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TI to acquire National Semiconductor for $6.5bn

Silicon vendor Texas Instruments (TI) has announced that it is to acquire fellow semiconductor player National Semiconductor in an all-cash deal that values National at $6.5bn. TI said the deal had the unanimous approval of the boards of both companies and is expected to close in the final quarter of the year.

LG to develop own smartphone chips

Embattled South Korean OEM LG has announced that it’s working on developing its own smartphone chips in a bid to boost its flagging handset business. Although LG is the world’s third-largest mobile phone manufacturer, the company has reported losses for three quarters in a row and is under increasing pressure from rivals HTC and Samsung.

Texas Instruments gives wireless power to developers

Chip vendor Texas Instruments this week unveiled the industry’s first Qi certified wireless power development kit, which enables engineers to integrate wireless power technology into consumer electronics.

Texas bets chips against integrated silicon

US chip shop Texas Instruments is looking to cut its cellular baseband operations, by flogging off its merchant market business, the company revealed this week. TI reported a 26 per cent drop in third quarter income, from $758m last year to $563m this year, while revenues dived 8 per cent year on year to $3.4bn. […]

Moto delays handset launch

It looks like beleaguered handset vendor Motorola is having yet more trouble. The company said Friday that it has had to delay the launch of its autumn collection of handsets due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Moto had been planning to unveil its new range of devices on October 3 at an event in London but something […]

Vendors club together for storage shake up

A handful of kit manufacturers got together on Thursday in support of an industry specification for removable memory cards and embedded memory being standardized by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, an open standards organisation in the semiconductor industry. Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Micron Technology, Spansion, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments are among the backers […]

Bluetooth lines up V2.1

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for advancing Bluetooth wireless technology, announced the adoption of Core Specification Version 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) on Monday. Key enhancements in Bluetooth Core Version 2.1 +EDR include improved pairing between devices, security enhancements, support for NFC technology that would allow a user to hold two […]

Moto beefs up 3G platform

As if in response to analyst criticism of its 3G portfolio, Motorola on Monday announced an expansion of its relationship with Texas Instruments to include 3G, WiMAX and OMAP technologies. Under the deal, Motorola will develop 3G handsets based on processors from TI’s OMAP (Open Multimedia Applications Platform) 3 architecture. But handsets based on this […]