by George Heymann

TI buys NSM

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Texas Instruments has announced the acquisition of National Semiconductor is complete. “National is now a strategic part of TI’s Analog growth engine. Together, we’re focused on accelerating semiconductor innovation to improve performance and power efficiency for our customers’ electronic systems,” said Rich Templeton, TI’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

More than 5,000 National employees will immediately become part of TI. The two companies will begin the work to integrate National as a unit of TI’s Analog business, which will have a combined portfolio of nearly 45,000 analog products, strong customer design tools, and a sales force that is 10 times larger than National’s previous footprint.

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TI gets Netflix SRI HD certification, brings new streaming capabilities to Android devices.

by George Heymann

Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) announced today they became the first to achieve the Netflix Silicon Reference Implementation (SRI) certification for the Netflix HD application on Android. TI’s Omap 4 platform combines its M-Shield security software with its quad-radio WiLink 7.0 solution to provide full 1080P 30 frames per second (FPS) streaming video.

TI’s WiLink 7.0 solution is said to be the only single chip to include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM. TI worked with Trusted Logic to develop its DRM security software.

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Microsoft previews “Windows 8” at Computex

by George Heymann

Microsoft previewed the next version of Windows, codenamed “Windows 8” to hardware partners at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan today.

As part of the technical preview Mike Angiulo, Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, demonstrated how “Windows 8” is optimized for touch-centric hardware.

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