Adaptec reports losses

Adaptec's revenue was down year over year, as well as sequentially; DataDirect says the InfiniBand business is booming.

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Adaptec reported net revenue for the company's second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $44.0 million, compared with $73.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2007. The company noted that it had received a one-time tax benefit of $49.1 million relating to dispute settlements with the U.S. and Singapore taxing authorities. The company also posted a sequential loss between the first and second fiscal quarters of $7.6 million.

"While our top line results were above the company's expectations, we continue to face difficult market conditions," said Sundi Sundaresh, president and CEO, in a statement. "Despite these challenges, the company has made significant progress during the quarter in several key areas: our restructuring plan announced last quarter is on track to fully realize the expected savings by the end of the fiscal year, our data protection and storage solutions groups have each released new products and the early indicators of customer reaction are positive."

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