Dialog Semi slump, banks weigh on European shares; volatility up

Reuters

Shares of Anglo-German manufacturer Dialog Semiconductor (XETRA:DLG-DE) fell 20 percent on Tuesday morning after a financial analyst warned the company may lose a contract with the US tech giant Apple. Apple started its custom silicon efforts with the CPU chips, designing its own silicon for the A6, A7, A8, A9 and A10 series.

"Relationships are in line with the normal course of business", the statement said. Currently, Germany-based Dialog Semiconductor supplies the chips for the iPhone, making up 70% of the company's sales in 2016.

Apple also dominates Dialog's supply chain.

A few days ago, news broke that Apple plans to stop using Imagination's GPU technology in iPhones at some point in the coming two years, as the iPhone maker is developing its own graphics chip for iOS devices.

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Iltgen, who has been covering the semiconductor maker for over 15 years, helped send the stock down nearly single-handedly. Dialog replaces numerous discrete power administration spares with one exceedingly incorporated gadget, empowering our users to create lighter and thinner convenient applications with higher power effectiveness bringing about longer battery life.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Dialog has made several failed attempts to diversify beyond Apple and other smartphone customers in recent years.

Engineers from Dialog have reportedly been switching over to Apple over the past year, a source said, according to Bloomberg. It makes sense for Apple to invest more in that area and replace the current parts with custom integrated designs. "They are poaching like insane", the person said. Over the last decade, Apple has sold over 1 billion iPhones, and millions more iPads, laptops, and smartwatches. The first iPhone and iPad models to sport Apple's custom-made chip could be rolled out as soon as 2019, thus giving the company further control over its products. The company has been poaching Dialog engineers to join Apple. "We acknowledge Apple's continued hiring of engineers, in power management and elsewhere, but an additional 80 engineers hired in this area pales in comparison to the over 1,300 engineers Dialog employed at the end of previous year".

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