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Texas Instruments to eliminate 1700 jobs in shift away from smartphone chips

Texas Instruments officials have already said the company would be moving away from smartphone and tablet chips, instead focusing on the embedded markets including industrial devices and automotive computers. Now the company is taking a major step in that direction by eliminating 1700 jobs. Reuters reports that’s about 5 percent of the company’s workforce. The […]

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Is Amazon planning to buy TI’s OMAP chip business?

Texas Instruments is reportedly looking to scale back its investment in the OMAP processors for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Those happen to be the processors that power every Amazon Kindle Fire tablet that’s been released to date, so the move would leave Amazon with a few choices. The company could look for a […]

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TI to scale back smartphone, tablet chip development, focus on cars

Facing tough competition in the mobile chip space from Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung, Apple, and others, Texas Instruments has announced plans to shift its focus a bit. While the company will continue to support existing tablets including the Amazon Kindle Fire line of tablets and the recently announced B&N NOOK HD tablets, Reuters reports that TI […]

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Archos Gen9 tablets now available with 1.5 GHz chips

Archos has updated its Gen9 tablets with new, faster processors. The Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9 now come with a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4 dual core processor. When Archos first launched these tablets last year they features 1 GHz OMAP 4 chips and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Since then the company […]

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2 cores (can be) better than 4: TI OMAP 5 benchmark preview (video)

The upcoming TI OMAP 5 processor will be one of the first chips designed around the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. Theoretically it will offer more power than today’s fastest chips, while using less energy. But that’s theory. How does is stack up in practice? Pretty well, if a new demo video from Texas Instruments is anything […]