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PortalPlayer, the audio chip maker whose products power the majority of Apple's iPods, saw Q3 income jump 221.9 per cent year on year.

For the three months to 30 September 2005, PP recorded sales totalling $57.9m, up 29.8 per cent sequentially and 126.2 per cent on the year-ago quarter.

Net income came to $10.3m (40 cents a share), up 63.5 per cent sequentially.

It's not hard to see why: Apple introduced the iPod Nano during the period, and if its big Flash memory deal with Samsung is anything to go by, it will have similarly ordered rather a lot of PP's audio SoCs too.

PP's chips are found in the new video-capable hard disk-based iPod too. However, the Nano is the first Flash-based MP3 player the company's chips have been used in. Apple's iPod Shuffle is based on a SigmaTel audio processor.

Looking ahead, PP said it expects Q4 revenue to be in the range of $65-75m - up 12.3-29.5 per cent - with net income falling in the $9.7-12.3 million range. ®

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