Total cash and cash equivalents

 
$

95,800
 
$

 
$

 
$

95,800
 

Short-term Investments:

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Available-for-sale securities:

                         

Municipal bonds

  $ 119,289   $ (11 ) $ 182   $ 119,460  

Variable-rate demand notes

    38,025             38,025  

Corporate bonds

    17,788     (4 )   60     17,844  

Commercial paper

    3,748             3,748  

Asset-backed securities

    515         1     516  

Total short-term investments

  $ 179,365   $ (15 ) $ 243   $ 179,593  

Long-term Investments:

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Available-for-sale securities:

                         

Auction rate securities

  $ 12,425   $ (1,793 ) $   $ 10,632  

Total long-term investments

  $ 12,425   $ (1,793 ) $   $ 10,632  

        The available-for-sale investments that were in a continuous unrealized loss position, aggregated by length of time that individual securities have been in a continuous loss position, were as follows (in thousands):