News by Andrew Kameka on Friday September 28, 2012.
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Texas Instruments made comments earlier this week that seemed to suggest that the company would abandon its mobile processor development business in favor of less competitive and more profitable embedded markets. TI has said that it will pursue new business opportunities, but it's not abandoning mobile devices. A TI spokesperson confirmed to GSMArena that the company is expanding its business to target "embedded applications such as automotive, industrial, enterprise communication, vision and robotics, to grow the OMAP footprint beyond mobile."
Despite the expansion, TI is still developing its OMAP 5 processor with multiple Cortex-A15 cores. The new chipset has been in development for a few years and is already out to manufacturers. TI says that OMAP 5 could appear on consumer devices released in early 2013, so it will be a while before the company abandons mobile - if it abandons mobile at all. GSMArena reports that the TI representative that it spoke to declined to definitively talk about the future of TI's wireless business. Though it is estimated to be the third most-successful chipset vendor, the company has faced pressure from investors to exit the wireless business and focus on embedded products. Should TI decide to shift the focus of OMAP to non-wireless devices, the company will likely continue to support smartphone and tablet manufacturers during a transitional phase.source: GSMArena
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