Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) and Hittite Microwave (NASDAQ:HITT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Silicon Laboratories and Hittite Microwave’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silicon Laboratories $697.63 million 5.27 $61.49 million $1.67 51.74
Hittite Microwave N/A N/A N/A $2.21 N/A

Silicon Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Hittite Microwave. Hittite Microwave is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Silicon Laboratories, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Silicon Laboratories and Hittite Microwave’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silicon Laboratories 9.60% 11.06% 7.30%
Hittite Microwave N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.8% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.8% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Silicon Laboratories and Hittite Microwave, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silicon Laboratories 0 1 7 0 2.88
Hittite Microwave 0 0 0 0 N/A

Silicon Laboratories currently has a consensus target price of $99.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.58%.


Silicon Laboratories beats Hittite Microwave on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Silicon Laboratories Company Profile

Silicon Laboratories Inc. is a provider of silicon, software and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet infrastructure, industrial, consumer and automotive markets. The Company operates through mixed-signal analog intensive products segment. It provides analog-intensive, mixed-signal solutions for use in a range of electronic products in various applications for the IoT market. It provides a range of timing and isolation products for infrastructure applications, including clocks and oscillators for networking equipment, data centers and wireless base stations, as well as digital isolators and current sensors for industrial power supplies and hybrid-electric vehicles. It provides broadcast products, such as television tuners and demodulators and automotive radio tuners, and access products, including subscriber line interface circuits for voice over Internet Protocol, embedded modems, and Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device integrated circuits.

Hittite Microwave Company Profile

Hittite Microwave Corporation designs and develops integrated circuits (ICs), modules, subsystems and instrumentation for radio frequency (RF) microwave and millimeterwave applications. It offers a range of standard and custom ICs, modules, subsystems and instrumentation that perform a range of functions across the RF, microwave and millimeterwave frequency bands. It offers a range of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), multi-chip modules (MCMs), subsystems and instruments that perform a range of signal processing functions and that operate across the RF, microwave, millimeterwave and visible light frequency spectrum. In May 2014, the Company acquired Keragis Corporation. In July 2014, Analog Devices Inc acquired Hittite Microwave Corporation.

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