Paradise Systems, the specialty silicon-chip maker acquired late last year by Western Digital Corp. of Irvine, is scheduled to announce Monday that it has received a $3-million electronics order from Daewoo Telecommunications Co. Ltd., a leading Korean maker of personal computers.
The order, which covers 200,000 video controller boards, is among the largest ever received by the 3 1/2-year-old computer-chip maker. In addition, Paradise officials said the Daewoo order is expected to lead to further work for the Korean computer maker, including a potential assignment to design a video controller chip that fits on the board that directs the computer's operations.
"It's a strategic move for us, not just a single sale," explained Lawrence Finch, Paradise's president and chief executive.
Still, the $3-million order is also among the reasons Paradise is expected to post record sales of about $40 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30, more than double its rate in the 1986 fiscal year. Analysts are estimating that Paradise, a wholly owned subsidiary and separate division within Western Digital, will contribute about 8% to 10% of the parent corporation's estimated total revenues of more than $400 million.
As a maker of video controller chips, the silicon squares that allow personal computers to create charts, pictures and other graphics, Paradise participates in one of the fastest-growing segments of the computer industry, a market that analysts have projected will more than triple to $1 billion in annual sales by 1990.