Texas Instruments Acquires National Semiconductor, Chips Shake Hands

Two companies that you don't hear too much about are joining hands, but just because they stay out of the consumer spotlight, that doesn't mean that they aren't monumentally important. Texas Instruments, the company that made your college-era graphing calculator as well as a processor in some sort of mobile or TV-related gadget that you probably own, has just wrapped up an acquisition of National Semiconductor. No big deal? Quite the contrary. National is becoming part of TI's Analog business, and it'll expand the company's ability to deliver more products, expertise and support for customers.

Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and chief executive officer, had this to say about the deal: "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." 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.

The transaction, announced on April 4, 2011, cleared all required regulatory reviews and was approved by National's shareholders. TI will include National's contribution to financial performance in the company's third-quarter earnings announcement on October 24. With today's close, TI's Analog semiconductor business now represents more than 50 percent of the company's revenue. TI will continue to operate National's manufacturing sites, located in Maine, Scotland and Malaysia, as well as business headquarters in Santa Clara and sales/design support around the world.

So, more mass production? Or higher prices with less competition? Only time will tell how it'll play out.
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