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9 Chip Earnings to Watch

3. Mattson Technology (MTSN - Get Report) engages in the design, manufacture and marketing of semiconductor wafer processing equipment for the fabrication of integrated circuits (ICs or chips). It supplies dry strip and rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment to the global semiconductor industry with major customers being foundries, memory and logic device manufacturers. The company will release its second quarter results on Thursday.

Analysts' consensus estimates Mattson's second-quarter 2011 net loss narrowing to $5.19 million, or 11 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $8.29 million, or 17 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Sales are expected to rise to $45.82 million from $32.12 million in the earlier quarter. Operating loss is expected to decline to $4.81 million from $9.69 million earlier.

At the recent SEMICON West 2011, Mattson launched paradigmE(R) Si targeting semi-critical silicon etch applications and is designed to deliver high productivity and lowest cost-of-ownership. This latest silicon etch system enables customers to meet stringent processing requirements for device manufacturing at leading-edge technology nodes.

Of the seven analysts covering the stock, 29% recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg see the stock gaining an average 56.9% to $3.20 in the upcoming 12 months.

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