Silicon Motion Assisted Key Customer Investigate Problem with Faulty Flash Drive Products: Silicon Motion not at Fault for Overheating Devices
SAN JOSE, Calif. and TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: SIMO; "the Company"), a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets universally compatible, high-performance, low-power semiconductor solutions for the multimedia consumer electronics market, assisted one of the Company's key customers diagnose and resolve a problem related to two of its external flash drive products. The products were found to overheat on rare occasions in a laboratory environment, posing a potential risk to consumers. As a result, the customer decided to voluntarily recall the products for safety reasons. No incidents or injuries involving the flash drives have been reported. The recall is expected to total approximately 66,000 units.
Silicon Motion's USB flash disk controller, SM321, was used in the recalled products. Silicon Motion has already helped the customer diagnose and resolve the problem. The overheating was found to be caused by the mistaken use of an external third party voltage regulator that did not conform to the controller's design specifications. Silicon Motion's controller was not at fault. The SM321 controller is one of Silicon Motion's most mature and best selling UFD products, and the Company has shipped more than 16 million units in the 5 quarters since its introduction. The product's performance, compatibility, quality, and scalability in various applications are highly regarded by the Company's customers.
Silicon Motion does not expect the recall to have a material impact on its financials. Additionally, the customer has already resumed production and shipments with Silicon Motion's controllers.
About Silicon Motion:
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation is a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets universally compatible, high-performance, low-power semiconductor solutions for the multimedia consumer electronics market. The Company's semiconductor solutions include controllers used in mobile storage media, such as flash memory cards and USB flash drives, and multimedia systems on a chip, or SoCs, used in digital media devices such as MP3 players, PC cameras, PC notebooks and broadband multimedia phones.
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